Everyone recognizes those guys at the gym, half-heartedly raising weights while holding their phone in between sets, drinking a protein shake afterward, discussing how they should be fighting.
Everyone recognizes those guys at the gym, half-heartedly lifting weights while checking their phone in between sets, downing a protein shake afterward, talking about how they should be fighting. Most people can raise a fair amount of muscle mass if they put in a bit of effort. However, there’s a big difference between casual gym-goer and bodybuilders.
Here are 14 of the greatest bodybuilders of all time.
1. Kevin Levrone
- First came into bodybuilding at the young age of 11
- Research, discovering about the big bodybuilders in the 1980s
- The first pro qualifying event was the 1992 Chicago Pro Invitational
- Setting the bodybuilding world afire
- Never garnered the coveted Mr. Olympia
- Top 5 countless times
- Now in his late 40s and hasn’t fought for about a decade
- Trying to break into acting
- Known as– The Maryland Muscle Machine
2. Lou Ferrigno
- No list of the most influential bodybuilders would be comprehensive without the Incredible Hulk. Lou Ferrigno
- Had a difficult childhood, his hearing was lost from an ear infection in his youth made him very shy
- Was a gangly youth enjoyed reading comic books
- As strong as the muscular characters
- First put on weight when he was 12
- Trained enough over the following decade, he officially became the youngest man to win the IFBB Mr. Universe competition twice
- Only one to have made two consecutive wins
- The most youthful to enroll in the prestigious Mr. Olympia contest at 23 years of age
- Realized his childhood fantasy by becoming The Incredible Hulk and joining the world of Hollywood.
3. Dennis Wolf
- Born in the former USSR but moved to Germany with his family at the age of 14
- Got his start reasonably young, at the age of 15
- The interest peaked by a bodybuilder magazine that his father bought him, and he soon started getting in shape and was competing at 21
- Turned pro in 2005
- Made his IFBB professional debut in 2006
- Shows no signs of stalling down or getting any smaller as he continues to work on his physique
- The built-up and imposing size
- Big Bad Wolf wants, he probably gets.
- Got a lot of recognition recently for initially setting a Guinness world record for the most notable arms, biceps, and triceps
- Sparking controversy regarding whether his achievements were all natural
- 31-inch guns are astounding and can lift 600 pounds
- Accused him of steroid use
- Asserts that his muscles are the result of a diet that is very heavy in protein
- Claims to take four pounds of chicken and two pounds of steak every day
- Egyptian bodybuilder moved to the US in 2007
- He works out for three hours a day to keep his physique up.
5. Lee Hane
- Mr. Olympia, one of the biggest, most prestigious competitions in the world of bodybuilding,
- Won it eight times, consecutively
- Dominated the bodybuilding world in the 1980s
- Since retired into a much quieter life
- lives with his wife and two kids in Georgia
- Maintains two fitness centers in Atlanta
- Works with and supports train athletes, establishing his years of bodybuilding knowledge to good use
- Founded a non-profit retreat convenience for children
- Putting his credit in youth counseling to good use.
6. Johnnie O. Jackson
- A beast, plain and simple
- Standing only 5’8 in height
- American bodybuilder owns a record-setting deadlift of 760 pounds
- Can bench press 600 pounds,
- Works as a personal trainer
- Helps other individuals work towards a physique half as impressive as his
- Even served in the armed forces
- Armed forces helped shape his life philosophy and build his discipline.
- Real name is Ken
- Best known as “Flex” Wheeler
- Doesn’t require to be flexing for his muscles to pop
- Racking up the competition gains since 1993, and even got the coveted ‘triple crown’ in 1997
- Regarded to as “The Sultan of Symmetry,”
- His physique at the top of his competition years was flawless.
7. Roelly Winklaar
- A newcomer in the world of bodybuilding
- Accomplishes to pack 285 pounds of pure muscle onto his small 5’6 frame
- The first competitions were the 2009 NPC Arnold Amateur Championships
- Placed first right from the start
- Impressing bodybuilding fans with his incredible physique
- One of the following big names in bodybuilding
8. Phillip Heath
- Nickname, “The Gift.”
- Grew up in Seattle, Washington
- Was a typical high school jock
- Played varsity basketball,
- Scored a basketball scholarship to the University of Denver
- Represented as the point/shooting guard at the University’s Div 1-A basketball team
- Found the world of bodybuilding in 2002
- Forced his body from 185 pounds to 215 pounds of pure muscle before cutting down to 192 pounds for his first competition
- The Rocky Mountain NPC USA Championship “Northern.”
- Trained harder, got even bigger
- IFBB Pro card, four Mr. Olympia wins.
9. Kai Greene
- American bodybuilder
- Turned to weights to cope with a difficult childhood
- His seventh grade English teacher encouraged him to the world of competitive bodybuilding
- Started on the teen circuit, flexing his growing muscles
- Taking a hiatus to transform his physique
- Turned pro before 19th birthday
- Earning him the reputation of being the youngest natural professional bodybuilder
- Continually improved, moving on to the NPC to qualify for recognition with the IFBB
- Admirable determination paid off almost 16 years
- First entered the bodybuilding circuit
- One of the buff professionals in the IFBB Professional ranks.
10. Gunter Schlierkamp
- Famous European-born bodybuilders come from Austria
- Retired German IFBB Pro
- Hails from Olfen, Germany
- Schwarzenegger inspired them to sculpt their own body.
- Started training at 16
- Won his first competition at 18
- Own the Mr. Universe title in 1993
- Migrated to the U.S. in 1996 – just like Arnold
- Has done acting, modeling, and frequently works with companies as a consultant in product development.
11. Arnold Schwarzenegger
- Austrian-born bodybuilder established records in the fitness world.
- Became the youngest person to win the Mr. Universe title when he was 20
- Racked up countless titles across the years, including four more Mr. Universe titles and seven coveted Mr. Olympia titles
- An illustrious career in bodybuilding
- Had become a U.S. citizen after immigrating to the U.S. in 1968
- Started conquering another industry – Hollywood
- Had roles in numerous movies, including Hercules, Stay Hungry (Awarded Golden Globe), and Conan the Barbarian
- Terminator, the film made his career.
- With three words – “I’ll be back” – Schwarzenegger plastered his place as a pop-culture symbol.
12. Markus Ruhl
- Lifted their first dumbbell at the ages of 12 or 14
- Nicknamed “The German Nightmare,”
- 140-pound German-born Ruhl started lifting at nineteen
- After five years, he finally competed in his first competition – over 100 pounds heavier, at 243 pounds
- Won the heavyweight
- Overall title at his primary competitor, the Bachgau Cup
- A long career of bodybuilding
- Accepted his pro card, extended packing on additional muscle mass
- Grew his amazing physique
13. Dennis James
- American, muscle man
- Born in Heidelberg, Germany
- German bodybuilding blood
- Began lifting at 18 and instantly started to impress everyone
- Fought for Mr. Olympia seven times, his best finish is fourth place
- Consistently maintained his physique over the years
14. Ronnie Coleman
- An absolute beast, plain and simple
- Bodybuilders continue to grow bigger and bigger
- Has set a new standard
- Louisiana-born has a contest weight of about 300 pounds.
- Got his start as a football player
- Remained to play football while studying at Grambling State University
- Planned to become an accountant
- Plans changed when he traveled to Texas for new job opportunities
- Noticed an advertisement for the police force, and started a career
- Fellow officers persuaded him to check out a particularly impressive gym in their neighborhood
- Gym clientele consisted of powerlifters and competitive builders.
- Immediately surprised by his performance at his first competition in 1990
- Began dominating the bodybuilding world
- Earned his IFBB Pro card as well as countless titles
- Holds the record for the maximum wins by an IFBB professional
- Got staggering 26 titles, including eight coveted Mr. Olympia titles
They’ve done everything from consulting as team projects to acting and have established countless records over the years. They’re the sort of guys who would be amazingly intimidating to run into in a dark lane, even though they’re notable, much all-gentle giants who cherish their families. They’re muscular, mean training machines, and their strengths are mindblowing.