Kevin Levrone's Remarkable Bodybuilding Career

How the Maryland Muscle Machine became a legend.



”Before I was big, I was strong,” Levrone remembers. “From my first workouts, I’ve just always been able to move a lot of weight.” He’s one of the strongest bodybuilders ever, but don’t take his word for it. You can watch YouTube videos of him incline-pressing 455 four times shortly before the 1998 Mr. Olympia and bench-pressing 405 six times this year. You can also see him cranking out 500-pound behind-the-neck shoulder presses and 700-pound hack squats back in the day. Pound for pound, he was one of the world’s strongest bodybuilders when he won the 1991 NPC Nationals. A quarter century later, he still is.


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Less than two months after he was second in the 2002 Olympia, Levrone was second again, this time to sprinter Dwain Chambers in a 60-meter dash. Chambers was the Levrone of sprinting, having finished fourth in the 100-meter dash in the 2000 Olympics. Flex Wheeler, Shawn Ray, and Gunter Schlierkamp cheered Levrone on, though Chambers won the duel handily.


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