Related along two timelines, this revealing look into the world of professional bodybuilding explores both the author s present comeback efforts sans drug abuse, and his past, shattering common myths about the men in the sport 25,000 first printing Tour....
|Title||:||Gorilla Suit: My Adventures in Bodybuilding|
|Publisher||:||St Martin s Press 3 November 1997|
|Number of Pages||:||203 Pages|
|File Size||:||797 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Gorilla Suit: My Adventures in Bodybuilding Reviews
This book is great for those people trying to make a comeback in the world of weightlifting. Bob Paris describes his moods and feelings. I like the part when Bob as a teenager really want to work out to the point of making sacrifices. From sleeping in his car behind the gym because he had no money for rent to years later working out in his own personal gym with a grandeur view of the Pacific ocean. Bob is gay yet is a great book to read even though one may not approve of homosexuality. Bob is very descriptive of his early years as a teenager into weightlifting. His own story of finding an abondoned universal weightlifting apparatus in the gym storage room and his first attempts of lifting. Then years later when he was on the pro circuit the problems he encountered not only with drugs but the whole organization. I highly recommend this book for an inside view of bodybuilding and the tremendous discpline it takes to overcome all of the obstacles.
Though I do not agree with Bob Paris's lifestyle (I am a committed Christian), I found "Gorilla Suit" to be a touching story; more than anything, it reveals how Paris was exploited by Joe Weider, bodybuilding's dark guru. What's more, it shows how false Christianity and Christians have reacted to people like Bob Paris; again, I do not condone his lifestyle; however, his piquant -- and poignant -- remarks about "California Christianity" struck me; unfortunately, Mr. Paris has yet, I believe, to meet real Christians, who, while hating his lifestyle, will love him. I also found the book to show the reality of bodybuilding in a far more potent, cogent way than Samuel Fussell Wilson did in "Muscle"; Wilson told us how Weider and others exploited the bodybuilder; Paris shows us.
The underground is alot worse than this book makes it out tobe. for example did you know that.1. a reasonably large percent ofprofessional & amateur BBers obtain the money for training & drugs from being drug dealers (selling steroids) or being male escorts.2. there is an explosion of new drugs like insulin, dnp, and cytomel. just as dangerous and intense as HGH was in the 80's.3. Some of the pro contests are fixed.anyway that is not to insult the people involved. but if you want the interesting aspects of bodybuilding that are hidden from the public you won't find them here in this book. END
I will keep this brief and to the point. This book spends a ton of time talking about Bob Paris' difficult life growing up with parents twice divorced and his own battle to defeat his inner demons. The bodybuilding aspect of this book isn't nearly as featured throughout the book as you would suspect from the title and isn't revealed through this book. Therefore, in terms of a story of a troubled young man that turns his life around into something successful and meaningful it is an average book; in terms of a book providing inside insight on Bodybuilding ... you may want to look elsewhere.
Bob Paris peels off his suit and shows an honest indepth look at both himself and the world of body building. Those looking for "dirt" on his breakup with Rod Jackson will not find it here. You feel as though Bob is telling you his stories in person as the book reads like a conversation with the man himself. Any fan of Bob's will enjoy this!
I enjoyed learning more about Bob Paris' early experiences in Indiana. However, the book is quite short on details of his most (in)famous relationship with Rod Jackson. I know that the breakup of any relationship has a profound effect on the people involved, and it would have been nice to hear his reactions to it. As for the bodybuilding aspect, the book was quite enjoyable, not shying away from the more controversial aspects of the sport (steroid abuse, the Weiders, etc.).It's nice to see the brains behind the muscle, and I look forward to more from this author.
Bob Paris is indeed a Winner-A No.1 Person. Bob Paris shows us how he went from being 2nd best to No.1. Bob Paris will be remembered by everyone involved in bodybuilding. Bob Paris is Sincere-Honest-A True Gentleman-A No.1 Person.
I really enjoyed this book. It shows Paris's love for the sport of bodybuilding. His persistence and hard work inspires me. Paris takes us back when he dreamed of being a bodybuilding champion. His life story is interesting and well written. Paris is a great writer as well as bodybuilder. I even make reference to his book in my book, Bodybuilding A Realistic Approach. I could really appreciate this book being a former bodybuilder myself. It reminded me of when I competed. Nice job Bob!!