TOP 10 BIGGEST BODY BUILDER
Bodybuilding has gotten out of control with the sheer notion that “bigger is better” when it comes to the most impressive physiques of bodybuilders. Back in the day, it wasn’t about size. It was about aesthetics and proportionality. There wasn’t nearly as a reliance on mass to win bodybuilding titles by body builder. An impressive physique certainly has muscular size to it, but should contain perfect symmetry and tremendous detail to make it appear as if they were sculpted out of a marble slab in Ancient Greece, not like they are just inflated muscles with hot air in the back of a laboratory. Here are what we believe are the top 10 most aesthetically pleasing and impressive physiques of all time.
#10 – PHIL HEATH
PHUL HEATH is the current Mr. Olympia after winning four consecutive times from 2011-2014. He is a good body builder. He has a near-perfect structure of huge delts, big arms, a tiny waist, and a chiseled midsection.
#9 – FRANCO COLUMBU
FRANCO COLUMBU Known as “The Sardinian Strongman”, Franco Columbu really defied genetics in an age where supplements were hard to come across and training methods had to be unconventional to see any kind of sizable gains. Columbu had incredibly large muscle bellies on a small frame with tiny joints. As a result, he won over the bodybuilding world winning two Mr. Olympias even after a devastating knee injury, in which he dislocated his knee during the 1977 World’s Strongest Man while carrying a refrigerator on his back. Talk about an amazing comeback!
#8 – FRANK ZANE
Whinle referring to leanness, we use the term “Zanelike” in bodybuilding. As such, anyone who has a name that is synonymous with bodybuilding deserves to crack the top 10 of this list. If there is one person that gym-goers would choose to look like, it would be Frank Zane. At only 190 pounds, he was as aesthetically pleasing to the eye as you can get and didn’t look like a grotesque bulky bodybuilder that much of the sport has reckoned with in today’s times due to heavy drugs and a reliance on mass to win bodybuilding titles.
Frank Zane had such an incredible physique that he even beat Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1968 IFBB Mr. Universe at a deficit of some 60 pounds. Zane concentrated on stellar lines and attention to detail to beat jaw-dropping mass and was one of the few to ever pull it off. He garnered three straight Olympia titles by out-conditioning the competition and changed the bodybuilding sport forever, being able to win at only 185 pounds with 18″ arms but an unprecedented 29″ waist. If there was ever a guy who had a V-Taper, it was Frank Zane.
#7 – RONNIE COLEMAN (1998 AND 1999)
Ronnie Coleman shocked the bodybuilding world after winning his first Mr. Olympia title in 1998 when 6X Mr. Olympia Dorian Yates retired and Paul Dillett collapsed on stage. Coleman emphatically stole the Olympia from Shawn Ray, Nasser El Sonbaty, and Kevin Levrone who were all jockeying for first place for years. Ronnie came in huge AND ripped. Dorian was probably happy he retired at the time because Ronnie’s size and conditioning up to that point was unmatched. AND win the over all Mr Olympia.
Ronnie Coleman had it all in the beginning stages of his career, including mass and detail, but nothing was more impressive than his back. Even today’s Mr. Olympia, Phil Heath, cannot match the size of the muscle bellies and the symmetry that Ronnie displayed in his back.
However, Ronnie Coleman took the mass thing way too far and you can see how his midsection blew out of control towards his latter years. It’s a shocker he won the Olympia so many times with dozens of bodybuilders in the mix who displayed massive size but better cuts. Just take a look at the timeline and you can notice that his most dominant forms were during his first two Olympia captures.
#6 – KEVIN LEVRONE
Kevin levrone is the most underrated bodybuilder of all time, Kevin Levrone had a ridiculous set of arms and delts to match his absolutely chiseled midsection. “The Maryland Muscle Machine” had just fallen short of securing greatness, physics