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Lee Haney – One of the Greatest Bodybuilders You Shouldn’t Forget

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Lee Haney is one of the greatest bodybuilders you shouldn’t forget. He won eight Mr. Olympia titles, which was a record when he competed in his prime years. So many people should remember him because he was never on steroids during his career, and even when he started competing later in life, Lee Haney still won six consecutive times. Even though that’s impressive enough, there are other reasons everyone who loves fitness should know about this man! Keep reading if you want to find out more about Lee Haney.

Lee Haney’s Bio

Lee Haney was born on March 29, 1959 (Age 62); Height: 5’10″–178 cm, and his weight was 265 pounds–120 kg. His competition weight at the time he won Mr. Olympia was 220 lbs.–100kg. Lee weighed 228 lbs.–103 kg before the 1991 Mr. Olympia contest, which he won, and 247 lbs.–112 kg at his heaviest after winning a fourth consecutive Mr. Olympia title in 1992. During the off-season, Lee Haney’s weight was 250 lbs–113kg. Some other bodybuilders like Lee Labrada, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Franco Columbu, and  Ronnie Coleman had similar physiques to Lee Haney.

Lee Haney’s Bodybuilding Career

Lee’s career began in 1982. By 1984, he had established himself as one of the top amateur bodybuilders in America, winning the heavyweight class at Mr. South Carolina and Mr. Georgia that year before placing fourth at Mr. America, just four points behind middleweight class winner Dave Mastorakis.

At 5’8″ and a contest weight of 235 pounds, Haney was huge and ripped. He had a large upper body with massive arms and thighs, while his calves remained somewhat an afterthought. Over the next few years, despite finishing out of the top 5 at Mr. Olympia (5th in 1985, 4th in 1986), he would establish himself as definitely one of the top 2 or 3 bodybuilders in the world by winning three of the most prestigious pro events; the 1985 Grand Prix, 1986 Grand Prix, and 1987 Grand Prix. In addition, he would win the 1986 Mr. Olympia (beating Lee Labrada). After 1986, Mr. Olympia, Lee Haney, would win a record eight straight Mr. Olympia titles.

In 1990, Haney’s reign as Mr. Olympia was ended by Lee Labrada. Yet, he would continue to compete for a few more years and win the 1992 Arnold Classic before retiring from competitive bodybuilding.

He appeared in several movies, including “Pumping Iron II: The Women,” “Just For Kicks,” and “Weekend Warriors.”

In 1989, Haney opened a Gold’s Gym in Chicago, which served as the setting for the film “Pumping Iron II: The Women.” He is the author of three books, “Lee Haney’s Bodybuilding for Men” (1987), “Stretching Your Boundaries” (1989), and “8 Minutes in the Morning” (2004).

Lee Haney’s View on Steroids

Lee Haney is one of the most inspirational bodybuilders. He refused to do steroids, although it was all over the sport back in the 1980s. However, he wasn’t really against drug-free training either because Lee Haney created his own “fuel” during pre-contest. The famous bodybuilder used to use creatine and glutamine more than any other bodybuilder. However, creatine and glutamine are not like steroids, as many amateur weightlifters and bodybuilders use these supplements.

Lee Haney’s Bodybuilding Workout

This is the exact workout that Lee Haney followed before he competed in the 1993 NPC Nationals, where he placed second. But then, he looked ripped and ready for a top-five spot at Mr. Olympia (he didn’t compete that year).

The workout is divided into four parts: From Monday to Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Monday–Chest & Delts:

  • Bench Presses (Barbell) – 5 sets, 6-10 reps
  • Incline Bench Presses – 3 sets, 10-12 reps
  • Military Press (Standing) – 4 sets, 6-10 reps
  • Bent Laterals – 3 sets, 10-12 reps
  • Cable Crossovers – 4 sets, 15-20 reps
  • Dumbbell Flies – 4 sets, 8-12 reps

Tuesday–Back & Traps:

  • Bent Over Rows (Barbell) – 5 sets, 6-10 reps
  • T-Bar Rows – 4 sets, 6-10 reps
  • Seated Cable Rows (Wide Grip) – 4 sets, 6-10 reps
  • Shrugs (Barbell) – 5 sets, 6-10 reps
  • Dumbbell Shrugs – 3 sets, 10-12 reps

Wednesday–Rest Day.

Thursday–Quads & Hams:

  • Squats – 5 sets, 6-10 reps
  • Hack Squat Machine – 4 sets, 10-12 reps
  • Leg Press – 3 sets, 8-15 reps
  • Lunges – 3 sets, 10-20 reps
  • Stiff-Legged Deadlifts – 3 sets, 8-15 reps
  • Leg Curls – 3 sets, 10-12 reps
  • Standing Leg Curls – 4 sets, 8-12 reps

Friday—Rest Day.

Saturday—Shoulders & Calves:

  • Dumbbell Shoulder Press – 5 sets, 6-10 reps
  • Side Lateral Raise – 4 sets, 10-12 reps
  • Front Dumbbell Raise – 3 sets, 8-15 reps
  • Standing Calve Raises (with Barbell) – 5 sets, 8-12 reps
  • Seated Calve Raises (with Dumbbells) – 5 sets, 8-12 reps
  • Donkey Calve Raises – 4 sets, 12-15 reps

Sunday—Back & Arms:

  • Bent Over Rows (Barbell) – 5 sets, 6-10 reps
  • T Bar Rows – 4 sets, 6-10 reps
  • Seated Cable Rows Wide Grip – 4 sets, 6-10 reps
  • Close Grip Chins – 4 sets, 6-10 reps
  • Barbell Curls – 5 sets, 6-10 reps
  • Alternating Dumbbell Curls – 4 sets, 10-12 reps,
  • Concentration Curls (Barbell) – 3 sets, 8-15 reps
  • Wrist Curl (Forearms on Parallel Bars) – 5 sets, 8-12 reps
  • Reverse Wrist Curl (with Barbell) – 5 sets, 8-12 reps

Lee Haney’s Bodybuilding Diet:

Lee Haney was known for eating a lot of food! But he didn’t get fat because he followed his own diet plan and worked out hard. When he was trying to gain muscle, Lee Haney ate eight meals a day (when not competing). In addition, Lee worked out between 4-5 times per week during his off-season time to keep his body fat levels low. During the pre-contest time, Lee Haney’s diet plan included four phases. The first two phases were not strict because he used to eat at least five meals per day, comprising eggs, chicken breasts, fish, white meat turkey. During the third phase (the pre-contest time), Lee Haney had small amounts of carbs during the night because it helped him with his hard workouts.

Last words on Lee Haney, one of the most successful bodybuilders of all time

Lee Haney is one of the greatest bodybuilders you should never forget. With a resume that spans almost two decades and over 100 professional titles, it’s hard to argue against his iconic status in the world of fitness. Yet, he remains an uncelebrated figure in popular culture because of his reluctance for self-promotion and low-key attitude towards marketing himself as a celebrity athlete. What has been your experience with bodybuilding? Let us know in the comments.

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