The Coogee Gym series was taken in Coogee Gym in Sydney Australia in August / September 1975, immediately before Arnold won Mr Olympia in South Africa.
At the time, Arnold and Robert were working out together twice a day due to the impending Mr Olympia competition in South Africa. It was a leg day and Arnold had been doing squats, leg extensions & leg curls. Just before these photos were taken they were doing seated calves and Arnold had pumped his calves up to 19.5 inches and he said if he had done another 5-6 sets he would have got to 20 inches.
After the work out Robert suggested they should take some photos. Arnold was happy to oblige and there were 4 - 6 photos taken that day.
We have chosen to showcase two of these photos as posters in our collection and may release the whole series at a later date.
Robert started training in Coogee Gym in December 1961 and made many lifelong friends there. He was also privileged to train with others such as Frank Zane, Ken Waller, Joe Gold and many more legends of bodybuilding when they visited Australia.
Robert purchased the gym one month later (in 1975) and moved it to Bell Lane in Randwick (just up the hill) where he hosted and entertained some of the greatest bodybuilders of all time up until 1991 when he sold the gym and retired.
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