Mr. Olympia is the title awarded to the winner of the professional men's bodybuilding contest at Joe Weider's Olympia Fitness & Performance Weekend. An international bodybuilding competition that is held annually by the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB). Joe Weider created the contest to enable the Mr. Universe winners to continue competing and to earn money. The first Mr. Olympia was held on September 18, 1965, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music New York City, with Larry Scott winning his first of two straight titles.
The record number of wins is eight, held by Lee Haney(1984–1991), and Ronnie Coleman(1998–2005). Phil Heath currently holds the title. There is also a female bodybuilder crowned, Ms. Olympia, as well as winners of Fitness Olympia and Figue Olympia for fitness and figure competitors. All four contests occur during the same weekend. From 1994 to 2003 and again in 2012, a Masters Olympia was also crowned.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has come a long way from when he was born on 30th July 1947 in a very small town in Austria called Thal. From his early bodybuilding career, to movie star and to now becoming the 38th Governor of California. He has done more than most could ever dream of.
So let’s look back at where it all began and how he started his bodybuilding career. It all began when he moved from Austria to the USA in 1968, at the age of just 21. He had a very strong accent and didn’t know anyone, so he started going to the gym. Not just any gym though, it was Gold’s Gym in Santa Monica. Which is now one of the most popular gym’s in the world.
He started training hard with some friends he met at the gym including Ric Drasin and Billy Graham, who are well known in their own rights. It took him just 2 years to win the Mr. Olympia title, of which he then went on to win it another 6 times. He makes no secret of the fact that he did used to take anabolic steroids when they legal. He states that he used them to keep his muscles a constant size and not for growing them any further.