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Jay Cutler: A cut above the rest

Jay Cutler: A cut above the rest

The man who toppled Ronnie Coleman Four-time Mr. Olympia winner Jay Cutler can be aptly described as one of the most persistent bodybuilders of the modern era. Cutler established himself as one of bodybuilding’s icons by placing either first or second in the majority of contests he entered in a ...

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Big Ron – Godzilla of the iron game

Ronnie Coleman - Greatest of all time

Ronnie Coleman – Greatest of all time Ronnie Dean Coleman was born on 13 May 1964 in Louisiana. Coleman is regarded by many as the greatest bodybuilder of all time. He became a true Godzilla of the iron game who was known for pushing his body beyond its limits. At ...

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The Shadow – Dorian Yates

Dorian Yates - Setting a new standard for freaky mass

Setting a new standard for freaky mass Although his nickname was ‘The Shadow’ for his tendency to unexpectedly appear at bodybuilding shows and then win, Dorian Yates was everything but a shadow and set a new standard for freaky mass. Yates won the coveted Sandow trophy six consecutive times from ...

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Totally Awesome Lee Haney

Lee Haney: Forever famous for smashing Arnold's Olympia record

Forever famous for smashing Arnold’s Olympia record Lee Haney was born on 11 November 1959 and grew up in a small town called Spartanburg in South Carolina. As a teenager he was fascinated by characters of strength like Samson and Hercules. He asked his parents to buy him a set ...

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Samir Bannout – The Lion of Lebanon

One of the first bodybuilders to display 'a Christmas tree'

One of the first bodybuilders to display ‘a Christmas tree’ Known in the bodybuilding world as ‘The Lion of Lebanon’, Samir Bannout won the sport’s most prestigious title, the Mr. Olympia in 1983 when he brought exceptional muscularity, especially in his lower back region (erector spinae muscles), to the stage ...

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Bodybuilding champ Chris Dickerson

Chris Dickerson: One of the most talented posers of the sport

One of the most talented posers of the sport With a perfect combination of size, balance and conditioning Chris Dickerson won the Mr. Olympia in 1982 at the age of 43 becoming the oldest Mr. Olympia winner. He only won the Mr. Olympia once, a distinction he shares with Samir ...

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Frank Zane – Master of aesthetics

One of the lightest bodybuilders to achieve success on stage

One of the lightest bodybuilders to achieve success on stage With his thin waist and wide shoulders, maths and chemistry teacher Frank Zane brought aesthetics to the Olympia stage that was considered by many bodybuilding fans as the best in the history of the sport. At 1.75m and weighing only ...

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Franco Columbu

Franco Columbu

The Sardinian strongman who became Mr. Olympia At only 1.65m and weighing 88kg Franco Columbu was shorter than most of his bodybuilding peers but that did not stop him from winning a prestigious Sandow in 1976 and again in 1981. Born on 7 August 1941 on the Italian island of ...

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