The world’s most well-known bodybuilder is Arnold Schwarzenegger. Just like Muhammed Ali he was able to transcend his sport and become a superstar. What many people don’t know is that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s idol was Reg Park. Reg Park was a former NABBA Mr Universe winner who went on to star as Hercules after Steve Reeves retired. Reg Park was also an author. His books include A Big Chest for You, The Reg Park Mr Universe Barbell and Dumbbell Course and Big Arms for You.
Reg was born in Leeds in 1928 and died in 2007. Reg died in his home in South Africa following an eighteen- month battle with Skin Cancer. During his time in South Africa Reg Park raised his two children with his wife. In 1970 he returned to the Mr Universe competition where he was defeated by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Reg Park was six feet and one inch tall with a bodyweight of 250 pounds which is roughly eighteen stone off-season. His contest weight was between 214- 222 pounds/ fifteen to sixteen stone. He was well known for his rugged mass and was the first bodybuilder to bench press 500 pounds. Below you will find Reg Park’s competition history:
1946 Mr Britain 4th
1949 Mr Britain 1st
1950 Best Developed Athlete in America – IFBB, Tall, 1st
1950 Best Developed Athlete in America – IFBB,
1950 Mr Europe Overall Winner
1950 Overall Winner Mr Universe – NABBA, Tall, 2nd
1951 Mr Universe – NABBA, Tall, 1st
1951 Mr Universe – NABBA, Overall Winner
1958 Mr Universe – Pro – NABBA, Tall, 1st
1958 Mr Universe – Pro – NABBA, Overall Winner
1965 Mr Universe – Pro – NABBA, Tall, 1st
1965 Mr Universe – Pro – NABBA, Overall Winner
1969 Mr Africa
1970 Mr Universe – Pro – NABBA, Tall, 2nd
1971 Mr Universe – Pro – NABBA, Tall, 3rd
1973 Mr Universe – Pro – NABBA, Tall, 2nd
1999 IFBB Hall of Fame Inductee
2001 Arnold Classic Lifetime Achievement Award
Like Steve Reeves before him, Reg Park was one of the early superstar bodybuilders who was a pioneer paved the way for Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lee Hayne and many others. Reg Park was not only a champion bodybuilder, he was true English gentleman. Charisma, charm, determination, character, humility, consistency, strength of mind and sincerity are words that are often used to describe Reg Park. Bodybuilding champions, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, have openly said that Reg Park, as a bodybuilder and as a human being, helped inspire them to achieve their dreams. Reg Park’s legacy is also an inspiration to me.