Athletes have always been a product of their era. If you go back to the 1900′s you had big barrel chested strongmen lifting up sofa’s with heaps of folk sitting on them. Now even in golf you can see execs who've ripped arms, powerful backs and quads and muscled pecs. This is the product of modern coaching and strength conditioning.
If you hark back to Arnold’s golden age of bodybuilding in the early to late 70′s. He was giant, great even compared to most of the other bodybuilders. But today if you saw him on stage beside one of the top 50 pro’s he would look seriously under developed.
Though bodybuilding has always had the closes link to steroids of any sport, the diet and training routines has gotten extremely howdy tec.
Runners have got faster, power lifters have got stronger, tennis players have gotten harder, and football has gotten much much quicker. But does that suggest today’s sports stars are much better than during the past?
Well so much of it has risen out of the psychology, supplements, and modern thinking in training, rest and recuperation. But if you look at how dedicated Bjorn Bjorg was, how single minded Arnold and Franco Colombo was, or the ability that Pele or George Best had, there is no doubt in my mind these athletes would have excelled today.
Much of today’s sportsmen are a product of science and marketing grants as much as anything. The sportsmen in the decades gone by still had the will power and dedication to break all the prior bounds set before them, so there is no doubt in my mind they'd be the same today.
Sport and coaching is after all in the mind. If somebody claims you cannot do it, you are going to go out on a limb and prove them wrong. That is the reason why records will be smashed, that's the reason why the bounds of speed, strength and guile will be challenged.