Eugen Sandow  

The most famous bodybuilder in the early days of the sport, indeed perhaps the first modern bodybuilder was Eugen Sandow. Born Friederich Wilhelm Mueller on April 2, 1867. Born in Prussia (now part of Germany), he began his career as a sideshow "strongman". Early in life, and with the help of showman Florenz Ziegfeld, Sandow decided it wasn't enough to simply demonstrate his strength, but to actually display his muscular physique as though it were a work of art. He soon made his "Muscle Displays" the main feature of his stage show.

Larry Scott

 THE WORLD'S FIRST "MR. OLYMPIA"           Only moments earlier, quietly pumping out the last few reps, I was about to step out into the lights. I couldn't help but think back, “You'll never make it Larry. You are too small. Try something else.”What a change. No longer the skinny little kid from Pocatello Idaho. I now carried 207 lbs of hard muscle. My arms were bigger than most men’s thighs. My deltoids were the size of coconuts. I was ready. The crowds were screaming... “Lar-rie! Lar-rie ! Lar-rie.”

Sergio Oliva


     "Mr Olympia"  By 1966 Sergio Oliva had had enough of the vicissitudes of the AAU and decided to turn professional by joining the International Federation of Bodybuilders (IFBB). In short order he won the 1966 Mr. World and 1967 Mr. Universe titles and finally, with little resistance, the 1967 Mr. Olympia title. Only four years after getting his start in competitive bodybuilding Sergio Oliva was the undisputed king of the walk.
He would go on to defend his title unopposed the following year, even more dominant than before. It wasn’t until 1969 that a challenger to his throne would emerge, in the massive,
if yet unshaped, form of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

    "Mr Olympia"  From the day he first picked up a barbell to his unprecedented seventh Mr. Olympia Title, Arnold sculpted his body into a physical work of art.

Frank Zane

" Mr Olympia" Frank Zane won Mr. Olympia, bodybuilding's highest title, 3 times: 1977, 1978, 1979.
Defeated Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1968 Mr. Universe competition in Miami , Florida. He also won Mr. Universe 2 more times in London, England in 1970 and 1972.
Won Mr. America 1968 in New York City and Mr. World 1969 in Brugge, Belgium.
In his 22 year competitive career Frank won over 150 awards & inducted into the Joe Weider Bodybuilding Hall of Fame in 1994. And named one of the top 10 legends of body building.

Franco Columbu

" Mr Olympia" Mr Universe

In 1976  Franco Columbu finally won the Mr. Olympia title after trying for more than five years. It was not an easy victory, for he won by only an eyelash over Frank Zane. After the contest, Columbu announced his retirement while Zane immediately started training for the next year

Lee Haney

 "Mr Olympia" Eight times winner

 1984-91 Even at age 42, Lee Haney's Herculean physique mirrors his equally impressive credentials. As the unprecedented winner of eight consecutive Mr. Olympia titles, besting Arnold Schwarzennneger's seven-times record, Lee is an icon in the fitness industry.

Dorian Yates 

 "Mr Olympia" Six times winner

List of achievements:
1990 IFBB Night Of The Champions - 2nd place
1991 IFBB Night Of The Champions - 1st place
1991 IFBB Mr. Olympia - 2nd place
1991 IFBB English Grand Prix - 1st place
1992 IFBB Mr. Olympia - 1st place
1992 IFBB English Grand Prix - 1st place
1993 IFBB Mr. Olympia - 1st place
1994 IFBB Mr. Olympia - 1st place
1994 IFBB Spanish Grand Prix - 1st place
1994 IFBB German Grand Prix - 1st place
1994 IFBB English Grand Prix - 1st place
1995 IFBB Mr. Olympia - 1st place
1996 IFBB Mr. Olympia - 1st place
1996 IFBB Spanish Grand Prix - 1st place
1996 IFBB German Grand Prix - 1st place
1996 IFBB English Grand Prix - 1st place
1997 IFBB Mr. Olympia - 1st place   

Ronnie Coleman

"Mr Olympia" Seven times winner

The gym where he trains certainly offers none. Metroflex doesn't even have air conditioning. It's what's known among bodybuilders as a "hard-core" gym -- heavy on the weights (including 200-pound barbells) and light on the ambiance. It's actually a converted warehouse space with concrete floors covered with patchy paint and cobwebs drifting down from the ceiling.

Markus Ruehl

     "The German Beast"

"IFFB Pro Bodybuilder"

Dennis "The Menace" James

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Jay Cutler

"IFFB Pro Bodybuilder"

John Hodgson

 "IFFB Pro Bodybuilder"

Casey Viator

Casey Viator won Mr. America Bodybuilding Title when he was 19 years old; the youngest person ever to win.

Mike Mentzer

"High Intensity Heavy Duty"

Mr Universe and only bodybuilder to ever score a perfect 10 points in competition.


Bill Pearl

List of achievements:

1953 Mr. Southern California
1953 Mr. California
1953 AAU Mr. America
1953 NABBA Mr. Universe, Amateur
1956 Mr. USA, Professional
1961 NABBA Mr. Universe, Professional
1967 NABBA Mr. Universe, Professional
1971 NABBA Mr. Universe, Professional
1971 WBBG World's Best Built Man
1978 WBBG Hall Of Fame
1988 Pioneers of Fitness Hall Of Fame
1992 Gold's Gym Hall Of Fame
1994 Guest of Honor of the Association of Old-Time Barbell & Strongmen 12th Annual Reunion
1994 The Joe Weider Hall Of Fame
1995 Heidenstam Foundation Hall Of Fame
1995 AAU Lifetime Achievement
1996 American Powerlifters Federation Hall of Fame
1997 International Chiropractors Association Sports & Fitness Man of the Year
2000 Spirit of Muscle Beach Award
2001 World Gym Lifetime Achievement Award
2001 Society of Weight-Training Injury Specialists Lifetime Achievement Award

Jack La Lanne

Jack La Lanne, often called the Godfather of Fitness, is a mover, shaker, and motivator. Jack is a pioneer who opened the first modern health spa in the United States in 1936, and in 1951, brought exercise to TV. Although in his late 80s, Jack looks 50. He and his wife Elaine speak all over the world, inspiring people to help themselves to a better life, physically, mentally, and morally. 


Dave Draper

"The Blond Bomber"

Dave Draper's weight training and diet information for your bodybuilding, health and nutrition success

Lou Ferrigno 

"The Incredible Hulk"

Lou Ferrigno was only 21 when he won his first Mr. Universe title, a Guinness Book record that stands to this day. More incredible, at age 22 he won again - and to this day remains the only person to win consecutive titles! Lou carried the world of bodybuilding to new heights and himself to superstardom with the film documentary, "Pumping Iron," that chronicled the fabled exploits of the youngest and only person to ever become Mr. Universe twice in a row! Exploding onto the film scene, with his place as a body building legend secured, Lou set out to do the same thing in film and television. In less than a year after "Pumping Iron," Lou was again larger than life and created a new cult legend as the title character of the hit show "The Incredible Hulk." The same hard work that crafted his six foot five inch, two hundred eighty five pound frame into a piece of human art, define him as an actor with the uncanny ability to assume characters of mythic proportions that carry a primal humanity.

Ed Corney

Lee Labrada

At the age of 25, Labrada achieved one of his lifelong dreams – winning the IFBB Mr. Universe competition. One year later, he made his professional debut at the IFBB Night of Champions and ended up beating out seasoned veterans to become the overall champion. Ultimately, Labrada went on to acquire 22 major bodybuilding titles and was inducted into the IFBB Pro Bodybuilding Hall of Fame. He placed in the top four of the Mr. Olympia for seven consecutive years – a feat matched by legends Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lee Haney and Dorian Yates, among a few others. Lee has been featured on the covers of 100 magazines worldwide, and has appeared on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and ESPN television. He is co-author of "Get Lean" and two exercise videos.

Clarence Bass


Long-time Muscle&Fitness columnist Clarence Bass, a lawyer and bodybuilding champion, has been called "the most articulate and well-read spokesman in America for an all-round fitness lifestyle." Author of eight books, he believes in combining weights, aerobics and sound nutrition to achieve total fitness and permanent fat loss.

Flex Wheeler

"IFFB Pro Bodybuilder"

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  • 1981 WBBG (World Bodybuilding Guild) Mr. New York City Teen Overall Winner.
  • 1984 WBBG Battle of Coney Island Natural Mr. Brooklyn Tall Class Winner (contest held on Coney Island Boardwalk).
  • 1985 Mr. Valencia Overall Winner.
  • 1988 NABBA Natural Keystone Classic Tall Class Winner.
  • 1989 NABBA Natural York Barbell Bodybuilding Championships Tall Class Winner.
  • 1992 ANBC Atlantic Supernatural Tall and Overall Winner.
  • 1994 ANPPC Natural Eastern USA Bodybuilding Championship Heavyweight and Overall Winner.
  • 1997 NPC Natural Golds Classic Heavyweight and Overall Winner.
  • 1998 NPC Natural Eastern Classic Heavyweight and Overall Winner.
  • 1999 Musclemania Atlantic City - Heavyweight and Overall Winner
  • 2001 NPC East Coast Super Heavyweight Winner.
  • 2001 NPC Golds Classic Super Heavyweight Winner.
  • 2005 Atlantic States Masters Heavyweight and Overall Masters Winner.


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