The 10 Greatest Bodybuilding Career Turnarounds of All Time

Not every great bodybuilder made a great first impression.


In a previous article, we celebrated the 10 best bodybuilding rookies of all time, a list led by Flex Wheeler, who won the Arnold Classic and was Mr. Olympia runner-up in his first IFBB Pro League year. (Click here to see the top 10 rookies.) Wheeler and company were fast out of the gate and galloped on to legendary careers. But as in the fable of the tortoise and the hare, sometimes the slowest starters win the race.

Here we salute the turtles. Some on our list stumbled badly in their debuts but quickly recovered. Others languished in mediocrity for years. Those ranked highest both stumbled and languished but eventually contended for Sandows. Let these 10 turnaround tales stand as proof that it’s not about how you start, it’s about where you finish.

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