Almanac of
Men's Bodybuilding
by Ron Avidan

The most complete information of bodybuilder's profiles available. All help is welcomed! The Almanac is always updated whenever possible.


  • Gajda, Bob
    Originator of the Peripheral Heart Action training system. Contests include the 1963 Mr. Mid States 1st;

  • Galanti, Vince
    Born Apirl 18, 1967. In 2000-2001, sponsored by Universal Nutrition. Contests include the 1997 NPC USA LH 10th; 1998 NPC Nationals LH 6th; 1999 NPC Nationals LH 3rd; 2000 NPC Nationals LH 3rd;

  • Galiadi, Frank
    Contests include the 1948 Mr. Montreal 1st;

  • Ganios, Pete
    1955 Mr. New York State 1st;

  • Garroway, Harvey R.
    1963 Mr. Louisville 1st;

  • Gasparini, Gianni
    Italian. 1991 Italian Grand Prix 10th; 1991 Spanish Grand Prix 11th.

  • Gaspari, Rich
    Born May 16, 1963. Went to Rutgers College. Moved to California from New Jersey, and became training partners with Lee Haney. Formed Gaspari Nutrition Products.

    Contests include the 1979 New Jersey Physique Teenager 6th; 1980 New Jersey Physique Teenager 3rd; 1981 New Jersey Physique 1st; 1982 Jersey Classic 1st; 1983 NPC Jr. Nationals 1st HW & Overall; 1983 NPC Nationals HW 5th; 1984 NPC Nationals LHW 1st; 1984 World Amateur LHW 1st; 1985 Night of Champions 2nd; 1985 Mr. Olympia 3rd; 1986 Los Angeles Pro 1st; 1986 Mr. Olympia 2nd; 1986 Pro World 1st; 1987 Grand Prix Cannes France 1st; 1987 Grand Prix Frankfurt Germany 1st; 1988 Mr. Olympia 2nd; 1988 Grand Prix Germany 1st; 1988 Grand Prix Spain 1st; 1988 Grand Prix France 1st; 1988 Grand Prix Italy 1st; 1989 Arnold Classic 1st; 1989 Mr. Olympia 4th; 1990 Mr. Olympia 5th; 1991 Arnold Classic 7th; 1991 Mr. Olympia 10th; 1995 Canada Pro 5th; 1996 Canada Pro 11th; 1996 San Jose Pro 16th; 1996 Florida Cup Pro 12th

  • Gaubert, Roddy
    1998 NPC Nationals LW 1st;

  • Gauthier, Jeff
    1998 NPC Nationals HW 15th;

  • Gaver, Steve
    1998 NPC Nationals BM 6th;

  • George, Mark
    1982 Jr. Nationals LW 1st;

  • Georgijev, Alex
    From England. Contests include the 2001 Grand Prix England 17th; 2002 Grand Prix England 14th;

  • Ghijs, Marc
    From Belgium. Contests include the 2002 Graqnd Prix Holland 16th;

  • Gibson, Ron
    1970 Mr. Iron Man 1st; 1976 Mr. Collegiate USA 1st;

  • Gibson, George
    1998 NPC Nationals BW 5th;

  • Gilchrist, Elliott
    1972 IFBB Mr. World 1st short class;

  • Giuliani, Ed
    1965 Sr. Mr. North Eastern States 1st;

  • Giurgi, Nicolae
    From Romania. Contests includes the 2000 Hungarian Pro 14th; 2000 Masters Olympia 6th; 2001 Toronto Pro 18th; 2001 European Pro 18th; 2001 Masters Olympia 9th; 2002 Masters Olympia 16th; 2002 Grand Prix Holland 17th;

  • Glass, Charles
    American. Born November 18, 1950. Will marry Gigi Bishara in February 2000. Contests include the 1983 NPC Nationals MW 1st; 1983 IFBB World Amateur MW 1st; 1995 Masters Olympia 4th

  • Goldberg, Abe
    Contests include the 1949 IFBB Mr. North America 6th;

  • Gonzalez, Ramon
    Contests include the 1990 ANBC USA Natural Championships Junior Short 5th; 2001 WABBA World Championships Extra-Tall, 2nd; 2002 IFBB World Amateur Championships HW 4th; 2003 Grand Prix Holland 14th

  • Goodrich, Bert
    There were two Mr. America winner in 1939 from different federations. Contests include the 1939 Mr. America 1st;

  • Gougeon, Gerard
    1953 Mr. Canada 1st;

  • Gourgott, John
    1960 Mr. Dixie 1st;

  • Graham, Ken
    Contests include the 1945 Mr. America 3rd; 1946 AAU Mr. California Tall 1st;

  • Grant, Bill
    1972 NABBA Mr. Universe amateur 2nd medium class; 1994 Masters Olympia 8th

  • Grant, Paul
    1972 Mr. Britain 1st; 1972 NABBA Mr. Universe amateur 1st tall class;

  • Greene, Kai
    1997 NPC Team Universe 2nd HW;

  • Greene, Franklin
    1972 IFBB Mr. World 1st medium class; 1977 IFBB Mr. Western Hemisphere HW 1st;

  • Greenstein, Joe
    A great strongman. In the 1930's, he was nicknamed the 'Mighty Atom', because he could reportedly bite through nails and bend metal.

  • Greico, Pasquale
    1998 NPC Nationals BW 11th;

  • Grimek, John Carol
    Along with Joe Weider, John Grime is the one individual most responsible for making the sport of bodybuilding what it is today. Known as the 'Godfather of Bodybuilding'. Born June 17, 1910 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. (He was one of six children). Height 5'8". His first magazine photo was in 'Strength' magazine in 1929. In the 1930's, John worked in a foundry with 100 pound ladles of metal. The 'highlight of his life' that changed him was when he visited the New York gym of Sig Klein (a strongman). John also posed as a model for art students at several universties. In 1936, John settled in York, Pennsylvannia. One of the reasons that Grimek is a legend is that when he began displaying his physique to the public in the late 1930's no one had ever seen anyone quite like him. His mass and symmetry changed the bodybuilding sport forever.

    Married his wife Angela on October 20, 1940, and had six children, three daughters, Regina, Patricia and Bonnie; three sons, Robert, Steven and John. He is considered the first great bodybuilder. He worked for 'Strength and Health' magazine until 1964. In 1964 , he became the editor of Muscular Development magazine, a new magazine at the time, and was the magazine's main force for the next 21 years. John was also a competitive weightlifter, winning the 1934 New Jersey State Championships heavyweight division. He also went to the 1936 Olympics, where he placed ninth in the snatch, press and clean and jerk. John passed away on November 20, 1998. John was inducted into Joe Weider's Bodybuilding Hall of Fame in January 1999.

    Contests include the 1939 York Perfect Man 1st; 1940 Mr. America 1st, 1941 Mr. America 1st; 1946 Most Muscular Man In America 1st; 1948 Mr. Universe Short 1st & Overall; 1949 Mr. USA 1st;

  • Gross, Bill
    Contests include the 1946 AAU Mr. California Short 1st;

  • Grothe, Mark P.
    Born 2/12/65, 1996 NPC Jr Nationals 9th .

  • Groulx, Claude
    Claude was born on June 26, 1963 in Montreal, Canada. Height 57". Claude was raised in Montreal. Claude has one sister named Sylvie. Claudes original language is French, although he also knows English quite well. Claude is left-handed. His wife's name is Nevine, whom he met in Montreal when Claude was a security manager at a hotel. He became engaged to Nevine in Egypt, where she is from, and married her in August 1990 back in Montreal. Claude moved from Montreal to Los Angeles in 1995, then moved to Florida in 1998. Claude has a BA in Management from the University of Quebec. Claude worked as head of security at the Grand Hotel for seven years, then became assistant manager, then manager.

    Contest include the 1991 Eastern Canada 1st; 1992 Canadas MW 1st; 1994 Canadas LH 1st; 1995 Niagara Falls Pro 11th; 1995 Montreal Pro 4th; 1996 Ironman Pro 11th; 1996 San Jose Pro 14th; 1997 Canada Pro 4th; 1997 Night of Champions 6th; 1998 San Francisco Pro 4th; 1998 Toronto Pro 5th; 1998 Night of Champions 8th; 1998 Mr. Olympia 17th; 1998 Grand Prix Germany 7th; 1998 Grand Prix Finland 7th; 1999 Toronto Pro 4th; 1999 Night of Champions 13th; 2000 Ironman Pro 10th; 2000 Arnold Classic 13th; 2000 Toronto Pro 4th; 2001 San Francisco Pro 5th; 2001 European Pro 4th; 2001 Mr. Olympia 20th; 2001 Grand Prix England 13th; 2001 Grand Prix New Zealand 3rd; 2002 Mr. Olympia 21st; 2002 Grand Prix England 5th; 2002 Grand Prix Holland 5th; 2003 San Francisco Pro 8th; 2003 Grand Prix Australia 4th; 2003 Maximus Italy 4th; 2003 Olympia Masters 1st; 2003 Olympia 14th; 2003 Grand Prix Holland 11th; 2003 Grand Prix England 8th; 2003 Show of Strength 15th;

  • Grubbs, Michio
    American. Born November 17, 1965. Contests include the 1994 NPC Nationals LW 1st; 1996 Ironman Pro 8th; 1997 Night of Champions 16th; 1997 San Jose Pro 12th; 1998 Ironman Pro 11th;

  • Grymkowski, Pete
    Contests include 1972 AAU Mr. America 2nd; 1977 Mr. World 1st;

  • Grundy, Guy Anthony
    Born July 9, 1971 in Penrith, New South Wales, Australia. Height 5'11". Eye color is blue. Raised in Australia. Guy was a rugby player during high school, and started bodybuilding after he broke his nose and collarbone during a match, and needed to rehabilitate the injuries. Guy had a rough childhood. His father left home when he was two, and his mother kicked him out when he was a teenager. Guy was married to Kelly (who was born and raised in Tazmania), and moved from Australia to California in 1998. They divorced soon after. Guy currently has a girlfried named Kiyoko. Guy has won the NABBA Australian title, and the IFBB Australian heavyweight title. He also took 2nd in the NABBA World Championships in Austria.

    Contests include the 1991 South Coast BB Junior 2nd; 1992 NSW Championships LHW 1st; 1992 South Pacific LHW 2nd; 1993 Australian Championships LHW 2nd; 1994 Australian Championships HW 2nd; 1995 Australian Championships HW 1st; 1996 Australian IFBB pro Qualifier 2nd; 1997 Australian IFBB pro Qualifier 2nd;1999 National Championships 1st; 1999 World Championships 2nd; 2000 World Championships 2nd; 2001 World Championships 1st;

  • Guarnaccia, Phil
    1955 Mr. Northern California 1st;

  • Guillaume, Paul-Jean
    1983 NPC Jr. USA 1st MW;

  • Gurgi, Nicolae
    Contests include the 2001 Grand Prix Hungary 18th; 2003 Grand Prix Hungary 20th;

  • Gurley, Alq
    Born March 5, 1961 in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Full Name is Alq Paskins Gurley, Jr. Height is 5'9". Currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia.

    Contests include 1985 Health & Fitness Classic Cherry Hills New Jersey 1st; 1988 Lehigh Valley MW 1st; 1989 NPC Nationals LHW 2nd; 1990 NPC Nationals LHW 1st & Overall; 1990 IFBB World Amateurs LHW 1st; 1992 Ironman Pro 3rd; 1992 Pittsburgh Pro 6th; 1992 Mr. Olympia 13th; 1994 Night of Champions 4th; 1994 Mr. Olympia 11th; 1994 Grand Prix Italy 6th; 1997 Ironman Pro 6th (disqualified); 1997 Arnold Classic 10th; 1997 San Jose Pro 9th; 1998 San Francisco Pro 10th; 1998 Night of Champions 17th; 1999 Ironman 7th; 1999 Arnold Classic 10th;

  • Gutierrez, Danny
    1998 NPC Nationals BW 15th;

  • Guzman, Jose
    1983 NPC Jr. Nationals 1st LW;