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Gorilla Suit: My Adventures In Bodybuilding

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"I built my American dream one rep at a time," says Bob Paris in Gorilla Suit, an unguarded memoir of his rise to the top of the world of professional bodybuilding.

This is the first-ever, honest, behind-the-scenes look into the world of professional bodybuilding and what the actual life of a bodybuilder is like. Paris show us bodies to the limit, and beyond, and discusses
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 15th 1998 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published March 1st 1997)
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Nov 07, 2007 Jason rated it really liked it
This is the story of Bob Paris and his rise in the bodybuilding world. The book starts from his earliest days as a child in Indiana coming across muscle magazines and tinkering with weights. The book then takes us later to California where Bob struggles and hits upon some VERY difficult times. Right when you think he can't go anymore he manages to start winning some bodybuilding shows and enjoying a certain level of success. Unfortunately, things are never as pretty as they seem. The Weiders ...more
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Jul 03, 2015 Oliver Bateman rated it it was amazing
useful insights abound, but the pacing is weird as hell: what's the point of flashing back and forth to 1995 if Paris decides against returning to competition? yeezus. and there's so much stuff about his sad, slow can almost feel it unfolding in real time there in southern Indiana. but you get only 80 pages about his actual professional career and surprisingly little personal details about his sex life, how he perceives masculinity (or even what kinda guys he finds attractive), ...more
Sep 08, 2012 John rated it liked it
Interesting. A bit irritating at times because he starts a thread on something and then doesn't follow up on it. For example, he writes about how and when he met his first husband but only mentions the divorce in passing when he writes about selling their house. If you weren't paying attention you could easily miss it.

But if you are interested in body building or even if you just work out, this is a worthwhile read. For those who are not familiar with Bob Paris, he is generally considered to ha
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