Bodybuilders who overcame bad genetics

Chris Dickerson 

Chris Dickerson, the first Black Mr. America, stood only 5’6 and weighed less than 200 pounds. Chris would go on to compete in four distinct decades, from the 1960s to the 1990s, winning titles like Mr. America, Mr. Universe, and ultimately Mr. Olympia in 1982 as the oldest champion at 43 years old. Apart from winning the ultimate title of Mr. Olympia, Chris was also the first Olympia runner-up in 1980 at Arnold’s controversial Mr. Olympia victory at Arnold’s final competition in Sydney, Australia, and again at Franco Columbu’s subsequent 1981 victory before finally winning the 82′ title once and for all.

Rich Gaspari

Rich is a bodybuilder and entrepreneur. He was inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame in 2004. He began bodybuilding in 1983 and earned his Pro Card a year later. In, he won Mr. Olympia, becoming the first American to do so. He has also been involved in several successful businesses, including a clothing line and an app that allows him to make money by selling his products.

Branch Warren

Branch Warren is a professional American bodybuilder from Tyler, Texas. He won the Arnold Classic, one of the world’s largest bodybuilding competitions, in 2011 and 2012. His passion for bodybuilding drove him to compete in his first show as a teen when he won first place in the 1992 Teen Mr. America competition. Branch returned to the Pro circuit nine years later, where he continued to impress.

Dennis Wolves

Dennis Wolf finished second in both the Arnold Classic and the Arnold Classic Europe in 2012 and has been a constant top performer in major pro shows since 2010. Dennis Wolf has been out of the sport for three years but is still in tremendous shape. The German bodybuilder has made ten appearances at Mr. Olympia, with his best performance being a third-place win in 2013. During his time in the sport, he was undoubtedly one of the best to do it, and showed time and again that he could contend with the best.

The Shadow

The Shadow is the perfect description for the 6X Mr. Olympia (1992-1997) bodybuilder Dorian Yates. There was something about his physique and training methods that shocked the bodybuilding world. He made every bodybuilder change their game plan. When Dorian turned around and gave us his back pose, it was lights out for the rest.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger has died at the age of. He won his first amateur Mr. Universe title in 1967 and six professional titles before retiring in 1980. Bodybuilding was the subject of several of his books, including The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding (1998).


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