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Top 20 Bodybuilders of All Time | MuscleBlaze

Know more about world 20 best bodybuilder list also read about their achievement's & journey

You might have seen those people at the gym, who half-heartedly lift weights and keep checking for texts on their smartphones in between. Then they’ll be just gulping down a protein shake and talking about those 2 reps they tried today. Well, you can put up decent muscle mass if you are even a bit serious. However, the key difference between a normal gym-goer and serious bodybuilders is that the latter is more dedicated towards building muscles and they are ready to walk the extra mile to achieve their target.

Bodybuilders train a lot more than the average people do because for them their body is everything and they plan to make a living out of it by choosing bodybuilding as a career. In this case, it totally makes sense that they spend hours in the gym grinding their body. Bodybuilders have an incredible ability to pack on muscles and grow them bigger and bigger with each passing year.

No matter where they came from or how much they struggle to reach where they are, this list has got bodybuilders from all over the world. Some of these bodybuilders started off at an early age and some blossomed late, but eventually, they were successful.

They have been a part of many things from acting to consulting as side projects. They have been record-setters for many years. Let’s have a look at the top bodybuilders and their journey.

At the tender age of 11, this man got into bodybuilding because his older brothers were into lifting. As a curious child, he lifted alongside his brothers and realized that it was his thing. He then researched more about it and went on to learn about ace bodybuilders in the 1980s such as Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Chicago Pro Invitational held in1992 was his first pro qualifying event and he soon became a bodybuilding sensation across the globe. Though he never won Mr. Olympia, he has been to the list of top 5 participants in it many times. He is almost 50 now and hasn’t competed for a while. But who knows he might make a comeback soon.

This list would have been incomplete without the mention of this incredible hulk. Lou Ferrigno struggled a lot during his childhood because he suffered from hearing loss that was due to an ear infection he developed in youth. This led him to be very shy. Reading comic books and thinking of being a muscular person similar to the ones in those comics, he got lured towards bodybuilding. At the age of 12, he started lifting weights and trained hard for the coming decade and eventually became the youngest man to grab the title of the IFBB Mr. Universe competition two times in a row.he was the youngest contestant to be a part of Mr. Olympia contest, at the age of 23. And as we all know, he went to become The Hulk by entering Hollywood.

This American stalwart is an IFBB professional physique competitor. In the last 7 years, he has been the winner of various IFBB & NPC titles. He is said to be among the richest bodybuilders in the world with a net worth of around 1.9 million USD.

This Bulgarian hunk is a professional bodybuilder, fitness athlete, and personal trainer. He has got a huge fan following on social media platforms and he is quite active there. He has got millions of followers on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. His net worth is estimated to be approx 2 million USD.

Born in the former USSR, Dennis Wolf moved to Germany with his family when he was 14. At the age of 15, he started bodybuilding. At the age of 21, he started competing and by 2005, he had become a pro. In 2006, he made his professional debut at IFBB. he has built up impressive muscles and has been successful so far.​​

This gentleman on this list is an 8-time consecutive winner of Mr. Olympia. He broke the record of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s seven-title streak. In the 1980s, he totally dominated the bodybuilding world and ever since he has retired, he is living a quiet life with his wife and two kids. He has been regarded as the best bodybuilder of all time. He runs two fitness centers in Atlanta.

Originally named Ken, this bodybuilder is better known by the name of Flex. Since 1993, he has been slaying his ripped physique and big muscles. He won the ‘triple crown’ in 1997 which is claiming the titles of the Ironman, San Jose Classic, and Arnold Classic, which makes him the best bodybuilder. He is also known as ‘The Sultan of Symmetry’ because of his flawless physique.

He is popularly known as ‘the gift’ and throughout his school days, he was an active participant in varsity basketball and even earned a scholarship in basketball to the University of Denver. After graduating from the university, he found out about bodybuilding in 2002. He transformed his physique and went from 185 pounds to 215 pounds of pure muscle and then for The Rocky Mountain NPC USA Championship, he cut down to 192 pounds and won the competition. He racked up a whole slew of various titles including the IFBB Pro card & Mr. Olympia 4 times.

This beast is just 5’8 tall but don’t underestimate him. Hailing from the United States of America, this bodybuilder has set a record in deadlifting by lifting 760 pounds. He has the ability to bench press 600 pounds. Before venturing into bodybuilding, he served in the armed forces, and this helped him inculcate discipline in his life which was crucial for his bodybuilding career.

This handsome hunk came into the limelight for getting his name in Guinness Book of World Records for biggest arms, biceps, & triceps. This record however sparked a debate on whether those gains were natural, but this man completely slays his 31-inch guns. He can easily lift 600 pounds. He gives credit to the heavy-protein diet that he consumes daily. This Egyptian bodybuilder dedicates 3 hours of his day to work out.

He is a bit new when compared to other bodybuilders who were taking the world by storm in the 1980s and early 1990s. Then, Roelly was just getting used to this world of bodybuilding and once he set up his foot, there wasn’t any turning back. He built 285 pounds of pure muscle with a body frame of just 5’6. In the 2009 NPC Arnold Amateur Championships, he began competing and won the championship. From there, he has continued to grow and has gained widespread popularity. He is sure to become a big shot in the coming years.

His former English bodybuilder is a pro. He is a 6-time winner of the Mr. Olympia competition. He won this championship 6 times in a row and holds 5th highest position among the bodybuilders who have won this title, i.e., he has 5th highest number of this title’s wins of all time. He is also regarded as one of the wealthiest bodybuilders in the world.

This American IFBB professional bodybuilder has a pile of awards and trophies at his home that he has won in various competitions. He is such a bodybuilder who has won the maximum number of professional bodybuilding competitions than any other bodybuilder ever has. In his entire career, he has competed in more than 85 competitions out of which 8 were in the year 2002 itself. No that’s insane!​​​

This ace bodybuilder is of American origin and is a professional IFBB bodybuilder. In the 1980s and early 1990s, he was at his prime, participating in many bodybuilding competitions. After the WBF disbanded, he too, took a break from bodybuilding. In the year 2006, he competed for the final time.

This man from the land of diversity, India, is an inspiration to many vegetarian aspiring bodybuilders. Yes, he is a pure veg bodybuilder who has made his country proud several times. He is the best natural bodybuilder that the world currently has. This owner of a perfectly ripped body has won the 65th World Bodybuilding Championship and was the winner of Mr. Universe’s title. He won the title of Mr. India twice. He also bagged a silver medal in the Arnold Classic Amateur in 2012-13. He has got several medals.

This man had a troubled childhood and to cope up with it he turned to lift weights. He was just in 7th grade. As a teen, he started flexing his growing muscles and then went on to transform his overall physique. Just before his 19th birthday, he earned the honor of being the youngest professional bodybuilder in an all-natural way. He then went on to the NPC so that he can qualify for IFBB recognition. His hard work finally paid off and after 16 years he stepped into his first-ever bodybuilding circuit and became a pro athlete in the ranking of IFBB professionals.

This ace Indian Bodybuilder has won the IFBB championship for 3 years in a row (2015, 2016, 2017). This star bodybuilder was also crowned as Mr. Universe in 2014. He is known as the most humble and hard-working bodybuilder in the whole circuit. He is also the best bodybuilder ever the country has produced.​

This retired bodybuilding IFBB Pro comes from Olfen, Germany. An Austrian bodybuilder inspired him to step into their field and he saw Arnold Schwarzenegger’s films and got motivated to transform himself. At the age of 16, he began to train and went on to win his first competition at the age of 18. In 1993, he won the title of Mr. Universe. He has also been a part of a few acting and modeling projects.

This star bodybuilder started his bodybuilding journey late as compared to many other bodybuilders who started off at the age of 12 or 13. At the age of 19, he began to lift weights and after 5 years, he participated in his first competition, the Bachgau Cup. In no time, he was a pro-rated bodybuilder who kept on packing muscle mass and formed a perfectly carved physique.

Born in Germany, his father was a military man. At the age of 18, he began to lift weights and soon caught the eyes of people. Though he hasn’t been able to score highly impressive finishes, yet, he has earned 4th position in Mr. Olympia. Over the years, he has managed to maintain his sturdy physique and is always motivated to perform better.

This is one name without which this list would have meant nothing. Whether you are aware of bodybuilding or not, this is one name that you are most likely aware of. He is the greatest bodybuilder of all time. This bodybuilder has set various records in the fitness world. He is the youngest person to win the title of Mr. Universe (20 years old). He has several titles in his bag and has been awarded Mr. Olympia title 7 times in a row. He ventured into Hollywood after earning US citizenship. He has starred in many movies such as Stay Hungry, Hercules, and Conan the Barbarian. He shot to fame in Hollywood through the record-breaking successful movie, Terminator. Undoubtedly, he’s the greatest bodybuilder of all time..

This man is an absolute beast who has made it big in the bodybuilding world. He is the top bodybuilder today and has set a new standard for muscle building. He has a contest weight of around 300 pounds. This feat isn’t achieved by many bodybuilders. He was initially a footballer and started working out to improve his game. During his university years, he kept playing soccer and decided to become an accountant. To get some job opportunities, he moved to Texas, and that is when things changed for him. He was looking for a job and came across an advertisement asking for someone to join the police force. He joined and was motivated by his fellow officers to hit the gym. And the rest was history. He took the world by storm with his first competition itself in 1990. He earned an IFBB  Pro card and went on to win multiple titles. He has a record of winning the most titles by an IFBB professional. He has got 26 titles with 8 of them being Mr. Olympia titles.

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