The Natural Who Beat Arnold!
Chet Yorton is a man's man. Most people, after having their bodies bashed to bits in a car accident would just be happy to walk again. Not Chet. He picked up a dumbbell, took up bodybuilding, and never looked back.
In fact, Chet Yorton not only walked again, he became Mr. America and Mr. Universe knocking off Arnold Schwarzenegger in the process! He then won the Pro Mr. Universe(tall) 9 years later. The best part...he did it all without steroids!
Never out of shape, Chet could always be seen sporting a champion's physique. No ups and downs associated with drug use of the era. Some other champions were not even recognizable as bodybuilders when not preparing for a show. Chet, however, sustained his classic build much like the great Steve Reeves, John Grimek, and Reg Park did. He was never far off from contest conditioning and was a true inspiration!
Yorton is seen with his Wife and some guy he beat years earlier. He's probably giving him some "advices"
Ironage's own Mark Mills trained at Chet's gym in Las Vegas during the late 70's. Here's some of what Mark had to say:
"Yorton's gym was in strip mall and was small compared to the Gold's and World's today. I remember it being long and narrow. The wallpaper (or maybe it was painted) in the locker room was of naked women.
Yorton told me there "aint no such animal" as over training and that muscle magazines were "comic books, look at the pictures and throw them away."
chet's training was fast and hard. I watched him do bench presses once with the widest grip you can take on an olympic bar. He did very fast, short-range reps with 225. He must have done 20-25 reps. All the training I saw him do was like that. He would have been 37 years old then and seemed always busy. In a real hurry.
He told me to do benches, inclines, flyes, dips for my chest. He also told me not to supinate my wrists on dumbell curls but keep my palms forward and do strict short reps.
There were some monsters that worked out there(at Yorton's gym). The best was a young kid named Ken (Cole)that Yorton promoted quite a bit."
Here's a workout Chet performed during this period from the September 1976 Ironman magazine:
A picture of Chet from the same article.Notice the excellent physique Chet displays while only training 6 days per month!. Natural muscle can be maintained with a low volume of work.
Chet Yorton still inspires to this day. He has maintained a bodybuilders physique even now at the age of 70! Here's Chet posing approximately 40 years apart...
Yorton has entered his 70's still guest posing and showing how drug free muscle can be maintained as long as you have the desire to continue natural bodybuilding.
Here's to Iron Age legend Chet Yorton. Still a man's man!
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