National Heroes

The 12 Greatest NPC National Champions of All Time

Winning at the NPC Nationals Bodybuilding Championships means that for this one day, you are the best; the best in a nation full of competitors vying for that recognition. It all started in 1982 when a man by the name of Lee Haney won the very first NPC Nationals.  He would go on to win a record 8 Mr. Olympia titles and set the lofty standard for what is expected from our nation's best.

As we head into this year’s NPC Nationals, held Nov. 22–23 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, FLEX is giving you a list of the greatest Nationals champions of all time.  Each day leading up to the competition, we will unveil another name from this elite group of athletes.  Beginning with #12, here are the Nationals champions who met the criteria for this exclusive list. 

*Note that Jay Cutler and Branch Warren, who won their respective divisions but not the overall, are absent from our list. That’s because in order to be considered, athletes had to: a) be an overall champion, and b) have won at least one IFBB pro contest or competed in a Mr. Olympia contest.

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