Top 10 male bodybuilders 2016
Body building is considered as an art by many. 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 and the drugs to do. Simply put, bodybuilders generally train a lot more than the average guy. After all, they’ve decided that their body and physique will be their tool, their career. Let us take a look at the Top 10 male bodybuilders 2016.
Top 10 male bodybuilders 2016
10. Phil Heath:
We start our list of Top 10 male bodybuilders 2016 with current Mr Olympia,Phil Heath. Heath has finally achieved the title after winning four consecutive times from 2011-2014. He has a near-perfect structure of huge delts, big arms, a tiny waist, and a chiseled midsection.
33-year-old four times Mr. Olympia Phil Heath is in a word: legendary. Every aspiring body builder today has seen the picture of him below and thought to himself “I did not know getting that big was even possible” and then asked “Do I even want to get that big?”
9. Franco Columbu:
Popularly Known as “The Sardinian Strongman” in our list of Top 10 male bodybuilders 2016, 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:
When 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.
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7. Ronnie Coleman:
Coleman is an absolute beast, plain and simple. In a world where bodybuilders continue to grow bigger and bigger, Coleman has set a new standard weight of about 300 pounds, something that not many bodybuilders achieve.
Coleman immediately impressed at his first competition in 1990 and soon began dominating the bodybuilding world, earning his IFBB Pro card as well as countless titles. In fact, Coleman holds the record for the most wins by an IFBB professional – a staggering 26, including eight coveted Mr. Olympia titles.
6. Kevin Levorne:
The most underrated bodybuilder in our list of Top 10 male bodybuilders 2016, 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, placing second at the Olympia four times.
5. Gunter Schlierkamp:
Not all famous European-born bodybuilders come from Austria – Gunter Schlierkamp, a retired German IFBB Pro, hails from Olfen, Germany. He started training at 16 and entered and won his first competition at 18. He own the Mr. Universe title in 1993, and made the move to the U.S. in 1996 . In addition to competing, Schlierkamp has done some acting, modeling, and frequently works with companies as a consultant in product development.
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4. Arnold Schwarzenegger:
The most famous person to feature in the list of Top 10 male bodybuilders 2016 is Arnold Schwarzenegger. Almost everyone in the world knows about Arnold Schwarzenegger and his craze towards body building. He became the youngest person to win the Mr. Universe title when he was 20. He racked up countless titles over the years, including four more Mr. Universe titles and seven coveted Mr. Olympia titles.
Arnold’s combination of sheer size and muscularity along with his personality landed him as the highest paid action movie star ever and the Governor of California.
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3. Dexter Jackson:
Jackson finally got his taste at history winning the Olympia in 2008 after finishing in the top 4 for years on end. Nicknamed “The Blade” for his razor sharp cuts, Dexter Jackson has the deepest set of abs in bodybuilding. He is the most conditioned athlete of all time in this sport, always coming in with razor sharp cuts.
2. Dennis James:
Though an American, Dennis James was born in Heidelberg, Germany, as his father was a military man. Perhaps it’s that German bodybuilding blood, but James began lifting at 18 and immediately started to impress everyone. James hasn’t had as many impressive finishes as some of the big bodybuilders. Though he’s competed in the Mr. Olympia seven times, his best finish is fourth place. However, he’s consistently maintained his physique over the years, proving that you don’t always need titles to keep up your motivation.
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1. Flex Wheeler:
The winner in our list of Top 10 male bodybuilders 2016 is Flex Wheeler. Flex Wheeler had the best midsection in the game and a chiseled body to go along with it. He had it all- size, mass, definition, proportion, and symmetry. He was often compared to near-perfect legends Steve Reeves and Bob Paris throughout his career, yet obtained a level of muscularity never before seen. It’s just a shame that mass has consistently beat out definition at the O. The judges have always been more impressed with mass than perfection. Otherwise, Flex might have been right there with Lee Haney and Ronnie Coleman, holding the title for Most Olympia titles ever won.