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    Default The Best Ever Bodybuilder? Have Your Say! - by Peter McGough


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    A great read Peter, as usual. Always benefit from your insight. With deference, I would like to say that I think titling this 'Best Ever Bodybuilder' is an error, however; if we proceed from the title to the article, we immediately must accept the presumption that the winners of the Mr. Olympia are the best-ever bodybuilders. Certainly, they are among them. However, there are some men who have never won an Olympia that deserve comparison. One of these is Flex Wheeler. I'm sure other forum members have other favorites too, which they think should be included in this group. Perhaps a better, or fairer title would have been "Best Ever Mr. Olympia"?

    Also these questions always entail a discussion of what the criteria is exactly by which we judge the best bodybuilder. Is it the same criteria the judges purportedly use? Or are we including factors like charisma, overall influence on bodybuilding, fame within the wider community? If so, then it has to be Arnold, hands down. No one else is close.

    If it's just aesthetic standards used by the IFBB then I choose Flex Wheeler, probably British Grand Prix 1999. Best combination of everything, size, fullness, condition.

    Before we write off Wheeler, consider just how many times we see him compared to today's bodybuilders, particularly the 'does this guy look like Flex' comparison. He is a standard of excellence for a reason. He could just never put it together come Olympia time, not perfectly.


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    Yeah, to me, that just destroys Heath.

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    I agree that Flex destroys Heath.

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    Ronnie is my undisputed number one. Besides that it's difficult for me to put them in order. Probably Wheeler, Haney, Yates, Arnold in some order after. I personally prefer Wheeler to Yates, it's just unfortunate he got stuck behind Yates and Ronnie because he was better than a lot of Mr. O's in my mind.

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    I can just go on people who have impressed me through the ages.
    Reeves
    Sergio
    Arnold
    Zane
    Haney
    Dorian
    Ronnie

    Cutler and Heath need to stand the test of time a bit more before being added to the list.
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    Ronnie Coleman in my eyes is the greatest to ever grace an Olympia stage, at his best NOBODY in history can compare, Wheeler at that 99 Grand Prix looked unreal as usual, but so did a lot of guys at that show, it had insane lightning, I would love to see Phil on stage under similar lightning. But Ronnie is the G.O.A.T. period.

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    I've always felt Haney was the pinnacle.
    ...after him, symmetry, lines, proportion, it all went out the window and the race for pure mass won....even if it was ugly, big gutted mass...

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    My list:

    Steve Reeves
    Bob Paris
    Arnold
    Haney
    Ronnie

    If I had to pick only one it would be Ronnie though, 99 is stupendous and IMO has no weak points.

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    Best genetic Ever:

    1- Oliva
    2- Flex
    3- Ronnie
    4- Haney

    Best bodybuilder / competitor:

    1- Dorian
    2- Jay
    3- Haney
    4- Ronnie

    More pleasant looks:

    1- Flex (1993)
    2- Jay (2003)
    3- Victor (2007)
    4- Levrone (1994)
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    Ronnie at his best, beat all those 12 others.
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    The best bodybuilder is Arnold

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    I would go with Ronnie , doubt I will see anything like him in this lifetime. Lee Haney second then Dorian.

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    Arnold by a wide margin. He IS bodybuilding.

    But very honorable mention to Lee Haney, Labrada, Benfatto, Nubret, Padilla, etc. All the great physique before the judging went to shit.

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    1.Dorian Andrew Yates
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    1 Arnold
    2 Pearl
    3 Haney
    4 Coleman
    5 Sergio

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeUK View Post
    I can just go on people who have impressed me through the ages.
    Reeves
    Sergio
    Arnold
    Zane
    Haney
    Dorian
    Ronnie

    Cutler and Heath need to stand the test of time a bit more before being added to the list.
    Perfect list, I agree 100% with this selection. If you really wanted to "get fancy", you could consider adding Eugene Sandow (given the context of his time). But these men listed marked distinct cornerstones, or turning points, or eras, of the sport. Neither Heath nor Cutler have really defined an "era" yet, that people "chased". Everybody chased Ronnie, Dorian, Haney, Arnold, Sergio, and Reeves-- and nowadays even chase Zane, who has defined his own "epoch" of sorts.. Each of them respectfully set a new standard for the sport to chase.

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