Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Schwarzenegger: 10 (did remarkably well despite limited, or no access to the technologies enjoyed today). In 2006 his hard work paid great dividends: he captured his first Olympia title fighting off several hungry contenders, at least two of which represented a throwback to the shape and aesthetics rewarded several decades earlier: Dexter Jackson and Melvin Anthony. The man deserved his eight Olympia titles and is a fan favorite even up until this day. Aside from the genetics his belief system of lifting heavy ass weights may have had something to do with the former Olympia champ’s success. His posing was graceful, yet powerful. A big reason for this is the fact that his muscle bellies are so long and full compared to most other bodybuilders who aren’t as genetically blessed. The epitome of symmetry and proportion, Frank Zane presented one of pro bodybuilding's first classical physiques. Required fields are marked *. Neo, the Yates 1997 victory was a joke. These achievements being, the most consistent bodybuilder of all time, as well as the most successful 45 year old bodybuilder in history. - Nasser El Sonbaty IFBB pro bodybuilding legend 1999 Arnold Classic winner. Sergio Oliva died on November 12, 2012 from apparent kidney failure, aged 71. In other words, his gains in muscle mass are impossible to explain in a logical manner. RESULTS: 2020 IFBB World Championships – Day 3. Product Review: Controlled Labs Orange Triad Multivitamin, Best Wrist Wraps For Wrist Support & Optimal Performance 2020, A Complete Guide Into Pre-Workout Supplements For Growth. Levrone placed second in the Mr. Olympia competition four times which is incredible in itself. These were the best physique of pre steroid era. In Larry Scott - professional bodybuilding's first great champion - he could not have asked for a better initial representative: with unprecedented size and shape Scott superseded the development of men like Steve Reeves to truly mark a watershed moment for men's bodybuilding competition. Email: Once again Weider switched the judges at the last minute and Arnold was declared the winner in what is to this day the most controversial bodybuilding contest of all time. Small rib cage?? He instead came away the victor with a physique displaying size and shape that had never before been seen on any pro stage, thus signalling yet another bodybuilding era. It was on that evening... Phil Heath - Mr. Olympia 2011-2018. This is a name that many people would probably leave off their list of athletes with the most gifted genetics, due to Darrem’s lack of bodybuilding success in comparison to the other athletes on this list, but I think that’s a mistake. Soon afterward, Oliva was living in Miami, Florida, working as a TV repairman. Idk, it really is hard to choose if they had some sort of award for that. Flex Wheeler’s most notable attributes were his tiny joints and waist… so combine that with long, full muscle bellies, and you have the definition of a god-like physique. It was one day after my 23rd Birthday in 1988 and I had found myself backstage warming up to compete against the then reigning three time Mr. Olympia Lee Haney, knowing full well I was looking at the evening's eventual winner. It seemed that no longer could an under-230 pound competitor win the Mr. Olympia title, regardless of how good they were. While Sergio trained extremely hard, he never dieted at all. Sergio Oliva (July 4, 1941 – November 12, 2012) was a bodybuilder known as “The Myth”. This top ten list is simply my opinion, and is based on how important I feel these different physical attributes are in comparison to the others. Archived. look how thin are yates arms from the back, no thickness, he was up against men with massive arms. All rights reserved. In 1962, the National Weightlifting Championship for Cuba was won by Alberto Rey Games Hernandez; Sergio Oliva took second place. What are you on about? He was so huge and extremely proportioned that he used to bring chills to his adversaries. Matthew Magnante is the senior writer for Fitness Volt. Oliva won his first bodybuilding competition the Mr. Chicago and contest in 1963. He also loves to help others to achieve their fitness goals and spread the knowledge where needed. While Arnold had good back cuts and reasonable lat development his back was not complete and was especially lacking in the lower region (ever notice how few of his photos are back shots?). Yes, some bodybuilders have worked their butts off in an effort to become competitive but it’s just not enough (Maybe in smaller, less significant competitions). But when it comes to muscle insertions, ability to grow like no other, and symmetry, few stand in the prestigious category of the “genetic elite”! The IFBB‘s latest edition of ‘IFBB Weekly News’. - Francis Benfatto IFBB pro bodybuilding legend. From an objective standpoint he presented the greatest single collection of desirable attributes needed to win a Olympia title (including great proportions, freaky size and conditioning and an overwhelming onstage presence) - by pure bodybuilding terms alone a strong case could be made for Ronnie Coleman being the best Olympian ever. For my money the best two Mr. Olympia winners of all time are Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ronnie Coleman. The only possible challenger had been Sergio-nobody else was in my league-and he’d been barred from the contest because of a dispute between federations.”Oliva was permitted to simply guest pose at the 1971 Mr Olympia at an incredibly massive bodyweight of 255lbs. He maintained a 27-30inch differential between his waist and chest measurements throughout his entire career, at his peak his chest was over 58inches unflexed. Levrone’s best body parts were without a doubt his arms, shoulders, and traps. Craig Golias Explains The Reason He Quit Competitive Bodybuilding, Toney Freeman: How Judging Has Improved In Bodybuilding. This weekly news bulletin keep the bodybuilding and fitness world up-to-date with all the... IFBB Weekly News 13-11-2020. When discussing past Mr. Olympia champions everyone has their personal favorite, the reasons for their choice being as varied as the physiques that take to the stage each September come Olympia time. Great competitors such as Shawn Ray, Ken (Flex) Wheeler, Kevin Levrone and Nasser El Sonbaty each were poised and ready to claim the trophy they had waited so long for. Investing in a folding weight bench is a great idea on so many levels. In 1963 Oliva moved to Chicago, Illinois. The one big difference being the amount of work that was required to bring these gifts to life. First off, I wasn't comparing Nasser to Dorian. lol, I asked to see jld010's "tons" of pics where Dillet destroys Yates from the front and you post this? Once he finally nailed his conditioning his physical gifts were all the more obvious. Abdominal development is about equal, but a tight and small waistline is always a competitive asset. Third, the pics you shared actually highlight Dillet's poor genetics. I’m sure some people will disagree with Kevin being this high on the list, and for good reason. look at his rear dealts in some of these pics in his back double bicep poses. Sergio was so ahead of his time, that if you were to take him from his heyday and place him into the 2016 Mr. Olympia some 50 years later, with the same condition as Phil Heath, he would be right in the mix. In order to use a training philosophy that essentially says “don’t train too hard” and still be the best bodybuilder on earth for eight years in a row, takes some pretty elite genetics. With such an illustrious history marked by several distinct eras, each with at least one champion ushering in a new benchmark for bodybuilding excellence, this unprecedentedly prestigious professional bodybuilding event stands as a living, evolving monument to physical supremacy. Rather, he worked 10 hours a day, took a few Dianabol tabs and trained whenever he could. 13 upvotes, 35 comments. He proved that developing the body was not only healthy but also sexy and fun and advantageous from a self-promotional perspective. One look at Big Ramy and it instantly becomes obvious as to why he is third on my list. 13. The mental game was something the man commonly referred to as the Austrian Oak had mastered. RESULTS: 2020 NPC National Championships. That speaks volumes as to where we are now as a sport and the perception of our Olympia champions by comparison to his time. Working 10-12 hour days at the steel mill and putting in another 2.5–3 hours at the gym gave Oliva very little time for anything else. r/bodybuilding. Thomas Masi appointed NABBA-Australia President, Kai Greene teases fans with big announcement, Strongman Aaron Page dies due to Covid-19, Over 800 competitors awarded Pro Cards by the NPC in 2020, 2020 Arnold Classic Europe moves to new venue, RESULTS: 2020 IFBB World Championships – Day 3. Depends on what is meant by 'gifted' but if it means the ability to grow muscle, Phil heath is easily one of the most gifted he turned pro after something like 2 years of training is already 2x Mr Olympia and still hasn't been training that long!, yates, Arnold, Ronnie, haney, cutler, sergio these were all way ahead of the rest of the pack in terms of size!