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Cyberflexing.com Star Profile: Gary Strydom

Cyberflexing.com Star Profile: Gary Strydom

Quick Bio:

Born: 1960
Age: 57
Height: 6’2″ – 188 cm
Contest Weight: 229 lbs – 104 kg
Off-Season Weight: 305 lbs – 139 kg

Cyberflexing.com Star Profile: Gary Strydom

Biography

Gary Strydom is a South African/American citizen that lives in Thailand. Gary Strydom is a IFBB Professional bodybuilder whose career spans three decades. Between 1983 and 1992, Gary reigned supreme, claiming titles such as the US Championships, the Nationals and the Night of Champions. After over 12 years in retirement, in 2006 and at 46 years old he made a much publicised comeback in undoubtedly his best form ever, placing 7th at the Colorado Pro. With most of his competition some twenty years younger, Gary set the bodybuilding world abuzz with his dynamic new look and proved that bodybuilding is an Ageless sport.

The World Bodybuilding Federation (WBF)

In 1990, Vince McMahon launched Bodybuilding Lifestyles magazine followed by the WBF (World Bodybuilding Federation), a new bodybuilding federation with a focus on talent and entertainment. Tom Platz, one of Gary’s boyhood idols, was appointed the WBF’s director of talent development and approached Gary to sign up. In Gary’s mind it was the best business deal that would come his way in bodybuilding and he still beams when he speaks about this period of his life as he cherishes being the only WBF Champion in the history of bodybuilding.

When asked recently about this controversial decision Gary remarked: “I have no regrets, it was a business move. What would you do if a work opportunity was proposed that would pay you 12 times as much money with one-tenth the workload? It was a three year deal with guarantees!” Bodybuilding had never seen that kind of money before. The wrestling czar Vince McMahon had made an offer to Gary that no bodybuilder would have refused, and Gary was the only bodybuilder offered the deal he received.

Cyberflexing.com Star Profile: Gary Strydom

Contest history

  • 1983 NPC Florida Championships, Junior – Heavyweight, 1st and Overall
  • 1984 NPC USA Championships, HeavyWeight, 1st
  • 1986 NPC Nationals, HeavyWeight, 1st and Overall
  • 1987 Night of Champions, Winner
  • 1988 Chicago Pro Invitational, 2nd
  • 1988 Mr. Olympia, 5th
  • 1989 Arnold Classic, 3rd
  • 1989 Grand Prix France, 1st
  • 1989 Grand Prix Germany, 2nd
  • 1989 Grand Prix Melbourne, 1st
  • 1989 Grand Prix Spain (2), 2nd
  • 1989 Grand Prix Spain, 2nd
  • 1989 Grand Prix Sweden, 1st
  • 1989 World Pro Championships, 2nd
  • 1990 Grand Prix England, 2nd
  • 1990 Grand Prix Finland, 3rd
  • 1990 Grand Prix France, 2nd
  • 1990 Grand Prix Germany, 4th
  • 1990 Grand Prix Italy, 3rd
  • 1990 Houston Pro Invitational, 2nd
  • 1990 Ironman Pro Invitational, 4th
  • 1991 Night of the Champions
  • 1991 WBF Championships, 1st
  • 1992 WBF Championships, 1st
  • 1996 Night of Champions, 12th
  • 2006 Colorado Pro Championships, 7th

Cyberflexing.com Star Profile: Gary Strydom

References: garystrydom.com

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