Famous Bodybuilders Then and NowDec 24, 2021
Bodybuilding is a truly unique sport, it takes years of intense weight training, a super strict diet, and more tan than a Kardashian makeup tutorial to rise to the top. Well done, these titans may become
famousfor their muscular bodies, but the time comes for all of us and not Even
bodybuildersstay in shape forever, from age and injury to the drastic consequences of steroid use. It's time to look back at some of the world's most
bodybuildersand see what they look like today. just arnold schwarzenegger training hard since the age of just 15 arnie was determined to become the best bodybuilder in the world and this meant winning a coveted mr olympia title established in 1965 and still going strong today this annual competition sees the best and greatest pro bodybuilders from all over the world flexing on the main stage now arnie came second in his mr olympia debut in 1969 but
thenreturned in 1970 to take first place making him the youngest mr winner olympia with only 23 years. he won the prestigious title an astounding seven times during the 1970s competing at weights ranging from 225 to 250 pounds with an incredible 57 inch chest and 22 one inch arms but these weren't all natural gains arnie has been very open about his use of anabolic steroids, a type of performance-enhancing drug that increases muscle mass and decreases fat to improve performance and appearance, although this was before steroids were banned by many sports associations in the 1990s However Arnie's amazing looks landed him many movie roles including 80's classics like Code the Barbarian and Terminator he was unstoppable well almost in 1997 he underwent open heart surgery and the doctors He was advised to reduce the intensity of his training,
thenhe took office as Governor of California from 2003 to 2011, so maintaining the already mega muscles it wasn't his top priority as such paparazzi zi has spent years trying to capture his declining physique but at the grand age of 74 you can see that arnie is still in incredible shape 40 years after retiring from bodybuilding and still he pumps iron regularly at his home gym doing heavy-looking T-bar rows. and bicep curls at 114lbs i'm less than half that age and even i couldn't do that what an icon ok you might not be able to lift weights like grandpa schwarzenegger but you can test your strength against those buttons like and subscribe below you got them right now what a male mountain we have we have the next ronnie coleman few bodybuilders can compete with arnie mr olympia's seven wins though there is one man who can give him a run for his money ronnie coleman aptly nicknamed the king he doesn't quite match Arnie's record has been broken with incredible eights Mr Olympia wins to his credit He's tied with the legendary Lee Haney for the most Mr Olympia wins in history and it's not hard to see why at a competitive weight of around 30 0 pounds sporting a 60-inch chest and 24-inch biceps, this man was a monster of epic proportions, yet just like Arnie Ronnie, he also admitted Having used steroids when it was still legal, he was desperate to be the best, but it took its own toll on him.
His brutal training regimen pushed his body to the absolute limit, leaving Ronnie with a litany of serious injuries, including herniated discs and severe spinal compression. By 2020, at age 56, he had undergone not one, not two, but 13 separate spinal surgeries. as a hip replacement, the damage was so extensive that doctors feared he would never walk again, but it would take more than that to keep this king down. Videos posted on social media show he needs a little help getting up and walking but he's still pumping iron in the gym like the champ, he can't train as intensely as before, he currently weighs closer to 200lbs, but most of it is still muscle, would you expect anything less from king jay cu? tler hot on the heels of arnie and ronnie is the mighty jay cutler now this four-time mr olympia winner has never been shy about showing what it takes to prepare for competition from spending five days a week training for hours to becoming dangerously dehydrated himself before shows to give his muscles a leaner appearance in 2005 all this work helped him lose a massive amount of body fat reducing his weight from 283 pounds to 265 in just four weeks this extreme cutting process is crucial for many bodybuilders as it helps them maintain their burly physiques while showing off that essential muscle definition, but less than two months later, after the show ended, Jay was back to 293 pounds. to eat more, drink more, and not hit the gym as intensely, however, this shocking image surfaced on the internet around 2014, apparently showing a huge unrecognizable j across the bottom of him.
Season thankfully, this was just the photoshopped work of some zealous people who had tried to make Jay's weight look fatter than chunky. jay has kept most of his monster mass even though he retired he may not be as big as before but if i look like this when i approach 50 i'll be delighted dave palumbo dave palumbo is a household name in the world of bodybuilding, but not for the best of reasons, at his heaviest, this 5-foot-9 performer weighed in at over 300 pounds and competed in US national events from 1990 to 2004. gut this is believed which is a side effect of an anabolic agent called human growth hormone or hgh a substance banned by many sports that stimulates the growth of tissue in the body increasing muscle mass and artificially impeding roaming athletic performance but when I say tissue I mean all tissues, including things in your organs, doctors have observed athletes who abuse hgh and can suffer enlarged hearts and bloated intestines, the latter of which is thought to give the gut that weirdly bloated look though they don't know what causes it for sure so it's currently just a theory but with one of the biggest guts in the bodybuilding world the condition was coined palumbolism not the title I think that Dave wanted to win.
He stopped racing in 2004 but continued. she exercised at a lower intensity in the years after this, watched her gigantic gains plummet over the years, and then, at 53, proudly showed off her surprisingly flat stomach—that's right, her tummy-busting bulge. it was completely gone while the verdict is still out on what exact causes of palumbolism david has done a great job of proving it can be reversed and all while looking genuinely healthy which hero tom platts you may know him as t the golden eagle Or the quadruple, but this thick-thighed powerhouse's real name is Tom Platts Between 1979 and 1986 Tom competed in seven Mr Olympia events, usually placing in the top ten.
His thighs were the envy of many bodybuilders measuring in at a girth of 34 inches at their largest, which is about the same as the average wastage of a normal man. Tom became famous for his fun and intense training exercises that pushed every muscle in his body to the limit. He was so built that in 1993 at age 38 he could squat an impressive 525 pounds 23 times faster until 2015, when Tom was 60 and could still be found in the gym lifting weights. Now, as we age, our ability to build and maintain muscle mass declines because of our body's natural production of testosterone. slows down testosterone is essential for synthesizing muscle-building protein, so it's perfectly natural to stop gaining incredible amounts of muscle as you age, but it seems Tom's body didn't get that memo because at 65 he was still bragging about some pretty shredded thighs man they don't call him the quad dad for nothing today as he approaches 70 you can still find him busting his butt in the gym proving you can maintain your physique if you put the work in flex wheeler flex by name and flex by nature kenneth flex-wheeler is an american bodybuilding legend who competed in over 30 professional bodybuilding competitions between 1993 and 2017 is widely considered one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time while he started out completely natural, He, too, turns to steroids to get a leg up on the competition, but it wasn't an easy ride in interviews. ace described how steroids saw him gain a whopping 30lbs in just a month thats almost a pound a day even though he competed at a whopping 240lbs with incredibly impressive 31 inch thighs it wasn't enough to earn him a mr title olympia leaving him in 2nd and 3rd on many occasions, that's pretty important considering flex was also diagnosed with severe kidney problems in 1999, this could have been related to the steroids he was taking but the doctors never confirmed this from that point on, he competed completely drug-free, retired in 2017, and photos began to surface soon after. he appeared on social media claiming he had really let go now that the tattoos clearly match but other flex pics from around this time show him in amazing condition which makes me think this big belly pic might be fake, though However, at this time, flex had bigger problems than some fake photos Circulation problems stemming from other kidney problems meant he had no choice but to amputate part of his right leg in 2019, but this hasn't stopped the now 56-year-old flex , even without a leg, he still makes it go to the gym to lift weights and stay in shape now that's what you call a great pushup paul dalet when it comes to photos few bodybuilders can strike a pose like paul doulette in his 199 heyday 0s this guy did everything from posing in sunglasses to lifting weights in braces, gosh I wish I looked this good in braces at a max competitive weight 285 lbs.
Paul participated in more than 40 professional bodybuilding tournaments from 1991 to 2006. highly in almost all of them, although he never got higher than fourth place in the all-important mr olympia, however, in 1988 he revealed in an interview that he had started taking steroids to improve his physique, including the aforementioned human growth hormone, photos of paul also show him sporting that suspiciously bulging belly in later competitions, but that was nothing compared to this belly he gained in the 2000s, published in a variety of magazines. to the conclusion that Paul had just stopped taking steroids, as this can lead to hormonal fluctuations that force the body to retain an excessive amount of steroids. amount of body fat but later revealed he had gotten out of shape on purpose only to recover a few months later this was all because of some before and after photos which were later used in supplement ads which Paul allegedly did a lot of money as of 2019 though at 56 Paul has clearly stopped exercising as much and has really lost most of his bulk but you have to admit he can still wear a pair of nicole bass sunglasses just like the guys female bodybuilders are no match for the power of time something bodybuilder and wwe superstar nicole bass once demonstrated that she made her bodybuilding debut in 1985 by sweeping national competitions and reaching the top 15 of miss olympia in 1997. at 6'2 and 240lbs she really stood out next to her other competitors but when training anything on nicole she changed as toned and muscular as she was in the late 80's to the 90's her physique suddenly became much bulkier and there was nothing natural about it as she probably guessed that nicole had been abusing anabolic steroids although they can help anyone artificially gain muscle mass they can also increase bone production in the body, particularly around the jaw line, which gave her a more robust appearance, but looks at her to the side. nicole peak was so impressively stacked that it made many male bodybuilders compete for their money unfortunately although steroids can have devastating long term consequences that are more than just cosmetic abnormalities in 2006 nicole was admitted to the hospital after suffering from pancreatitis related to steroids with doctors advising her not to train intensely nicole lost most of the muscle mass that steroids allowed her to gain and then sadly at just 52 she passed away due to complications following a stroke and heart attack ill health which are greatly increased with steroid abuse i guess it proves that even though steroids can provide magnificent gains there are some very ugly consequences hidden louferrigno you might not recognize this next guy unless he's smeared with green paint, but lou ferrigno was famous long before he played the hulk, he began training to become a bodybuilder at just 13 years old in an attempt to look like the role models from his childhood, hercules. and the Hulk in 1973, at the age of just 22, he won his first prestigious Mr Universe title and regularly battled Arnie for first place in many bodybuilding competitions, but even at a mammoth 6'5 and weighing over 315lbs It just wasn't enough. to get him a mr olympia title, although he came close on two occasions, but that didn't stop the entertainment industry from noticing him in 1977.
He was cast in the television series The Incredible Hulk, obviously as the Hulk and became a muscle man. Cultural icon he retired from bodybuilding in 1995 but did not stop working on himself. He recently posted some body photos of him on social media showing off his incredibly lean physique, but can you guess how? age he was here 50 maybe 55 off thrust try on size the tone in most of his muscles might be gone but he still retains an amazingly built figure considering most men around 70 tend to look a bit frail lou he seems as fit as ever i guess you can take the hulk guy but you can't hulk the guy dorian yates now bodybuilders aren't just made in the usa over the uk pond dorian yates is a british bodybuilder who he began training hard at the age of 21. and by 22 he had won his first bodybuilding title standing at 5ft 10in with a top competition weight of around 260lbs dorian became famous for his incredibly broad and thick back from there he swept the competition winning spots all over the world with an impressive six year reign as mr olympia from 1992 to 1997, but like many of the greats this was not a completely natural effort before his first competition, just like every other bodybuilder at the time, he had started taking steroids then dabbled with hgh grew to such an incredible size weighing about 290lbs in his off season he seemed to be in the best shape of his life but then six weeks before the 1997 mr olympia all of a sudden he was hospitalized with anti-inflammatory medication he had been taking for a shoulder i The injury had caused him severe internal bleeding to the point where he was coughing up blood. re.
He miraculously overcame it, but then at three weeks he tore one of his triceps tendons from the bone. He couldn't train, but he died hard and surprisingly still. he won the title what a beast despite extensive surgery his injury worsened so he decided to retire with his body mechanics badly affected he couldn't train like he used to but that didn't stop him from staying fit at 59 years that dorian has lost. lots of mass but keep your physique in shape through other forms of exercise like cycling and yoga, your muscles may not be as big as before but choose to take care of your health rather than continue training through pain just for aesthetics is really great. move gene pierre fuchs in the 1990s jean pierre fuchs became a star on the international bodybuilding stage known as one of the first mass monsters the flawless Swiss specimen made his debut in 1993 and was competing as a professional bodybuilder for only three years Later, at his maximum competition weight, he hit the scale at a staggering 260 pounds and was a rising star in the powerlifting world, but in 2002, at just 34 years old, he attempted a squat of 675 pounds to a magazine session gone terribly wrong he fell hard with the weights crushing his knees to the ground leaving him with a severely injured left thigh and a torn ligament in his right patella required surgery and was almost able to walk again but the damage it was done.
After extensive rehabilitation, he attempted to compete again, but devastatingly failed to place in either the 2001 or 2003 events. it was cut short by an accident so freak it was a crushing way to retire, but Gene Pierre hasn't broken heart since then and kept going. working out to the best of his abilities, obviously his legs are now a bit skinnier than they used to be, but he's maintained some upper-body mass since his heyday in 2020, he underwent a knee replacement which has certainly helped him stay fit and live a fulfilling life, so the next time you make an excuse not to hit the gym, remember the Gene Pierre story and do it for Tom Prince's sake.
He may not have heard of Tom Prince, but in the past. In the 1990s he was a very hard man to miss. He began competing professionally in 1997 and in 2001 he managed to secure a spot on the Mr Olympia main stage during the off-season. This mountain of a man weighed up to 312 pounds. but he was able to get it down to just 230lbs when he competed that's a weight loss of 82lbs about the same as the average 11 year old weighs sounds impossibly extreme but wasn't entirely natural tom admitted he used to use a mixture of steroids and diuretics, the latter of which are drugs that helped flush water out of the body, leading to lean looking muscles and tom made him look really good until he couldn't after what turned out to be his final competition in 2002 tom's kidneys started failing many people assumed this was caused by his steroid use or the crazy weights he had been yo-yoing amongst but after a kidney transplant in 2012 he died after two years , Tom's doctors realized that he suffered from a blood condition called Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis considering that it had destroyed his kidney long after he stopped taking the drugs. dition is genetic today at a very low weight of 185lbs he still lives with the life threatening disease and handles it with care but considering so many other bodybuilders have lost their lives to severe kidney failure tom is definitely one of the lucky ones bob harris some bodybuilders really break boundaries but bob harris achieved this using more than just his immense size he began competing in 1981 shocking the bodybuilding community by winning the mr america and mr universe titles before making it to the professional leagues at just 23 5-foot-10 years old with an incredible 225-pound physique, Bob's high-quality jeans propelled him onto the mr olympia stage, where he ranked in the top 10 for several years, he was one of the few bodybuilders at the time he expressed his opposition to steroid use, but it has been debated for decades whether he actually practiced what he preached, however in 1989 he quit or drop a real bombshell in the press, he bravely came out as gay today, this wouldn't be big news, but Bob was the first professional male athlete active in any sport to come out to the media and has been an icon ever since in more than one arena he retired from the sport in 1991 to pursue his other dreams such as being an actor, model and writer although he no longer trains intensely he still likes to keep fit through other methods such as yoga his physique is now much leaner than its almost impossible to think he was ever a bodybuilder i mean he looks like every other guy on the street and can you guess how old he is now 40 maybe 50 in a row not 61 geez i guess i need to start practicing g yoga frank zane there are few men in the bodybuilding industry who command the absolute respect that veteran frank zane deserves this man was not a heavyweight giant like arnie ronnie or jay but he still managed He went on to claim three impressive mr olympia titles by competing in the Under-200 pound category, Frank participated in at least 25 professional bodybuilding tournaments between 1962 and 1983.
So this man was putting in a lot of effort before Arnie had hair. on the chest. For him as such, he gradually honed his body by competing in five Mr Olympia tournaments before finally winning his first title in 1977. His reign lasted until 1979, after which an accident at home saw him lose around 15 pounds of muscle mass. , still competing but was never able to claim the coveted first place never retired after his last show in 1983 but never stopped working out at 65 frank hardly seemed to have aged at all gray hair may have given him away but just look at the tone of his thighs and chest they wouldn't look out of place on a 30 year old man at the age of 71 he still sported a massive set of guns but time is coming for all of us and at the admirable age of 79 , Frank finally seems to have lost some incredible muscle mass, yet he continues to educate kids on Instagram on how to do proper dumbbell curls and inline curls, in his mid-80s. the guy is still in better shape than most 20 year old jimbros well i dont know about you but this has motivated me to hit the gym which of these before and afters surprised you the most and which ones really inspired you please let me know . comments below and as always thanks for watching
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