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Posted in: Articles by ProSource, Andrew Oye's Pro Muscle Report, Gossip
By Andrew Oye | Jan 31, 2011

ANDREW OYE'S image The Item: Career Updates, IFBB Pro League Legends Update, Special Achievement, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup

The Scoop: Recently Announced: Movie star, former California Governor, and 7-time Mr. Olympia Arnold Schwarzenegger will honor Hollywood actor and legendary IFBB Pro Lou Ferrigno with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2011 Arnold Sports Festival (host of the IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships). "It means a lot. I'm honored to be receiving [the award] from [Arnold], because the last time we were on stage together, we were competing in 1975." Previous recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award: Mr. Olympia creator Joe Weider, 6-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Lee Haney, NABBA Mr. Universe and "Hercules" star Reg Park, 3-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Frank Zane, NABBA Mr. Universe Bill Pearl, Fitness Icon Jack LaLanne, 6-time Ms. Olympia IFBB Pro Cory Everson, IFBB Co-founder Ben Weider, 2-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Franco Columbu, and Hollywood Movie Star Sylvester Stallone.

The "So What?": As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," Lou Ferrigno appeared at the Los Angeles Fitness Expo (TheFitExpo) over the weekend. With 40 years in the bodybuilding game, 59-year-old Ferrigno maintains his passion for the sport of competitive bodybuilding out of necessity. "It made me who I am," Ferrigno explains. "Growing up, I had nothing else and this was my only way to survive."

The discipline required for the sport carried over to the other areas of his life and contributed to his success. The 2003 IFBB Pro League Hall of Fame Inductee attributes his lasting fan support from fans and other IFBB Pro League athletes to his broad visibility. "I give them a lot of hope and motivation, because they know there are a few icons in bodybuilding like me and Arnold [Schwarzenegger]."

Andrew Oye's Verdict: The 1975 Mr. Olympia contest was the backdrop for the acclaimed documentary, "Pumping Iron," which chronicled the rivalry between Arnold Schwarzenegger and 2-time Mr. Universe Lou Ferrigno (and also featured Columbu, Zane, IFBB Pro Serge Nubret, IFBB Pro Ken Waller, IFBB Pro Ed Corney, and IFBB Pro Mike Katz, former NFL New York Jets player). Since then, the two men have grown to be good friends and professional peers.

Ferrigno's diverse resume includes: 1977 WSM World's Strongest Man competitor (alongside Columbu); a brush with WWE CEO Vince McMahon's WBF World Bodybuilding Federation; appearances on TV's "Battle of the Network Stars" competition between ABC, CBS, and NBC talent; defensive lineman for the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL Canadian Football League; and acting roles in TV sitcoms. For his iconic role as TV's "Incredible Hulk," Lou Ferrigno is also a popular draw during his appearances at events like Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend Expo and comic-book Comic-Con conventions. From entertainment to business ventures to motivational speaking to his role as a deputy sheriff, Lou Ferrigno says he finds ways to give back to society. Here's hoping the Hulk gets his latest proposed project to airwaves --  "The Incredible Ferrignos," a program he says will inspire other families toward fitness.

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