In the 1970s, bodybuilding had major publicity thanks to the appearance of Arnold Schwarzenegger , Franco Columbu , Lou Ferrigno , and others in the 1977 docudrama Pumping Iron . By this time, the IFBB dominated the competitive bodybuilding landscape and the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) took a back seat. The National Physique Committee (NPC) was formed in 1981 by Jim Manion ,  who had just stepped down as chairman of the AAU Physique Committee. The NPC has gone on to become the most successful bodybuilding organization in America, and is the amateur division of the IFBB. The late 1980s and early 1990s saw the decline of AAU-sponsored bodybuilding contests. In 1999, the AAU voted to discontinue its bodybuilding events.
One really great feature of modern bodybuilding is all of the monetary opportunities that have opened up to bodybuilders recently. However, success as a professional bodybuilder can be short-lived, as is the case with a lot of things in life, and it doesn't come to everyone. Once you focus on your dream and work at it, there's nothing stopping you from becoming like Lou Ferrigno, with a career spanning from the Incredible Hulk series to the Hercules movies and, in recent times, the King of Queens TV show, among others, not to mention his celebrity training business, despite obstacles he faced as a young kid.