Thursday, 28 June 2012

Franco Columbu Bodybuilder Pictures And Bio

Franco Columbu (born August 7, 1941) in Ollolai, Sardinia (Italy). Starting out his athletic career as a boxer, Columbu progressed into the sport of Olympic Weightlifting, powerlifting and later bodybuilding, winning the title of Mr. Olympia in 1976 and 1981. At 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 m) in height (some magazines reported as short as 5 feet 3 inches (1.60 m)),Columbu is shorter than most of his bodybuilding competitors, but that did not prevent him from achieving widespread success.
Columbu is a long time friend of Arnold Schwarzenegger, whom he met in Munich in 1965 and against whom he competed in several international-level bodybuilding competitions. For the Mr. Olympia competitions however, he competed in the under 200 lb (90.7 kg) category, whereas Schwarzenegger was in the over 200 lb category. The final champion was determined by a pose down between the two class winners. The IFBB has since abandoned weight classes. Arnold and Franco were inseparable during the early to mid-1970s and were training partners. Columbu served as the best man at the wedding of Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver in 1986. Columbu and Schwarzenegger had been encouraged to come to America by bodybuilding guru Joe Weider in 1969; Weider sponsored them with an $80/week stipend and the two European bodybuilders began a bricklaying and patio business called European Brick Works in 1969, according to a report in The New York Times.
From the time he arrived in America in 1969, Franco Columbu was considered one of the world's strongest men. He held a number of powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting world records. He also performed a strongman act in which he routinely blew up a hot water bottle by inflating it orally, lifted vehicles on stage (while someone else was changing a tire) and deadlifted over 700 lbs for repetitions. He designed a comprehensive workout for men in 1988 to flatten the stomach, narrow the waist, and eliminate love handles.

CONTEST HISTORY:

  •     1966: Mr. Europe, 4th
  •     1968: NABBA Mr. Universe (Most Muscular)
  •     1969: IFBB Mr. Europe (Medium)
  •     1969: NABBA Mr. Universe (Most Muscular)
  •     1969: NABBA Mr. Universe (Short)
  •     1969: IFBB Mr. Universe (Short)
  •     1970: IFBB Mr. Europe (Short & Overall)
  •     1970: AAU Mr. World (Pro Short)
  •     1970: IFBB Mr. World (Short)
  •     1970: IFBB Mr. Universe (Short & Overall)
  •     1971: IFBB Mr. Universe (Short & Overall)    
  •     1971: IFBB Mr. World (Short & Overall)
        1974: Mr. Olympia (Lightweight)  
  •     1975: Mr. Olympia (Lightweight)    
  •     1976: Mr. Olympia (Lightweight & Overall)
  •     1981: Mr. Olympia

Powerlifting titles:

  •     Champion of Italy
  •     Champion of Germany
  •     Champion of Europe

Strongman:

    1977: World strongest man, 5th

Powerlifting Best Lifts:
  •     Bench press 525 Lbs / 238.35 kg
  •     Squat (exercise) 665 Lbs / 301.91 kg
  •     Deadlift 750 Lbs / 340.5 kg

Boxing:

    Amateur Boxing Champion of Italy












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