Bodybuilding has surely changed from how it was like before to the way that it is now. Modern bodybuilders now think that the bigger they are, the better they are going to be. There was a time when bodybuilders were not competing to become huge. They wanted to show that they have proportional muscles. They used to show amazing aesthetics. This explains why there are some famous bodybuilders who have retired who are still idolized up to now.
There was a time when bodybuilders did not rely too much on various hormones and steroids in order to get the physique they have always wanted. It is not safe to say that there were no supplements that were used in order to improve people’s physique but over the past years, the uses of steroids and hormones have grown rapidly. It has led to the death of aspiring, amateur, and professional bodybuilders.
Here are some of the famous bodybuilders who have become well-known because of their accomplishments and their amazing bodies:
- Frank Zane
There are a lot of people who say that Zane is a “lean” bodybuilder. Whenever people think about bodybuilding, his name will be one of the first ones that will be mentioned. Aspiring bodybuilders would like to look like him but even though his diet and exercise may be copied, his genes can’t. He was only 190 pounds during his prime – very much different from the sizes of the bodybuilders that we have right now; but he had an aesthetically pleasing body.
When it comes to his accomplishment, it cannot be questioned that he has won Mr. Olympia for 3 straight years. He only had 18” arms but they fit so well with his 29” waist anyway. He is the guy with a body that a lot of men would wish to have even if they are bodybuilders or not.
- Ronnie Coleman
Some people are saying that when Ronnie Coleman appeared onstage for the 1998 Mr. Olympia, people’s jaws just dropped. He was massive but it is obvious that his size and conditioning were unmatched at that time. Looking at the other contenders, it was evident that he was going to win and he did win.
There are a lot of things that are impressive about Ronnie Coleman’s physique. His fans can go on and on about his various muscle groups but the most impressive part of his body was still his back. It cannot be denied that it was truly ripped and symmetrical. Even up to now, it will be hard to find a bodybuilder who may have the same great-looking back that he used to have during his prime.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
This cannot be a list of famous bodybuilders unless Arnold is included. Whenever people think about bodybuilding, it is his face and body that people think about first. Aside from the fact that he used to have an amazing body during his prime, he had a lot of heart and this caused people to become drawn towards him. He immediately became a fan favourite – something that not a lot of bodybuilders are able to get.
If you would think about the type of size that he used to have back then and compare it to the standards of bodybuilders now, he will never win. His body is very different from the modern bodies that bodybuilders have right now which is ideal for men who just want to have amazing bodies without looking grotesquely huge. He may have had a great beach body though that would have made a lot of women and men take a second look.
- Dexter Jackson
If you want to know the reason why Dexter Jackson is called “The Blade,” you have just to look at his razor-sharp muscles to understand. His abs is so deep that you can see them even when you are afar. He is also known to be one of the most conditioned bodybuilders to ever compete onstage.
If you never watched the show before, and you do not know what he looks like, it is possible that you will recognize him based on his abs.
- Flex Wheeler
There are a lot of bodybuilders who are good but there is something about Flex Wheeler that just withstands the test of time. Even if you would place him in various eras, you can still tell that he used to have an amazing body. He is surely one of the famous bodybuilders that you should not snub. He is known to have one of the best bodies ever.
Who is your favorite among the bodybuilders mentioned above? There are still a lot more that you should check.