Natural Body Building Champion Bob Gallucci joins host John Hansen to discuss his long, successful career; beginning with “Mr. Teen America” competitions in the late ’60′s to his Natural America titles in the early ’80′s.
Bob was Natural at a time when “natural wasn’t cool”; and certainly before modern “nutrition and sports science” was born. What was his workout; what did he eat? It’s a fascinating interview with one of our favorites!
Today, Bob lives in Florida in a great adult community with his wife of 35 years. He retired from education as a Superintendent of Schools in Connecticut in 2006 and earned his doctoral degree in education in 1998. He competed in bodybuilding contests from 1968 (age 16) until 1981 (age 30). He is commited to a life-long pursuit of drug free bodybuilding and has never taken any form of anabolic/androgenic steroid or growth hormone. He worked with approximately 22,000 students in a 32 year career and has always encouraged his students to remain drug free. He believes he and his wife are two of the few adults who grew up in the 1960′s who have never used any form of recreational drug.
Hereâ€™s what Bob has to say about his long career:
I was fortunate enough to compete against a wide number of people including Mike Mentzer, Boyer Coe, Chris Dickerson, Ken Waller, Paul Grant, Albert Beckles, Steve Michalik, Mike Dayton, Greg Deferro, Kalman Scalik, Dave Johns, Tom Platz, Ken Covington, Bill St. John, Will Witaker, Bill Seno, Bob Birdsong, Pete Grymkowski, Anabol Lopez, Charlie Buzer, Curt Haywood, Tyrone Youngs, Ed Corney, Carl Smith, Ellington Darden, Jim Morris, Casey Viator and more. Many of these people were friends of mine including Dennis Tinnerino and John Grimek. I also met Larry Scott, Bill Pearl, Leo Stern, Dan Lurie, Scott Wilson, Ralph Kroger, Arnold, Sergio Oliva, Earl Maynard, Joe Nista Jr. Bob Hoffman, and more. In short, I had a wonderful career in bodybuilding which included three national wins (1969 Teenage Mr. America, 1974 Collegiate Mr. America and 1981 Natural Mr. America). I also won contests such as Mr. Connecticut, Mr. New England, Mr. East Coast, Mr. Atlantic Coast, Mr. Eastern America, Mr. Eastern USA, etc.
I wrote a number of articles published in Iron Man and MD which suggested the healthy lifestyle and not to use drugs. I saw so many people whose lives were destroyed via the use of steroids. Luckily I never lost my focus and bodybuilding was only a part of my life and not my entire focus. I was able to balance raising my family (two children; both married and successful), love and grow with my wife, Patty, for 35 years, earn four college degrees, work in education as a teacher, high school principal, superintendent of schools and university assistant dean, run a gym business (Gallucci’s Gym) for 10 years, and train with weights from 1966 until the present.
Today, I train in my home gym which I recently built (I added a 506 square foot facility to my home and equipped it with 30 weightlifting machines. I train with a passion and still love the results and the “pump” of the muscles.
Was it difficult to compete in the 1970′s and watch so many bodybuilders use drugs. Yes! I saw many friends of mine use both orals and injectibles and gain 25 lbs in one year. During that same year, I would never miss training and work to failure each day and I might gain 4-5 lbs at a national level. Most of these users also would vehemently state that they never used any steroids but they would admit to me privately what they were using and how the cycle affected them. One former Mr. Olympia told me that I could win it all in 1973 if I would simply visit his doctor once per month and “get on the same prescription steroids” which he was using. He stated that I had all of the genetics and had great muscle size and shape and symmetry but simply needed the steroids to gain the last 15-20 lbs of size to win both the Mr. A. and the NABBA Universe in 1973. It was tempting but I would never take any form of steroid because of the health issues and because of the strong values which my dad taught me. I told this Mr. O. “no”Â and we parted as friends and have never spoken since. That is just one story in my career which I would be glad to share with listeners.