Gorilla Suit: My Adventures In Bodybuilding

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Macmillan, Oct 15, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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"I built my American dream one rep at a time," says Bob Paris in Gorilla Suit, an unguarded memoir of his rise to the top of the world of professional bodybuilding.

This is the first-ever, honest, behind-the-scenes look into the world of professional bodybuilding and what the actual life of a bodybuilder is like. Paris show us bodies to the limit, and beyond, and discusses the price bodybuilders pay for this perfection, which includes the use of dangerous growth drugs. Paris also looks at the driving forces behind the business of bodybuilding, including the extraordinary story of the Weider brothers.

This is a story about chasing a dream, being willing to do anything to get that dream, and then growing frustrated with the world that dream is lived in. It is the discovery that after years of climbing a mountain and finally reaching the top, perhaps on reconsideration it was the wrong mountain to begin with.
 

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Until recently, bodybuilders have gotten less respect than Rodney Dangerfield. They use diet, exercise, and drugs to sculpt their bodies into improbable masses of muscles. Being in contest condition ... Read full review

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Contents

Edge of a Cliff
1
Middle of Somewhere
16
Rediscovering the Accidentally Discovered
41
Even Muscles Have Memories
55
Getting Out of the House a Bit
67
Next to Death
80
I Get Educated
94
Southern Excursion
117
A Week from Next Tuesday
148
I Decide to Stay
162
Grasshopper Turns Some Corners
177
World by the Tail
202
Second Thoughts
224
First Comeback
246
Mountains and Green Pastures
257
Copyright

Mr Olympia Calls Me by Name
132

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About the author (1998)

Bob Paris, who held the titles of Mr. Los Angeles, Mr. Southern California, Mr. America, and
Mr. Universe, is the author of three fitness books and coauthor of the memoir Straight From
The Heart.

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