Bodybuilding is extremely grueling. It's more of a lifestyle than it is a sport. It's a 24/7 commitment, and it's insanely difficult to build and maintain all that muscle. The best of the best are truly sights to behold.
Inarguably, the best of the best in bodybuilding can be found each year in the Mr. Olympia competition. The inaugural Mr. O contest took place over 50 years ago. Take a look at what some of the winners looked like then and in their later years.
Here we have the winner of the first and second Mr. Olympia, Larry Scott. He won the competition in 1965 and 1966. With that physique, you can understand why he was known as "The Legend" and "The Golden Boy."
Scott retired from competition after his second Mr. Olympia title. He continued to train for the rest of his life, as you can see by the size of those guns he was sporting in his senior years. He passed away in 2014 at the age of 75.
Though Arnie has many interests, bodybuilding was his first love. He's still involved in it, hosting the annual Arnold Sports Festival, a multi-sport event. He even still hits up the world famous Gold's Gym, sometimes in disguise.
Those who watched 1977's Pumping Iron are familiar with Franco Columbu, who took second place to his best friend Arnold in 1975. He is the shortest Mr. Olympia in history, standing at only five feet and five inches tall. He was Mr. Olympia in 1976 and 1981.
Here we have Frank Zane, Mr. Olympia from 1977-1979. He is one of the lightest Mr. Olympia winners, weighing in at only 190 pounds at the time. His body has often been voted as the most aesthetically pleasing of any bodybuilder in history.
Zane gained the nickname "The Chemist" by possessing an incredible knowledge of using supplements and amino acids to enhance workouts. He spreads his knowledge at seminars and helps others train. Again, it's not just a sport, it's a way of life, and one that those who are the best at it will always love.