Evolution of Bodybuilding

Robby Robinson


robby_cutout_midnightRobby Robinson (born May 24, 1946)

Known early as The Black Prince and Mr Lifestyle. He won various competitions including Mr America, Mr World, Mr Universe, Mr Olympia, Masters Olympia, and other titles of the International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness (IFBB), and appeared in several films (including the landmark semidocumentary Pumping Iron) over a 27-year career as a professional bodybuilder, retiring from competition in 2001 at the age of 56.

image015Robinson was born in Damascus, Georgia, and raised in Tallahassee, Florida. He attended Florida A&M University, where he competed in both football and track & field. While training for those sports he noticed his body’s great responsiveness to weight training, which motivated him to enter his first bodybuilding competition. After competing in more than 300 amateur competitions, Robinson turned professional in 1975.

In his first year as a professional in 1975, he won the IFBB Mr. America, Mr World and Mr Universe titles. He went on to win many IFBB contests, including the first annual Night of the Champions in 1979 as well as the first Masters Olympia in 1994. He was the Masters Olympia overall champion the first year that the event was held in 1994 and won the 50+ division at the same contest in 1997 and 2000.
Robinson appeared as himself in the 1977 part-scripted, part-documentary film on bodybuilding Pumping Iron.

He also appeared in a 1989 TV documentary, in the 1997 documentary Stand Tall, and (uncredited) in the 1976 film comedy Stay Hungry.

119858216797Bodybuilding titles
2000 – Mr Olympia – Masters Over 50, 1st
1997 – Mr Olympia – Masters Over 50, 1st
1994 – Mr Olympia – Masters – IFBB, Winner
1991 – Musclefest Grand Prix – IFBB, Winner
1989 – World Pro Championships – IFBB, Winner
1988 – Niagara Falls Pro Invitational – IFBB, Winner
1981 – Mr Universe – Pro – NABBA, Winner
1979 – Pittsburgh Pro Invitational – IFBB, Winner
1979 – Night of Champions – IFBB, Winner
1979 – Grand Prix New York – IFBB, Winner
1979 – Best in the World – IFBB, Professional, 1st
1978 – Professional World Cup – IFBB, Winner
1978 – Night of Champions – IFBB, Winner
1978 – Mr Olympia Heavyweight, 1st
1977 – Mr Olympia – IFBB, Tall, 1st
1976 – Mr Universe – IFBB, MiddleWeight, 1st
1976 – Mr Universe – IFBB, Overall Winner
6b2a5880e9f53c04d7482893a39e01651976 – Mr International – IFBB, Medium, 1st
1976 – Mr International – IFBB, Overall Winner
1975 – Mr Universe – IFBB, Medium, 1st
1975 – Mr World – IFBB, Medium, 1st
1975 – Mr World – IFBB, Overall Winner
1975 – Mr America – IFBB, Medium, 1st
1975 – Mr America – IFBB, Overall Winner

Interview with Robby Robinson December 14 2013.

Official website: www.robbyrobinson.net

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