So, who are the most underrated bodybuilders you say? This subject has been open to so many opinions and will continue to evolve for many, many years to come. Some call this a category of the often over used term of “Uncrowned Mr. Olympias.” This overlooked group of professional bodybuilders could easily get up to 100 strong but for sake of space I have pared down the list to only five.
It is usually somewhat easy to think of runner-up bodybuilders or ones who have never held a Sandow as underrated or under-appreciated. While that can have an impact on their standing, it still doesn’t serve as a good barometer of their lack of recognition.
For example, Kenny “Flex” Wheeler never won an Olympia crown but has accomplished quite a long list of major wins including five Ironman titles and, of course, his coveted record four Arnold’s among many others. Underrated? Not really in my opinion.
I must warn you, I may be a bit biased in regard to gravitating to the more classic look of a bodybuilder; small waist, great shape, good balance and nothing too overpowering. Guys who have (or had) put their heart and soul into preparing for show after show coming back again and again reaching for that top five placing or even, at times, that win never really climbing to the echelon of ultimate or elite on a consistent basis. Sure, they may have had a taste of it, but they haven’t reached the category of “shoe-in” for a win.
I am sure you will have your favorites for various reasons, so chime in at the end and let me know if you agree or just want to throw the whole list out and start over.