Coming in at the top of our list is California native Chris Cormier, a former bodybuilder who made his debut with a sixth place finish at the 1994 Mr. Olympia competition at only 27 years old. Cormier followed up the event with top-four finishes at the 1994 Arnold Classic and the Ironman Pro Invitation, which established him as a professional in the industry and landed him on the cover of several fitness magazines. Enjoying ongoing success well into the 2000s, Cormier’s career came to a halt in 2006 when he was injured after training with former Mr. Olympia Dorian Yates from earlier on our list.
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Hospitalized with an infected spine, Cormier gave up steroids and bodybuilding for good after placing fourth in the 2007 IFBB Montreal Pro Classic in exchange for a career as an athletic trainer. Now 49 years old and thrilled to share his expertise from over 72 competitions and 12 professional wins, Cormier may have lost all of the muscle mass he once had from taking steroids but he’s looking as fit as ever with his body finally proportional to his head.