Everything You Need to Know About Mr. Olympia

Your glossary for Joe Weider’s Olympia fitness and performance weekend.


after-party Soiree held in one of the many Las Vegas nightclubs after the Mr. Olympia finals. See “W.H.V.S.V.”

announcement Thrilling moment when the top two Mr. Olympia competitors are at center stage and the emcee declares the victor. See “next name you hear, the”

Bannout, Samir (aka “the Lion of Lebanon”) Seventh Mr. Olympia. Noted for his symmetry, Bannout won in 1983. In his 10 other O’s, he failed to place higher than fourth.



Bikini Olympia Ultimate bikini contest. The inaugural Bikini O was held in 2010.

buffet 1. All-you-can-eat restaurant, located in most Las Vegas hotels. 2. Abs eraser.

callout Prejudging grouping of, typically, two to six competitors, who step out of the lineup and go to center stage, where they strike the same poses so the judges can compare their strengths and weaknesses. See also “first callout” and “last callout.”

C.B.N.S. Close But No Sandow. Second place.



Coleman, Ronnie  Tenth Mr. Olympia. Setting new size standards, Coleman won the O eight times from 1998 to 2005, tying Lee Haney’s record for the most O victories.

Columbu, Franco Fourth Mr. Olympia. Noted for his strength and thickness, the Sardinian Columbu won the 1976 O and returned from retirement to take his second Sandow in 1981. At 5'5", he is the shortest Mr. Olympia in history.

Watch the LIVE WEBCAST on FLEXonline .com, September 18th & 19th at 10pm ET, 7pm PT.

For access to exclusive fitness advice, interviews, and more, subscribe on YouTube!