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#BBGOAT: Frank Zane vs. Jay Cutler

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.

#BBGOAT: Frank Zane vs. Jay Cutler

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Frank Zane

  • Nickname: The Chemist
  • Born: June 28, 1942
  • Height: 5’9″ (175cm)
  • Weight: 185 lb (84 kg) (contest) 200 lb (91 kg) (off-season)
  • Pro Debut: Mr. Pennsylvania, 1961
  • Best Win: IFBB Mr. Olympia, 1977–1979
  • Predecessor: Franco Columbu
  • Successor: Arnold Schwarzenegger

By The Numbers: Pro Comps: 24 | 1st Places: 7 | 2nd Places: 4 | 3rd Places: 2 | Arnold Classic Wins: n/a | Mr. Olympia Wins: 3.

Mr America, Mr Universe and 3x Mr Olympia are just some of the titles next to Frank Zane’s name. But it’s not just the titles that make Zane one of the greatest to ever grace the stage, it’s that classic v-taper and perfect symmetry, that at 74 years old he to this day, still shows signs of. Might we add that Frank was one of only three bodybuilders to ever beat Arnold Schwarzenegger in a contest – can you name the other two?

Additionally, Zane is one of the very few Mr. Olympia winners under 200 pounds. Overall, he competed for over 20 years (retiring after the 1983 Mr. Olympia) and won Mr. America, Mr. Universe, and Mr. Olympia during his career.

Frank’s reign represented a shift in emphasis from mass to aesthetics. Zane’s physique featured the second thinnest waistline of all the Mr. Olympias (after Sergio Oliva), with his wide shoulders making for a distinctive V-taper.

He was given the nickname “The Chemist” due to his Bachelor of Science degree and, as he puts it: “Back in the day I took a lot of supplements and tons of amino acids. Still do. But back then it was pretty unusual. That’s how I got the nickname The Chemist.”

Jay Cutler

  • Nickname: Cuts
  • Born: August 3, 1973
  • Height: 175cm
  • Weight: 274lbs (Contest)
  • Pro Debut: 1998
  • Best Win: IFBB Mr. Olympia 2006–2007, 2009–2010

By The Numbers: Pro Comps: 24 | 1st Places: 5 | 2nd Places: 13 | 3rd Places: 1 | Arnold Classic Wins: 3 | Mr. Olympia Wins: 4.

After completing his first ever bodybuilding competition in 1992, Cutler turned pro in 1998 with the first of his significant pro wins coming at Arnold Classic in 2002. He went on to win the AC in 2003 and 2004 before taking out the first of four Mr Olympia titles in 2006.

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