Ron Love

Ron Love1Ron Love was born on July 2, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan

At a younger age, Ron was discouraged from lifting weights during high school – coaches of the day were still entrenched in the Dark Ages as far as scientific training knowledge – Ron Love, one of only a few black students attending Denby High School at that time, was still a force to be reckoned with as an athlete. He competed on the baseball, football, basketball and track teams. As a pitcher, he never lost a game.

Love became a policeman in 1972, and he was shot in the leg in the line of duty in 1975. An unfortunate incident, certainly, but it did have an upside, as the subsequent rehabilitation led to his involvement in lifting weights and bodybuilding. Within 18 months of the injury, he competed in his first bodybuilding contest, the Michigan Championships, placing ninth. At age 35, after finishing eighth in his first Mr. Olympia in 1986, he moved to Los Angeles, but stayed only one month – the lifestyle was too superficial for his preferences.

If you judged by only the handful of magazine feature articles written about him, you would tend to think that Love was not a major player in the muscle world. His prodigious contest resumé, boasting 69 IFBB pro-contests in seven years, proves otherwise. He participated in every contest held in 1987, 13 of 15 in 1989, and 12 of 14 in 1991, and overall he finished in the top five in 17 contests. It’s obvious that his heart was on the posing dais.

Love’s eight consecutive entries into the Mr. Olympia, from 1986 through 1993 (when he was 42) ended the year before the Masters Olympia began. At the time he retired from competition in 1993, he had competed in more IFBB Grand Prix events than any other pro before him.

Today, Ron Love is respected by all the IFBB Pro’s and they still look up to him,  he is always a joy to talk to when he is present at a contest supporting the athletes.

Bodybuilding titles

1982   NPC Nationals  Light Heavyweight, 16th
1983   NPC Nationals  Heavyweight, 12th
1985   NPC Junior USA Heavyweight & Overall, 1st
1985   NPC Nationals Heavyweight, 1st
1985   IFBB World Amateur Championships Heavyweight, 3rd
1986   IFBB Night of Champions 2nd
1986   Mr. Olympia 8th
1987   IFBB Detroit Pro Invitational 3rd
1987   IFBB Grand Prix France 9th
1987   IFBB Grand Prix Germany 7th
1987   IFBB Grand Prix Germany (II) 10th
1987   IFBB Night of Champions  3rd
1987   Mr. Olympia 9th
1987   IFBB World Pro Championships 1st
1988   IFBB Grand Prix England 11th
1988   IFBB Grand Prix France 7th
1988   IFBB Grand Prix Germany 7th
1988   IFBB Grand Prix Greece 8th
1988   IFBB Grand Prix Italy  6thjay and love
1988   IFBB Grand Prix Spain 10th
1988   IFBB Grand Prix Spain (II) 6th
1988   Mr. Olympia 9th
1989   IFBB Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic  8th
1989   IFBB Grand Prix England 8th
1989   IFBB Grand Prix Finland 7th
1989   IFBB Grand Prix France  7th
1989   IFBB Grand Prix Germany 8th
1989   IFBB Grand Prix Holland 10th
1989   IFBB Grand Prix Melbourne  5th
1989   IFBB Grand Prix Spain 6th
1989   IFBB Grand Prix Spain (II) 8th
1989   IFBB Grand Prix Sweden 8th
1989   IFBB Niagara Falls Pro Invitational  1st
1989   IFBB Night of Champions 5th
1989   Mr. Olympia 10th
1989   IFBB World Pro Championships 6th
1990   IFBB Grand Prix England  10th
1990   IFBB Grand Prix Finland 12th
1990   IFBB Grand Prix France  9th
1990   IFBB Grand Prix Germany 11th
1990   IFBB Grand Prix Holland 15th
1990   IFBB Grand Prix Italy 13th
1990   Mr. Olympia 12th
1991   IFBB Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic 14th
1991   IFBB Grand Prix Denmark 3rd
1991   IFBB Grand Prix England  4th
1991   IFBB Grand Prix Finland  2nd
1991   IFBB Grand Prix Italy 2nd
1991   IFBB Grand Prix Spain  2nd
1991   IFBB Grand Prix Switzerland  2nd
1991   IFBB Musclefest Grand Prix 4th
1991   IFBB Night of Champions 5th
1991   Mr. Olympia 11th
1991   IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Invitational 6th
1991   IFBB San Jose Pro Invitational   1st
1992   IFBB Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic 12th
1992   IFBB Grand Prix England 7th
1992   IFBB Grand Prix Germany 8th
1992   IFBB Grand Prix Holland 6th
1992   IFBB Grand Prix Italy 7th
1992   IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational 8th
1992   Mr. Olympia 9th
1992   Pittsburgh Pro Invitational 5th
1993   Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic  11th
1993   Grand Prix England 9th
1993   Grand Prix Finland 6th
1993   Grand Prix France 7th
1993   Grand Prix France (II)   9th
1993   Grand Prix Germany  9th
1993   Grand Prix Spain  8th
1993   Ironman Pro Invitational 11th
1993   Mr. Olympia 14th

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