When we think of bodybuilders, the images that first cross our minds are of guys with freakish muscles & veins popping all over. Rarely does our mind serves us with a picture of a guy flaunting 6 pack abs with a toned body at the beach on a summer morning. The mainstream definition of bodybuilder today is someone belonging to the men’s open bodybuilding category. In case you don’t know the technical jargon and have no idea what men’s open bodybuilding it is, it is the bodybuilders like Ronnie Coleman, Phil Heath, Jay Cutler, Dorian Yates to name a few. But bodybuilding isn’t limited to one category only. There are several individuals with bodies of different types. Different bodybuilding categories serve different body types. One of the popular categories is Men’s Physique. There are similarities of it directly correlating with open bodybuilding. But then there are a number of differences which makes it very different from open bodybuilding.
Olympia, as well as other major bodybuilding, shows all have the Men’s Physique category. This category was first introduced in the year 2013 at the Olympia Weekend held annually. Men”s Physique division was a means to filter out physiques with less musculature and more overall aesthetic. The type of body if a normal person sees can hope for by putting in the grind. When we see the bodybuilders from the open division hardly we think of achieving that kind of physique. It sparks and fulfils our curiosity but not all of us desire it. What we can desire and achieve is a physique like that of a men’s physique athlete. The purpose behind the division is to curate to people with a hope for a beach body. Men’s Physique category requires the athletes to have a good shoulder to waist ratio. The legs are not judged in this category, so you’ll spot the athletes wearing broad shorts on stage opposed to trunks as seen in other divisions. Ever since the inception of this category in Olympia, there have been several Mr Olympia Men’s Physique winners. Of those several, there has been one who has reigned on the Men’s Physique throne longer and more dominating than the others. Who is this bodybuilder? Let’s find out-
Mr Olympia Men’s Physique Winners
|Year||Winner||2nd Position||3rd Position||4th Position||5th Position||Venue|
|2013||Mark Anthony Wingson||Jeremy Buendia||Matthew Acton||Sadik Hadzovik||Jason Poston||Las Vegas|
|2014||Jeremy Buendia||Sadik Hadzovik||Jason Poston||Matthew Acton||Steve Cook||Las Vegas|
|2015||Jeremy Buendia||Sadik Hadzovik||Jason Poston||Ryan Terry||Brandon Hendrickson||Las Vegas|
|2016||Jeremy Buendia||Ryan Terry||Jeremy Potvin||Brandon Hendrickson||Andre Ferguson||Las Vegas|
|2017||Jeremy Buendia||Andre Ferguson||Brandon Hendrickson||Raymont Edmonds||Jeremy Potvin||Las Vegas|
|2018||Brandon Hendrickson||Raymond Edmonds||Ryan Terry||Jeremy Buendia||Andre Ferguson||Las Vegas|
|2019||Raymond Edmonds||Andre Ferguson||Kyron Holden||Brandon Hendrickson||Ryan Terry||Las Vegas|
The above table displays the Olympia men’s physique winners over the years since its inception in the year 2013. The most notable men’s physique winner here to be seen in Jeremy Buendia who has marked a name for himself on the men’s physique winners throne by winning the titles not once but 4 times in a row. The table also showcases the next 4 positions after Olympia men’s physique winner for the year to give you an idea of how some athletes moved up the graph year after year as seen in the case of the current men’s physique winner- Raymont Edmonds. While some made frequent appearances in the top 5 since 2013. If you re-notice, the 2014 and 2015 Mr Olympia men’s physique top 3 are exactly the same at same positions. Find below an attached image of the men’s physique lineup at the 2019 Mr Olympia.
Who is the current Mr Olympia Men’s Physique?
The current Mr Olympia Men’s Physique as of 2019 is Raymont Edmonds. He first qualified for Mr Olympia in 2017 after winning the Pittsburgh Pro. In the year 2017, he placed 4th after Jeremy Buendia, Andre Ferguson and Brandon Hendrickson. Previous to winning the 2019 Mr Olympia Men’s Physique his best Mr Olympia was the year before i.e. 2018 where he placed second. Looking at the graph of Raymont Edmonds it has constantly gone up in the three years of his competing at the Olympia. First 4th, then 2nd and finally first in 2019. He started competing in the year 2014 and since then he has come a long way and hit the highest goal already. It’ll be worth watching if he continues to win and eventually give competition to Jeremy Buendia for his winning streak.
Who has won the most titles of Mr Olympia Men’s Physique?
Jeremy Buendia has won the most number of Mr Olympia Men’s Physique title (4 times). He was the Mr Olympia Men’s Physique winner for the years- 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Jeremy Buendia is also the only Men’s Physique athlete to have won the title more than once in their career. His entry into the 2013 Olympia was marked after winning the Greater Gulf States Pro in 2013. The very same year (also the year of the first-ever Men’s Physique show at Olympia), he placed second after Mark Anthony Wingson. The second position didn’t suit him much and his motivation and training won him the title next year in 2014. And what started from there was the era of the most dominating Men’s Physique athlete we ever saw. The 4x Mr Olympia Men’s Physique has definitely set the standard up for the upcoming athletes in the Men’s Physique division.
How much does Mr Olympia Men’s Physique win?
The 2019 Mr Olympia Men’s Physique winner Raymont Edmonds won prize money of $35,000. The prize money for the Men’s Physique winners has seen an upward graph over the year. In 2018, the prize money was $20,000. With time we’ll see how the prize money increases in this division.
Interesting Facts about the Men’s Physique division in Olympia
- The Men’s Physique division first started in the year 2013.
- It is the only division where legs aren’t a part of the judging criteria.
- Jeremy Buendia & Brandon Hendrickson are the only two athletes to have appeared the most number of times in the top 5 in the Mr Olympia Men’s Physique showdown (5 times).
- Jeremy Buendia holds the record for the most number of wins in the Men’s Physique division at the Olympia (4 times in the years 2014, 2015, 2016 $ 2017).
- It is the only division where the bodybuilder wears broad shorts rather than a trunk.