Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Famous Bodybuilder Jim Badra

Famous Bodybuilder Jim Badra

About Jim Badra : Jim Badra was born April, 1961 and is a Greek and Jordanian American former professional bodybuilder, businessman, investor, and spokesperson for health and nutrition. Badra competed in bodybuilding and became a Mr. World Champion in 1988. He also featured on the cover of Muscular Development magazine.

Jimmy began weight training at the age of 19. He won the Mr Western USA title at age 24 and went on to win the Mr. World and became Bodybuilder of the Year in 1988. Badra remains active in the bodybuilding world and gives seminars on nutrition and health around the world.

Being a foreigner in middle America, Jim Badra was inspired to become a body builder due to bullying and the cultural separation of being a foreigner in a white American school. It was observed that Top Bodybuilder gained the respect and admiration of Americans. As a foreigner trying to fit in, Badra saw his opportunity of being a great American through bodybuilding. This venture became a family affair according to the Article "Body Builder's quest for fame and glory is a family affair".

At age 19, Jim started lifting heavy weights. He devoted himself to becoming a World Champion Bodybuilder, after gaining recognitions from some prestigious amateur bodybuilding contest. In 1984, He won the heavyweight division at the Super Bowl of Bodybuilding in Anaheim. His amateur bodybuilding titles include 1985 Gold's Classic in Reno, Nev. the 1985 Super Boal of Bodybuilding in San Jose, and Mr. Western USA in Alameda.

After competing in the Mr America contest, Badra turned professional and set his eyes on winning the biggest of all bodybuilding contests Mr. Olympia. Jim lived and trained in Northern California. Laura Dayton, journalist for Muscular Development, states "I've known him since his Mr. World win. He is a Hard trainer, a superior physique athlete and more importantly, a hell of a nice guy with a genuinely positive attitude about the sport, it's future and his role in that future." she goes on to say "Jim is soft-spoken in an interview, but he has mastered bringing excitement and his unique charisma to the stage."

Competitive history
1984 Superbowl of Bodybuilding IV - Heavyweight Winner
1985 Superbowl of Bodybuilding - Heavyweight Winner
1985 Gold's Classic - Heavyweight Winner
1985 Mr. Western U.S.A - Heavyweight Winner (with Most Muscular, Most Symmetrical)
1986 California Gold Cup - Heavyweight Winner (with Most Muscular)
1988 Mr America Championship - Heavyweight Third Place
1988 Mr Universe Championship - Heavyweight Third Place
1988 Mr World Invitational - Heavyweight Winner
1988 Bodybuilder of the Year - Overall
1989 Mr Universe Championship - Heavyweight Third Place
1989 Mr America Championship - Heavyweight Second Place

Friday, April 11, 2014

Clarence Ross - Famous Bodybuilder

Famous Bodybuilder Clarence Ross

Clarence Ross

About Clarence Ross : Clarence Ross (October 26, 1923 – April 30, 2008) was a bodybuilder from the United States.

Ross was born in Oakland, California on October 26, 1923, the second of the four children of Hershel Ross, a teamster, and his wife Jeannette Levi. His mother died when he was young, so he grew up in a series of foster homes.

He started weight training at age 17, weighing 135 pounds at a height of 5'10".

He was motivated by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to enlist in the Air Force, which he did on October 31, 1942 at San Francisco, and was then stationed in Las Vegas. Around this time he married his wife.

Clarence Ross Bodybuilder

In 1945, Ross won the AAU Mr. America contest in Los Angeles. After this success, he started to appear on the covers of popular physique magazines such as Your Physique, Iron Man, Muscle Power, and Health and Strength.

After leaving the service in November, 1945, Ross opened a gym in Alameda, California. On March 13, 1948, Ross won the Mr. USA contest in Los Angeles ahead of the 1947 Mr. America, Steve Reeves.

Ross attempted to defend his title in 1949, but placed second to John Grimek. However, he finished ahead of Steve Reeves, becoming one of only two men to beat Reeves twice (along with Grimek).

In 1955, Clarence attempted a comeback at the Professional Mister Universe of London. He won the tall class category but was beaten for the Overall Title by the Canadian Leo Robert.

Ross died on April 30, 2008.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Ronny Rockel German Bodybuilder

Famous Bodybuilder Ronny Rockel

Ronny Rockel

About Ronny Rockel : Ronny Rockel is an IFBB professional bodybuilder from Germany. Ronny Rockel was born and raised in Germany. Like many other professional bodybuilders from Europe such as Milos Sarcev and Pavol Jablonicky, Rockel grew up under communist rule.

Because of this Rockel was not aware of bodybuilding and other things of the outside world. This soon changed in 1989 when the Berlin Wall was taken down.

Ronny Rockel Bodybuilder

At seventeen years of age, 143 pounds decided that he wanted a body like Arnold Schwarzenegger's after seeing the film Conan the Barbarian, but at the time commercial gyms in his hometown of Chemnitz, East Germany, were non existent.

Instead of abandoning his interest in bodybuilding, he created his own weight set. Following the demise of communism, entrepreneurial activities in the East of Germany spawned and with that the first gym opened in Ronny's hometown. He soon joined and began absorbing information about diet and weight training from other members and fitness magazines.

At his first competition, the Hessian Championships, he placed last in his class. But he did not become discouraged, he came back a year later and won the 1995 NABBA German Nationals and placed third at the NABBA Mr. Universe. From then Rockel decided that he had the potential to become a professional bodybuilder. It was not until 2002 that Ronny Rockel achieved professional status by winning the International German Championships.

 After this victory he won a contract with a nutritional company and relocated with his girlfriend to Venice, California for some time while competing.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Robby Robinson The Black Prince

Famous Bodybuilder Robby Robinson

Robby Robinson

About Robby Robinson : Robby Robinson (born May 24, 1946) is an American former bodybuilder who won the IFBB Mr. America, Mr. World and Mr. Universe titles.

He was the Masters Olympia overall champion the first year that the event was held in 1994 and then went on to win the 50+ division at that same contest in both 1997 and 2000. His nickname is The Black Prince. Robinson was born in Damascus, Georgia, and raised in Tallahassee, Florida.

He attended Florida A&M University, where he competed in both football and track & field. While training for those sports he noticed his body's great responsiveness to weight training, which motivated him to enter his first bodybuilding competition. After competing in more than 300 amateur competitions, Robinson turned professional in 1975.

Robby Robinson Bodybuilder

Although it was to be his only exposure to the movie screen, Robby's first professional year in 1975 was chronicled in the cult classic Pumping Iron.

 Overall, he won numerous IFBB contests, including the first annual Night of the Champions in 1979 as well as the first Masters Olympia in 1994. As one of the famed Golden Age of Bodybuilding' bodybuilders who routinely worked out at Gold's Gym in Venice, California during the 70s, Robby was known as one who was never in off-season condition. Superbly built head-to-toe, his massive and extremely peaked arms became his trademark.

 It was noted in Arnold Schwarzenegger's book "The Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding", that Robinson has one biceps bigger than the other. Robinson sat for an exclusive "Legends of Bodybuilding" interview conducted by Rod Labbe in mid-2010.

The interview, which included current photographs of Robinson, ran in the January 2011 edition of Iron Man magazine. "A masterful piece of work," Robinson said. "I don't think I've ever done a better interview."

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Bill Richardson UK bodybuilding champion

Famous Bodybuilder Bill Richardson

Bill Richardson

About Bill Richardson : Bill Richardson is a UK bodybuilding champion. He has entered a number of bodybuilding competitions in his career, winning several of them, including the Mr. Universe (amateur) competition in 1980.

Bill Richardson Bodybuilder

Richardson's eldest child is Amanda (born 1968), and his other children include Sean, Clifton, Mark and Elizabeth.

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Steve Reeves Famous Bodybuilder

Famous Bodybuilder Steve Reeves

Steve Reeves

About Steve Reeves : Stephen L. Reeves (January 21, 1926 – May 1, 2000) was an American bodybuilder and actor. At the peak of his career, he was the highest-paid actor in Europe. After his military service, Reeves invested in an acting career.

In 1954 he had a small role in his first major motion picture, the musical Athena playing the boyfriend of Jane Powell's character. The same year Reeves had a small role as a cop in the Ed Wood film Jail Bait. These two films are the only ones Reeves made where his own voice was used — for the remainder of his career, Reeves acted in Italian-made films where all dialogue and sound effects were added in post-production.

On December 17, 1954, Reeves guest starred in the ABC sitcom with a variety show theme, The Ray Bolger Show. Ray Bolger portrayed Raymond Wallace, a song-and-dance man repeatedly barely on time for his performances. Reeves played a well-built office employee whom Wallace sees in the company of Wallace's girlfriend, Susan, played by Marjie Millar.

Others on the series were Richard Erdman, Allyn Joslyn, Betty Lynn, Sylvia Lewis, Gloria Winters, and Verna Felton. In 1957, Reeves went to Italy and played the lead character in Pietro Francisci's Hercules, a relatively low-budget epic based loosely on the tales of Jason and the Argonauts, though inserting Hercules into the lead role.

 The film was a major box-office success, grossing $5m in the United States alone in 1959. Its commercial success led to a 1959 sequel Hercules Unchained. From 1959 through 1964, Reeves went on to appear in a string of sword and sandal movies shot on relatively small budgets, and although he is best known for his portrayal of Hercules, he played the character only twice: in the 1958 film and its 1959 sequel Hercules Unchained (released in the US in 1960).

He played a number of other characters on screen, including Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton's Glaucus of Pompeii; Goliath, the bane of the barbarians (actually called Emiliano in the Italian version); Tatar hero Hadji Murad; Romulus, the legendary founder of Rome (opposite Gordon Scott as his twin brother Remus); Pheidippides, the famous war-time messenger of the Battle of Marathon; pirate and self-proclaimed governor of Jamaica, Captain Henry Morgan; and Karim, the fabled Thief of Baghdad. Twice he played Aeneas of Troy and twice he played Emilio Salgari's Malaysian hero, Sandokan.

Steve Reeves Bodybuilder

After the box office success of Hercules, Reeves turned down the role that finally went to Clint Eastwood in A Fistful of Dollars (1964) because he could not believe that "Italians could make a western". He also claimed to have turned down the James Bond role in Dr. No (1962).

Mr. Reeves mentions in an interview that he was offered only $100,000 to play Secret Agent 007, whereas he was earning $250,000 per film in Italy, and as such was tied with Sophia Loren as the highest paid actor in Europe at the time; thus he turned down the role of James Bond to continue making pepla in Italy.

During the filming of The Last Days of Pompeii, Reeves dislocated his shoulder when his chariot slammed into a tree. Swimming in a subsequent underwater escape scene, he re-injured his shoulder. The injury would be aggravated by his stunt work in each successive film, ultimately leading to his retirement from filmmaking and weightlifting.

In 1968 Reeves appeared in his final film, a spaghetti western that imitated the Sergio Leone epics, which he also co-wrote, titled I Live For Your Death! (later released as A Long Ride From Hell). His last screen appearance was in 2000 when he appeared as himself in the made-for-television A&E Biography: Arnold Schwarzenegger - Flex Appeal. In July 1997, Steve was interviewed by freelance writer, Rod Labbe. Entitled "Demi-god on Horseback," it ran as the cover story in "Films of the Golden Age" magazine #65, dated Summer 2011.

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tito Raymond NPC Bodybuilder

Famous Bodybuilder Tito Raymond

Tito Raymond

About Tito Raymond : Tito Raymond (born in Chicago, Illinois on August 10, 1969) is a National Physique Committee ("NPC") bodybuilder.

Tito Raymond Bodybuilder

Tito made his NPC debut in 1993 by competing in Musclemania and placing 5th. His first 1st place win came in the 1997 Musclemania competition.

Tito continued on to win three more first place winnings in the NPC Team Universe Championships for three years in a row, from 1999 to 2001. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California. He is married and has a child with Amy Fadhli.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

The Shawn Ray Way

Famous Bodybuilder Shawn Ray

Shawn Ray

About Shawn Ray : Shawn Ray (born September 9, 1965 in Placentia, California, U.S.) is a former professional bodybuilder and author,not to be confused with Shawn E. Ray,the former professional soccer player with the highest Goalkeeper winning percentage in Dallas Sidekicks history.

In over 30 major bodybuilding competitions, Ray only failed to place in the top five once. Signing his first professional bodybuilding sponsor contract in 1988, Ray has been featured in six video documentaries; Lifestyles of the Fit & Famous (Biopic), Final Countdown (Contest Prep for Olympia 1998), Inside & Out- Behind the Muscle, a look at his daily life on the Pro Circuit, To The Extreme (Training Video) Best of Shawn Ray ( History of Shawn Ray).

 "Fitness After 40" which is a biographical and documentary instyle, showcases Shawn's life after the competitive stage being married with his first child while getting back on the Horse and getting in shape. He is mentioned in The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding by Bill Dobbins and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Ray also wrote a book about how to become a bodybuilder, named The Shawn Ray Way. Ray has appeared on more Flex Magazine covers than any bodybuilder in history and has also featured in many fitness and bodybuilding magazines worldwide.

Shawn was a co-host on Flex Magazine Workout on ESPN for 5 years as well as hosting bodybuilding competitions for ESPN as a commentator for 8 years. Shawn was the Co-Master of Ceremonies for the 2006 and 2007 Mr. Olympia Competitions held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Shawn is the creator of the only charity fundraiser for professional bodybuilding, Vyo Tech Nutritionals presents: Shawn Ray's CHOC Hospital Golf Invitational. Over the last two year's with the help of other pro fitness, figure and bodybuilding champions, as well as supplement companies and magazines, Shawn has helped raise and donate over $55,000.00 to the Children's Hospital of Orange County by hosting this event annually at Black Gold Golf Club in Yorba Linda, Ca.

Shawn Ray Bodybuilder

Shawn was the first professional bodybuilder to fail the drug testing at the Arnold Classic, which was when he first won the title in 1990. He went on to win the title again in 1991.

Ray retired from competitive bodybuilding in 2001 and is now working with a shaker manufacturer company from Sweden called SmartShake.com. He placed in the top five at the Mr. Olympia competition for twelve consecutive years from 1990 to 2001, two of those being first runner-up finishes. He promoted the Shawn Ray Colorado Pro/Am Classic Contest-Expo, held in Denver, Colorado in 2006 and 2007.

Shawn also produced a DVD titled 'Fitness after 40' in which Shawn tries to get back into shape. Shawn is now a Feature Writer for Muscular Development Magazine and the Host of MD Radio and MDTV as an Interviewer. He is also making a video documentary called Evolution of Bodybuilding - The Movie.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Peter Putnam The Pump

Famous Bodybuilder Peter Putnam

Peter Putnam

About Peter Putnam : Peter Matthew Putnam (born August 6, 1976 in Dalton, Georgia), is an IFBB professional bodybuilder, fitness spokesmodel, and celebrity trainer.

He is the 2004 NPC Collegiate Nationals Champion, the 2007 NPC USAs Light-heavyweight Champion, and the 2008 NPC Nationals Light-heavyweight Champion. Putnam has appeared in many world wide bodybuilding publications and been featured on covers such as Muscle and Fitness and FLEX.

Peter Putnam Bodybuilder

He has also appeared as a MADE Coach on MTV and a cover model on Jeff Foxworthy's 2000 album, Big Funny.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tom Prince Famous Bodybuilder

Famous Bodybuilder Tom Prince

Tom Prince

About Tom Prince : Tom Prince (born October 26, 1969 Virginia) is a retired American professional bodybuilder. Prince won his IFBB pro card by winning the 1997 NPC National Championships (his only overall title). His highest professional placing was the 2001 Night of Champions, where he finished third.

Tom Prince Bodybuilder

Prince's kidneys failed during his preparations for the 2003 Night Of Champions, and he retired from competitive bodybuilding shortly after.

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