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Steve Reeves - Pumping & Posing



Steve Reeves is regarded by many as the greatest bodybuilder of all time for his legendary symmetrical physique, visionary bodybuilding techniques, dedication and love for the sport through which he won five bodybuilding titles between 1946 and 1950. His peak measurements were: 6'1" at 216 lbs. with 18½" arms, 52" chest, and a 29" waist, partly depicting his creation: "The Classic Physique."

Reeves was born in Montana in 1926, yet by age 10 moved to Oakland, California where he first became captivated with the art of bodybuilding at age 16, placing pioneer John Grimek as his top role model. After two years of bodybuilding, Reeves's body weight reached 203 lbs by high school graduation, but was then inducted into the Army. He was assigned to Company A of the 25th Division and was sent to the front lines in the Philippines where he endured to continue his bodybuilding training, becoming known as "The Shape" among his fellow GIs.

After WWII, he had ended what was part of the occupational forces sent to Japan and was stationed there from September 1945 to September 1946. After his service ended, he entered and won several bodybuilding championships becoming: "Mr. Pacific Coast" (1946), "Mr. Western America" (1947), "Mr. America" (1947), "Mr. World" (1948) and "Mr. Universe" (1950) announcing his retirement from bodybuilding competition that very night after he won.

From that point on, Reeves set his sights on the silver screen as well as the small screen. He made several appearances on variety shows of the early-to-mid 1950s and non-starring roles during 1954 in two films: Athena (1954) starring Debbie Reynolds and Ed Wood's Jail Bait (1954). In 1957, he had been called to Italy to play the lead role Hercules in "Le Fatiche di Ercole" which was filmed during the summer and autumn of 1957 with a USA premiere in 1959.

The tremendous worldwide success of "Hercules," (the USA title), led to a sequel and many other Italian epic films many based on heroes played by Reeves. These roles included Romulus, Phillipides, Captain Henry Morgan, Glaucus, and Sandokan. With 20 film/TV acting credits to his name by 1968, Reeves retired from film and returned to California to live on his ranch, remaining committed to his lifelong belief in natural, drug-free bodybuilding through his writings and personal appearances.

Reeves has served as a great inspiration to many bodybuilders such as Sylvester Stallone and Lou Ferrigno, and millions of others the world over for all that he was: a genuine hero, a true man, an authentic gentleman, the first (and to many fans the only true) Hercules, and nothing less than the greatest bodybuilder of all time.

Lee Priest - Posing & Pumping



Lee Priest: Biography—

Priest grew up in Wallsend Australia. His mom was also a bodybuilding competitor, and once posed with her son on stage. Priest started training at the age of 12 with the help and support of his grandfather. Lee competed for the first time at the age of 13 and won. He went on to win numerous other competitions leading up to him winning the IFBB Mr. Australia at 17, 18, and 19. Lee was not allowed to get his pro card in Australia because of his young age. It was then he decided to enter an amateur competition. During the amateur competition, Lee was discovered and given his pro card by Jim Manion. Priest became one of the youngest men to turn IFBB pro at the age of 20.

Priest competed successfully within the IFBB. However he had a tumultuous time due to his outspoken nature. He was suspended for the first time in 1994. It was because of his no bull attitude that Priest garnered one of the largest and most loyal fan base within the bodybuilding community.

In September 2006, Priest was suspended from the IFBB for competing in the PDI, a new organization started by Wayne Dimilia. That organization did not last due to Wayne's health issues. The suspension turned into a ban for Priest because he continued speaking out against his suspension and the condition of the IFBB. He was then threatened with a lifetime ban. However they decided against it and lifted the ban after 2years.

Priest was reinstated back in the IFBB in June 2008 to allow him a chance to qualify for the 2008 Mr. Olympia. Shortly after the ban was lifted, Priest decided to move back to Australia. It was in July 2008 that - during his house move - he tore his bicep tendon. This forced him to give up his plans to compete in 2008. Unfortunately he was unable to get surgery and had to wait till Feb 2009 to have the tendon repaired. He was in a sling for 3months after the surgery.

In February 2010 it was announced that Priest would be working with Neil Hill, who is a Bodybuilding nutrition expert based the United Kingdom in preparation for the 2010 Sacramento Pro Show in Nov. Due to financial reasons, Priest decided not to enter the new 202 division and compete in the US. In addition, he made the decision not to renew his IFBB pro card and compete within NABBA.

Besides a successful and well known bodybuilding career, Priest is also a champion race car driver. He started racing in 2002 with road-racing and circle track. He then progressed to drag racing in 2004. Priest won numerous races and titles in road and circle track. His most successful bid came within drag-racing. He won Rookie of the Year in 2005. The following year, 2006, nothing stood in his way and he won the Championship.

Priest has his own supplement company called Assassin Nutrition in Australia.


Lee Priest: Stats—

• Arms: 22 (in competition, pumped) to 23 (off-season, pumped)
• Competition Weight: 199-218 lbs.
• Height: 5'5
• Off Season Weight: 235-260 lbs.

Lee Priest: Contest History—

• 2006 PDI Night of Champions, Britain 1st
• 2006 NOC New York 1st
• 2006 IFBB Ironman Pro, 1st, Vince Gironda Posing Award
• 2006 IFBB Grand Prix Australia, 2nd
• 2006 IFBB Arnold Classic, 6th
• 2005 IFBB Iron Man Pro Invitational, 2nd
• 2005 IFBB Grand Prix Australia, 1st
• 2005 IFBB Arnold Classic, 4th
• 2004 IFBB San Francisco Pro Invitational, 2nd
• 2004 IFBB Ironman Pro, 2nd
• 2003 IFBB Mr. Olympia, 15th
• 2002 IFBB San Francisco Grand Prix, 1st
• 2002 IFBB Mr. Olympia, 6th
• 2002 IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational, 6th
• 2002 IFBB Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic, 4th
• 2001 IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational, 7th
• 2000 IFBB Night of Champions, 5th
• 2000 IFBB Mr. Olympia, 6th
• 1999 IFBB Mr. Olympia, 8th
• 1999 IFBB Iron Man Pro Invitational, 6th
• 1998 IFBB Mr. Olympia, 7th
• 1997 IFBB Mr. Olympia, 5th
• 1997 IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational, 2nd
• 1997 IFBB Grand Prix Spain, 3rd
• 1997 IFBB Grand Prix Russia, 9th
• 1997 IFBB Grand Prix Hungary, 4th
• 1997 IFBB Grand Prix Germany, 3rd
• 1997 IFBB Grand Prix Finland, 4th
• 1997 IFBB Grand Prix England, 6th
• 1997 IFBB Grand Prix Czech Republic, 3rd
• 1997 IFBB Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic, 7th
• 1996 IFBB San Jose Pro Invitational, 6th
• 1996 IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational, 4th
• 1995 IFBB South Beach Pro Invitational, 3rd
• 1995 IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational, 3rd
• 1995 IFBB Florida Pro Invitational, 4th
• 1995 IFBB Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic, 9th
• 1994 IFBB San Jose Pro Invitational, 7th
• 1994 IFBB Night of Champions, 12th
• 1994 IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational, 4th
• 1994 IFBB Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic, 7th
• 1993 IFBB Niagara Falls Pro Invitational, 9th
• 1990 IFBB World Amateur Championships, Lightweight, 4th
• 1990 IFBB Australian Championships, 1st
• 1989 IFBB Australian Championships, 1st






Sergio Oliva

Sergio Oliva Posing - A Tribute to The Myth



Personal—

• Oliva’s son, Sergio Oliva Jr., followed in his father's footsteps into competitive bodybuilding in Miramar Beach, Florida.
• In 1986, Oliva survived being shot by his then-wife Arleen Garrett. He sustained 5 bullet wounds.
• Oliva served the city of Chicago as a police officer for more than 25 years.
• Sergio co-starred with Mil M├íscaras in a Mexican wrestling movie in 1975 called El Poder Negro.
• In 1977, Sergio starred in a second Mexican action film called "The Terrible Ones".

Distinctions—

• The second bodybuilder to win the Mr. Olympia competition.
• The only Mr. Olympia champion to ever win uncontested in 1968.
• The only bodybuilder to ever defeat Schwarzenegger in a Mr. Olympia contest, 1969.
• The first non-white athlete to win Mr. America, Mr. World, Mr. International, Mr. Universe, Mr. Olympia.

Bodybuilding titles—

• 1985 Olympia – IFBB, 8th
• 1984 Pro States Championships – WABBA
• 1984 Olympia – IFBB, 8th
• 1981 Pro World Cup – WABBA, Winner
• 1980 World Championships – WABBA, Professional, 1st
• 1978 Olympus – WBBG, Winner
• 1977 World Championships – WABBA, Professional, 1st
• 1976 Olympus – WBBG, Winner
• 1975 Olympus – WBBG, Winner
• 1974 Mr International – WBBG, Professional, 1st
• 1973 Mr International – IFBB, Professional, 1st
• 1972 Olympia – IFBB, 2nd
• 1971 Universe – Pro - NABBA, Tall, 2nd
• 1970 Olympia – IFBB, 2nd
• 1970 Mr World – AAU, Pro Tall, 2nd
• 1969 Olympia – IFBB, Winner
• 1968 Olympia – IFBB, Winner
• 1967 Universe – IFBB, Overall Winner
• 1967 Olympia – IFBB, Winner
• 1966 Olympia – IFBB, 4th
• 1966 Mr World – IFBB, Tall, 1st
• 1966 Mr World – IFBB, Overall Winner
• 1966 Mr Universe – IFBB Winner
• 1966 Mr America – AAU, Most Muscular,
• 1966 Mr America – AAU, 2nd
• 1966 Junior Mr America – AAU, Winner
• 1966 Junior Mr America – AAU, Most Muscular
• 1965 Mr America – AAU, Most Muscular,
• 1965 Mr America – AAU, 4th
• 1965 Junior Mr America – AAU, Most Muscular
• 1965 Junior Mr America – AAU, 2nd
• 1964 Mr Illinois
• 1964 Mr America – AAU, 7th
• 1963 Mr Chicago