Connect
To Top


The John Balik 75th Anniversary Interview


John Balik has been a weight-training evangelist, preaching its life-altering benefits, for most of his life. And he’s often been at the right place at the right time to experience some important bodybuilding history: He was smack in the middle of bodybuilding’s golden era when Joe Gold started Gold’s Gym, he worked for Vince Gironda when Vince was training Larry Scott to win the first Mr. Olympia, and he lived with Arnold when the Oak was giving Hollywood a charisma uppercut with his starring role in “Pumping Iron.” In fact, John was actually training with Arnold and Ed Corney when the movie was filmed.And if that wasn’t enough, in 1986, after years of discussions, he pulled the trigger on purchasing the oldest and most respected bodybuilding magazine in existence, Iron Man.

Here’s the story of his muscle odyssey—how it got started, how the ride has been so far and where he believes it may be headed—complete with plenty of interesting insights into Arnold, Gironda, Arthur Jones and others. Fasten your seat belt.

To read the full article, pick up a copy of the 75th Anniversary April issue of Iron Man magazine. On newsstands the first week of March.

 

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

More in Latest

  • Making The Right Decisions

    What you put into your body goes a long way to maintaining your health. By Jay Campbell and Jim Brown  ...

    Sharon OrtigasOctober 24, 2017
  • Are Macros The Key To Your Goals?

    The difference between looking good and feeling good is more than just a number. By Raphael Konforti MS, CPT   “You...

    Sharon OrtigasOctober 23, 2017
  • Abs, Now!

    The exercises and focus you need to craft the eye-popping abs you want. By Adam Clark, CPT   Summer is gone....

    Sharon OrtigasOctober 20, 2017
  • 5×5

    This isn't some math problem. It's your solution to build power and strength. By Eddie Avakoff   What attracts me to...

    Sharon OrtigasOctober 19, 2017
  • Add Power And Size To Your Shoulders

    A routine sure to bulk you up! By Heather Neff, CPT   Want bolder, stronger shoulders with better definition? You came...

    Sharon OrtigasOctober 18, 2017
  • 5 Step Guide To Successful Time Management!

    These tips will ensure nothing gets in the way of succeeding with your workout goals. By Kris Gethin   In this...

    Sharon OrtigasOctober 17, 2017
  • Total Knockout!

    You already fell for Lindsay Christiansen with one simple glance. Are you man enough to dive into who she really is?...

    Sharon OrtigasOctober 16, 2017
  • 9 Reasons To Take Branched-Chain Amino Acids

    If you are serious about your physique, you'll seriously want to give this supplement a look. By Sarah Butcher   BCAA:...

    Sharon OrtigasOctober 16, 2017
  • The Spartan Chest Workout

    Add size and definition to your chest with this next level chest workout. By Raphael Konforti MS, CPT   History tells...

    Sharon OrtigasOctober 13, 2017