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#BBGOAT: Arnold Schwarzenegger vs. Lee Haney

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!

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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.

Lee Haney

  • Nickname: Total-Lee Awesome
  • Born: November 11, 1959
  • Height: 5’5″ (165cm)
  • Weight: 248 lb (112kg) (contest) 260 lb (118kg) (off-season)
  • Pro Debut: IFBB Night of Champions, 1983
  • Best Win: 1991 Mr. Olympia
  • Predecessor: Frank Zane
  • Successor: Dorian Yates

By The Numbers: Pro Comps: 16 | 1st Places: 11 | 2nd Places: 2 | 3rd Places: 3 | Arnold Classic Wins: n/a | Mr. Olympia Wins: 8.

In 1991 Lee Haney became the first Bodybuilder in history to take out eight consecutive Mr Olympia titles – beating Arnolds seven title record. After a long history of bodybuilding success, Haney is now retired and is an educator and trainer and works with many world-class athletes. He has served as a member of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports since December 1998.

Haney owns two fitness centers in Atlanta and has been recognised by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, the United States Sports Academy and the International Federation of Bodybuilding. In 1994, Mr. Haney established Harvest House, a non-profit retreat facility for children on a forty-acre farm near Atlanta. Harvest House features nature tours, a petting zoo, and an eight-week summer camp for 12-15 year olds. Mr. Haney received a degree in youth counseling from Spartanburg Methodist College.

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