His parents were farmers and Gunter along with his brothers and sisters worked on the family farm. His parents valued hard work and considered sports unproductive and a waste of time.
When Gunter was 12, he saw Arnold Schwarzenegger in the film, “Conan The Barbarian” and “Pumping Iron”. He was amazed to see how a person could sculpt his body through weight training and wanted to try it for himself. At age 16, Gunter finally got the opportunity to start training at a gym for the first time and after two years of training he began preparing for his first competition, which he won.
In November 1993, Gunter won the heavyweight division at the World Championships, which earned him the “Mr. Universe” title and launched his professional career. In December 1996, Gunter moved to the United States and began his life in America.
In addition to his professional bodybuilding, Gunter began acting and modeling, appearing in several commercials, movies, and publications. Gunter has built a sterling reputation throughout the fitness and bodybuilding industry which has made him a highly valued representative and asset to the companies and brands with whom he chooses to work.
Chief among these companies is Weider, who Gunter has enjoyed working with since 1997. Gunter’s dedication has been recognized by many, including the readership of “Sports Revue Magazine” who voted him the “Greatest German Bodybuilder of All Time” in 2003.
After a fourth place showing at the 2005 Mr. Olympia contest, Schlierkamp started training with legendary trainer Charles Glass. Schlierkamp had trained with Glass in 2002, and finished above 8-time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman at the GNC Show of Strength. Hoping to gain an edge for the 2006 Mr. Olympia Title by training with Glass, Schlierkamp didn’t manage to improve on the previous year’s finish and ended in 10th place.
Gunter’s career has opened up a lot of unique opportunities which he feels very blessed to have had. He has traveled around the world participating in several bodybuilding and fitness competitions, met several interesting people, and inspired many to achieve their own health and fitness goals.
Gunter is married to Kim Lyons, who is best known as one of the trainers on the hit reality show “The Biggest Loser” on NBC.
Recent career highlights for Gunter include a part in the movie “Beerfest”. He also placed 4th at the 2005 Mr. Olympia. Currently, Gunter is working with several companies as a consultant in product development.
Gunter draws inspiration from his fans of all ages who often e-mail him to share how he has inspired them to improve their overall health and fitness. Their kind words and inspirational stories motivate him to keep going on the path he has chosen for his life.
1990 German Championships Overall Winner
1990 German Championships 1st, Junior Tall
1992 European Amateur Championships 1st, IFBB, HeavyWeight
1992 German Championships 1st, Heavyweight
1993 World Amateur Championships – IFBB 1st, HeavyWeight
1994 Grand Prix England – IFBB 8th
1994 Grand Prix Germany – IFBB 8th
1994 Mr. Olympia – IFBB 19th
1995 Canada Pro Cup – IFBB 2nd
1995 Grand Prix Ukraine – IFBB 10th
1996 Arnold Classic – IFBB 11th
1996 Night of Champions – IFBB 11th
1996 San Jose Pro Invitational – IFBB 9th
1997 Canada Pro Cup – IFBB 6th
1997 Ironman Pro Invitational – IFBB Disqualified
1997 Night of Champions – IFBB 9th
1997 San Jose Pro Invitational – IFBB 11th
1998 Grand Prix Finland – IFBB 6th
1998 Grand Prix Germany – IFBB 6th
1998 Night of Champions – IFBB 10th
1998 Mr. Olympia – IFBB 15th
1998 San Francisco Pro Invitational – IFBB 9th
1998 Toronto Pro Invitational – IFBB 6th
1999 Arnold Classic – IFBB 9th
1999 Ironman Pro Invitational – IFBB 5th
2000 Ironman Pro Invitational – IFBB 4th
2000 Arnold Classic – IFBB 6th
2000 JOE WEIDER’S WORLD PRO CUP 6th
2000 Grand Prix England 4th
2000 Mr. Olympia 12th
2001 Toronto Pro 6th
2001 Night of Champions XXIII 9th
2001 Mr. Olympia 15th
2001 British Grand Prix 10th
2002 Mr. Olympia 5th
2002 GNC Show of Strength 1st
2003 Mr. Olympia 5th
2003 English Grand Prix 3rd
2003 Holland Grand Prix 4th
2003 GNC Show of Strength 5th
2004 Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic 4th
2004 Mr. Olympia 6th
2005 Mr. Olympia 4th
2006 Mr. Olympia 10th
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