6 Famous Mr. Olympia of All Time

Mr. Olympia has been enjoying being the “greatest body building event around the world”. The credit goes to the depth of body building talent that it features in the ranks, epic battles that it has taken care of, and so much more.

Origin of Mr Olympia:    

The Mr. Olympia initiated back in year 1965 by the great and late Joe Weider. He was the one to decide about who was the greatest body builder on this planet earth. Since the beginning, only 13 body builders have remained successful in winning the title of Mr. Olympia and taking the Sandow trophy to their homes.

A couple of these 13 bodybuilders named Ronnie Coleman and Lee Haney have the record of earning most of the victories i.e. eight an individual. Moreover, it has only been Jay Cutler among these 13 men who regained the title after he lost it.

Who is the best among these 13 Mr Olympia?

When it is about comparing the Olympia winners, the task of assigning the greatest ever title will not be an easy task at all. No doubt, each fan has his or her individual preferences. Similarly aside some one being the best of his era, is picked based on several reasons that highlight the perfect definition on the best competitors.

No doubt all the Mr Olympia winners have been able to do what only these 13 body builders did in the history of this competition, however some of these hold impressive records, and size and shape that actually defined that era, might be ranked a little bit better. This piece of article is an effort to determine 6 of the best all time Mr. Olympia. We have designed the list based on the impact made, record, improvements on physical benchmarks, and last but not the least general consensus.

Let us talk about these wonderful men briefly one after the other:

  1. Ronnie Colman:

One of the most significant features that make Ronnie Colman distinct among the Mr Olympia winners can be the fact that before winning this title, he regularly fished out of the money at big dance of body building. He won his first title in 1998. He was not at all considered to be the treat for the Mr Olympia.

He appeared out of nowhere to present to the word one of the most impressive physique that could have donned the stage of the Mr Olympia contest. Then again in Olympia 2003 he made jaws dropped by shedding mass of 300lbs.

He is the man who won 8 titles and decided to retire on his own terms and conditions. He lost his title to Jay Cutler in 2006. It is his complete dominance, physical completeness tenure length at the top, perfect condition, and sheer size of physique that Ronnie Coleman undoubtedly remains to be the greatest body builders of all time.

  1. Arnold Schwarzenegger:

The great Arnold Schwarzenegger beholds the credit of boosting up the professional body building profile as compared to rest of the Mr Olympia winners. With his achievements, image, and mainstream success, he has actually facilitated in changing the image of what was thought to be an undercover cult act in to something recreational pursuit and popular sport among the people.

He will always be remembered as one of the supreme Olympia champion of all time for the body builders around the globe. In his peak shape at 235lbs, 6’ 2”, along with presence that remains incomparable, he won the title six times easily.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has been criticized for having hamstrings, incomplete lower back and abdominal development. However, his physique compares well with several other great body builders of all the time. He is indeed a class of his own.

  1. Dorian Yates:

It was 80’s when Lee Haney started his career, that Dorian Yates continued in 90’s with a greater degree of shredded mass on a physique leaving his competitors in the dust. The incomparable impressive physique of Yate, indeed initiated an era of extreme size. He retired in year 1997 but his physique continues to push the boundaries of body building. Eventually he brought the stage at a 260+ physique which will always be considered as a game changer till the world exists.

  1. Sergia Oliva:

Sergia Oliva is one of the old school bodybuilder. He won his first Mr Olympia title back in 1967. He died in 2012 at 71 years of age. Genetically speaking, he is regarded as the best ever body builders. He won three Mr Olympia titles without today’s dietary practices and sophisticated training.


He developed a physique that is perfectly balanced according to today’s standards as well. He has possessed the most unbelievable tiny waist, massive legs, phenomenal V taper, flaring lats and biggest arms; Sergio Oliva is renowned as “The Myth”. He is standard for the mass elegantly combined with the pleasing shape of one of the Greek Gods.

  1. Lee Haney:

Just the way Arnold and Sergio are credited for starting the trends of body building for the shape and the size, Lee Haney, the 8 times winner introduced a new era in the mass. At the same time, keeping oneself true to the aesthetically criteria that earns names of several 70s champions.

With the widest shoulders and back brought to the stage, a waist resonating Sergio and a cross striated beef on his frame of 5’11”; Haney is known as the bodybuilding excellence of 80’s.

  1. Jay Cutler:

Among all the other men listed here, Jay Cutler being the ultra-wide is the only contesting the today’s best.It has been since 2001 that he was placed second and after that he has never been on the lower position that the second place. He is known to be the true body builder of this modern era. He is the only one to challenge the eight time title winner Ronnie Colman during Ronnie’s peak.


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