10 Famous Bodybuilders Who Took It To the Extreme

by Steph on October 6, 2010

In a world which has an almost-obsession with being fit and looking good, why are there are some people who can take bodybuilding to the extreme? These people are not satisfied with six-pack abs or good-looking biceps that they took bodybuilding to the extreme and worked out really hard. And what are the results? A man with the world’s biggest biceps, the world’s biggest shoulders and extremely sculpted men who won different bodybuilding titles like Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe.

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The Significance of Bodybuilding

Before revealing the names of people or bodybuilders who took building muscles to the extreme, it is better if we know the real reasons why they do it.

If joining a bodybuilding contest is the last thing on your list, what are the benefits that this activity will give you?

Bodybuilding helps you increase your dedication and your patience. Aside from getting big muscles and well-shaped body, bodybuilding as an activity will help develop your dedication and patience. This is especially true for bodybuilders who are working really hard in growing muscles that they need to have before they join a competition.

You can’t imagine the dedication and patience that it takes to go to the gym, stick to your workout routine and have self-discipline necessary to reach your fitness goals. When you take up bodybuilding, you can actually get many health benefits.

As soon as you have decided to pursue bodybuilding, you are already on your way in enjoying the many health benefits that this activity brings. Bodybuilding helps a lot in lowering your cholesterol.

When you develop more muscle mass, you also need to stick to a strict diet routine. This way, the fat in your diet will essentially be eliminated. Most importantly, healthy lifting is very good for your cardiovascular system. Strong bones, better flexibility, increased muscular strength and volume are the other health benefits that one can get in bodybuilding.

10 Bodybuilders Who Took Bodybuilding to the Extreme

Now, let us reveal the list of the top 10 bodybuilders who took bodybuilding really seriously that they ended up looking really big, bulky and brawny:

1. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Before he was elected as California’s “Governator”, Arnold Schwarzenegger used to be a bodybuilder. He started weight training at an early age of 15. He’s an American and Austrian actor. He’s also a businessman. To summarize his accomplishments in bodybuilding, he won the title of Mr. Universe at the age of 22. Later on in his bodybuilding career, he won the Mr. Olympia contest. He actually won the title seven times.

Arnold still remained a prominent figure in the world of bodybuilding even after his retirement in the sport. What makes Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career in very important is that he managed to popularize the sport. He became a spokesperson most especially when he became a famous actor in Hollywood films.

According to him, he had the following measurements during the peak of his career: 20? calves, 28.5? thighs, 34? waist, 57? chest and 22? arms. His personal record in bodybuilding was 181 kg/400 lbs for 12 repetitions in a full squat.

The Governator won his first Mr. Olympia title in 1970 and he was just 23. He was the youngest bodybuilder to ever hold the title and went on to hold the title six more times.

2. Charles Atlas
Charles Atlas’ story is amazing. From a scrawny weakling, he became one of the most popular extreme bodybuilders when he was still at his prime. He was born in Italy. He was hailed in 1921 by the Physical Culture magazine as the “World’s Most Perfectly Developed Man“. Aside from being a world-renowned bodybuilder, he was also known for his Dynamic Tension program.

3. Dr. Franco Columbu
Dr. Franco Columbu is 67-year old. He was an extreme bodybuilder who was also a “World’s Strongest Man” competitor. He’s and Italian actor and a famous bodybuilder. He may not be as tall as his bodybuilder counterparts, but he did not allow this to prevent him from achieving worldwide success. During the 1977 competition for the World’s Strongest Man, he bagged the first place and that signaled a winning streak for him. Mr. World, Mr. Universe, Mr. Europe, a four-time winner of the Mr. Olympia title, champion power lifting titles and power lifting best lifts are among his accomplishments in the bodybuilding industry.

4. Louis Lou Jude Ferrigno
Lou Ferrigno is the man in the television series and movies who played the Incredible Hulk. The 57-year old actor has appeared in many magazine covers which featured bodybuilders. His first bodybuilding award was in 1971, when he won the title of Pro Mr. America. He also won four Mr. Olympia titles. He was known as one of the tallest professional bodybuilders during the peak of his career, standing at a height of 6 feet and 5 inches.

5. Sergio Olivia
He is also known as “The Myth” in the bodybuilding world. Sergio Olivia received this nickname because someone commented at how unbelievable he is as a bodybuilder when he joined a 1967 Montreal World Fair competition. This athlete is from Cuba. He has quite a number of feats under his belt. In fact, he’s the only bodybuilder to win all the top titles in four major bodybuilding federations. And also, he is the first black athlete to ever win Mr. America, Mr. World, Mr. Universe and the Mr. Olympia titles.

6. Dexter Jackson
He is also known as “The Blade”. Dexter Jackson is also another bodybuilder who took working out to the extreme. He first became active in the bodybuilding industry in 1992. His most recent accomplishment is winning the Mr. Olympia titles for 2008. The 5 feet 6inches, 39-year old athlete have joined many bodybuilding contests and until now, he is trying very hard maintaining his perfectly sculptured body.

7. Gregg Valentino
He is one unbelievable bodybuilder. In fact, he is known as the world’s biggest biceps. He started bodybuilding at the young age of 13. For 23 years, he trained naturally, but decided to experiment with steroids later on. What makes him an extreme bodybuilder is the fact that from measuring 21 inches, his arms grew to a very big 28 inches in measurement. But because of using steroids, it caused him lose the world’s biggest biceps because he suffered from medical complications which caused his arms to ‘explode’.

8. Markus Rühl
German bodybuilder Markus Rühl is a professional bodybuilder who took it to the extreme. He is known for having the world’s biggest shoulders as well as one of the tallest athletes during his career. He stands at 5 feet 10 inches, his competition weight reached to more than 130 kilograms and his chest size measured an astounding 60 inches. Throughout his entire bodybuilding career, Markus Rühl went on to win titles as Mr. Olympia and other awards in different bodybuilding contests. His huge shoulders are his main assets.

9. Ronnie Coleman
For a bodybuilder, earning a Mr. Olympia title is one of the biggest accomplishments that he will ever have in his bodybuilding career. He won the title 8 times! That’s exactly the number of times that Ronald Dean ‘Ronnie’ Coleman won the Mr. Olympia title. Through the course of his bodybuilding career, he also get to win several awards in different competitions. He also is the man behind training videos like “Ronnie Coleman’s First Training Video“, “The Unbelievables”, “The Cost of Redemption”, “On the Road”, “Relentless” and “Invincible”.

10. Johnnie O. Jackson
Johnnie O. Jackson is a native in New Jersey and another extreme bodybuilder. When you look at his photos, he may not be as bulky and as brawny as the other bodybuilders, but what makes him stand out from the rest is the density and thickness of his muscles even without flexing them.

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