Dynamic Ric Drasin, the Body from Bakersfield Talks to Us about His Appearance on Nat Geo Arnold Schwarzenegger Documentary, More

Last week, the National Geographic Channel premiered the documentary Facing Arnold Schwarzenegger. Frequent CYInterview guest, former Mr. Venice Beach, Golden Age bodybuilder and YouTube personality Ric Drasin is one of the people featured in it. He was, for a time, Arnold’s workout partner. In the documentary he shares stories about the action star and former Governor of California.

The charismatic Mr. Drasin joins us to tell us what he thought about the Nat Geo documentary that includes Hollywood action stars Lou Ferrigno and Carl Weathers, among others.

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Getting his general thoughts on the National Geographic’s Facing Arnold Schwarzenegger documentary, he told us this:

“I thought it was very informative and I thought everybody on there was honest about their opinion. I knew about Lou’s [Ferrigno ] father, but I never knew to that degree. That didn’t really surprise me, but I didn’t like what I heard about his dad. But other than that, it was definitely, it was right on. It was honest.”

Ric Drasin says in the Nat Geo project that Arnold never beat him on the bench press. On that subject, he tells us the following:

“I’ve always been a very good bench presser. And we would work out in the gym and we’d go up to 400, 420, 430 and one day on the beach I hit 455 and I don’t think he ever came very close other than maybe 440 and I know we talked about it, but, you know, it’s so long ago, but I know I could beat him on that. It was a gift. I just had a natural gift for bench pressing. And I was only like 212 pounds. He was like 240, 250.”

From Ric's shoot for the channel National Geographic
From Ric’s shoot for the National Geographic Channel

Ric tells us next month, he is going to have a knee replacement:

“On November 1st I’m scheduled for a knee replacement, which I’ve been putting off. And I think, I’m just gonna do it and get it behind me.”

We wish Ric a speedy recovery and look forward to having him back on CYInterview.

You can visit Ric Drasin’s website, www.ricdrasin.com, to learn more about Ric’s Corner, his books and his other projects.

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