The tradition of bodybuilding goes all the way back to ancient Greece. The athletes of ancient Greece were used to train in the gymnasiums. However, they did not use training as a form of body modification but rather a means to progress at the sport they participated. The Grecian Ideal would also go on to influence modern day bodybuilding as the aesthetic standard that modern bodybuilders would aim to achieve. Here are top 10 bodybuilders’ across the world.
1. Sergio Oliva
World’s most famous bodybuilder is Sergio Oliva. His nickname is The Myth. Sergio Oliva was born on July 4, 1941 in Cuba. A sun worshipper persuades him into this field of bodybuilding. His height is 5 feet 9 inches and has a 20-inch huge arm. Sergio Oliva is the one bodybuilder to defeat Arnold in a Mr. Olympia contest in the year1969 and is the second bodybuilder to win Mr. Olympia competition. His then-wife Arleen Garrett and sustained five bullet wounds had shot him but The Myth survived that because he is a myth. Although some of you might consider Arnold to be at the top spot but Oliva said that when he was in his best shape, no one could stand comparable to him. The various title won by Oliva are 1965 Junior Mr. America – AAU, Most Muscular, 1966 Mr. World – IFBB, Overall Winner, 1966 Mr Universe – IFBB Winnera and 1985 Olympia – IFBB, 8th and so on.
2. Arnold Schwarzenegger
The 38th governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger is a famous bodybuilder. The Austrian-American professional bodybuilder was born on July 30, 1947. However, Arnold is not only a bodybuilder but also a fabulous actor, politician and an established businessperson. Arnold has printed countless articles on bodybuilding. Arnold was nicknamed the Austrian Oak and the Styrian Oak during his bodybuilding days. He started his bodybuilding training at the age of 15. He has awarded the Mr. Olympia award 7 times. He won the first Mr. Olympia award at the age of 20. He remained a under the focus in the career of bodybuilding for a much longer period. He belonged to the Republican political party in his political career.
3. Dorian Yates
The famous bodybuilder Dorian Yates is known for his thickness. Dorian was born on April 19, 1962 in Staffordshire, England. Dorian Yates was 5 feet 10 inches tall and has a huge arm of 20 inches. His bodyweight was 110-122kg. During his bodybuilding career, he won 6 Mr. Olympia titles repeatedly in a row. His career awards are 1985 World Games, 7th (amateur), 1992 Mr. Olympia, 1st, 1995 Mr. Olympia, 1st, 1996 English Grand Prix, 1st and 1994 Spanish Grand Prix, 1st . At present, Yates is the CEO of his personal global supplement company, which is called DY nutrition.
4. Ronnie Coleman
Ronnie Coleman is one of the most famous bodybuilder in the whole world. His nickname is Big Ron. He was born on May 13, 1964. His home place was Louisiana. His height was 5 ft 11 inch (1.80m).Ronnie Coleman had an extremely large arm and a ideal back muscle. He had a behemoth body structure and weighed more than 270 pounds. Big Ron has had the reputation of winning 8 straight wins as Mr. Olympia. He had completed a B.S in accounting degree and after graduation worked as a police officer. After that, He joined the Metroflex gymnasium, where he took training. After training he won the first place in Mr.Texas contest in 1990. However, Ronnie Coleman won many titles some of which are1996 Canada Pro Cup, 2000 Grand Prix England, 2001 Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic and Mr. Olympia in the year 2005.
5. Bill Pearl
Bill Pearl was a spectacular American bodybuilder for the period of 1950’s and 1960’s. Bill was born on October 31, 1930. He was also the earliest professional bodybuilder to write bodybuilding-training courses. He was 5 ft 10 inch (1.77 m) tall. His body weight was about 109 kg
(201lbs). He had a real massive size but where he lagged at the back was his ineptitude to cut his thighs. He achieved many awards in his bodybuilding career. The awards are 1956 N.A.B.B.A., Mr. Universe, Professional, Tall Man’s Class (London, England), 1952 Mr. San Diego, 3rd place (San Diego, California), 1952 Mr. Oceanside (Oceanside, California). A few years ago, in 2006 he was awarded with the PDI Night of Champions Lifetime Achievement Award. Bill was died in 1930 at the age of 81.
6. Reg Park
Reg Park was a multi-dimensional person. He was not only a bodybuilder but also an actor and well established businessperson. Reg Park was born on June 7, 1928. His birthplace was West Yorkshire of England. At the start of career, he was more into playing football than lifting weights. Reg Park got himself into bodybuilding at the age of 16, after meeting a famous muscleman David Cohen. Reg Park was 6 feet 1 inch tall and had a behemoth arm of 20 inches. He had an eye-catching figure and this helps him to star in many films. He was awarded with many awards. He was awarded with the title of Mr. Britain 4th in 1946. After five years later, he got the Mr. Universe –NABBA- overall winner title in 1951. In 1965, again he was awarded with Mr. Universe – NABBA- overall winner title. Unfortunately, He was died on November 2007 with metastatic melanoma, which is a form of skin cancer.
7. Steve Reeves
Steve Reeves was enormous bodybuilder as well as a good actor. He was born on January 21, 1926 in Montana, USA. He was 6 feet 1 inch tall and was really handsome and good-looking person. He was the maximum paid actor in Europe during the short time period of his livelihood. He had a unique figure, which positioned the standard of an ideal figure for the next years. He had a fine waist, extensive shoulders, and a narrow hip. In his short journey of bodybuilding, he was awarded many times with many honours. He was honored Mr. Pacific Coast in the year 1946. In 1947 Reeves was awarded with Mr. Western America. Ultimately, in 1948 he got the most desirable honour ‘Mr. World’. However, This European superstar was died from complications of lymphoma.
8. John Grimek
John Grimek was the icon of exceptional bodybuilders in his period. He was born on June 17, 1910 in New Jersey. He established his place as a bodybuilder through different bodybuilding articles and magazines. He represented the United States in weightlifting at the 1936 Olympic Games, which was held Berlin. He won a Mr. Universe contest in London. Unfortunately, this outstanding gymnast had died on November 1998 at the age of 88.
9. Flex Wheeler
The bodybuilder Flex Wheeler had a fantastic body-fitness. His original name is Kenneth Wheeler. He was born on August 23, 1965 in California, United States. His height was approximately 5 feet 8 inches. Professionally Flex Wheeler started his livelihood as a police officer. Thereafter he resigned this job and strong-minded to become a professional bodybuilder. In the year of 1989, at the NPC Mr. California Championships he won the first honor. Wheeler won an Iron Pro for five times and was the winner of 4-time Arnold Classic. Wheeler had a big back and 17 inch arms.
10. Franco Columbu
Franco Columbu, the titleholder of Mr. Olympia in 1976 and 1981. Franco Columbu was born on 17 Aug 1941. Being a stunning bodybuilder Columbu was an Italian actor. His tallness was 5 feet 5 inches. However, his short height was not a hindering reason to him at all. Despite his short tallness, Franco Columbu won two times Mr. Olympia title. Colombo, the bodybuilder was also participated in the World’s Strongest Man contest. However, he did not succeed to win the title as he finished up in a dislocated leg. Though He was light in the legs but has fantastic back and delts.