Most and LEAST Impressive Bodybuilders of All TimeWho are the top bodybuilders of all-time? Every generation has big names with amazing physiques and massive amounts of muscle. With so many to choose from who will make the cut?
#1 - Arnold SchwarzeneggerIt's hard not to place
#2 - Ronnie ColemanRonnie Coleman was not only one of the most massive bodybuilders of all-time (300 pounds stage weight) but also one of the strongest. With an 800+ pound squat and deadlift it's scary to think that to this day Ronnie claims he didn't train as hard as he could have.
#3 - Lee HaneyWith a record tying 8 Mr. Olympia titles (1984-1991) Haney was successfully able to retire at the extremely young age of 31 and foster a career outside of bodybuilding.
To this day Haney works in the fields of sports training and nutrition training athletes in the NBA, MLB, and professional boxing. Today, at the age of 55, Lee Haney still maintains a physique that would make younger bodybuilders envious.
#4 - Dorian YatesWhat makes Dorian Yates one of the top bodybuilders of all-time is not only his 6 Mr. Olympia titles (1992-1997) but also his unique style of training. While several professional bodybuilders train six days a week, Dorian was known for his development of "High Intensity Training" which achieved maximum muscle stimulation with shorter intense workouts four days per week.
In addition he was also known for bringing his shredded glutes and hamstrings to the stage before anyone else.
#5 - Phil HeathBetter known as "the Gift," Phil Heath is the current reigning 5 time Mr. Olympia (2011-2015). With a career that does not appear to be ending in the near future, Phil may very well climb to the top of these rankings over the next several years.
#6 - Frank ZaneWhen most people think of aesthetic symmetrical physiques the first name that comes to the mind of most people is Frank Zane. With 3 Mr. Olympia titles (1977-1979) and a vacuum that sets the standard to this day, Zane has the body that every single bodybuilder hopes to one day emulate.
Unlike several of the other bodybuilders on this list, Zane is the lightest of them all stepping in at a lighter 185 pounds on stage. Zane represented an era based on aesthetics with wide shoulders and an extremely shaped v-taper waist.
#7 - Jay CutlerNot to be confused with the professional NFL player with the same name, Jay Cutler is a 4 Time Mr. Olympia champion (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010). Representing one of the modern day mass builders Cutler weighed in at a strong 275 pounds on stage.
#8 - Franco ColumbuKnown by some as Arnold's smaller lighter training partner, Columbu was known for both his aesthetics and pushing Arnold to his absolute limits. With 2 overall Mr. Olympia titles (1976 and 1981) Columbu was known for his aesthetic and symmetrical physique.
Not only was Columbu Arnold's favorite training partner but was also a world champion powerlifter, World's Strongest Man competitor, and actor. A little known fact about Columbu was that he played a brief role in the original Terminator movie that made Arnold famous.
#9 - Dexter JacksonEpitomizing the symbol of father time, Dexter Jackson never seems to age. Former Mr. Olympia champ of 2008, most recently Jackson placed 2nd overall in the 2015 Mr. Olympia contest at the seasoned age of nearly 46 years old.
Nicknamed "The Blade" Dexter is known for his low-body fat percentage and seemingly timeless physique. Having competed in every single Mr. Olympia contest since 1999, Jackson has graced the cover of countless bodybuilding magazines and articles.
Jackson has also won the Arnold classic a record setting 5 times establishing his presence as one of the top bodybuilders of this generation.
#10 - Flex WheelerThough he is the only professional bodybuilder on our list to never win the Mr. Olympia title, that does not diminish his overall career success. Having won the Arnold classic 4 times there is no denying his presence among the list of the greatest.
Furthermore, Flex Wheeler has been described by both Arnold and Ronnie as one of the greatest bodybuilders of all-time. Known for his symmetrical aesthetics he is commonly known as the Sultan of Symmetry. Contrary to popular belief the nickname "Flex" comes from his remarkable flexibility not flexion of his muscles.
Who is in Your Top 10?Every generation has had it's fair share of great bodybuilders with amazing physiques. Focus has shifted from mass to aesthetics and back to mass. However, the one consistent factor over time has been the lean, aesthetic physiques and constant striving for improvement of the human body.
Feel free to give your own opinion of the top 10 bodybuilders of all-time!
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