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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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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tom Platz The Golden Eagle

Famous Bodybuilder Tom Platz

Tom Platz

About Tom Platz : Thomas Steven Platz (born June 26, 1955 in Fort Sill, Oklahoma) is a retired professional bodybuilder. His nicknames are "The Golden Eagle" and "Quadzilla". Tom Platz began his competitive bodybuilding career in the 1973 Mr. Adonis competition.

He competed as an amateur until he won the 1978 World Amateur Championships middleweight division. In 1978 he moved to California; he arrived there with $50, a plane ticket, and a dream to win Mr. Olympia. For the following nine years Platz competed as a pro aiming for the most prestigious bodybuilding title there is, Mr. Olympia.

Though Platz never took first at the Olympia he had a string of top ten finishes, with a third position in 1981 being the best. Platz became famous for his remarkable leg development. He developed a high intensity, high volume method of leg training, which led to his unparalleled size and definition for his time.

Regardless of what was found lacking elsewhere, it is still widely claimed in bodybuilding circles that Platz holds the mark for the best legs in bodybuilding of his time and some of the best legs in bodybuilding ever. Flex readers agree: In a "best bodyparts of the 20th century" poll, Platz was deemed to have the best quads and hamstrings of all time.

Tom Platz Bodybuilder

Tom Platz retired from professional bodybuilding competition in 1987 and did a 'Comeback' in 1995 when he was awarded Honorary Mr. America. He still promotes the sport wholeheartedly. Tom says, "I just want to give back to the sport I love which has been really great to me." 

He played the part of "Body Builder" in the 1990 film Book of Love. His character portrayed the Charles Atlas-like character from those "tired of bullies kicking sand in your face and stealing your girlfriend" type of advertisements that were in a lot of comic books during the 50's and 60's. Tom Platz was and is one of the most sought after guest speakers in the world of bodybuilding, nutrition and general fitness. He is currently a Professor and Director of Bodybuilding Sciences at ISSA.

Tom has a Masters in Fitness Science, Bachelors in Science Physiology and Nutrition from Wayne State University and Michigan State University, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of California. Platz now lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, on the TPC golf course, and supplements his income working as a salesman at Airpark Chrysler Jeep.

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Harold Poole Professional Bodybuilder

Famous Bodybuilder Harold Poole

Harold Poole


About Harold Poole : Harold Poole (b. December 25, 1943 in Louisville, Kentucky) is a former AAU, IFBB and WBBG professional bodybuilder. Poole's athleticism was apparent very early on.

He was quarterback on his footballl team at Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, placed fourth in the state high school wrestling championships, ran 440 yards in 50 seconds and put the 12 pound shot 55 feet. In 1960, Poole entered the AAU Mr. America and, at the age of 16, took 18th place.

His final AAU teen opportunity came in June 1963, where he won most muscular, but was the runner-up to Vern Weaver.

Harold Poole Bodybuilder


Three months later, Poole switched to the IFBB and, at age 19, he won the Mr. Universe. The next year, he became the first African-American to be named IFBB Mr. America.

Starting in 1965, Poole became the only man to compete in the first three Mr. Olympia contests. He retired from bodybuilding competition following the 1982 IFBB Night Of Champions where he placed out of the top 10.

 Today he currently lives in New York where he continues to train with weights and practice Martial Arts. He was inducted to the IFBB Hall of Fame in 2004 and the WBBG Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2008 Harold was voted the Greatest Teenage Bodybuilder of All-Time.

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Tom Platz The Golden Eagle

Famous Bodybuilder Tom Platz

Tom Platz

About Tom Platz : Thomas Steven Platz (born June 26, 1955 in Fort Sill, Oklahoma) is a retired professional bodybuilder. His nicknames are "The Golden Eagle" and "Quadzilla". Tom Platz began his competitive bodybuilding career in the 1973 Mr. Adonis competition.

He competed as an amateur until he won the 1978 World Amateur Championships middleweight division. In 1978 he moved to California; he arrived there with $50, a plane ticket, and a dream to win Mr. Olympia. For the following nine years Platz competed as a pro aiming for the most prestigious bodybuilding title there is, Mr. Olympia.

Though Platz never took first at the Olympia he had a string of top ten finishes, with a third position in 1981 being the best. Platz became famous for his remarkable leg development. He developed a high intensity, high volume method of leg training, which led to his unparalleled size and definition for his time.

Regardless of what was found lacking elsewhere, it is still widely claimed in bodybuilding circles that Platz holds the mark for the best legs in bodybuilding of his time and some of the best legs in bodybuilding ever. Flex readers agree: In a "best bodyparts of the 20th century" poll, Platz was deemed to have the best quads and hamstrings of all time.

Tom Platz Bodybuilder

Tom Platz retired from professional bodybuilding competition in 1987 and did a 'Comeback' in 1995 when he was awarded Honorary Mr. America. He still promotes the sport wholeheartedly. Tom says, "I just want to give back to the sport I love which has been really great to me." 

He played the part of "Body Builder" in the 1990 film Book of Love. His character portrayed the Charles Atlas-like character from those "tired of bullies kicking sand in your face and stealing your girlfriend" type of advertisements that were in a lot of comic books during the 50's and 60's. Tom Platz was and is one of the most sought after guest speakers in the world of bodybuilding, nutrition and general fitness. He is currently a Professor and Director of Bodybuilding Sciences at ISSA.

Tom has a Masters in Fitness Science, Bachelors in Science Physiology and Nutrition from Wayne State University and Michigan State University, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of California. Platz now lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, on the TPC golf course, and supplements his income working as a salesman at Airpark Chrysler Jeep.

Watch a Video Featuring Tom Platz

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Tony Pearson - American Bodybuilding Champion

Famous Bodybuilder Tony Pearson

Tony Pearson


About Tony Pearson : Tony Pearson (born January 11, 1957 in Memphis, Tennessee) grew up in St. Louis, Missouri is an American bodybuilding champion. In 1976 at the age of nineteen he moved to California to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional bodybuilder.

He headed straight to the "Mecca of Body Building" Venice Beach where he was discovered by Arnold Schwarzenegger, who became his mentor. Later Arnold featured him in his first Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding.

Tony Pearson Bodybuilder



Pearson was known to have the best shoulder to Waist ratio in bodybuilding. His Bodybuilding career began to take flight as he worked his way through the Amateur Competitive ranks in 1978 Winning the (AAU) Mr. Los Angeles, Jr. Mr. USA, Jr. Mr. America, Mr. California (short) and (AAU) Mr. America, the second youngest to win Mr. America.

Other bodybuilding competitions that he has won during his career the 1979 (WBBG) Professional Mr. World, (WABBA) World Championships, the 1980 Universe (Professional). After conquering the individual aspect of competition, the more dramatic style of couples competition appealed to his artistic side.

Combining his stage charisma with the dance of two finely tuned physiques worked well to his advantage. In an unprecedented winning streak, he won six ( IFBB ) Professional World Mixed-pairs titles with four different partners in 1982 and '83 ( Shelley Gruwell ), '84 (Carla Dunlap ), ' 85 ( Tina Plakinger ), '86 ( Juliette Bergmann ) and '88 (Carla Dunlap ). In 1991-92, he competed in the (WBF) World Bodybuilding Federation shows launched by Wresting mogul Vince McMahon.

They dubbed him the "JETMAN". In 2007 he was inducted into the Muscle Beach Bodybuilding Hall of Fame. In 2010 at the age of fifty-three he made a return to the Stage Guest posing with his former Mixed Pairs partner Juliette Bergmann at the "Juliette Bergmann BodyBuilding Classic" in Holland.

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Bill Pearl - American Bodybuilder

Famous Bodybuilder Bill Pearl

Bill Pearl


About Bill Pearl : William Arnold "Bill" Pearl (born October 31, 1930) is an American former bodybuilder during the 1950s and '60s. He won many titles and awards, including winning the Mr. Universe contest five times, and was named "World’s Best-Built Man of the Century." 

He became an expert trainer and author on bodybuilding. Pearl was born in Prineville, Oregon. His first major victory was in the 1953 Amateur Mr Universe contest (in which he beat out a then 23-year-old Sean Connery). He actively competed until his retirement in 1971 after winning the Mr. Universe one last time, over superstars Frank Zane, Reg Park and Sergio Oliva.

In all, he won the professional Mr Universe 4 times in an 18 year span, which was unprecedented at the time. He was the first professional bodybuilder to author bodybuilding training courses/booklets. He is also the first to pose to music, and was especially noted in performing exhibitions doing an entire posing routine of Eugene Sandow (who is known as the man who invented bodybuilding).

Ever the showman, along with his lifelong coach Leo Stern, Pearl would wear a fake mustache, leotards, a fig leaf, and a late-19th century backdrop, all for providing the exact effect of the Sandow era. As if that wasn't enough, Pearl was equally as famous for performing his strongman routine, which included tearing of license plates, bending penny spike nails, and blowing up a hot water bottle.

 He is the author of the popular exercise book, Getting Stronger: Weight Training for Men and Women, which has sold over 350,000 copies in the United States and has been translated into four other languages, including Chinese. His book Keys To The INNER Universe, is still to this day considered to be a "must read" for bodybuilders. It contains 1,500 weight-training exercises and weighs five pounds.

It is used extensively by professional athletes, trainers and serious bodybuilders and has sold over 60,000 copies. Pearl had his own monthly question-and-answer column called "Pearl of the Universe" in the bodybuilding magazine MuscleMag International as well as one in Muscle Builder (later Muscle & Fitness) magazine, entitled "Wisdom of Pearl" in the 1970s & 1980s. In 2003 with coauthor Kim Shott, Pearl published his autobiography, Beyond the Universe: The Bill Pearl Story.

Bill Pearl Bodybuilder

Pearl became a vegetarian at age 39 and is the best-known vegetarian bodybuilder. Bill's diet is lacto-ovo vegetarian, which means he eats eggs and dairy products. During the 1980s, Pearl served as a mentor, trainer, and training partner to many of the top professionals that were still competing.

One such individual was Mr. Olympia, Chris Dickerson. In 2004, Pearl was awarded the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Lifetime Achievement Award for significantly impacting the world of bodybuilding. In 2011 Pearl appeared in the documentary Challenging Impossibility (film) describing when he hosted the 2004 strength exhibition by spiritual teacher and peace advocate Sri Chinmoy. The film was an Official Selection of the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Pearl is 5' 9" tall. He currently lives in Phoenix, Oregon.


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Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Barbarian Brothers

Famous Bodybuilder Barbarian Brothers

Barbarian Brothers


About Barbarian Brothers : Peter Paul is a former American actor, producer, television personality and body builder. He now operates a personal training business. Peter Paul was nicknamed "the barbarian" alongside his twin brother David Paul.

Barbarian Brothers Bodybuilder



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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Reg Park Famous Bodybuilder

Famous Bodybuilder Reg Park

Reg Park



About Reg Park : Roy "Reg" Park (7 June 1928 – 22 November 2007) from Leeds in West Yorkshire, England, was a bodybuilder, businessman and film actor. Showing athletic interests early in life, Reg Park dedicated his teenage years to excelling in football. He had no specific interest in bodybuilding until age 16 when he met muscleman David Cohen.

Upon learning that Cohen lifted weights at his friend's house, Park joined in out of curiosity. Park's legendary physique would begin to grow from barbells, dumbbells and a simple chinning bar. During his National Service he was a Physical Training Instructor in Singapore.

Upon discharge from the military in 1948, he witnessed his first physique contest; the inaugural NABBA Mr. Universe contest, in which John Grimek edged out Steve Reeves in controversial fashion. It was this contest that inspired Park to compete himself. After one year of hard training, Park earned the title of Mr. Britain in 1949. He then subsequently spent six months in the United States (thanks to a gift from his parents).

There, he met up with publisher Joe Weider, who began to feature the Englishman prominently in his muscle magazines. The next year, Park was runner-up to Steve Reeves in the 1950 NABBA Amateur Mr. Universe in London (also a close contest). After a second full year of training, Park broke what had been an American monopoly on bodybuilding titles by winning the 1951 National Amateur Bodybuilders Association (NABBA) Amateur Mr. Universe.

He cemented his superstar status by winning the 1958 AND 1965 NABBA Pro Mr. Universe titles. Standing 6'1" and with a top weight of 250 pounds, Park was known for his muscular mass and was a forerunner to modern bodybuilding. Park was also renowned for his strength, which he often demonstrated in contests and strongman exhibitions. He is on record as the first bodybuilder to bench press 500 lbs.

Reg Park Bodybuilder


Famous for his mass and strength, Reg Park was an early influence and lifelong mentor to champion bodybuilder and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger · . Bonus footage from the DVD release of the classic documentary film Pumping Iron (1977) features Park mentoring Schwarzenegger. Park can also be heard performing the Master of Ceremonies duties in the Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia Contests featured in the film proper.

 As an actor, Park made five films — all Italian Hercules sword and sandal. Reg Park's legacy is continued by his son, Jon Jon Park, a personal trainer and former Olympic swimmer. Reg Park raised and trained Jon Jon in South Africa. Today Jon Jon Park is the owner of the Legacy Gym, a popular gymnasium in West Los Angeles, CA. Reg's daughter, Jeunesse, runs the Reg Park Legacy Foundation which helps disadvantaged people access sport and fitness.

 Up to the time of his illness in 2007, despite being in his seventies, Park continued to train clients at the Morningside Virgin Active Gym in Sandton, South Africa. He has been featured in many fitness and bodybuilding magazines, and has also appeared on the cover of Muscle & Fitness magazine. He was inducted into the International Federation of Bodybuilders (IFBB) IFBB Hall of Fame's first ballot in 1999.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Bob Paris World Bodybuilding Champion

Famous Bodybuilder Bob Paris

Bob Paris

About Bob Paris : Bob Paris (born Robert Clark Paris on December 14, 1959) is a writer, actor, public speaker, civil rights activist and former professional bodybuilder. Paris was the 1983 NPC American National and IFBB World Bodybuilding Champion, Mr. Universe.

Paris was born and grew up in Southern Indiana. He was the second of five children, though one of his younger brothers died in early infancy. His parents divorced for the second time when he was a teen-ager, and he lived with his father after getting into some trouble. Bob was both an artistic and athletic young man. He won National Scholastic awards for his drawings and paintings, was active in his school’s theater group and debate team and he wrote short stories in his spare time.

 From an early age, he was an avid outdoorsman who dedicated a large portion of his time to hiking and backpacking through the wooded hills of Indiana’s Hoosier National Forest and other nearby wilderness areas. He was also a dedicated bicyclist. He played high school football and was active in both track and field and golf.

Paris often said that it was this blending of his artistic and athletic sides that initially lead him to pursue bodybuilding. He entered his first bodybuilding competition (the Mr. ISU) when he was a student at Indiana State University and he did not place in the show. When he was 19, he briefly moved to Florida and competed in the Mr. Teen Florida, placing 2nd.

 After he returned to Indiana, his father kicked him out of their house, leading Bob and a high school friend to drive to California. His friend almost immediately returned home and Bob lived for a short time in Santa Monica, which was popularly regarded as the bodybuilding capital of the world, but his money quickly ran out, and he was often forced to live out of his car.

He eventually found work in neighboring Orange County, and from there began a serious pursuit of bodybuilding, moving quickly through the amateur ranks and into the pros. In 2006, Flex Magazine ranked Bob Paris the most aesthetic athlete in the history of bodybuilding. Renowned for both his aesthetics and artistic approach toward the sport, he was also a dedicated advocate for the rights of athletes and an outspoken voice in the push for drug testing at the professional level. He retired from bodybuilding in 1991.

In addition to his writing career, Bob Paris remains a civil rights advocate and motivational speaker. He is also a model and a classically trained theatre actor. Since rising to fame in the early eighties, Bob Paris has graced the covers of scores of magazines worldwide.

On October 10, 1998, he made his New York stage debut, starring at Carnegie Hall opposite Bea Arthur, Sandy Duncan, Michael Jeter, Philip Bosco, Alice Ripley and Tyne Daly in the Broadway musical, Jubilee as the character Mowgli.

Bob Paris Bodybuilder

In 2009, he performed in a recurring role on the first season of the ABC Television series, Defying Gravity. In the July 1989 issue of Ironman, Paris came out in the media as a gay man. He and his then-partner, Rod Jackson, had a commitment ceremony in a Unitarian church in 1989, started successful non-profit companies, lectured on a wide variety of LGBT rights issues, and made many television, radio, newspaper and magazine appearances.

 In 1995, the two separated. Today, Paris lives with his spouse, Brian, on an island near Vancouver, British Columbia. Together since 1996, Bob and Brian were legally married after Canada equalized the marriage laws in 2003.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Danny Padilla The Giant Killer

Famous Bodybuilder Danny Padilla

Danny Padilla


About Danny Padilla : Dennis "Danny" Padilla (born April 3, 1951) is an American bodybuilder nicknamed "The Giant Killer" because of his short stature and amazing ability to defeat much taller competitors. Padilla started training when he was seven years old in Rochester, New York. He had been watching his older brother and cousin lift weights together in order to become stronger for their wrestling competitions.

He acquired a rusty York barbell, as a hand-me-down from his brother Ray, and quickly set about to become Mr. America. It wasn’t long before he was absolutely smitten with the iron game and training a full seven days a week. By the time Padilla was eighteen, he was ready to compete. He won the Mr. Rochester contest in 1970 while still in high school.

 It was his first show, and he took home the first place trophy. The only question in Padilla's mind after that was,”When is the next show?”

He entered a lot of other smaller competitions in the upstate New York area - Mr. Buffalo and Mr. Syracuse. After establishing himself in the local arena, he progressed to participating in both the Junior Mr. America and the Mr. America contests. He finished in the top twenty of both competitions. Padilla then entered the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) World Championships in the lightweight division. He recalled, "I lost to a guy who didn’t even shave his legs!" This defeat was a turning point.

After the show, the judges were “kind” enough to inform him that, in their studied opinion, he had a great physique but, at 5' 2" tall, was much too short to compete. After that AAU show, Padilla decided to compete in the International Federation of Bodybuilders (IFBB) instead. His first contest was the 1975 IFBB Mr. USA. It was held at the old Madison Square Garden in New York City. It was the first time that the 23-year-old had ever seen bodybuilders from the West Coast.

They included Arnold Schwarzenegger, Franco Columbu, Robby Robinson and many others. To his great surprise, he not only won his lightweight division, but also took the overall title. It was during that impressive first outing with the IFBB that Padilla first met Joe Weider. Weider introduced himself to the "kid from Rochester" backstage at the contest, telling Padilla that he had a great physique and that he could do very well in the sport. Weider also invited him to train in California.

Danny Padilla Bodybuilder


Padilla arrived in Los Angeles just in time to take part in the filming of Pumping Iron. He trained for three months to prepare to compete in the lightweight division in the upcoming Mr. Universe competition in South Africa for which he had qualified to compete based on his earlier Mr. USA win. Disaster struck in Pretoria. Just minutes before the Universe show was to begin, Padilla was told that he could not compete.

The IFBB decided that they’d rather have two heavyweights represent the United States - Ken Waller and Mike Katz - and one middleweight, Robby Robinson. Their reasoning was that since Katz was retiring, they should let him try to win the Universe for the last time.

Padilla quickly maneuvered to get a spot on Portugal’s team. He felt confident that he was in a position to win in the lightweight category and was determined to compete. After all of his pre-contest preparation, travel to South Africa and hours of participation in the filming of the movie, he would try to take home the title, even under Portugal’s flag. The IFBB would have none of this.

Padilla was disqualified by them in order to avoid what they perceived as the “embarrassment” that his potential win for Portugal would cause the organization. Padilla now exists as a visual footnote in Pumping Iron. The film makers were forced to cut the majority of his scenes from the film because the IFBB did not want the whole incident depicted in the movie.

Bouncing back the following year, Padilla competed in the IFBB Universe, but was defeated by Mohamed Makkawy. In 1977, he again entered the IFBB fray and competed in the Mr. America. This time he walked off the stage with a trophy for both his weight class and the overall title. It was the first time a lightweight had beaten both a middle and heavyweight for the overall title.

That same year, Padilla won the lightweight title at the IFBB Mr. Universe. He is one of only two men in the history of the sport to win both the America and the Universe in the same year, the other being Frank Zane.

Padilla followed up with a great showing at the 1977 Mr. Olympia. He was in the top five in both his weight class and in the overall standings. Danny was inducted into Joe Weider's IFBB Bodybuilding Hall Of Fame in 2009.

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Sergio Oliva The Myth

Famous Bodybuilder Sergio Oliva

Sergio Oliva


About Sergio Oliva : Sergio Oliva is a bodybuilder known as "The Myth". This sobriquet was given to him by bodybuilder/writer Rick Wayne. Wayne had begun calling Oliva "The Myth" "(because everyone who saw him at the 1967 Montreal World's Fair said he was "Just unbelievable")".

Oliva was born in Cuba on July 4, 1941. At the age of twelve he worked with his father in the sugar cane fields of Guanabacoa. When Oliva was 16, his father suggested that he enlist in Fulgencio Batista's army. In the absence of a birth certificate, the recruiting officer took the senior Oliva's word that his son was old enough to enlist in the fight against communism. After losing the war to Fidel Castro, Oliva stayed local and took to hanging out at the beach.

There he met a fellow sun worshipper who invited him to the local weightlifting club. After just six months of training Oliva was doing clean & jerks with over 300 pounds and totaling 1000 pounds in the three Olympic lifts at a bodyweight of 195 lbs, considered a middle-heavyweight. Because of an injury of the top weightlifter, Alberto R. Games, he was chosen to represent Cuba at the 1962 Central America Games hosted in Kingston, Jamaica.

In 1962 the National Weightlifting Championship for Cuba was won by Alberto Rey Games Hernandez; Sergio Oliva took second place. During his stay in Jamaica, Oliva snuck out of his quarters while the guards were distracted. He ran at top speed until he was safely inside the American consulate.

Arriving breathlessly he demanded and received political asylum. Soon, sixty-five other Cuban nationals followed him, including Castro's entire weightlifting team. Soon afterward, Oliva was living in Miami, Florida working as a TV repairman.

Sergio Oliva Bodybuilder




In 1963 Oliva moved to Chicago, Illinois. There he worked at a local steel mill and began working out at the Duncan YMCA. Working 10-12 hour days at the steel mill and putting in another 2.5–3 hours at the gym gave Oliva very little time for anything else.

Soon the bodybuilding grapevine was abuzz with gossip about a Cuban powerhouse who lifted more than any of the local Olympic champs. Oliva won his first bodybuilding competition the Mr. Chicagoland contest in 1963.

Then he was successful again at the Mr. Illinois in 1964 but he lost in 1965 at the AAU Jr. Mr. America winning 2nd place even though he won the trophy for "Most Muscular". In 1966, he won the AAU Jr. Mr. America and again he claimed the trophy for "Most Muscular". 

He then joined the International Federation of BodyBuilders IFBB in which he won both the professional Mr. World and Mr. Universe Contests. In 1967 he won the prestigious Mr. Olympia contest, making him the undisputed world champion of bodybuilding. Oliva then went on to win the Mr. Olympia title three years in a row, at 5 feet 11 inches and at a contest weight of around 225 lbs.

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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Serge Nubret The Nubret Lion

Famous Bodybuilder Serge Nubret

Serge Nubret


About Serge Nubret : Serge Nubret (October 6, 1938 – April 19, 2011) was a French professional bodybuilder, bodybuilding federation leader, movie actor and author. Serge was awarded many bodybuilding titles, including Mr. Europe (1966), Mr. Universe (1976) and WBBG Pro. Mr. World (1977).

Serge Nubret's nicknames were "The Black Panther" and "The Nubret Lion". Serge Nubret spent his first years in Anse-Bertrand, Guadeloupe, in a community of 7,000 people. He moved with his parents to the Paris, France area in 1950, settling in the community of Joinville-le-Pont, and completing his secondary studies before choosing a business program.

 During his adolescence and young adulthood, he quickly became aware of his exceptional potential for athletics and recalls this reflection in his book I Am…Me and God; in his own words, dedicating himself to bodybuilding was to become his "reason for being." He explains in his book his destiny of a fixed champion assigned to him by God.

He returned in Guadeloupe in 1958 in order to escape the draft for the Algerian War. It was during this period of his life he discovered bodybuilding, which he practiced simultaneously while pursuing business accounting. Bodybuilding was not encouraged by his father at the time who was concerned that it did not have as much potential for financial income as an accounting career.

Three months after entering the world of bodybuilding, Serge won the title of Mr. Guadeloupe, which he won again the following year. He was sent in 1960 to Montreal to show the flag of Guadeloupe in support for his country at the time of the World Championship organized by the International Federation of Bodybuilders.

It was there Nubret was named "Most Muscular Man of the World." Returning next to Paris without going to Guadeloupe, he was contacted by the Films Ariane for a role alongside Giuliano Gemma in a Duccio Tessari Italian sword-and-sandal film called The Titans which was released in 1961 and was prelude to a rich career of 25 films.

Nubret is best known in the bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron where he competed as a last-minute entry against (eventual seven time winner) Arnold Schwarzenegger for the title of Mr. Olympia in 1975. While he looked fantastic, Serge finished second in the Tall Man category to Schwarzenegger, while Lou Ferrigno finished third.

He was known for his excellent chest development, which would scare off fellow contestants. The documentary film Pumping Iron, alongside Lou Ferrigno and Arnold Schwarzenegger, follows the events occurring before the Mr. Olympia 1975—the preparation for the competition as well as its final phase. For contract reasons, his part is comparatively brief; and, apparently, certain scenes containing him could not be put in the movie.

These episodes are discussed further in his book, I am…Me and God.

Serge Nubret Bodybuilder


In the 1980s, Serge appeared regularly in 60 episodes of the television series Breakfast Included, with Pierre Mondy and Marie-Christine Barrault, in which he played a role that mirrored his real life as a bodybuilder/gym owner in Paris.

 During the 1970s, Nubret finished third in the 1973 Mr. Olympia and second in 1975. Vice President of the IFBB Europe from 1970-1975, Nubret then founded the WABBA in 1976. He competed until 1984, when he won his last title of WABBA Champion of the World.

In Gravelines in 2003, Nubret guest-posed at the WABBA World Championship at the impressive age of 65. In 2006, 68-year-old Serge Nubret penned the book I am…Me and God in collaboration with Louis-Xavier Babin-Lachaud. The book is not only autobiographical in nature, but it also includes his personal reflections on his Christian faith and mysticism.

Through his life narrative, it adopts a definite position on the role of God in this world, on the conflict between destiny and free will, and on the illusion of this world. The book indicates the will to succeed and to follow the way traced by God, love of the author's "reason for being". A second work is a 400+ page autobiography entitled Seventy Years Young. At the time of release (April 2009), it was learned that Serge Nubret suffered a stroke in Paris, France.

There are conspiracies circling around the internet, which have been supported by Serge's old friends, that he was poisoned by his own children in an attempt to take his money. In March 2009, Nubret fell into a coma, and remained in a persistent vegetative state until his death on 19 April 2011 of natural causes at the age of 72.

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Andreas Münzer Austrian Professional Bodybuilder

Famous Bodybuilder Andreas Münzer

Andreas Münzer


About Andreas Münzer : Andreas Munzer (October 25, 1964 – March 14, 1996) was an Austrian professional bodybuilder renowned for his extremely low bodyfat levels and early death.

Munzer appeared in Flex twice and Muscle Magazine International once. Munzer was an admirer of fellow Austrian bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Munzer attempted to imitate Schwarzenegger, eventually meeting his hero at the Arnold Classic competition in 1996. While competing, he used a variety of ergogenic aids including large amounts of potassium-sparing diuretics, possibly leading to his death in 1996.

Andreas Münzer Bodybuilder


After months of stomach pain, Munzer was admitted to hospital on the morning of March 12. By 7pm, doctors had decided to operate to stop bleeding from his stomach, but shortly afterwards his liver and then kidneys failed.

His condition by this point was too severe for a blood transfusion—he died on the morning of March 14, aged 31. The autopsy gave the cause of death as dystrophic multiple-organ-failure.

Some of the specific autopsy findings:

  - An extremely muscular physique, with an almost complete absence of subcutaneous fat

  - Affecting the liver were numerous table-tennis-ball-sized tumors, typical for doping; half the liver consisted simply of a crumbly mass, similar to polystyrene (Styrofoam)

 - Diminutive testes

 - Cardiac hypertrophy (Munzer's heart weighed 636g; a normal man's heart usually weighs 300–350g)

Munzer's electrolytes were also completely out of balance, and his potassium levels were extremely high.

Traces of about twenty different drugs were found, along with acute toxicity (perhaps caused by a stimulant). Schwarzenegger sent a wreath to Munzer's funeral in Styria, with the message 'A last greeting to a friend'.

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