really? EVERY 70’s and 80’s bodybuilder says this? That’s stupid. Not true.
Since the beginning of bodybuilding, SOME competitors stay in good shape in the offseason, some don’t. Some competitors actually lose weight in the offseason, and grow into their shows. Some add 50 lbs, and then lose it again. Kevin Levrone, a competitor from the 90s and 2000’s, was at his heaviest/biggest in contest. Franco Columbo did the same thing in the 70’s and 80’s.
Meanwhile, guys like Ronnie would balloon up well over 300 lbs in the offseason.
Everyone approaches the sport differently. You gotta figure out what works for you. I know if I competed, I’d never balloon up because I don’t get fat easily. But I have a friend who competes, as was 40 lbs heavier than his contest weight just 2 months after competing. Looked fat as fuck.