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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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Mustafa Mohammad Famous Bodybuilder

Famous Bodybuilder Mustafa Mohammad

Mustafa Mohammad

About Mustafa Mohammad : Mustafa Mohammad is a retired IFBB professional bodybuilder, known for his exceptional thigh development.

Mustafa Mohammad Bodybuilder

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Mike Mentzer Mister Heavy Duty

Famous Bodybuilder Mike Mentzer

Mike Mentzer

About Mike Mentzer : Mike Mentzer (November 15, 1951 – June 10, 2001) was an American IFBB professional bodybuilder, businessman, and author. Mike Mentzer started competing in local physique contests when he was eighteen. His first contest was in 1969.

In 1971 he suffered his worst defeat, placing 10th at the AAU Mr. America, which was won by Casey Viator. Mentzer considered his presence at this contest important later on, as it was here that he met Viator who gave Mentzer the contact information for his trainer Arthur Jones.

After a layoff of a few years, he returned to competition in 1975 at the Mr. America, placing third behind Robby Robinson and Roger Callard. Mentzer went on to win that competition the next year, in 1976. He won the 1977 North America championships in Vancouver, British Columbia, and competed a week later at the 1977 Mr. Universe in Nimes, France placing second to Kal Szkalak.

 In 1978, Mentzer won the Mr. Universe in Acapulco, Mexico with the first and only perfect 300 score. He became a professional bodybuilder after that 1978 Universe win. In late 1979, Mentzer won the heavyweight class of the Mr. Olympia, again with a perfect 300 score, but he lost in the overall to Frank Zane who was awarded the title for a third time that year.

In the 1980 Mr. Olympia he placed fourth (in a tie with Boyer Coe) behind Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chris Dickerson and Frank Zane. He retired from competitive bodybuilding after that show at the age of 29. He maintained that the contest was rigged until the day he died, and never said he thought that he should have won, but that Arnold shouldn't have, though he eventually got on good terms with Schwarzenegger.

Mentzer was an Objectivist and he insisted that philosophy and bodybuilding are one and the same. He said "Man, is an indivisible entity, an integrated unit of mind and body." Thus, his books contain as much philosophy as they do bodybuilding information. Mentzer took the bodybuilding concepts developed by Arthur Jones and attempted to perfect them.

Through years of study, observation, knowledge of stress physiology, the most up-to-date scientific information available, and careful use of his reasoning abilities, Mentzer devised and successfully implemented his own theory of bodybuilding. Mentzer's theories are intended to help a drug-free person achieve their full genetic potential within the shortest amount of time.

High-Intensity Training the Mike Mentzer Way was Mentzer's final work. In it, he detailed the principles of high intensity weight training. Weight training, he insisted, had to be brief, infrequent, and intense, in order to attain the best results in the shortest amount of time. Heavy Duty II also espouses critical thinking. In this book, Mentzer shows why people need to use their reasoning ability to live happy, mature, adult lives, and he shows readers how to go about doing so.

Bodybuilding was endorsed as only one potential component of an individual's existence, there being many other worthwhile pursuits that he encouraged through his books.

Mike Mentzer Bodybuilder

Diet has always been as important, if not more, as weight-training for bodybuilders. However, in his book Heavy Duty Nutrition, Mentzer demonstrated that nutrition for athletes did not need to be nearly as extreme as the bodybuilding industry would lead one to believe.

His recommended diets were well balanced, and he espoused eating from all four food groups, totaling four servings each of high-quality grains and fruits, and two each of dairy and protein daily, all year-round. Mentzer believed that Carbohydrates should make up the bulk of the caloric intake, 50-60%, rather than protein as preferred by others. Mentzer's reasoning was simple: to build 10 pounds of muscle in a year, a total of 6000 extra calories needed to be ingested throughout the year, because one pound of muscle contains 600 calories.

 That averages 16 extra calories per day, and only four of them needed to be from protein—because muscle is 22% protein, about one quarter. While Mike Mentzer was serving in the US Air Force, he would work 12-hour shifts, and then follow that up with 'marathon workouts', as was the accepted standard in those days. In his first bodybuilding contest, he met the winner, Casey Viator.

Mentzer learned that Viator trained in very high intensity (heavy weights for as many repetitions as possible, to total muscle fatigue), for very brief (20–45 minutes per session) and infrequent training sessions. Mentzer also learned that Viator almost exclusively worked out with the relatively new Nautilus machines, created and marketed by Arthur Jones in Deland, Florida.

Mentzer and Jones soon met and became friends. Jones pioneered the principles of high-intensity training in the late 1960s. He emphasized the need to maintain perfectly strict form, move the weights in a slow and controlled manner, work the muscles to complete failure (positive and negative), and avoid over-training. Casey Viator had seen fantastic results training under the direction of Jones, and Mentzer became very interested in this training philosophy.

Eventually, however, Mentzer concluded that even Jones was not completely applying his own principles, so he began investigating a more full application. He began training clients in a near experimental manner, evaluating the perfect number of repetitions, exercises, and days of rest to achieve maximum benefits. For more than ten years, Mentzer's Heavy Duty program involved 7-9 sets per workout on a three day-per-week schedule.

With the advent of "modern bodybuilding" (where bodybuilders became more massive than ever before) by the early 1990s, he ultimately modified that routine until there were fewer working sets, and more days of rest. His first breakthrough became known as the 'Ideal (Principled) Routine', which was a fantastic step in minimal training. Outlined in High-Intensity Training the Mike Mentzer Way, fewer than five working sets were performed each session, and rest was emphasized, necessitating 4–7 days of recovery before the next workout. According to Mentzer, biologists and physiologists since the nineteenth century have known that hypertrophy is directly related to intensity, not duration, of effort (Mentzer 2003;39).

Most bodybuilding and weightlifting authorities do not take into account the severe nature of the stress imposed by heavy, strenuous resistance exercise carried to a point of positive muscular failure. Mentzer's training courses (books and audio tapes), sold through bodybuilding magazines, were extremely popular, beginning after Mentzer won the 1978 IFBB Mr. Universe contest.

This contest gathered a lot of attention, because at it he became the first bodybuilder ever to receive a perfect 300 score from the judges. Some time later, Mentzer attracted more attention when he introduced Dorian Yates to high-intensity training, and put him through his first series of workouts in the early '90s. Yates went on to win the Mr. Olympia six consecutive times, from 1992–1997.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Frank McGrath Aka Wrath

Famous Bodybuilder Frank McGrath

Frank McGrath

About Frank McGrath : Frank "Wrath" McGrath (born August 9, 1978 in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada) is an IFBB professional bodybuilder.

He is well known for his advertising work for Animal supplements. Specifically, the Journey series of blog entries and the Animal series of workout DVDs.

Frank McGrath Bodybuilder

Frank has recently been in in a car accident that injured him very badly. Since the accident he has regained his physique to take third at a professional competition and earned his spot to walk on the Olympia stage within one year of his accident.

He didn't place but has said that he is no longer going to be "the guy in the adds" but is focusing on competing. He has a tremendous heart as a person and is among the top bodybuilders of today.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Earl Maynard Bodybuilder From Barbados

Famous Bodybuilder Earl Maynard

Earl Maynard

About Earl Maynard : Earl Maynard is a bodybuilder and professional wrestler as well as a film actor, producer and director from Barbados.

 Maynard won the 1964 Universe - Pro - NABBA bodybuilding competition - part of the Universe Championships, the 1965 Universe - IFBB - now the World Amateur Bodybuilding Championships and the 1978 Masters Mr. America - AAU contest.

He was also the winner of Mr. Europe 1959 and Mr. England 1960 early in his career. Maynard started wrestling while he was in the Royal Air Force stationed on Cyprus. The sports facilities were very limited, so the implements for his weightlifting and conditioning had to be improvised with what materials he could find.

While He was on Cyprus, a British wrestling promoter, who was there on vacation, spotted him and liked what he saw. Maynard became a professional wrestler in 1960. It was wrestling promoter Gus Karras who eventually brought Earl to the United States to continue his wrestling career there.

Earl Maynard Bodybuilder

By the late, 1960s, he was working in Pacific Northwest Wrestling and Canada's Stampede Wrestling. He was National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)'s America's Tag Team Champion twice (with Rocky Johnson in 1970 as well as with his longtime partner Dory Dixon in 1972).

All of his bodybuilding achievements were accomplished while he continued to wrestle professionally. He eventually became known in the wrestling circles as "Mr. Universe" because of being a two time winner of that most prestigious of bodybuilding titles.

He made over 20 appearances as an actor in films. These include such films as Melinda (1972), Black Belt Jones (1974), Truck Turner (1974), Mandingo (1975), Swashbuckler (1976), The Deep (1977), Circle of Iron (1978), The Nude Bomb (1980) and The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982).

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Victor Martinez Arnold Classic 2007 Winner

Famous Bodybuilder Victor Martinez
Victor Martinez

About Victor Martinez : Victor Martinez (born July 29, 1973) is an International Federation of BodyBuilders (IFBB) professional bodybuilder, the second Dominican bodybuilder to turn professional.

The first being Tony Domenench from Puerto Plata, who turned pro in 1995. His career highlights has been winning the Arnold Classic in 2007 and finishing runner-up at the 2007 Mr. Olympia. He signed a contract on a sponsorship deal with Maximum Human Performance who also sponsors Michael Kefalianos.

Martinez's career was launched when he competed in the 1997 National Physique Committee (NPC) New York Metro Championships as a light heavyweight, where he placed first. He continued competing in NPC tournaments until 2001, where he competed in his first IFBB tournament, the Night of Champions, where he placed 8th.

The following year, in 2002, he competed in his first Arnold Classic, and placed 13th. He also competed in his first Ironman Pro Invitational the same year, placing 9th. In 2003 he went on to Win the Night of Champions. His first Mr. Olympia came in 2004, where he placed 9th, but he advanced to 5th place in 2005, 3rd place in 2006, and 2nd place in 2007 In 2005 Ronnie Coleman predicted that Martinez would be his successor as Mr. Olympia, although this position is held by Phil Heath.

 In 2007, Martinez took first at the Arnold Classic. Martinez later finished second to Jay Cutler at the 2007 Mr. Olympia contest. In January 2008, Martinez underwent surgery to repair his left patellar tendon which ruptured while he was performing warm-up lunges.

Due to the severity of the injury, he was unable to compete in either the 2008 Arnold Classic or 2008 Mr. Olympia contests.

Victor Martinez Bodybuilder

On July 2009, Martinez's sister Eridania Rodriguez, disappeared from work at a NY skyscraper under mysterious circumstances. She was found deceased 4 days later inside of a ventilation shaft on the floor where she was working. Martinez competed in the 2009 IFBB Arnold Classic placing 2nd., Martinez was co-owner of the Muscle Maker Grill in Edgewater NJ and is the spokesperson for the franchise as a whole.

He has currely lost the business due to being incarcerated for more than 6 weeks for immigration violations. Martinez has 2 sons, Justin and Jared and 2 daughters, Victoria and Zayde., IFBB Pro Victor Martinez was arrested on returning to the U.S. on October 9th, 2011, after winning the Arnold Europe in Madrid, Spain.

His permanent resident card had expired and, due to his criminal record for selling steroids in 2004, it was not renewed. Instead, he was sent to a detention center in New Jersey to awaiting a deportation hearing that could send him back to his native Dominican Republic.

He was denied bail. According to a related source, a few of the documents were not in order and the announcement of the date of Martinez' final hearing is now postponed until February 24th, 2012. Martinez attorneys believe that the final court date will be sometime in April or May.

He is being held at the Hudson County Correctional Facility in South Kearny, NJ.

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Mike Matarazzo Boston Bodybuilder

Famous Bodybuilder Mike Matarazzo
Mike Matarazzo

About Mike Matarazzo : Michael Richard Matarazzo is a former American IFBB professional bodybuilder. Born on November 8, 1965 and originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Matarazzo moved to Venice, California to further his bodybuilding career.

Formerly a boxer, Matarazzo first won the 1989 Gold's Gym Classic in Massachusetts. He competed for the first time in the Mr. Olympia contest in 1991.

Known primarily for his massive arms, his best placing (out of seven total appearances) in the Mr. Olympia competition was 9th, in 1998.

Mike Matarazzo Bodybuilder

Matarazzo's last appearance in a professional bodybuilding event was the 2001 Mr. Olympia, where he placed 21st. He was forced to retire due to having open heart surgery on December 8, 2004 as a result of clogged arteries caused by steroid use.

He is currently residing in Modesto, California and was last reported to be working as a bail bondsman for AJ's Bail Bonds. He has since discontinued working as a bail bondsman, due to limitations on physical activity related to his 20% heart function.

On November 8, 2007, Matarazzo suffered a heart attack, his second cardiac-related problem since his surgery in December 2004.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Aaron Maddron Bodybuilder From Oregon

Famous Bodybuilder Aaron Maddron
Aaron Maddron

About Aaron Maddron : Aaron Maddron (born November 5, 1970, Portland, Oregon) is an American IFBB professional bodybuilder.

Aaron Maddron Bodybuilder

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Lee Priest The Blond Myth

Famous Bodybuilder Lee Priest
Lee Priest

About Lee Priest : Lee Andrew Priest McCutcheon nicknamed "The Blond Myth" (born 6 July 1972 in Newcastle, Australia) is a former IFBB professional bodybuilder and a current NABBA Professional athlete. Lee Priest grew up in Wallsend Australia.

Lee's mom was also a bodybuilding competitor, and posed with Lee onstage. Lee started training at the age of 12 with the help and support of his grandfather. He competed for the first time at the age of 13 and won. He went on to win numerous other competitions leading up to him winning the IFBB Mr Australia at 17,18,19.

Lee competed at the World's Championship at 17, where he placed 4th. He was not allowed to get his pro card in Australia because of his young age. It was then Lee decided to enter an amateur competition, Niagra Falls Championships.

While there, Lee was discovered and given his pro card. Lee became one of the youngest men to turn IFBB pro at the age of 21. Lee competed successfully within the IFBB. In 2010 Lee decided to switch to NABBA and in 2011 was invited by Paul Dillet to compete with The WBFF.

Lee Priest Bodybuilder

Lee has his own supplement company called Assassin Nutrition in Australia. The company decided the easiest way to reach the legion of fans Lee has garnered over his 20+ years in bodybuilding, was to sell online.

Besides a successful and well known bodybuilding career, Lee is also a champion race car driver. Lee started racing in 2002 with road-racing and circle track. He then progressed to drag racing in 2004. Lee won numerous races and titles in road and circle track.

His most successful bid came within drag-racing. He won Rookie of the Year in 2005. The following year, 2006, nothing stood in his way and he won the Championship. Lee has also done some TV and movie work.

He did all the bodywork for The Hulk Movie and also for the video game. He recently appeared in a local Australian TV series ( Rescue Special Ops) and will have a brief role in an upcoming Australian movie. Pirest is currently working on a few more TV and print projects, going beyond his reputation as a bodybuilder.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Dan Lurie America's Most Muscular Man

Famous Bodybuilder Dan Lurie
Dan Lurie

About Dan Lurie : Dan Lurie (born April 1, 1923 in Brooklyn, New York City) is a founding father of bodybuilding and a physical fitness pioneer. A world-class bodybuilder in the 1940s, by 1949 he had won the Mr. America title of "America's Most Muscular Man" four times.

In 1948, Lurie established the International Federation of Body Builders and he owns the Dan Lurie Gyms and Health Clubs, a gym which has attracted people such as Sylvester Stallone. On April 29, 2007, Lurie was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

His book, Heart of Steel: The Dan Lurie Story with foreword by Regis Philbin, chronicles how he overcame poverty to rise to success in the fitness industry and exposes the truth behind his relationships with other famed fitness industry men such as Joe Weider, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno.

Dan Lurie Bodybuilder

Lurie appeared on the Sealtest Big Top Circus Variety Show on CBS. This was the first color television program in the USA. He played "Sealtest Dan, The Muscle Man". Ed McMahon played a clown. He also appeared as "The Mighty Rewop" in the popular children's TV series Captain Video.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Anibal Lopez The American Bodybuilder

Famous Bodybuilder Anibal Lopez
Anibal Lopez

About Anibal Lopez : Anibal Lopez (born August 24, 1942) is an American bodybuilder. He was born in Puerto Rico to Francisco and Francisca Lopez. His family relocated to Bronx, New York in 1954 where he attended Public School 66, Intermediate School 98 - Herman Ridder School, and Columbus High School.

As a boy, Anibal was fascinated with men of great muscular power who could perform amazing feats of strength. He read about Tarzan’s adventures in the comic books and watched former Olympic swimmerJohnny Weissmuller play the hero in the popular movie series. The first sport young Lopez participated in was gymnastics.

He continued, however to be drawn to the “Strongmen”. His first glimpse of a bodybuilding icon was of Steve Reeves playing Hercules on the silver screen. Lopez would later recall, “That was when the bodybuilding ‘bug’ really bit me.” Amazingly, decades later, Reeves himself would tell Lopez that he considered him to be one of his favorite bodybuilders.

Another early motivation for Anibal was seeing a guest posing exhibition by IFBB Hall of Fame bodybuilder Leroy Colbert, yet another childhood hero that decades later would become a personal friend. The next sport that Lopez excelled at was boxing.

It wasn’t long, however, before his passion for both weightlifting and bodybuilding began to overtake his other sporting activities. He began to train at home with a barbell, a pair of dumbbells that he ordered from a Joe Weider magazine for $19.95 and a homemade wood bench. It was while living in the Throgsneck Projects in the Bronx that Lopez accelerated his weight training.

 He moved past using the meager equipment at home and started training at the sports center in the projects. It was at this time that he began to see impressive changes in his physique, both in size and strength. During this period of training at the Throgsneck center he won his first trophy in powerlifting.
Anibal Lopez Bodybuilder

Lopez joined the AAU and entered his first novice bodybuilding contest, the “Mr. Wagner”, named so because it was held at the Wagner Youth Center in Manhattan. To his great surprise, he won the over-all title at the show. His singular goal after that first show was to win the Mr. New York City title.

It was the beginning of a long and successful run as a professional in the sport. Lopez also served to in The United States Armed Forces. He was in the Army with the 101st Airborne Division; He found that he loved the challenge of jumping out of an aircraft in flight.

He later served with the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in the reserve and was credited with over 100 jumps, including 10 night jumps all from different aircraft.

Now retired from competitive bodybuilding, Lopez continues to train and stay active in the sport.

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Aaron Links Natural Bodybuilder

Famous Bodybuilder Aaron Links

Aaron Links

About Aaron Links : Aaron Links (born January 13, 1981 in Albuquerque, New Mexico) is a natural bodybuilding competitor who has competed in the now disbanded American Natural Bodybuilding Conference (ANBC).

Links began lifting weights seriously after his mother beat him in an arm wrestling match when he was a teenager. On July 19, 2000 at the age of 19, he won his first 2 bodybuilding titles of Junior Division Champion and Novice Men's Open Champion in the Southwest Classic regional competition held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 Links remained a Junior Division Champion at the Southwest Classic competition again in 2002 at the age of 21 where he also placed second in the Open Men's Tall division. On November 15, 2003 at the age of 22, Links won the Junior Division National Champion title at the USA Championship held in Boston, Massachusetts where he also placed 5th in the Men's Open Tall division.

In 2004, Links again competed in the ANBC USA Championship where he received second place in the Men's Open Tall Division and the Best Posing Award for that division.
Aaron Links Bodybuilder

Links graduated from the University of New Mexico in May, 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communications with a minor in Business Management.

He states that he will compete again but does not name a particular date. He continues to write fitness-related articles for an on-line publication.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Kevin Levrone - Maryland Muscle Machine

Famous Bodybuilder Kevin Levrone
Kevin Levrone

About Kevin Levrone : Kevin Levrone (born July 16, 1965) is a former IFBB professional bodybuilder, blogger, musician, actor and health club owner. Levrone was born to an Italian father and an African American mother on July 16, 1965 in Baltimore, Maryland, the youngest of six children. Aside from his career as a pro bodybuilder, Levrone has also worked as an actor and musician. Levrone first started training at Metro Fitness in Linthicum, Maryland.

He won his first contest at 190 pounds. Over his career Levrone has earned 22 professional IFBB wins. He won the Arnold Classic two times (1994 and 1996), and came second at the Mr. Olympia competition four times over the span of a decade (1992, 1995, 2000 and 2002). He has not officially announced his retirement.

Kevin Levrone Bodybuilder

Levrone's first film as an actor was Backlash. Later films included Redline and I Am. On March 25, 2009, Levrone launched The Levrone Report, a training/fitness guru blog in which he resumes his training and provides tips and philosophies on a wide range of subjects.

 In May 2010, Levrone released Levrone Formula Extreme Nitric Pump Blend, a nutritional supplement.

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Lee Labrada Bodybuilder from Cuba

Famous Bodybuilder Lee Labrada
Lee Labrada

About Lee Labrada : Lee Labrada (born 8 March 1960 in Havana, Cuba) is a former IFBB professional bodybuilder winning 22 major titles and a former Mr. Olympia competitor, published author and current CEO of Labrada Nutrition. Labrada was inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame in 2004. Labrada has his own supplement company called Labrada Nutrition.

Lee Labrada Bodybuilder

Labrada is one of the few men in history to place among the top four contestants in seven consecutive Mr. Olympia shows, although the first-place title itself eluded him during his highly-successful professional career.

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Steve Kuclo American Bodybuilder

Famous Bodybuilder Steve Kuclo
Steve Kuclo

About Steve Kuclo : Steve Kuclo is an American bodybuilder of Polish, Ukrainian, and Italian descent. He stands at 5 feet, 11 inches, weighing 280 pounds in the off-season and 260-265 pounds contest. He was born on August 15, 1985 in Detroit, Michigan. He grew up in the city of St. Clair Shores, Michigan. Growing up he played the sports of baseball, football and hockey. After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Michigan for two years, studying to be an automotive engineer.

Steve Kuclo Bodybuilder

Kuclo married retired IFBB figure pro Amy Peters on August 9, 2009. He currently resides in Plano, Texas. When he is not competing he works as a paramedic and firefighter in Dallas, Texas.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Greg Kovacs Canadian Bodybuilder

Famous Bodybuilder Greg Kovacs
Greg Kovacs

About Greg Kovacs : Gregory Mark Kovacs (born December 16, 1968 in Niagara Falls, Ontario) was a Canadian IFBB professional bodybuilder. According to Canadian bodybuilding publication, Muscle Insider, Kovacs retired from competitive bodybuilding in 2005 to start his own business and coach competitive athletes. Kovacs was raised in Fonthill, Ontario, Canada and resides there to this day. He studied electrical engineering for one year at college before concentrating on his bodybuilding pursuits.

Greg Kovacs Bodybuilder

In the latter half of the 1990s, Greg Kovacs was the largest pro bodybuilder. According to Muscle Insider, he had an off-season weight of 420 pounds and his arms measured over 25 inches, his chest 60 inches, and his waist 50 inches. Kovacs earned his IFBB Pro Card in 1996. In June 1997, he appeared on the cover of FLEX Magazine. His highest professional bodybuilding placing was 13th at the 2004 Arnold Classic. On November 29, 2010, Kovacs was charged with extortion after a supplement store owner entered an Erin Mills bank to tell staff he was being extorted, and that a group of men had demanded he withdraw a large sum of money.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Michal Kindred Czech Bodybuilder

Famous Bodybuilder Michal Kindred
Michal Kindred

About Michal Kindred : Michal Kindred (B. March 18, 1975 in Brno, Czech Republic) is an IFBB professional bodybuilder. Michal was born in the town of Brno in the Czech Republic. His father owned and operated a small gym there. This is where Michal grew up watching men change their bodies through hard work and determination. One day his father decided to put together a bodybuilding team. It amazed Michal how these men were able to change their bodies through weight training. This curiosity soon turned into desire to pursue the sport.

Michal Kindred Bodybuilder

When Michal was 14 years old, Richard Cada, a good friend and successful bodybuilder, offered to start training Michal. He fell in love with the sport.

 He was on his way to his first competition, “The Strongest Kid”, where Michal took 1st place in 1990, 1991, & 1992. In 1992 Michal decided to try the Mr. Teen in the Czech Republic. Here Michal also placed 1st and repeated the same in 1993 & 1994. Then at the age of 19 he won the Junior Mr. Czech Republic and placed 2nd at the World’s Championships held in Turkey. In 1995 Michal was again training for the World Championships.

With 3 months left before the World’s Championships he was involved in a motorcycle accident that resulted in a broken spine in 3 different places. The doctors told him he would never compete again. After two years of recovery and rehabilitation, Michal fell victim to salmonella poisoning, resulting in the loss of 45 pounds. It was not until Michal moved to the U.S. in 2000 that he caught up with his old trainer, Richard Cada, and found the courage to try again.

Since then Michal has won both 1st place in the Light Heavy Weight class and the overall title at the Northwest Bodybuilding Championships in 2001 and again at the Emerald Cup Bodybuilding Championships in 2003.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Michael Kefalianos The Greek Bodybuilder

Famous Bodybuilder Michael Kefalianos
Michael Kefalianos

About Michael Kefalianos : Michael Kefalianos, first name also spelt Michalis and Mihalis, is a Greek bodybuilder who is an International Federation of BodyBuilders (IFBB) professional bodybuilder. He is widely considered to be the best Greek bodybuilder. On 1 September 2010 he secured a sponsorship contract with Maximum Human Performance who also sponsors Victor Martinez. At the 2011 IFBB Australia Pro Grand Prix he ranked third and qualified for entry to Mr. Olympia for the third year in succession. He was born on the island of Kos, in Greece, in 1970. After compulsory Greek Army service he started bodybuilding at 20 years of age. He lived in Adelaide, Australia for four years with his Australian wife and they have two children. He returned to Kos with his family where he trains at David Balassas' gym. David Balassas is Michael's friend and personal trainer. Between 1998 and 2007 Michael was a regular winner of the Mr. Aegean and Mr. Hellas competitions.

Michael Kefalianos Bodybuilder

On 22 November 2008 he came first in the International North German Championship in Hamburg and earned his IFBB pro card by defeating other bodybuilders who had already earned their IFBB pro cards. He qualified for Mr. Olympia on his IFBB pro debut at the 2009 IFBB Australia Grand Prix. He participated and ranked joint 16th in the IFBB Mr. Olympia contest on September 2009 for Australia. He participated in 2010 Mr. Olympia contest but was not placed. He qualified for 2011 Mr. Olympia at the 2011 IFBB Australia Grand Prix.

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Mike Katz Famous Bodybuilder

Famous Bodybuilder Mike Katz
Mike Katz

About Mike Katz : Michael Katz (born November 14, 1944) is a former American IFBB professional bodybuilder, most famous for his appearance with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1977 bodybuilding documentary film Pumping Iron. Mike Katz worked as a Jr. High School gym teacher while training as an amateur bodybuilder. Katz cited bullying in his youth for being Jewish and wearing glasses as inspiration for weight training. He was known for his role as the underdog in the 1975 Mr. Universe competition, where, he refused to give up on himself despite placing 4th place in the Tall man division. Katz later went professional and qualified for the 1976 Mr. Olympia, placing 2nd in the heavyweight division in what was considered his peak form (Katz had greatly improved his proportions, considered his main flaw as a competitor).

Mike Katz Bodybuilder

Mike Katz was also a pro football player with the New York Jets before ending his NFL career with a leg injury in 1968. Katz appeared in the documentary Challenging Impossibility (film) commenting on the weightlifting odyssey of spiritual teacher and peace advocate Sri Chinmoy. The film was an Official Selection of the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

King Kamali Bodybuilder

Famous Bodybuilder King Kamali
King Kamali

About King Kamali : Shahriar Kamali, known professionally as King Kamali (born March 29, 1972 in Tehran, Iran), is an IFBB professional bodybuilder. Nicknamed "The Persian Pearl" and "The Terminator", Kamali was born in Tehran, Iran, but now lives in West New York, New Jersey and New City, New York.

King Kamali Bodybuilder

Kamali has a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from George Mason University The resulting knowledge about human kinesiology and sport nutrition combined with his distinctive posing styles makes Kamali a sought out bodybuilder for seminars and guest appearances. He has been featured in many bodybuilding articles, as well as being on the cover of MUSCLEMAG magazine.

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Rusty Jeffers IFBB Bodybuilder

Famous Bodybuilder Rusty Jeffers
Rusty Jeffers

About Rusty Jeffers : Rusty Jeffers is an IFBB professional bodybuilder. He was born on May 14, 1964, in Kenmore, New York; and grew up in Georgia and Boulder, Colorado. He is now living in Phoenix, Arizona. Rusty started bodybuilding at 12 and competed as early as at the age of 14. He won his first title at the age of 17 and won three years in a row in Teenage Arizona. He got his professional status in 2004 Masters National Championships. Rusty released a "Pose Like a Pro" DVD on his own in 2006 to teach athletes how to pose.

Rusty Jeffers Bodybuilder

Rusty was once a model (but now retired) for COLT Studio under the name "Carl Hardwick" in the 90s before he got his professional status. In 2002, Rusty sat for a revealing interview with freelance writer Rod Labbe. Entitled "Slugging it Out," it ran in MuscleMag International. Rusty is currently working with Labbe again, on a second interview. It will see print in 2011.

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Dennis James The Menace

Famous Bodybuilder Dennis James
Dennis James

About Dennis James : Dennis Tyron James was born in Heidelberg, Germany on 31 May 1965. His first NPC (National Physique Committee) competition was the NPC Junior USA of 1996, where he placed 13th. In 1999 he competed in his first Night of Champions, where he tied 14th. The following year, in 2000, he competed in his first Arnold Classic, placing 4th. His first Mr. Olympia was in 2000 as well, where he placed 11th. He has competed in a total of seven Mr. Olympias, with his highest placing coming in 4th in 2003.

Dennis James Bodybuilder

Dennis has been featured in many fitness and bodybuilding articles, including the cover of FLEX magazine. He currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Dennis has said that the 2010 Mr. Olympia will be his last. Also that he has lied about his age in the past and that he will be "45 years old soon".

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Reinhard Jaeger Professional Bodybuilder

Famous Bodybuilder Reinhard Jaeger
Reinhard Jaeger

About Reinhard Jaeger : Reinhard Jaeger (born January 15, 1970) is a professional bodybuilder. He was born in Graubunden, St. Moritz, Switzerland. To date, he has won two bodybuilding championships: the IFBB European Championships in 2000 and the NABBA-WABBA Worldchampionships in 2001.

Reinhard Jaeger Bodybuilder

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Johnnie O. Jackson Bodybuilder

Famous Bodybuilder Johnnie O. Jackson
Johnnie O. Jackson

About Johnnie O. Jackson : Johnnie Otis Jackson (born January 30, 1971 in Hammonton, New Jersey) is an IFBB professional bodybuilder. Jackson is sometimes referred to as the World's Strongest Bodybuilder. Jackson first competed in an NPC (National Physique Committee) in 2001, where he won the NPC USA. His first IFBB competition was the GNC Show of Strength (now defunct) of 2002, where he placed 10th. His first IFBB Night of Champions was in 2003, where he placed 5th. Later that same year he competed in the Ironman Pro Invitational, where he placed 9th.

Johnnie O. Jackson Bodybuilder

In 2003 he competed in his first Mr. Olympia, where he placed 11th. His first Arnold Classic was in 2006, where he placed 13th. Jackson regularly competes in powerlifting events and often incorporates this type of training into his workouts. He currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

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