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#BBGOAT: Arnold Schwarzenegger vs. Kevin Levrone

The #BBGOAT (BodyBuilding Greatest of All Time) is MAXS.COM.AU’s knockout competition to determine who the fans think is the greatest bodybuilder of all time. We started with our top 16 of the Greatest Bodybuilders of all time and now we’re asking YOU to do the hard work – that is, narrow it down to one. Set up in much the same way as a tennis tournament, each week you’ll see head-to-head match-ups, with the winner of those progressing to the next round to square off with their next challenger. From 16, we’ll go to 8, to 4, and ultimately our final. So cast your VOTE and decide just who is the greatest bodybuilder in history!

We’re talking Coleman vs. Columbo; Phil vs. Flex, Arnie vs. Jay – It’s time for the fans to have their say! You’ll be able to cast your vote below.

Round 1 continues with two bodybuilding greats – Arnold Schwarzenegger vs Kevin Levrone.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger

  • Nickname: The Austrian Oak
  • Born: July 30, 1947
  • Height: 6’2″ in (188cm)
  • Weight: 235lb (107kg) (contest) 260lb (120kg) (off-season)
  • Pro Debut: NABBA Mr. Universe, 1968
  • Best Win: IIFBB Mr. Olympia, 1970–1975, 1980, Seven Times
  • Predecessor: Sergio Oliva, Frank Zane
  • Successor: Franco Columbu

By The Numbers: Pro Comps: 18 | 1st Places: 15 | 2nd Places: 3 | 3rd Places: 0 | Arnold Classic Wins: n/a | Mr. Olympia Wins: 7.

A man who needs little introduction – Arnold Schwarzenegger is considered the most important figure in the history of bodybuilding, with his legacy commemorated via the Arnold Classic Bodybuilding competition.

From the very beginning Schwarzenegger’s goal was to become the greatest bodybuilder in the world. A goal which meant winning the Mr. Olympia title. In his first attempt in 1969, he lost to three-time champion Sergio Oliva. However, Schwarzenegger came back in 1970 and won the competition, making him the youngest ever Mr. Olympia at the age of 23, a record he still holds to this day.

He continued his winning streak from 1971 to 1975, when he announced his retirement from professional bodybuilding. Months before the 1975 Mr. Olympia contest, Arnold had decided not to compete but was persuaded by filmmakers George Butler and Robert Fiore to compete, in order to film his now iconic, bodybuilding documentary called Pumping Iron. In 1980 Schwarzenegger was training for his role in Conan, and he got into such good shape because of the running, horseback riding and sword training, that he decided he wanted to win the Mr. Olympia contest one last time. He kept this plan a secret, in the event that a training accident would prevent his entry and cause him to lose face. At the eleventh hour he announced he would come out of retirement and won the event with only seven weeks of preparation. After being declared Mr. Olympia for a seventh time, Schwarzenegger then officially retired from competition.

Kevin Levrone

  • Nickname: Maryland Muscle Machine
  • Born: July 16, 1964
  • Height: 5’11” (180cm)
  • Weight: 240lb (Contest)
  • Pro Debut: NPC Nationals, 1991
  • Best Win: IFBB Arnold Classic 1994/1996, IFBB Mr.Olympia runner-up 1992/1995/2000/2002
  • Predecessor: n/a
  • Successor: n/a

By The Numbers: Pro Comps: 67 | 1st Places: 22 | 2nd Places: 18 | 3rd Places: 11 | Arnold Classic Wins: 2 | Mr. Olympia Wins: 0.

After turning pro in 1991 Kevin Levrone competed in 68 IFBB Professional Bodybuilding shows and won 23 of those. This was a record of the most wins as an IFBB professional until it was beaten by Ronnie Coleman in 2004. Despite having been away from competition for well over a decade since he retired in 2003, before officially announcing in mid 2016 that he would return to compete at the professional level on the Mr. Olympia stage. At age 51 Levrone made his professional bodybuilding return competing, as announced, at the 2016 Mr. Olympia.

Levrone has been in more than 13 Mr. Olympia competitions, but despite placing a number of times, Kevin never took the win – earning him the nickname, “The Uncrowned King of Mr. Olympia”. Levrone has been applauded for his ability to train quickly for competitions, rather than training year-long. This fact is often attributed to the reason why he was able to come back for the 2016 Mr. Olympia competition. Despite not placing in the top 10 for the first time, Levrone got himself in competition-shape in only 5 months. After the 2016 Mr. Olympia competition, it came out that he had trained despite injuries to his pectorals and knee.

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