Floyd Odom: Gone But Not Forgotten

Floyd Odom a quick smile, rugged good looks, and a friendly helping hand. That’s Floyd Odom.

He has established himself himself as a very reputable businessman in Longview, as well as becoming the city’s best known athlete. His rapid climb in the physique world really began in 1972 when, at the age of 33, Floyd started back on the contest circuit that he had left after a brief brush with fame seven years earlier. It was in 1965 that Floyd began training and in only a very few months won the Junior Mr. Texas title.

Perhaps the confidence he needed to quit his job at chemical plant and open his own automobile dealership soon after. Putting his full efforts into his business, Floyd had no time to train but was able to maintain a tremendous physique and a bodyweight of about two hundred pounds just on daily activity alone.

To many people, it seemed inevitable that Floyd would someday get back into lifting and through the urging of another Longview bodybuilder, Bob Glasgow, he finally got back into training. With his business well in hand, he began powerlifting and physique training simultaneously and entered his first contest as a double competitor.

While his total was not too hot, it was obvious that he had great symmetry needed to pile on the pounds and come up in the physique world. He continued to enter the lifting and physique every months around Texas and soon began winning each contest as it came up, and at one stretch won eight contests in a row.

That’s not a bad record considering the one that broke his string was the Mr. America contest. He even set the first Texas state powerlift records in the new 220lb class in January of 1973 with a total of 1400.

Some of the titles he added were such as Mr. Southwest USA, Mr. South Central USA and Mr. Region Nine. After winning the Mr. Texas and Greater Mr. Texas titles in May of 1973, Floyd jumped off the deep end and entered the Mr. America contest in Williamsburg, Virginia, and did surprisingly well, placing 18th in a field of 36. Several of the judges told him that he had a tremendous shape and needed to add much size in order to be a contender in coming years. This was all he needed as he returned home and ballooned his weight from 205lb to 260lb, and over a period of the next twelve months raised his powerlift total to 1590 and developed massive proportions overall. It should also be mentioned that in the process he walked off with quite a few lifting trophies.

He began trimming down last fall and the results of his heavy work became very obvious as he worked his way right into the Junior Mr. USA title in Lincoln, Nebraska.

In a unanimous judging decision, Floyd created what is probably the biggest walkaway in a national meet in several years. 

He won the Most Muscular Man title as well as copping the best arms, abdominals, chest and legs trophies.

What makes it even more outstanding, only a week earlier he totaled 1630 in an Arkansas powerlift meet while weighing only 218, a full forty pounds down on bodyweight.

Floyd ordinarily carries his weight around 240 and trains down to 225 for a contest. At 6’1″ with a 32″ waist, he could very well possess the ability to develop even Schwarzenegger proportions.

He is an avid nutritionist but has an insatiable after-contest hunger for pizza and beer. His ordinary diet usually consists of daily multiple vitamins, minerals, liver, 3000 C, 1000E, inositol, choline, and kelp as well as healthy servings of fish and fruit. He takes 60 grams of liquid protein each day and overall strives to take in about 400 grams of protein per day.

Each working day is a new world for Floyd as he cycles his workouts on a three day routine, beginning with triceps, shoulders and chest on the first day with the primary exercise being the benchpress.

Day two he works the biceps, forearms and back, starting off with the deadlift. Day three begins with the squat and works the legs, including the calves that get hit with four different types of exercises. 

Floyd Odom bodybuilding
Photo courtesy Odom

Of course, abs get a blast every day. Occasionally Floyd will take a day off, but usually his three day cycle continues regardless of what the  day of the week is. Obviously Floyd believes in training the powerlifts along with his bodybuilding. He has squatted a single with 630, benched 400, and deadlifted 675.

It is these lifts that Floyd credits his tremendous size to. He feels that too many young bodybuilders try to build peaks and cuts into their physiques before they have anything to cut with. He suggests that any aspirant would do well to start with the powerlifts and stay with the, at least until they have the bodyweight they would like to attain.

Floyd and his wife Ann own the House of Health and Trophy World, to go along with all other activities, which, by the way, includes coaching a fine upcoming powerlift team. One of his trainees, John Inzer, won both the Junior National and Teenage National Powerlift Championships.

source: IM Jan 76

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