‘Would sign autographs until our fingers were swollen’: Former bodybuilder recalled golden age, says bodybuilding is dead now

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Winner of the Night of Champions competition in 1999, Paul Dillett is a bodybuilding legend. Participating in the 90s at the Arnold Classic and the Olympia, Paul belongs to the golden age. A viral video shows off Paul’s incredible physique, which is why he was known as ‘Freakenstein’.

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Paul Dillett participated in the North American Championships, where he became the runner-up. In an interview with Generation Iron in 2021, Paul explained why bodybuilding in the 90s was special. He also explained why he thinks bodybuilding is dead today.

Paul Dillett revealed why the 90s were the golden age of bodybuilding

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Paul spoke on the huge popularity of bodybuilding in the 90s.”When we go to Fibo in Germany, you know, and you look outside, and we’re invited to pose, and there’s like 5,000 people just in awe. he said. “We were signing autographs until our fingers were swollen.”

Additionally, Paul also talked about how there were die-hard bodybuilding fans in the 90s. In the 90s, fans only saw bodybuilders when they came to their city or country. He said that because of social media, that bodybuilder mystique was not there. Today, fans can easily connect with their favorite bodybuilders through social media.

The champion also revealed that previously bodybuilders were so popular that they could sell their shirts and there would be an auction for those shirts. Paul also talked about how bodybuilders could make $2,500 a day posing in nightclubs, which doesn’t happen today.

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Paul too gave his perspective on how Olympia had changed with girls in bikinis, expos and bodybuilders wearing knee-length shorts. He said ’90s bodybuilders didn’t need all that. “Bodybuilding is dead, bodybuilding isn’t what it used to be”, He spoke.

What is the champion bodybuilder doing at the moment?

Currently, Paul is handling the affairs of the World Beauty & Fashion Competition which he founded in 2007. The 57-year-old now lives in Canada and actively promotes this show through social media and magazines.

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Paul Dillett’s debate shows us once again that bodybuilding today needs major changes to be as popular as it was in the 90s. What do you think of bodybuilding today?

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