Top 15 Bodybuilders in History

The Greatest 15 Bodybuilders Ever in History

Top 15 Bodybuilders in the History

1. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger is the most legendary bodybuilding figure of all time. No shock, he appears at the top of this list.

Arnold was born in Austria on 30 July 1946. He was the second son of a policeman. He has been influenced by the moral upbringing of his parents which attached too much of his success.

Arnold’s professional competition started when he won the Junior Mr. Europe contest at the age of 20 years, and he was the youngest person to have this achievement. He went to America after this success.

He worked towards the goal to prove himself the greatest bodybuilder of the world. From 1971 to 1975, he won the title of Mr. Olympia.

Arnold’s body size

  • Arnold calves size: 20 inches.
  • Arnold thighs size: 28.5 inches.
  • Arnold waist size: 34 inches.
  • Arnold chest size: 57 inches.
  • Arnold arms size: 22-inches.

 

2. Seth Feroce

Seth Feroce was born on November 21st, 1984 in the United States. During his young age, Seth studied with several sporting activities just like most of his peers in a quest to acquire strength and confidence. He engaged in sports like wrestling and football.

In 2010, he competed in the 202 Division Europa Super Show organized by IFBB where he got the gold medal in the lightweight category. As Seth Feroce gained more popularity, he decided to increase his training and chest workouts.

Now he lives in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, previously from Cleveland, Ohio. He married Elise Feroce, he trains his daughter. Seth is a personal trainer as he coaches people in his Feroce Iron Academy. His height is 5 feet and 5 inches. He is 35 years old now.

3. William Kazmaier

William Kazmaier was born on December 30, 1953, in America. He is a former world champion powerlifter, world champion strongman, and professional wrestler. Boiled eggs were one of his best diet.

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, he hatched many powerlifting and strongman world records and won two International Powerlifting Federation World Championships and 3 World’s Strongest Man titles.

In 1980, he became popular for his right to be “the strongest man who ever lived” by reaching and surpassing spectacular and versatile feats of strength of great strongmen of the 20th century. He is considered to be one of the all-time greatest contenders in strength competitions.

His nickname is “Kaz”, and he is the youngest child of William Bartholomew. His father had soda water bottling plants. He has a son, Eric, and lives in Auburn, Alabama. He is 66 years old and has 6.3 feet in height. 

4. Dorian Yates

Dorian Yates was born on 19 April 1962, in England. He is an English former professional bodybuilder. He got the Mr. Olympia title six continuous times from 1992 to 1997.

He is generally considered to be one of the top bodybuilders in recent history and is most well-known for his wide and thick back.

Yates is married to Brazilian fitness model Glauce “Gal” Ferreira, who won the IFBB South American Body fitness event and was also IFBB World Body fitness Champion in 2007. Protein was one of his best diet in whole career.

His son, Lewis, from a previous relationship, has also carried up bodybuilding and works similarly with his father.

Yates’s body size:

  • His height is 5 feet and 10.5 inches.
  • His competition weight is125 kg.
  • His upper Arm size is 21 inches.
  • His thigh size is 31 inches.
  • His waist size is 34 inches.
  • His calf size is 22 inches.
  • His chest size is 58 inches.

5. Ronnie Dean Coleman

Ronnie Dean Coleman was born on May 13, 1964, in America. He is an American professional bodybuilder. The winner of the Mr. Olympia title for eight years in a series, he is generally regarded as one of the most famous and greatest bodybuilders of all time.

Coleman met French Lebanese personal trainer Rouaida Christine Achkar at a festivities show in Paris, and they were married in Beirut on December 28, 2007. They divorced soon after that.

Later on, on April 11, 2016, he married personal trainer Susan Williamson. He has four children now.

Ronnie’s body size:

  • His height 5 feet 11 inches.
  • His contest weight is 130 to136 kg.
  • His chest size is 60 inches.
  • His arms size is 24 inches.

6. Jason Isaac Cutler

Jason Isaac Cutler was born on August 3, 1973, in America. He is an American professional bodybuilder. He is a four-time Mr. Olympia winner in a row from 2006 to 2010.

He was much motivated to enter bodybuilding after meeting special trainer Marcos Rodriguez. Cutler exceeded in bodybuilding, aspiring to be one of the largest competitors ever, and got his first overall win in 1993 at the Iron Bodies Invitational.

His first competition was the 1992 Gold’s Gym Worcester Bodybuilding Championships, at which he took the second position overall.

In 2012, Cutler was incapable compete at Mr. Olympia due to his biceps injury. Cutler competed in the 2013 Olympia and got the 6th position.

Cutler currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Cutler’s body size:

  • His height is 5 feet and 10 inches.
  • His competition weight is 118 kg.
  • His upper arm size is 22 inches.
  • His chest size is 58 inches.
  • His thigh size is 30 inches.
  • His waist size is 34 inches.

7. Brandon Curry

Brandon Curry was born on October 19, 1982, in America. He is an American professional bodybuilder who fights in the heavyweight division. He is the 15th Mr. Olympia and currently owns the title of Mr. Olympia.

Curry won his first bodybuilding competition in 2003 that was the Supernatural Bodybuilding competition.

Curry is married to his girlfriend, Brandy Leaver. They have one daughter, named Zoey Curry, and three sons.

Curry’s body size:

  • His height is 5 feet and 8 inches.
  • His weight is 115 to 120 kg.
  • His aem size is 21 inches.

8. Lee Priest

Lee Andrew McCutcheon was born on 6 July 1972 in Australia. He is a professional bodybuilder and athlete. The 1986 Sydney Bodybuilding Classic was his first bodybuilding contest. 

He won the Mr. Australia three times in a row from 1989 to 1991. He got the sixth place at the 1997, Mr. Olympia, at the tender age of 25.

Lee attended Plattsburg Primary School for his early education. He has only one sister, who is two years older. Lee’s mom also was a bodybuilding competitor and performed with Lee on stage posing together once. 

He is married to Cathy Priest, who is also a beautiful female bodybuilder. They got married on July 1st, 2000 in Australia.

Lee Priest’s body size:

  • His height is 5 feet and 4 inches.
  • His competition weight is 89 to 93 kg.
  • His arms size is 22 inches.
  • His chest size is 58 inches.
  • His waist size is 30 inches.
  • His quads size is 30.5 inches.

9. Lee Haney

Lee Haney was born on November 11, 1959, in America. He is an American former IFBB professional bodybuilder.  Haney gives the record for most Mr. Olympia titles at eight with Ronnie Coleman.

He grew up in South Carolina. He is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College, where he got a degree in youth counseling. He married Shirley. 

Now, he and his wife, Shirley, reside in Georgia. This couple has two children.

He was appointed the chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports by Bill Clinton.

Lee Haney’s body size:

  • His height is 5 feet 11 inches.
  • His competition weight is 104 kg.
  • His chest size is 56 inches.
  • His neck size is 20 inches.
  • His arm size is 21 inches.
  • His waist size is 31.5 inches.
  • His thigh size is 30 inches.
  • His calf size is 20 inches.

10. Francesco Maria Columbu

Francesco Maria Columbu was born on August 7, 1941in Italy. He was an Italian professional bodybuilder, author, producer powerlifter, actor, and a licensed chiropractor.

In fact, he was originally a boxer. He won the title of Mr. Olympia in 1976 and then in 1981. He also had an acting career and authored various books on nutrition and bodybuilding.

He won the Arnold Classic Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

On August 30, 2019, after enduring a heart attack while swimming off the coast of Sardinia, Columbu drowned and later died during transport by helicopter to the hospital in Olbia, at the age of 78.

11. Louis Jude Ferrigno

Louis Jude Ferrigno was born on November 9, 1951, in America. He is an American actor, trainer, fitness consultant, and retired professional bodybuilder. 

Ferrigno won an IFBB Mr. America title and two back-to-back IFBB Mr. Universe titles and appeared in the bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron in his bodybuilding career.

Ferrigno married Susan Groff in 1978 and divorced her a year later. On May 3, 1980, he married Carla Green, who then also began working as his manager; she later became a personal trainer of him. Now, they have three children.

Ferrigno’s body size:

  • His height is 6 feet and 5 inches.
  • His weight is 146 kg.
  • His chest size is 59 inches.
  • His waist size is 34 inches.
  • His arm size is 22 inches.
  • His thighs size is 29 inches.
  • His neck size is 19 inches.

12. Kenneth Flex Wheeler

Kenneth “Flex” Wheeler was born on August 23, 1965, in America. He is an American professional bodybuilder. He gained the Arnold Classic a then-record four times and was once represented by Arnold Schwarzenegger as one of the greatest bodybuilders he had ever seen. 

Ronnie Coleman has said that Wheeler was the best bodybuilder he competed against in his whole career.

He announced his resignation from competitive bodybuilding in 2000 but continued to fight until 2003.

After his retirement, he focused on martial arts, his favorite being Keep-Kwon-Do, a variant of Kenpo, Tae Kwon Do, and Aikido. In 2003, he received kidney transplantation.

Wheeler’s body size:

  • His height is 5 feet and 9 inches.
  • His competition weight is 109 kg.
  • His Arm size is 23 inches.
  • His leg size is 31 inches.
  • His chest size is 54 inches.

13. Kevin Mark Levrone

Kevin Mark Levrone was born on July 16, 1964, in America. He is an American IFBB Hall of Famer, professional bodybuilder, musician and blogger.

During his professional career in bodybuilding, Levrone competed in 68 IFBB Professional competitions.

He is considered as one of the best bodybuilders of the 1990s even though he never won the title of Mr. Olympia.

Since finishing his competition career in bodybuilding, Levrone enjoys playing other games like tennis and golf, etc. He has acted in many films and he is also a musician.

Kevin’s body size:

  • His height is 5 feet and 11 inches.
  • His competition weight is 110 to 115 kg.
  • His arm size is 24 inches.
  • His leg size is 32 inches.
  • His waist size is 29 inches.
  • His chest size is 57 inches.

14. Chris Heria

Heria was born on December 21, 1991, in Miami, Florida. He graduated from St. Brendan High School in 2008.

Chris Heria has built a name as a Street Workout Champion, Pro Bar Athlete, and Certified Personal Trainer in his bodybuilding career. He served the United States in the Street Workout World Championship and is a spokesperson of BarStarzz.

It is unclear, Chris has ever had a wife. But he is the only father of a son named Zen who was born in 2011. 

Heria’s body size:

  • His height is 5 feet and 9 inches.
  • His weight is 75 kg.
  • His arm size is 21 inches.

15. Dexter Jackson

Dexter Jackson was born on November 25, 1969, in America. He is an American professional bodybuilder and Mr. Olympia in 2008 in the bodybuilding champion. Jackson has won more professional bodybuilding titles than any other bodybuilder.

2008 was a great year for Jackson, as he won many titles like the Arnold Classic, New Zealand Grand Prix, Australian Pro Grand Prix VIII, Russian Grand Prix, and Mr. Olympia. Jackson won 3rd place in the 2009 Mr. Olympia competition.

Jackson is one of only three bodybuilders to have won both Arnold Classic and Mr. Olympia bodybuilding contests.

 Jackson’s body size:

  • His height is 5 feet and 6 inches.
  • His contest weight is 98 kg.
  • His chest size is 52 inches.
  • His arms size is 20 inches.
Tikkay Khan: Founder of TikkayKhan.com and a Fitness Model and Trainer. With that, Freelancer by profession and Blogger by passion.

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