Best Bodybuilders of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Arnold Schwarzenegger Arnold Schwarzenegger Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American actor, filmmaker, businessman, investor, author, philanthropist, activist, former professional bodybuilder and former politician.

Bodybuilding popular because of him

Ronnie coleman needed 50 more pounds of body weight to match arnie's size but could not match his muscle shape. Arnie had perfect arms, chest, back, huge calfs, great definition thighs. Arnold did win on stage under 240 lbs WITHOUT looking like a freak!

the man was a phenom, every muscle in proportion and a waist like a woman for gods sake. body building in its purest form, before all the younger guys took it to the nxt level of cartoon muscles

Never comparable

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2 Ronnie Coleman Ronnie Coleman

The guy to use the highest doses of juice and other chemicals. Funny how he was a cop and clearly was on tons of illegal substances.

In terms of muscularity, density, overall shape, and just freakiness he will never be matched. 1999 Olympia stands a notch above anything I have ever seen on stage.

He is way bigger than arnold and everyone else in history without having used non-legit steroids

I accidentally voted for this chemist! Arnold is the greatest!

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3 Lee Haney Lee Haney

And stood him next to any of these o his size and symmetr would be too overwhelmin

4 Dorian Yates Dorian Yates

The man most credit for the decline of bodybuilding. He was the first top bodybuilder to use HGH/Insulin. Sad.

Dorian has the best size, proportion and defenition of all these bodybuilders and can't be compared!

Has to be at least number 1 or 2! I mean, look at his late and his calves...

Awesome Yates was, definitely the number one.

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5 Franco Columbu Franco Columbu Francesco Columbu is an Italian actor, author, former champion bodybuilder and World's Strongest Man competitor.

Tiny but effect his upper chest is one of the greatest thing in bodybuilding
He is probably the most strongest Olympian..

6 Frank Zane

Frank Zane was not the biggest bodybuilder, but no doubt had the best body in Bodybuilding history. He's one of only three men to have beaten Arnold Schwarzenegger in a bodybuilding contest.

He is everything that bodybuilding today should be!

Most aesthetic physique ever.

7 Flex Wheeler Flex Wheeler Kenneth "Flex" Wheeler is a retired American IFBB professional bodybuilder. He won the Arnold Classic a then-record four times and was once described by Arnold Schwarzenegger as one of the greatest bodybuilders he had ever seen.

Flex definitely deserves a higher ranking in this group. And by this group I mean that Lee Priest or Mariusz or Paul Demayo should not even be mentioned. Simply because best means best... And in BodyBuilding you have to have the total package. I agree with Sergio, Lee, Markus, Flex, Dorian, Ronnie and Arnold. But then again, it is about what we prefer... Mass? Definition? Symmetry? Smile? Posing?

He's called the sultan of symmetry for a reason guys. should be top 3!

8 Lou Ferrigno Lou Ferrigno Louis Jude "Lou" Ferrigno is an American actor, fitness trainer, fitness consultant and retired professional bodybuilder.

Big Lufer! He was the nicest guy in bodybuilding. Successful off the stage as well.

He shouldn't even be on this list, yes he was the biggest bodybuilder in his time weight wise but he was 6'5 and he had a much higher boyfriend% than most guys at his time. He's a very big and strong man but do I think he deserves this five spot? No simply because he wasn't cut enough and never won a Mr. Olympia

9 Jay Cutler Jay Cutler Jay Christopher Cutler is a retired American football quarterback that of the National Football League. Cutler played 11 seasons in the NFL (2006-2016). During his announcement that Cutler declared retirement, he announced plans to be a television sportscaster for the FOX Network.

Who make this top?
That picture is wrong, that not is Jay Cutler the Bodybuilder.
Is jay cutler the NFL player

4x Mr Olympian. Greatest Bodybuilder Ever.

10 Markus Ruhl Markus Ruhl Markus Rühl is an IFBB professional bodybuilder. Rühl began training at the age of 18 following a doctor's recommendation after sustaining a knee injury while playing soccer.

The strongest. There is a video of him leg pressing 950 lbs

He's swole He makes Ronnie look small - PatrickStar

The Contenders

11 Sergio Oliva Sergio Oliva Sergio Oliva was a Cuban bodybuilder known as "The Myth". This sobriquet was arguably given to him by bodybuilder/writer Rick Wayne but Oliva himself has doubted this claim.

Everything that arnold has, Sergio has it better. Waist, arms, chest, legs, you name it, anything. And those who think that Arnold is better than Coleman or Yates, etc are like those people who think Manchester United is better than Real Madrind, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. They don't know anything about football, or bodybuilding in this case. They just support because Arnold is the only bodybuilder they've heard of.

He should be number 1 he was so far a head of his time He should have beat Arnold in 1972. please the guy had a 27 inch waist.He was better then Arnold

12 Phil Heath

Phil heath us one of the few guy to score a perfect score in Mr. Olympia its funny how he's rated so low because he won't be beat until 2020 because there are no current or up and coming body builders built like him with his perfect aesthetics jeez like he's nearly perfect down to the smile and eye color

He is starting a new era in bodybuilding

He is clearly the best in the world, proven by the 2011 olimpia!

He has so many years to go and is already 2 time olimpia champ!

13 Kevin Levrone Kevin Levrone

Best front upper body of all time. Legs were also very good early on, his back thickness always was an issue.

Bunch of retards here, what is John Cena and Mariusz P doing here? Kevin Levrone is probably one of the most aesthetic mass monsters, amazing delts, arms and traps. Too bad his back was never up to par.

14 Shawn Ray

Probably my 4th favorite. #1 Arnold #2 Flex Wheeler #3 Levrone #4 Ray. He deserves top 10-15 at least!

15 Gary Strydom
16 Bertil Fox
17 Lee Priest Lee Priest Lee Andrew Priest McCutcheon is a former International Federation of BodyBuilders professional bodybuilder and a current National Amateur Body-Builders' Association professional athlete.
18 John Cena John Cena John Felix Anthony Cena Jr. (/ˈsiːnə/; born April 23, 1977) is an American professional wrestler, rapper, actor, and reality television show host signed to WWE, where he is assigned to the SmackDown brand. more.

Love him or hate him you cannot deny the intensity he has and his dedication

Simply the best

19 Mariusz Pudzianowski

5 times strongest man, needless to say anything else

Let them all bow, pure muscle and power house

5 times strongest man
Strongest man in the world

20 Kai Greene

#26? What's the predator doing here? Definitely deserves a much higher place.

Kai greene 26th.. what a joke

Why is John Cena above Kai Greene?

Kai is the best

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21 Steve Reeves

If I could have the physique of any bodybuilder in the history of competition, it would be the body of Steve Reeves - period. If Steve's body was not available, Frank Zane would be my second choice. Most of the rest are freakish looking mutants (not trying to be cruel). I'm a fan of smooth strength. Steve Reeves had it all.

The perfect physique before steroids took over Bodybuilding

22 Paul Demayo
23 Serge Nubret
24 Eugene Sandow

Well, After all it is called the Sandow

The OG big boi

25 Jason Genova

It politics

26 Rich Piana
27 Zyzz


The god

28 Jim Cordova
29 Suhas Khamkar
30 Dexter Jackson

He is the blade... What an awesome muscles...he shuld be on top 5. He is known for his chisel cuts

31 Lance Dreher
32 Mike Mentzer
33 Lazar Angelov

Lazar Angelov at number 34? He has the most aesthetic and proportional body ever! Every muscle is cut and defined. I would even rate hum above Arnold.

Should be number 1. lazar has the best physique among all human beings!

Perfect body... Perfect shape and curves.. Not too bulky

Lazar angelov #27?! Seriously? He has the best physique achievable by any human being. people like him deserve to be in the top ten, not the steroid and synthol fueled bodybuilders.

34 Bob Paris
35 Boyer Coe
36 Steve Kuclo
37 Matt Mendenhall
38 Sazali Samad

I wanna see his workout

39 Larry Scott Larry Scott Larry Dee Scott, nicknamed "The Legend" and "The Golden Boy," was an American IFBB professional bodybuilder.

;By todays standards Larry was well built, not over built, puffy, etc, like a comic book super hero. I would take that body any day over any Mr. Olympia of the past 25 years.

Larry Legend. The first/original Mr. Olympia. Anyone who came after him took something from him to enhance their own physiques.

40 Anders Graneheim
41 Chris Cormier
42 Reg Park

2nd person and first BB to bench 500lbs ever, Arnie's role model, rugged, handsome, natural looking, all round good guy and British too

Strong and aesthetic. The best. Some of the other guys around here should be at the top too: Bobby Pandour, Draper, Gironda, Sipes, even Maxick who was a master of posing and muscle control

43 John Grimek
44 Tom Platz
45 Zack Khan
46 Dennis James
47 Dennis Wolf
48 Lee Labrada
49 Kali Muscle


50 Marko Savolainen
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Top Remixes

1. Arnold Schwarzenegger
2. Lou Ferrigno
3. Lee Haney
1. Arnold Schwarzenegger
2. Ronnie Coleman
3. Dorian Yates
1. Flex Wheeler
2. Arnold Schwarzenegger
3. Frank Zane


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