In honor of the 51st Mr.Olympia, we bring to you the Top 5 physiques to ever grace the Olympia stage! These physiques not only defined bodybuilding but also created different era's in bodybuilding!
So in our category of top 5 bodybuilders who grace the olympia stage, the shadow comes at number 5 and rightly so. Not only did Dorian’s training style of short sets and high intensity reps cause a stir in the bodybuilding community but the way he gained size olympia-to-olympia caused a lot of controversy in the bodybuilding community. He is particularly important because the sheer size he bought drifted the bodybuilding era from aesthetics to mass monsters, whether that was good or not is up for debate. Now-a-days you can’t get that monster size without protein supplements. A six time Mr.Olympia and the only one to speak against the infamous Arnold, the Shadow creates controversy wherever he goes!
Frank Zane defined bodybuilding like few others could ever do. Having a slender frame, he prioritized aesthetics over mass and thus became the only Mr.Olympia to win just with aesthetics. His six pack is the stuff of legends and we have yet to see a more proportionate physique in any era! Plus honestly speaking a physique like this is quite attainable naturally rather than enhanced.
Ronnie Coleman, career wise is the strongest bodybuilder than ever lived. Period. An 8 time Mr.Olympia, Ronnie’s not only won the Olympia most number of times, alongside Lee Haney, but also pushed the boundaries of what any normal man could achieve. His numbers speak for themselves. He was 295 pounds with 3-4% body-fat. He squatted 800 pounds, deadlifted the same and leg pressed an unbelievable 1043 kg, thus making him one of the strongest bodybuilders of all time. So revered is King Ron that there has yet to be a mass monster today that can reach what he did but like he said ‘Aint nothin but a peanut baby!’
Okay. I know you’re surprised. Arnold! He’s god. He put bodybuilding on the map! He won the Mr.Olympia 7 times. If this were a list of most influential bodybuilders, then Arnold would be on the top. Nothing even comes close to what Arnold has done for bodybuilding. It’s because of him and watching his movies, we even understood what weigt and strength training is and it does. Arguably having the greatest chest of all time in any era, his V-taper is nothing short of legendary. Arnold’s physique stands alone and he is amongest the most influential bodybuilders who grace the olympia stage.
Arnold has actually been quoted in his autobiography, the best bodybuilder to grace oympia stage, by saying ”It was as jarring as if I’d walked into a wall…He was so huge, so fantastic! There was no way I could even think of beating him. I admitted my defeat and felt some of my pump go away”. Bodybuilding’s master of psychological tactics, the man who scared off Lou Ferrigno and countless others was quaking in his boots! For that, Sergio Oliva stands alone at the pinnacle of bodybuilding perfection.