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Lee Priest Biography 2021

The Australian bodybuilder, Lee Priest McCutcheon, known as “The Blond Myth,” is supposed to be the spokesperson of the golden era of bodybuilding.

Lee Priest became popular in the world of sports although he did not have an extraordinary body in his teens. But his strong determination, continuation, and charm made the man world-famous.

Lee is one of the most known Pro bodybuilders not only in Australia but in the whole world. Lee is famous for his performances at a very young age, winning his first show only at the age of 13 and turning IFBB Pro by the age of 20 years.

Early Life of Lee Priest

Lee Priest was born on 6 July 1972, in Newcastle, Australia. Like many other bodybuilders, young Lee inclined several sports, preferring rugby, football, and karate.

Lee’s mother played a tremendous role in his interest in weightlifting. She was also a bodybuilder. Lee was only 12 years old when he began training, and getting weight gain after that his grandfather also helped him with the basics.

After only one year of training, Lee decided to compete for the first time. After presenting everything he had into his training, he strongly won the 1986 Sydney Bodybuilding Classic, an event that was the beginning of an unbelievable career for the Lee Priest.

Bodybuilding Career of Lee Priest

In 1990, Lee determined to start a professional career, but because of his young age, he was not allowed to get his pro card. Lee Priest vs Flex Wheeler was competitive between each other in their bodybuilding career.

After he got his first show at the age of 13, Lee was hooked, this is when he knew it was something he desired to do indefinitely.

He competed in his second show and went on to win many other competitions during his juvenile years. Finally, he won the IFBB Mr. Australia 3 times continuously at the age of 17, 18, and 19.

Niagara Falls Championships was an amateur competition in which Lee entered and became internationally recognized for the first time, this is where he got his Pro card at the age of 20.


It was an event that signified Lee as one of the youngest bodybuilders to ever turn into an IFBB Pro.

Lee Priest after spending 16 years of his life in a successful career, started to compete in The Ironman Pro, and after many trials of placing second and third, it was at the age of 34 that Priest finally won the prestigious title.

Here is one of his most important accomplishments, when he placed 6th in 2002 Mr. Olympia at the young age of 25.

Lee’s impact on bodybuilding was seen, over the world, and after several years, he had a contest named after him “The Lee Priest Classic”.

Body Measurement of Lee Priest

height5 feet and 4 inches
weight120 to 125 kg
arm size22 inches
chest size56 inches
waist size30 inches
age48 years
Body Measurement of Lee Priest

Lee Priest Diet Plan

When it grows to bulk, Lee leads to gain around 75 pounds in his off-season bulking phase, and no matter how much weight he gains during the off-season, he is always ready and in top form on the day of the competition.

So when it comes to dieting, Lee eats clean and is severe about eating cheat meals. He says that cheat meals are his favorite part of dieting, but when he is cutting, he rarely eats unhealthy.

He also emphasizes that one should eat six full meals a day, every 2 to 3 hours for optimal strength gains.

Bodybuilding Competitions And Awards

NoYearsEvent NamePositions
11989 IFBB Australian Championships 1st
21990 IFBB Australian Championships 1st
31990 IFBB World Amateur Championships, Lightweight 4th
41993 IFBB Niagara Falls Pro Invitational 9th
51994 IFBB Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic 7th
61994 IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational 4th
71994 IFBB Night of Champions 12th
81994 IFBB San Jose Pro Invitational 7th
91995 IFBB Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic 9th
101995 IFBB Florida Pro Invitational 4th
111995 IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational 3rd
121995 IFBB South Beach Pro Invitational 4th
131996 IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational 4th
141996 IFBB San Jose Pro Invitational 6th
151997 IFBB Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic 7th
161997 IFBB Grand Prix Czech Republic 5th
171997 IFBB Grand Prix England 6th
181997 IFBB Grand Prix Finland 9th
191997 IFBB Grand Prix Germany 3rd
201997 IFBB Grand Prix Hungary 3rd
211997 IFBB Grand Prix Russia 9th
221997 IFBB Grand Prix Spain 3rd
231997 IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational 2nd
241997 IFBB Mr. Olympia 6th
251998 IFBB Mr. Olympia 7th
261999 IFBB Iron Man Pro Invitational 6th
271999 IFBB Mr. Olympia 8th
282000 IFBB Night of Champions 5th
292000 IFBB Mr. Olympia6th
302001IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational 7th
312002IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational 2nd
322002IFBB Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic 4th
332002IFBB San Francisco Pro Invitational 1st
342002IFBB Mr. Olympia 6th
352003IFBB Mr. Olympia 15th
362004IFBB Ironman Pro2nd
372004IFBB San Francisco Pro Invitational 2nd
382005IFBB Grand Prix Australia 1st
392005IFBB Arnold Classic 4th
402005IFBB Iron Man Pro Invitational 2nd
412005 IFBB BBC Classic1st
422006IFBB Ironman Pro 1st
432006IFBB Arnold Classic6th
442006IFBB Grand Prix Australia 2nd
452006NOC New York1st
462006PDI Night of Champions 1st
472013NABBA Mr. Universe 1st
Bodybuilding Competitions and Awards

Lee Priest Wife

lee priest wife

In July 2000, Lee married bodybuilder Catherine Le François, who also competed in professional competitions at that time. After the meeting, they did not think about improving their personal lives, and the topic of their discussion was games.

The couple lived in the USA and raised together in the gym, improving the press, biceps, and triceps. Then they lost interest in each other and registered for a divorce.

Net Worth of Lee Priest

Lee Priest is very active on social media networks on the internet, as this is very essential for the career he has built for himself. Lee has an estimated net worth of 2 million US dollars.


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