The sport of bodybuilding has really blown up in the last decade thanks to social media. Young men and women around the world are discovering that following a fitness routine in the gym can give them more confidence, improve their health and provide a strong foundation for living a more extraordinary life.
Naturally, most of us want to learn from the best so there are some bodybuilding icons that rise to the top. And thanks to the magic of Facebook, you can now see who are the most popular bodybuilders chosen by the people based on their number of Facebook fans.
As you can imagine, Arnold is #1 but you may be surprised by some of the other bodybuilders on this list. I have embedded their Facebook Pages so you can see how massive their followings are and also see which of your Facebook friends already like these bodybuilding icons.
Okay, so Arnie has an unfair advantage because he is a Hollywood action star. Before he became a household name in movies like Conan The Barbarian, Raw Deal and True Lies, he succeeded in winning a record-breaking seven Mr. Olympia titles.
Arnold set out to become the greatest bodybuilder in the world and if you measure it by popularity, he succeeded! He did whatever it took to win competitions and was notorious for “psyching out” his bodybuilding opponents through fear, mockery and intimidation.
I doubt any bodybuilder has been more influential in improving the image of bodybuilding in the public’s eye than Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Known for this legendary work ethic, Jay Cutler began working at age 11 in his families concrete business near Boston. When he discovered bodybuilding as a young teenager, he worked harder than everyone else and quickly rose through the ranks in competitive bodybuilding to become a massive star.
Cutler won three consecutive Arnold Classics and he placed second to Ronnie Coleman in the Mr. Olympia competition before he finally won that title in 2006. He went on to win Mr Olympic four times. He last won the Mr. Olympia title in 2010 and today he focuses on running his nutrition supplementation company.
Marc Fitt is a 23-year-old fitness model, personal trainer and sponsored athlete living in Montreal, Canada. He is a natural bodybuilder who inspires young people across Canada, the United States and the world to build a chiseled physique.
He is quite the Youtube star and one of the rising stars in the bodybuilding world. I respect him because he chose himself and just build his own online audience filming videos of his workout routines with his buddies and posting them on Youtube.
Growing up in foster care in Brooklyn, Kai Greene turned to bodybuilding to escape his troubled childhood and find stability. His inspirational story has inspired millions and helped him build one of the largest fan bases on Facebook.
In 1999, Kai who is nicknamed “The Predator” won the NPC Team Universe, he won the Arnold Classics in 2009 and 2010, and he was 3rd at the Mr. Olympic competition in 2011 and 2nd in 2012, 2013 and again in 2014.
The current Mr. Olympia, Phillip Health began his athletic career as a shooting guard on the University of Denver basketball team.
In 2002, he got into bodybuilding in a serious way and won the overall title at the NPC (National Physique Committee) in 2005 and became Mr. Olympia in 2011. Since then he has defended his title three times.
Sergi Constance is a Spaniard who exploded in 2014 winning WBFF Pro status and reaching nearly 3 million fans on Facebook. Known for his legendary work ethic in the gym, Sergi is inspiring a new generation of young men to hit the gym and get ripped.
Sergi has an incredible physique and he has been featured on the covers of Muscle and Fitness and Iron Man Magazine among others. We are honoured to work with him here at Fitplan!
Branch Warren is an American IFBB professional bodybuilder who won the Arnold Classic in 2011 and 2012. Hailing from the heartland of Texas, Branch lives with his wife IFBB professional fitness competitor Trish Warren and his daughter on a ranch in the Texan countyside.
Dorian Yates is an English bodybuilder. He won the Mr. Olympia title six consecutive times from 1992 and holds the fourth-highest number of Mr. Olympia awards of all time, ranking behind Ronnie Coleman (8), Lee Haney (8), and Arnold Schwarzenegger (7).
When he was a child, Lou Ferrigno lost 85% of his hearing to a childhood infection and he began bodybuilding as a way to deal with the bullying he received at school. He became the youngest person to win Mr. Universe.
He is probably best known for his role as the Incredible Hulk. He later worked as the personal trainer for celebrities like Chuck Norris and Michael Jackson.
The youngest person on the list, Jeff Seid has built a massive following on social media by sharing his workout routine on Youtube and he is one of the fastest rising young stars in the bodybuilding world.
He began weightlifting when he was 11 years old and through hard work he became the youngest IFBB Professional in history. We are honored to work with Jeff Seid here at Fitplan.