Opinions about these athletes are divided. Someone considers them handsome, and someone - freaks. Bodybuilders are commonly called bodybuilders. These people pay special attention to the beauty of their bodies. Bodybuilding is not a traditional sport. This activity involves harmony with yourself and understanding your own body.
People learn to improve it, and through physical exercise with weights, they build and develop their muscles. And the whole world knows the best bodybuilders.
Gregg Valentino. For all bodybuilding fans, this athlete is undoubtedly among the main contenders for the title of himself. Gregg Valentino became famous for his huge biceps, becoming a real icon for bodybuilders. This person is very shocking. His sports career is very controversial. After all, he never intended to engage in bodybuilding professionally. Valentino did not claim the title of Mr. Olympia, and did not participate in other title competitions.
Valentino's fate is very multifaceted. This man managed to serve in the army and take part in hostilities, killing people. Valentino later went to jail, serving time for drug trafficking. This dark side of his life almost ruined him - during one of the street showdowns, Gregg was almost killed. Due to addiction to drugs, Valentino lost not only his own gym, but also his wife and children. Now everything has changed - Gregg writes a column for Muscular Development magazine. Hundreds of aspiring bodybuilders, soldiers and prisoners write to him every day. Valentino has a lot to tell, because he has seen a lot in life.
A bodybuilding career began at the age of 13. It is noteworthy that over 23 years of hard training, he managed to achieve impressive results without taking any stimulants. The athlete's arm volume was 53.3 centimeters. And with the use of synthol, the biceps increased to an impressive 71 centimeters. Valentino has become like a mountain of muscles, looking rather unnatural. It is not surprising that in modern bodybuilding Gregg is referred to as "Mr. Synthol".
This drug belongs to intermuscular fatty acid. This synthetic oil is injected into the muscle in order to enlarge it. Synthol spreads between muscle fibers, increasing muscle volume. However, years of constant use of steroids led to the fact that the body simply resisted this bullying. Valentino's biceps exploded.
Marcus Rule. This man calls himself the owner of the largest shoulders in the world. This bodybuilder has the most impressive body part in bodybuilding history. And Marcus came to this sport quite late - at the age of 19. Then there was no question of a career, it was just interest. After 4 years of intense training at the very first competition in Babenhaus, Markus won gold. Two years later, the young athlete wins the Hesse Championship and the German National Championship.
This German became the first in his country to receive IFBB professional status immediately after winning the National Championship. Marcus quickly realized that he was still far from the titans of this sport. Since 1998, he has been on a special diet. However, in New York's "Night of Champions", he took only 9th place. This defeat only spurred Rule on in his desire to improve. In 1999, the 4th place was won in the "Night of Champions". In 2000, Ruhl won the Toronto / Montreal Pro with silver in the Night of Champions.
But at the competition "Mr. Olympia" the results were inexpressive. Markus even decided to leave the sport, because the results did not match the efforts he put in. However, natural ambition and support from loved ones helped to keep motivation. In 2002 Ruhl won the Night of Champions. Fans said that the very appearance of "The German Beast" on the stage determined the winner in advance.
Until now, Markus continues to perform. True, the title "Mr. Olympia" never surrendered to him. The best achievement there is 5th place in 2004. But the athlete does not despair, especially since next to him is Simone's wife, who shares her husband's hobby and attends the gym with him.
Ronnie Coleman. This person literally breaks all stereotypes in bodybuilding. For example, he won the Mr. Olympia competition eight times. But nobody could exceed this result. Even the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger won there "only" 7 times. Coleman was born in Louisiana in 1964. As a teenager, he was quite active - he was fond of basketball, football and baseball. The genetics of the future champion also played a role - the boy was of a strong physique, and his athletic results were high.
At 12 years old, Ronnie came to the gym just out of curiosity. Coleman soon joined the ranks of local bodybuilders. But training soon stopped - with admission to college, Coleman became interested in football. Success in this field did not inspire the athlete. Having received a degree in accounting, he worked for 2 years as a manager in a pizzeria. But this was not what I wanted.
Coleman enters a police school. There, his bodybuilding skills came in handy. In 1990, at the request of the owner of the hall, Ronnie takes part in the "Mr. Texas" competition and wins there. A year later, Coleman becomes the world champion among amateurs and becomes professionals. Results in professional sports came only after 4 years of training. Coleman won the Canada Cup in 1995, in 1996 he was the second in the "Night of Champions", in 1997 he won the Russian Grand Prix.
The debut at "Mr. Olympia" took place in 1997, then a modest 9th place was won. But since then, Coleman has already won 8 victories. Only in 2006 was the hegemony of the legendary giant interrupted. At the same time, Coleman stresses in every possible way that he never dreamed of fame in this sport. He is still doing what he loves, his appearance suppressing any conflicts possible in the work of a police officer.
Ronnie goes to workout in the morning, then patrols the streets, in the evening - cardio workout, burning fat. There is only time for sleep. The only thing that worries the athlete is nutrition. After all, it's embarrassing for a police officer to eat a whole chicken while on duty in a patrol car. But there are no problems in his personal life - the bodybuilder has a wife and two daughters. In life, the bodybuilder is very calm and balanced. He believes in God, reads the Bible.
Jason Cutler. This athlete was born in 1973 in Worcester. As a child, Jason showed himself to be an active person. He worked a lot on his father's farm, helped his brother in his business. This has taught him perseverance and perseverance in work. In addition, constant physical activity developed his body, laying the foundation for a future career.
While studying at school, Jay traveled a lot. After all, he had to study in five cities. But everywhere Cutler was a popular person, not suffering from a lack of attention. The reason is his passion for football. Jay was one of the best players on his teams. In 1991, Cutler graduated from high school and went to college, where he received his education in criminal law. Jay did not participate in sports, but in order to curb his energy, he decided to go in for bodybuilding.
The athlete's height is 176 centimeters. According to the fashion in bodybuilding, his weight at the time of the competition is 125 kilograms. But in the off-season, the mass can reach 145 kilograms. Regardless, Cutler has a great body and well-developed muscles. This led him to numerous victories. Jay can be seen in numerous videos about the preparation for the competition "Mr. Olympia". Yes, they themselves set up the release of films with their own training methods. He also wrote a book about the art of successful bodybuilding. Anyone can learn the secrets of bodybuilding there.
While Coleman won Olympia year after year, Jay remained on the sidelines. They even said that because of his age, he would never be able to win this prestigious competition. Nevertheless, it was Cutler who broke the hegemony of his rival in 2006. The following year, Cutler won the title again.
Dexter Jackson. While still in school as a boy, he was involved in various sports. In high school, athletics and running took over his heart. Jackson was doing well and preparing to go to college. However, Dexter's girlfriend became pregnant, which changed his plans. Now it was necessary to take care of the family, especially since the girl's parents, having learned about what had happened, kicked her out of the house. The black streak is over - the couple got an apartment, and Dexter got a job as a cook.
Nevertheless, Jackson did not abandon his passion for sports. When he was 20 years old, on the advice of his friends, he decided to compete in bodybuilding competitions. The preparation took only 3 weeks, and the result was a victory. In 1994, Dexter became the undisputed champion of the Southern States in lightweight division. A year later he won the national championship. And in 1998 he won the North American Championship. After that, Dexter becomes a professional.
The athlete has starred in many films of the "Battle for Olympia" series, he releases his own video disc "Titans". There, Dexter talks about his path to success through grueling daily workouts. The second victory came in 2003 at the GNC Power Show. In 2004, Dexter wins Iron Man, third place in Arnold Classic, and wins Grand Prix in San Francisco and Australia. The fourth place was reached at Olympia. Jackson's performances in this competition always attract attention.
After all, according to experts, he is the bodybuilder of the future, who must oust the masters of the past with their huge mass from the stage. Dexter is 168 centimeters tall and weighs only 99 kilograms. Long and hard training was not in vain - in 2008 Dexter won two elite competitions "Arnold Classic" and "Mr. Olympia" at once. Since then, he has consistently ranked among the top 6 bodybuilders at Olympia.
Arnold Schwarzenegger. In America, the popular definition is "self-made man", a person who made himself. This term is the best fit for Arnold Schwarzenegger. The story of his life and career is a telling example not only for bodybuilders, but for all people. He became a legendary bodybuilder, iconic actor, and is now involved in politics after serving as Governor of California.
But from birth, Arnold was rather weak. Everyone paid much more attention to his older brother, Meinhard. He was a good athlete. The brothers had to do a lot of housework, and there was also a school. At 14, Arnold went to the gym admiring the muscular beauties from the movies. I had to learn bodybuilding on my own, from magazines. While serving in the Army, Arnold won the title of the junior competition "Mr. Europe". At the age of 19, Schwarzenegger takes second place in the "Mr. Universe", and the next year he wins this title. This is the youngest winner of the prestigious competition.
In 1968, when the athlete was only 21 years old, he moved to the United States. There he continues to practice and in 1970 he won his first title "Mr. Olympia". Since 1969, Schwarzenegger began acting in films, earning his own Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Among his many victories in sports, Arnold himself singles out the title "Mr. Olympia" in 1980. After all, the bodybuilder returned after a five-year absence and found that the number of real competitors had increased significantly.
In addition, age made itself felt, requiring more careful nutrition. Today Schwarzenegger returns to the cinema. His capital exceeds $ 200 million. In 1988, the legendary bodybuilder founded his own competition, "Arnold Classic".
Lou Ferrino. This athlete is considered the strongest opponent of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ferrino's fame was brought by his numerous appearances on television. He became a famous actor, appearing on numerous occasions in both fiction and documentary films. And his position is the county deputy sheriff.
When Lou was three years old, he got an infection in his ear. Because of this, he lost his hearing by 80%. This trauma led to a love of reading and bodybuilding. At the age of 13, Ferrino began lifting weights, striving to be like Steve Reeves, the main bodybuilding icon of the 50s. Ferrino himself recalled that if it were not for hearing loss, it is not known what would have happened to him. After all, this gave him an incentive to make the most of all his possibilities.
Since 1971, Ferrino begins to compete in youth bodybuilding competitions. In 1973 and 1974 he was the absolute champion of "Mister Universe" and "Mister America". However, after a series of successes in 1975, his career slowly began to decline. Ferrino also took part in the competition for the strongest man on the planet in 1977, where he took 4th place. Then Lu's film career began. In the early 90s, Lou tried to return to bodybuilding, but quickly became disillusioned and finally retired in 1994.
Lee Haney. This man has won the title of Mr. Olympia more than anyone else. Haney was born in 1959 in South Carolina. For the first time, he got to training at school. At 19 years old, he won the Mr. America title among teenagers. In 1984, Haney won his first Mr. Olympia title. His last, eighth such title, the bodybuilder won in 1991. In the same year, he excelled at the "Arnold Classic".
Today, Lee has long ceased to participate in active competitions. But his business is inextricably linked to bodybuilding. Haney owns several gyms and trains and teaches. During Bill Clinton's administration, Haney served as chairman of the Physical Fitness and Sports Council. Lee has a wife and two children. He publishes books and supplements, and does charity work.
Reg Park. This athlete is rightfully one of the best. He was born in 1928 in Leeds, England. At 21, Park won the "Mr. Britain" title. They learned about him in the USA, where the name of the young bodybuilder began to be promoted. In the Mr. Universe competition, Park won both as an amateur and as a professional. In 1952, the athlete moved to South Africa, where he opened a network of fitness centers.
Cinematography became another Park's passion. In the 60s, Reg starred in four tapes at once about the adventures of Hercules. The bodybuilder harmoniously blended into the image of the ancient hero. Those films inspired many to go in for bodybuilding; Schwerzenegger became one of the fans of the park.
The meeting of teacher and student on the podium took place in 1970. Then Arnold outright defeated his idol, whom he recently admired. The park's last success dates back to 1973, when, at the age of 45, she finished second at Universe Pro. The legendary bodybuilder died in 2007 at the age of 79.
Steve Reeves. This legendary bodybuilder was born in 1926 in Montana. Steve began lifting weights at the age of 14, having come up with his own program for this. In 1944, Reeves joined the army and managed to fight in the Philippines. After retiring from service in 1946, Reeves immediately resumed his training. Three months later, he becomes "Mr. West America", winning along the way prizes for the best arms, legs and chest. A month later, Reeves becomes the youngest ever Mr. America winner, beating 35 opponents.
Since then, for almost 20 years, Reeves has become the main star of the "Muscle Coast" in Venice, California. On the beaches, he simply stuns people who are not used to such a pumped-up body. Crowds of fans follow him.Reeves takes part in the most prestigious competitions, he becomes "Mister World", and in 1950 and "Mister Universe", beating the idol of Schwarzenegger, Reg Park. After that, Reeves decided to switch to cinema.
This bodybuilder has paved the way for the big screens for his sport. Thanks to the tapes about Hercules, many people have learned about the existence of bodybuilding. On the set, Reeves was injured, refusing to pursue an active sports career. In the late 50s, the bodybuilder and actor moved to Europe, acting mainly in Italian films.
And in 1968, Reeves left the cinema, taking up horse breeding and business. Thanks to the work of this legendary athlete, the whole world learned about bodybuilding. Indeed, in those days this sport was new and unknown to the broad masses. The name of Steve Reeves has long become synonymous with a strong man, eventually replaced by Arnold.