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19 Amazing Before & After Bodybuilding Transformations

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Ever wonder what your favorite bodybuilders looked like before they maximized their swoleness? Were they truly genetically blessed, or did they have to fight for every pound and ounce of muscle?

The following 19 before and after images present the real deal. They are legit looks at how your favorite bodybuilders looked either before lifting, or early on during their careers.

Arnold Schwarzenegger – Before & After

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Phil Heath – Before & After

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Lee Priest – Before & After

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Jay Cutler – Before & After

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Ronnie Coleman – Before & After

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Dorian Yates – Before & After

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Dennis Wolf – Before & After

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Lou Ferrigno – Before & After

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Kai Greene – Before & After

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Branch Warren – Before & After

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Tom Platz – Before & After

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Franco Columbu – Before & After

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Shawn Rhoden – Before & After

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Flex Wheeler – Before & After

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Steve Reeves – Before & After

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Dexter Jackson – Before & After

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Kevin Levrone – Before & After

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Jeff Seid – Before & After

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Evan Centopani – Before & After

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Mick Madden
Mick Madden is the primary content writer for Muscle and Brawn.
21 Comments
  • Mark Mar 30,2015 at 1:11 pm

    At least with the old school, i.e Arnie and Lou, they knew what the word ‘proportion’ meant. These freakazoids that pump their legs beyond normality just look ridiculous, and they are NOT strong, just pumped full of steroids.

  • alexander Kragulj Dec 15,2014 at 6:27 am

    Could someone tell me when the two Arnold Schwarzenegger pictures were taken. It’s really important, so if someone would be so kind. thanks!

    • Pete Feb 21,2015 at 12:08 am

      Those pics were copied from his book “The Education of A BodyBuilder”. You can find the answer by reading the book.

    • champ Apr 24,2015 at 7:09 pm

      The first pic of Arnold is 17-18yr im sure about that. and the next is prob early twenty about 22

  • Bob Nov 14,2014 at 5:11 pm

    Before and after they took steroids?

  • SyKness Oct 27,2014 at 7:20 am

    the important of workout to change your life is
    “do not compare on you with other just do the things that is your own”

  • MsDelkaLiz Sep 29,2014 at 11:54 pm

    The best body is Lou Ferrigno’s Well defined, plus one does not see all the veins popping out.. yuck

  • Alex Wolstencroft Sep 27,2014 at 12:41 am

    Most respect to Tom Platz, the most developed legs in history. Quadzilla squatting 500 for high reps (20+) like a monster and even the great Kaz was mirin.

  • joaquin13 Aug 1,2014 at 4:51 pm

    :O … missing someone: the god of aesthetics : ZYZZ …
    R.I.P .. Aziz Sergeyevich Shavershian <3 … :P

  • eric Jul 28,2014 at 11:26 pm

    I love in the comments when some ditsy chick says eww gross they looked better before as if the motivation for bodybuilding and strength training is getting a girlfriend lol the last thing on the minds of these men is how “sexy” they look to some unmotivated dumb fucking bitch. stay strong.

    • Not Eric Nov 24,2014 at 2:37 pm

      It’s not polite to talk to or about women in that way. You should apologize. Also, try doing some research on the long-term effects that steroid abuse has on a body. I know you probably don’t care about what I’m telling you but that doesn’t change the fact that you have a big mouth that would be better off sealed-up tight with a pneumatic finish nailer that I have in my garage. Just saying. Have a good one and try practicing some self-discipline.

      • joesantos Dec 22,2015 at 9:29 pm

        I expect that ERIC was commenting on this earlier post (scroll down to see it) by Audi:
        “audi May 24,2014 at 12:25 am
        That’s gross… women like men with some muscles and a great tone to their body. But I have to say alot of the before pictures looked better. A couple after pictures look great but most of the were just nasty.”

        NOT ERIC, do you not equally feel that AUDI was disrespectful for describibng bodybuilders as ” gross…nasty”?

    • sam Dec 30,2014 at 6:07 pm

      You sound angry. Dudes (inc most male bodybuilders) look at female roided out bodybuilders in the same way (ie grotesque and unattractive), so don’t know why you’re so offended. BB today is freak obsessed, aesthetics are a thing of the past unfortunately.

  • audi May 24,2014 at 12:25 am

    That’s gross… women like men with some muscles and a great tone to their body. But I have to say alot of the before pictures looked better. A couple after pictures look great but most of the were just nasty.

    • audi May 24,2014 at 12:29 am

      *most of them ( for all you grammar Nazis)

    • LinLin Jul 1,2014 at 8:13 am

      Well I like muscles on a guy but they all look better in the before pics to me, perhaps with the exception of Lou F. Did they post the wrong before pic of Kai Green? That’s 2 AFTER pics there I think.

  • audi May 24,2014 at 12:22 am

    Gross…

  • David Hobdell May 20,2014 at 12:38 am

    Wow Dorian Yates & Evan Centopani both i have been reading their blogs must say their befor and aftrt pics are simply awesome.Must say they devoted their lives to this,they simply Love what they Do..

  • edu Feb 9,2014 at 7:28 am

    Forget the God os Asthetichs Zyzz or Aziz Shavershian

  • Gert Louw Jan 16,2014 at 1:39 am

    All superior and awesome…but Lou Ferrigno is the man!

    Here is my humble transformation (age 49):
    http://gertlouw.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/gert-ba-1jan2014.jpg

    Keep growing all.
    Gert Louw

  • Lee Rock Oct 8,2013 at 2:52 am

    No doubt this guys have worked so hard for years and decades to attain that kind of body.

    But this is definitely whats true and certain, I can relate to those guys above.

    This is BEFORE and AFTER using ANABOLIC STEROIDS.

    No way you can be ripped, big and strong as they are without Steroids.

    I used Synthol and Winstrol and my gains suddenly jumped up tremendously.

    Also KEVIN LEVRONE is the most shocking transformation, from skinny to scary massive. awesome!

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