In honor of Black History Month, we take a look at the history of Muscle Culture and pull out Mr. Olympia 1982, Chris Dickerson. But while it is a niche piece of history, there are some universal lessons to learn about this minor character in the history of exercise.
By the standards of the current Mr. Olympia – which is a pharmaceutical freakshow – Mr. Dickeron seems downright, well, human. A very well-developed human, but human nonetheless.
One little "backwards engineering" point to consider is his midsection. The density of muscle there is consistent with muscular development of competitive lifters. It is probable that Mr. Dickerson was more about strength than glamour in the gym – another thing we can all learn from this small bit of niche history.
Dickerson was also the oldest Mr. Olympia ever – winning at the age of 43. This is something to consider; the body heralded as the "best developed" was also no youngster. If his is a testimony to a principle of athletics, it is that development relies on patience. Not just weeks and months and a few years of patience, but decades.
Life is long and there is much to conquer. It's a bit of Black History that also contains important lessons regardless of your heritage.