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 competed against Ronnie Coleman at the Ironman championship in 1997 and won the Show. He is one of the best Australian bodybuilders.
Lee Priest became popular in 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 was much impressed by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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 13 and turning IFBB Pro by 20 years.
Early Life of Lee Priest
Lee Priest was born on 6 July 1972, in Newcastle, Australia. Like many other bodybuilders, young Lee was inclined to 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.
After spending 16 years of his life in a successful career, Lee Priest started to compete in The Ironman Pro. After many trials of placing second and third, it was at the age of 34 that Priest finally won the prestigious title.
One of his most important accomplishments is when he placed 6th in 2002 Mr. Olympia at the young age of 25.
Lee’s impact on bodybuilding was seen worldwide; after several years, he had a contest named after him, “The Lee Priest Classic”.
Body Measurement of Lee Priest
|Lee Priest Height||5 Feet and 4 Inches|
|Lee Priest Weight||120 to 125 KG|
|Lee Priest Arm Size||22 Inches|
|Lee Priest Chest Size||56 Inches|
|Lee Priest Waist Size||30 Inches|
|Lee Priest Age||48 Years|
When it grows to bulk, Lee gains 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 he rarely eats unhealthily when cutting.
He also emphasizes that one should eat six full meals daily, every 2 to 3 hours, for optimal strength gains.
Bodybuilding Competitions And Awards
|1||1989||IFBB Australian Championships||1st|
|2||1990||IFBB Australian Championships||1st|
|3||1990||IFBB World Amateur Championships, Lightweight||4th|
|4||1993||IFBB Niagara Falls Pro Invitational||9th|
|5||1994||IFBB Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic||7th|
|6||1994||IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational||4th|
|7||1994||IFBB Night of Champions||12th|
|8||1994||IFBB San Jose Pro Invitational||7th|
|9||1995||IFBB Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic||9th|
|10||1995||IFBB Florida Pro Invitational||4th|
|11||1995||IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational||3rd|
|12||1995||IFBB South Beach Pro Invitational||4th|
|13||1996||IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational||4th|
|14||1996||IFBB San Jose Pro Invitational||6th|
|15||1997||IFBB Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic||7th|
|16||1997||IFBB Grand Prix Czech Republic||5th|
|17||1997||IFBB Grand Prix England||6th|
|18||1997||IFBB Grand Prix Finland||9th|
|19||1997||IFBB Grand Prix Germany||3rd|
|20||1997||IFBB Grand Prix Hungary||3rd|
|21||1997||IFBB Grand Prix Russia||9th|
|22||1997||IFBB Grand Prix Spain||3rd|
|23||1997||IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational||2nd|
|24||1997||IFBB Mr. Olympia||6th|
|25||1998||IFBB Mr. Olympia||7th|
|26||1999||IFBB Iron Man Pro Invitational||6th|
|27||1999||IFBB Mr. Olympia||8th|
|28||2000||IFBB Night of Champions||5th|
|29||2000||IFBB Mr. Olympia||6th|
|30||2001||IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational||7th|
|31||2002||IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational||2nd|
|32||2002||IFBB Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic||4th|
|33||2002||IFBB San Francisco Pro Invitational||1st|
|34||2002||IFBB Mr. Olympia||6th|
|35||2003||IFBB Mr. Olympia||15th|
|36||2004||IFBB Ironman Pro||2nd|
|37||2004||IFBB San Francisco Pro Invitational||2nd|
|38||2005||IFBB Grand Prix Australia||1st|
|39||2005||IFBB Arnold Classic||4th|
|40||2005||IFBB Iron Man Pro Invitational||2nd|
|41||2005||IFBB BBC Classic||1st|
|42||2006||IFBB Ironman Pro||1st|
|43||2006||IFBB Arnold Classic||6th|
|44||2006||IFBB Grand Prix Australia||2nd|
|45||2006||NOC New York||1st|
|46||2006||PDI Night of Champions||1st|
|47||2013||NABBA Mr. Universe||1st|
Lee Priest Wife
In July 2000, Lee married bodybuilder Catherine Le François, who also competed in professional competitions. 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.
Lee Priest Now
Lee Priest, an Australian bodybuilder not having competed since winning the NABBA Universe title against Ronnie Coleman, is teasing his return to bodybuilding. Recently his updates were shared on social media.
In July 2000, Lee married bodybuilder Catherine Le François, who also competed in professional competitions.
Lee has returned to Australia after living in the USA.
Lee Priest is 49 years old.
Lee Priest was born on 6 July 1972 in Newcastle, Australia.
Lee Priest’s weight is 120 to 125 kg.