The Best Mr. Olympia of All Time – Ronnie Coleman vs Arnold vs The Rest, Rated per Body Part

An interesting conversation is to compare the greatest Mr. Olympia winners of all time and debate how they would fair against each other all on one stage, at their best. We can consider the greatest by the quality of their competition, the amount of times they’ve won the contest, as well as the impact side of their career. We can include in this list Ronnie Coleman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dorian Yates, Jay Cutler, Lee Haney, and Phil Heath.

Without a doubt, Arnold is the most popular bodybuilder and Mr. Olympia of all time. Without him single-handedly, the sport of bodybuilding would have never gotten to be as popular as it is, there wouldn’t be as many contests and endorsements, and bodybuilders wouldn’t be able to make a career out of it. He did so not only by his many dominant Olympia wins and timeless physique, but with his action movie roles.

Ronnie Coleman, undoubtedly, would be the most dominant physical specimen of a bodybuilder by today’s judging standard. That’s saying if you put Ronnie at his best on stage with any other bodybuilder at his best, he would win without question. His hardest competition in that lineup would be Jay Cutler, followed by Phil Heath and possibly Dorian, based on how his physique stacked up since we have not seen Dorian on stage at his best with many of the others close to theirs. Lee Haney and Arnold, although one of the best built and more aesthetically pleasing physiques, would not come close by modern judging standards due to size in Haney’s physique, and both size and conditioning in Arnold’s.

Jay Cutler would come in a close second because he is the only one that has gone up againsg Ronnie at his best and come very close to beating him. Jay Cutler at his best was more dominant over Phil Heath (at close to his best) than Ronnie was to Jay, so although Phil may end up winning the most Mr. Olympia titles, he could not possibly be considered the best of all time.

Arnold and Lee Haney could very well do amazing in modern bodybuilding given the standard, but we cannot say for sure. Arnold’s legs looked much bigger and fuller when he was larger, so his physique would closely represent a Cedric McMillan at a higher body weight. Lee Haney would be interesting to see since he has a more balanced, yet still aesthetic physique.I believe his potential might be the best if all previous Olympia winners competed again with the same resources and standards. Let’s break it down bodybuilder-by-bodybuilder with pros and cons that ultimately help dictate why Ronnie would be at the top, or Arnold at the bottom when it comes to a PHYSIQUE aspect.

Ronnie Coleman

Pros: Insane conditioning, Tons of mass, Great overall flow in early days before stomach distention became an issue.

Cons:  not much ab detail or development. Increasing waist size towards the end of his career. Not much triceps detail and calves could be bigger.

Ronnie Coleman

Calves: 6/10

Abs: 6/10

Hamstrings: 8/10

Glutes: 10/10

Chest: 9/10

Biceps: 9/10

Triceps: 8/10

Shoulders: 8/10

Back-double-bi: 9/10

Rear Lat Spread: 9/10

Side chest: 9/10

Side tricep: 8/10

Most Muscular: 9/10

Front Double Bicep: 8/10

Front Lat Spread: 9/10

 

Jay Cutler

Pros: Overall balance. No weak body parts. Mass without stomach distention.

Cons:  blocky looking at times. Waist genetically has large hips.

Jay Cutler

Calves: 8/10

Abs: 8/10

Hamstrings: 9/10

Chest: 8/10

Glutes: 7/10

Biceps: 8/10

Triceps: 8/10

Shoulders: 8/10

Back-double-bi: 8/10

Rear Lat Spread: 9/10

Side chest: 8/10

Side tricep: 8/10

Most Muscular: 8/10

Front Double Bicep: 8/10

Front Lat Spread: 8/10

 

Phil Heath

Pros: Cartoonish muscle roundness. Great conditioning and consistency.

Cons:  Abdominals are spreading and midsection is beginning to protrude.

Phil Heath

Calves: 8/10

Abs: 6/10

Hamstrings: 9/10

Glutes: 8/10

Chest: 7/10

Biceps: 8/10

Triceps: 10/10

Shoulders: 8/10

Back-double-bi: 8/10

Rear Lat Spread: 9/10

Side chest: 8/10

Side tricep: 8/10

Most Muscular: 7/10

Front Double Bicep: 6/10

Front Lat Spread: 7/10

 

Dorian Yates

Pros: Granite-conditioning and slabs of muscle. Insane grainy-look.

Cons:  A few weak body parts and injuries that displayed very prominently in his physique.

Dorian Yates:

Calves: 8/10

Abs: 8/10

Hamstrings: 8/10

Glutes: 7/10

Biceps: 6/10

Triceps: 8/10

Shoulders: 8/10

Back-double-bi: 6/10

Rear Lat Spread: 9/10

Side chest: 7/10

Side tricep: 8/10

Most Muscular: 8/10

Front Double Bicep: 7/10

Front Lat Spread: 9/10

 

Lee Haney

Pros: Great proportion and aesthetics. Conditioning and small waist.

Cons:  Not as large as the upcoming generation. Overall size was just enough to win.

Lee Haney

Calves: 7/10

Abs: 7/10

Hamstrings: 8/10

Glutes: 7/10

Biceps: 8/10

Triceps: 8/10

Shoulders: 8/10

Back-double-bi: 6/10

Rear Lat Spread: 9/10

Side chest: 7/10

Side tricep: 8/10

Most Muscular: 8/10

Front Double Bicep: 7/10

Front Lat Spread: 8/10

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