Body Builders

01.Ronnie Coleman

    Alongside his eight Mr. Olympia  wins as a professional bodybuilder, Coleman holds the record for most wins as an IFBB professional with 26. He broke the previous record (held by Vince Taylor at 22 wins) in Moscow on November 5, 2004.

Coleman graduated cum laude from Grambling State University (GSU) in 1986 with a B.S degree in accounting[citation needed]. While attending Grambling State University Coleman also played football as a middle linebacker with the GSU Tigers under famous coach Eddie Robinson. After graduation, Coleman became a police officer.

Coleman supports the Inner City Games, an organization that California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger co-founded in 1991. He was the recipient of the 2001 Admiral in the Texas Navy Certificate Award from Texas Governor Rick Perry for outstanding achievements in bodybuilding and for the promotion of physical fitness.

On June 30, 2009 on MuscleSport Radio, Coleman stated that he would compete in the 2010 Mr. Olympia competition.[citation needed] Coleman also indicated that he would not participate in the 2009 Mr. Olympia competition for lack of preparation time. On October 10, 2009 at the Northern Territory Fitness & Bodybuilding Titles in Darwin, Australia, Coleman confirmed that he would compete in the 2010 Mr. Olympia competition. Coleman did not qualify at the 2010 Mr. Olympia competition

 Ronnie Coleman was married for the first time at the age of 43 to Rouaida Christine Achkar in December 2007. He also has two daughters, Jamilleah and Valencia Daniel. He now works for the Arlington Police Department in Arlington, Texas.

02.Arnold Schwarzenegger

born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor, model, businessman and politician, who is currently serving as the 38th Governor of California.

Schwarzenegger began weight-training at 15. He was awarded the title of Mr. Universe at age 20 and went on to win the Mr. Olympia contest a total of seven times. Schwarzenegger has remained a prominent face in the sport of bodybuilding long after his retirement, and has written several books and numerous articles on the sport.

Schwarzenegger gained worldwide fame as a Hollywood action film icon, noted for his lead role in such films as Conan the Barbarian and The Terminator. He was nicknamed the "Austrian Oak" and the "Styrian Oak" in his bodybuilding days, "Arnie" during his acting career, and more recently the "Governator" (a portmanteau of "Governor" and "Terminator").

As a Republican, he was first elected on October 7, 2003, in a special recall election to replace then-Governor Gray Davis. Schwarzenegger was sworn in on November 17, 2003, to serve the remainder of Davis's term. Schwarzenegger was then re-elected on November 7, 2006, in California's 2006 gubernatorial election, to serve a full term as governor, defeating Democrat Phil Angelides, who was California State Treasurer at the time. Schwarzenegger was sworn in for his second term on January 5, 2007.

Schwarzenegger is married to journalist Maria Shriver. The two have four children (two girls and two boys).

03.Franco Columbu

Columbu was born in Ollolai, Sardinia (Italy). Starting out his athletic career as a boxer, Columbu progressed into the sport of Olympic Weightlifting, powerlifting and later bodybuilding, winning the title of Mr. Olympia  in 1976 and 1981. At 5 feet and 5 inches in height (some magazines reported as short as 5'3"), Columbu is shorter than most of his bodybuilding competitors, but that did not prevent him from achieving widespread success.

Columbu competed in the 1977 World's Strongest Man competition and was actually in first place. During the Refrigerator race, while ahead, he stumbled, and was shown on national television collapsing with a grotesquely dislocated leg. That ended his participation in the World's Strongest Man contest. In the end, he finished in fifth place. He received a reported $1 million in compensation for his injury.

It took six hours of surgery to remove all the muscle and fix his leg. Doctors told him he would never walk again, but Columbu fully recovered in three years.[citation needed] After Arnold Schwarzenegger's comeback victory in the 1980 Mr. Olympia, Franco followed suit and won the 1981 Mr. Olympia.

Columbu is a long time friend of Arnold Schwarzenegger,whom he met in Munich in 1965 and against whom he competed in several international-level bodybuilding competitions. For the Mr. Olympia competitions however, he competed in the under 200 lb (90.7 kg) category, whereas Schwarzenegger was in the over 200 lb category. The final champion was determined by a pose down between the two class winners. The IFBB has since abandoned weight classes. Arnold and Franco were inseparable during the early to mid-1970s and frequently trained together. Columbu served as the best man at the wedding of Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver in 1986.Columbu and Schwarzenegger had been encouraged to come to America by bodybuilding guru Joe Weider in 1969; Weider sponsored them with an $80/week stipend and the two European bodybuilders began a bricklaying and patio business called European Brick Works in 1969, according to a report in The New York Times.

From the time he arrived in America in 1969, Franco Columbu was considered one of the world's strongest men. He held a number of powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting world records. He also performed a strongman act in which he routinely popped a hot water bottle by inflating it orally, lifted vehicles on stage (while someone else was changing a tire) and deadlifted over 700 lbs for repetitions. He designed a comprehensive workout for men in 1988 to flatten the stomach, narrow the waist, and eliminate love handles.He is both a chiropractor and a weightlifter and his career parallels that of American weightlifting champion Karyn Marshall, who has used chiropractic therapy to train for competitions and who became a chiropractor herself.

04.Lou Ferrigno

Ferrigno was born in Brooklyn, New York to Matt Ferrigno, an Italian American New York City Police Department Lieutenant, and his mother Victoria.As an infant, he suffered an ear infection and lost some of his hearing.Ferrigno started weight training at age 13, citing body builder and Hercules star Steve Reeves as one of his role models.

After graduating from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1969, Ferrigno won his first major titles, IFBB Mr. America and IFBB Mr. Universe, four years later. In 1974, he came in second on his first attempt at the Mr. Olympia competition. He then came third the following year, and his attempt to beat Arnold Schwarzenegger was the subject of the 1975 documentary Pumping Iron. Following this, Ferrigno left the competition circuit for many years, a period that included a stint as a defensive lineman for the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League.

Ferrigno competed in the first World's Strongest Man contest in 1977, where he finished fourth in a field of eight competitors.While competing, Ferrigno regularly went to see a physician who checked up on whether he was doing damage to his body.

Ferrigno signed up with Universal Studios in 1977, and beat out both Arnold Schwarzenegger (although both Ferrigno and Schwarzenegger himself have gone on record saying Arnold was not in the running[citation needed]) and Richard Kiel for the title role opposite Bill Bixby as the Hulk in The Incredible Hulk. Richard Kiel was hired for the series first, and scenes were filmed. It was quickly determined he was not muscular enough, and Ferrigno was signed. One quick shot of Kiel remains in the pilot movie. Although he did not share a line with Bixby on the set (except for one episode, "King of the Beach"), the two were friends. Ferrigno continued playing the Hulk role until 1981, although the last two episodes were not broadcast until May 1982. Later, he and Bixby co-starred in three The Incredible Hulk TV movies. There were major talks of another movie, The Rebirth of The Incredible Hulk, but due to Bixby's death, the project never went beyond the earliest stages of development. Ferrigno continued to keep in touch with Bixby until his death on November 21, 1993. Ferrigno attended Bixby's funeral in California. Early in his career he lived in Columbus and trained with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

During competition, Lou Ferrigno weighed 285 lb (130 kg) in 1975,and 316 lb (143 kg) in 1992; at 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) he was one of the tallest professional bodybuilders at that time. He currently stands 6 ft 3½ in (1.92 m).
Lou Ferrigno in the episode "Married" of TV's The Incredible Hulk (1978)

In the early 1990s, Ferrigno returned to bodybuilding, competing for the 1992 and 1993 Mr. Olympia titles. Finishing 12th and 10th, respectively, he then turned to the Masters Olympia, coming second in 1994 to Robby Robinson. After this, he retired from

He made a cameo in the 2003 film Hulk as a security guard and was in one deleted scene. He has also done guest appearances and advertisements, including one for LongHorn Steakhouse.

He again appeared as a security guard in 2008's feature film The Incredible Hulk as well as voicing the Hulk. Furthermore, Ferrigno has been the favorite choice to play the voice of the Hulk in several animated adaptations as well as in the most recent film after being publicly offered at the 2008 New York Comic Con by The Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier.

Ferrigno appeared as himself in the 2009 comedy I Love You, Man.

Carla Ferrigno told Reuters that her husband had been helping Michael Jackson train in advance of his 2009-2010 concerts at the time of his death. Jackson and Ferrigno have worked together in the past.

Ferrigno took part in a Smosh video where he is tracked down by one of Smosh's members, Anthony, in Hollywood. The skit ends with Ferrigno knocking Anthony unconscious, due to Ian claiming that Anthony stole Lou's Butterfinger.

In 2010, he appeared in an episode of "Sonny with a Chance" as himself. In his appearing scene, he is on an episode of "McKenzie Falls" (A show within the show) about to fight with "Chad Dylan Cooper" a character on "McKenzie Falls."

Ferrigno stated in an interview that he would be involved in The Avengers (2012) movie.

Ferrigno sees his loss of hearing as influential towards bodybuilding and his life: "...if I hadn't lost some of my hearing, I wouldn't be where I am now. It forced me to maximize my own potential. I had to be better than the average person to succeed.

Ferrigno's personal heroes as a child were Spider-Man and the Hulk.Appropriately, he would later play the role of the Hulk himself in the Incredible Hulk television series and related TV movies. He was also a fan of the Hercules films that starred Steve Reeves. Ferrigno frequently points to Reeves as one of his primary role models and would later play Hercules just as Reeves had.

He married Susan Groff in 1978, divorcing a year later. On May 3, 1980, he married psychotherapist Carla Green, who then also began serving as his manager and later became a personal trainer. They have three children, Shanna, born 1981; Louis, Jr., born 1984; and Brent, born 1990. Shanna has a recurring role as Nurse Janice in Days of our Lives, and appeared in the NBC series Windfall, as well as the television movie Within, and in 2005 she appeared in the E! reality television series, Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive. Louis, Jr. was a linebacker for the University of Southern California Trojans football team.

Ferrigno played himself during intermittent guest appearances on the CBS sitcom, The King of Queens, beginning in 2000 and continuing until the program's conclusion in 2007. He and his wife Carla were depicted as the main characters' next-door neighbors. Because of his role as the title character on The Incredible Hulk, he is often the target of "Hulk jokes" by Doug and his friends.

Ferrigno once used his celebrity status to make calls for Hollywood is Calling, a company which allows people to have a celebrity call them on a special occasion, such as a birthday.

In February 2006 he was sworn in as a Los Angeles County, California reserve sheriff's deputy. In June 2006, Ferrigno attended the first Bionicon in Tampa, Florida, one of his many convention appearances.

He still trains daily and also sells his own line of fitness equipment through his company, Ferrigno Fitness. In a January 2009 taping, Ferrigno Fitness provided equipment to The Price Is Right, hosted by Drew Carey for use as a One Bid prize, and he demonstrated the equipment himself, including a mention as part of the prize.

He was also great friends with Michael Jackson. Before Jackson's death, they had been collaborating to prepare for Jackson's concert This Is It, a planned series of fifty concerts by Michael Jackson to be held at The O2 arena in London.

Ferrigno currently lives in Santa Monica, California.

05.Dorian Yates

His reign ended with his retirement, prompted in large part by an accumulating list of chronic and career-threatening acute injuries; Yates had suffered both a torn biceps and triceps, the latter just three weeks prior to his final contest, his successful defense of the Mr. Olympia title in 1997. His professional record on retirement consisted of 15 wins and two second-place finishes.

Yates is considered to have revolutionized training in the sport of bodybuilding.[citation needed] He is a noted proponent of Mike Mentzer's espoused style of training, known as HIT or "High Intensity Training". However his interviews and published workouts show that in practice Yates himself sometimes modified his application of Mentzer's theories considerably. HIT advocates several different exercises and very few sets for a bodypart allowing it to be hit from all angles for optimum development. Yates believed that muscle stimulation could be caused in a shorter period of time with the proper intensity rather than working out for extended periods of time. Yates recommended only one working set for compound exercises and Yates' less-is-more philosophy wasn't shared by many of his contemporaries.[citation needed]

In 1994 Dorian incorporated with Mike Mentzer and Ray Mentzer the California corporation, "Heavy Duty Inc."

Yates purchased a gym in 1987 called Temple Gym on Temple Street, Birmingham, England. In 2006 he franchised Temple Gym hoping to make it a worldwide chain; currently there are four branches, three of these in the UK.

In 1998, he joined Kerry Kayes to work for the newly named bodybuilding supplement company "Chemical Nutrition" (originally "Chemical Warfare", now "CNP Professional"), with their Dorian Yates Approved range for launch in the United States.

Yates left CNP Professional in 2006 to pursue his own interests and began a new supplement company, "Dorian Yates Ultimate Formulas". As of 2008, the Dorian Yates website was re-designed, aiming to offer a variety of services, including virtual training sessions, along with access to premium content.

In 1993 Yates published an autobiography titled Blood and Guts (ISBN 978-0963616302). In 1996 Yates released a workout video of the same title, featuring his typical week's weight training.

In 1998 he co-authored A Warrior's Story (ISBN 978-0953476404) in which he writes how he became the top professional bodybuilder.

06.Lee Haney

A devoted born again Christian, Haney has his own program on the Trinity Broadcasting Network  called "TotaLee Fit with Lee Haney," where is usually joined by famous Christian sportsmen and on occasion his wife. On the show he teaches the importance of both physical and spiritual growth and one of his more famous quotes is that we should "train to stimulate not annihilate."

He and his wife reside in Fayette County, GA. Their two children are now in college.

President Bill Clinton appointed Lee Haney Chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

In October 2005, Ronnie Coleman tied Haney's Mr Olympia record becoming only the second person to win eight Mr. Olympia titles back to back since its inception after Haney had held the record for an astonishing fourteen years.

His reign ushered in an era where back development (both Latissimus dorsi and Trapezius) has been seen as the ultimate goal in bodybuilding.
Lee Haney is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, where he earned a degree in Child Psychology. He was also a member of the football team while in college.

07.Paul Demayo

Paul DeMayo (September 12, 1967 - June 2, 2005) was a former IFBB professional bodybuilder.

Paul DeMayo was nicknamed "Quadzilla" for the size of his quadriceps. Born in California, United States and raised in suburban Boston, DeMayo first competed in bodybuilding when he placed 1st in the Teenage Massachusetts State championships. His first National Physique Committee (NPC) event was in 1988, where he took 7th place in the NPC Junior USA heavyweight class. He took the 1st place in the NPC Nationals Championship event in 1994. His first and only Mr. Olympia was in 1995, where he placed 12th. DeMayo had been featured in many fitness and magazine articles, including being featured on the cover of IRON MAN magazine.

DeMayo died on June 2, 2005 in Boston from a heroin overdose. According to people close to him, DeMayo's problems started when his wife left him and he returned to Boston after he moved to California with her to train in Gold's Gym. He then was signed to an endorsement contract by sports nutritional supplement company Met-Rx and forced to compete in the 1995 Mr. Olympia against his wishes. He placed 12th and retired shortly afterwards.

DeMayo spent two years in Walpole state prison for shooting at his girlfriend and possession of percodan. Some months before his death he told his friends that he was working at the Gold's Gym on Lansdown Street in Boston, but it was revealed later that he was fired several months earlier due to a substance abuse problem

08.Rich Gaspari

Rich Gaspari (born May 16, 1963) is a former professional bodybuilder from 1980s and early 1990s. Gaspari was inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame in 2004.

Like many former and current bodybuilders, Rich started his own supplement company. The company was formed in 2001. The company's products include "IntraPro", "SuperPump250", and "SizeOn", three popular bodybuilding supplements.