5. Chris Cormier
California’s finest, Cormier first started competing as a light heavyweight in the NPC Teen Nationals in 1987, finishing at first place. That started a long and rich career of competing at the biggest stages of bodybuilding, including Mr. Olympia.
His Wikipedia page states that in the 30 years he was active as a bodybuilder, he competed in 72 IFBB competitions, of those 72 he was a runner up 12 times, including six times at the Arnold Classic.
In 2006 he suffered an infection of the spine due to being a bodybuilder for three decades. After he recovered from the serious injury, he decided to share his knowledge with all future athletes. As you could imagine, recovering from a spinal surgery came with its own consequences; loss of gains.
6. Paul Dillet
Dillet’s picture is often used as a meme. Often this picture of his will be photoshopped. However, even without Photoshop, Dillet looked like a video game final boss. Huge, veiny, and often mean mugging, he was truly a sight to see.
He is probably most famous for “freezing” on stage at the 1994 Arnold Classic when he suffered a muscle cramp due to severe dehydration.
He competed often until retiring in 2006. His best results are 4th place at the 1994 Mr. Olympia and 3rd place at the Arnold Classic. Just like all the other gentlemen on this list, time hasn’t been kind with his gains.
7. Tom Prince
Though not as popular as some of the professional muscle heads on this list, Tom Prince’s name also belongs on this list. He was a competitive bodybuilder during the late 90’s and early 2000’s, even making it to the big stage, the Mr. Olympia.
During his preparation for the 2003 Night Of Champions competition, his kidneys shut down and he was forced to retire from bodybuilding. These days he works with his wife in a Property Management company and together they manage 82 buildings. His impressive physique and huge muscles…left without a trace.
8. Ronnie Coleman
Saving the best for last, we got the 8-time Mr. O title holder and one of the biggest and strongest bodybuilders in modern history, “Big Ron.” During the early 2000’s, he was the supreme ruler of bodybuilding. If you were a professional bodybuilder during that time, your best placing would be runner up if Ronnie was competing.
No one could even come close to his size, symmetry or strength. He was famous for his 2000lb. leg press, 200lb. dumbbell chest presses, and 800lb. squats.
Ronnie retired from competing in 2007, placing 4th in his last Mr. Olympia competition. Since then Coleman has been working on his supplement line, training career and fixing a few injuries he picked up from all those years of heavy lifting. In 2016 he had an 11 hour long back surgery and literally had to learn how to walk again. He slowly picked up lifting again but his monstrous size has severely diminished.