1. Classic bodybuilders just trained harder. They trained with heavier weights, they trained with higher intensity and high volume.
2. Classic bodybuilders viewed themselves as artists and people recognized the artistic element in their bodybuilding.
3. Photographers took pictures of their physiques because of the visual appeal and artistry apparent in their physiques. They did not need to promote themselves.
4. Classic bodybuilders were well-rounded humans with other passions, skills and professions. They did not define themselves only as bodybuilders.
5. They were admired by men and women and looked upon as an ideal to aspire towards, not as freaks.
6. They had personalities and interests. They knew how to have fun. You didn’t have to be a bodybuilder to relate to them.
7. They maintained a well rounded lean (but not too lean) muscular look all year long. They didn’t go from one extreme of looking fat most times of the year to looking shredded for competition time
8. They were more open and honest. They talked about all aspects of bodybuilding, and they didn’t deny the role of steroids in bodybuilding.
9. They didn’t shamelessly promote supplements as the magic pill to developing a physique like theirs.
10. There was a sense of brotherhood and respect amongst classic bodybuilders.