11 Retired Bodybuilders Who Are Still Absolutely Jacked

These bodybuilders weren't going to let their physiques waste away after hanging it up.

When an NFL or NBA great retires, you probably won’t see them strap on the pads or enter a dunk contest ever again. But bodybuilders are different — even after calling it quits, many of them can still be seen in their favorite gyms day in and day out in a never-ending quest to maintain their world-class physiques. 

And while plenty of bodybuilders look stage-worthy years (or even decades) after stepping away from the sport, these 11 competitors stand out from the pack.

Robby Robinson

Robby Robinson won his fair share of bodybuilding titles in the 1970s, including the trifecta of Mr. World, Mr. Universe, and Mr. America. And he still looks like he could take the stage at a moment’s notice.


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Robinson occasionally takes to social media to show off his ripped physique — and while he’s not as big as he was when he won the first Masters Olympia in 1994, he’s certainly a sight to behold well into his 70s.

Lou Ferrigno

As a former Mr. Universe and the O.G. Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno is the rare bodybuilder who crossed over into the mainstream and stayed there for his entire career. Ferrigno last appeared on the bodybuilding stage in 1994 at the Masters Olympia, but he never let his training slide in the decades since.


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In September 2022, the 70-year-old powerhouse shared a picture of his abs on social media, giving hope to anyone who’s ever wanted to stay shredded into their golden years.

Jay Cutler

Four-time Mr. Olympia and three-time Arnold Classic champion Jay Cutler isn’t just one of the most successful bodybuilders of the 21st century — he’s also a great ambassador for the sport as a whole.

Cutler’s final competition was the 2013 Olympia, where he placed sixth. Since then, the 49-year-old has slimmed down while maintaining a chiseled look. He regularly trains in his home city of Las Vegas, using routines similar to those he relied upon in his competitive years. Best of all, he shares his training habits on YouTube for fans to follow.

Lee Labrada

Most younger bodybuilding fans likely know Lee Labrada as the father of current Olympia competitor Hunter Labrada. But Lee was a superstar in his heyday, winning the Mr. Universe competition in 1985 and placing in the top four at the Mr. Olympia seven years in a row from 1987 to 1993.


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Labrada was also known for top-notch posing and definition, which he occasionally displays on Instagram. One example seen above was from the summer of 2022 when he was filmed performing leg extensions at the age of 62. The shape and definition speak for themselves.

Jose Raymond

“The Boston Mass” was a dominant force in the 212 division throughout the 2010s, highlighted by victories at the New York Pro in 2013 and Arnold Classic in 2015. He also placed well at various Olympias, including a second-place finish in 2015.

Raymond hung it up in 2018 after placing fifth at the 212 Olympia, which was won by Flex Lewis. There were rumors of a comeback in 2021, but they never materialized. He still works out at gyms in the Boston area and looks nearly as beefy as ever.

Rich Gaspari

After placing second at the Mr. Olympia to Lee Haney from 1986 to 1988, Rich Gaspari finally broke through by winning the first Arnold Classic in 1989 in Columbus, Ohio. The contest aired on NBC with Schwarzenegger himself on commentary, providing Gaspari an even larger platform to show off his talents.


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Gaspari retired from competition in 1996 and launched his supplement company, Gaspari Nutrition, shortly after. He hasn’t eased up much in the gym, though, and even at age 59, he’s relentless about his fitness. Just look at him rip through a set of lateral raises in the video above.

Dexter Jackson

Bodybuilder Dexter Jackson turned pro in 1998 and racked up an astonishing 29 wins before calling it a career in 2020. That’s the most victories for any male competitor ever, with the highlight coming in 2008 when he took the Mr. Olympia crown from Jay Cutler.


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Jackson is in his 50s now and will occasionally share physique updates on social media. A recent training clip verified that he still has the quality muscle that helped him secure his record-setting five Arnold Classic wins.

Kai Greene

No, Kai Greene hasn’t officially ended his onstage career as of this article’s publication — but he hasn’t competed since 2016, so he earned a spot here for now. And even in his mid-40s, every muscular physique update Greene posts generates more speculation about whether he has one more run left in him

While we wait for a definitive answer to those comeback rumblings, Greene has been busy using his unique look and charisma to land acting parts in series like Stranger Things. Even if he never appears on stage again, Greene certainly isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

Branch Warren

Unlike Greene, 2009 Mr. Olympia runner-up Branch Warren officially announced his retirement years ago. But much like Greene, he still trains as if he’s six weeks out from a show. The physique he has right now is absolutely incredible, with size that’s comparable to his prime. Check it out below:

That grainy and dense muscle won’t go away anytime soon if he keeps pushing himself in the gym.

Johnnie Jackson

Bodybuilder Johnnie Jackson’s powerful upper body propelled him to wins at the Arnold Classic South Africa and Toronto Pro in 2017 while in his mid-40s. And even now that he’s in his 50s, he still touts some massive delts and a wide back that could score high marks from judges.

Jackson is known to train with Warren, so the retired duo likely pushes each other to stay on the top of their game. He may not be on stage nowadays, but Jackson isn’t letting his size go to waste.

Iris Kyle

It isn’t just the men who stay jacked after competing. Ten-time Ms. Olympia Iris Kyle won her final title before retiring in 2014. And since then, she’s stayed involved in the fitness world as a gym owner and trainer.


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Kyle intended to return to the Ms. Olympia in 2020, but a sudden illness forced her to withdraw. She had left the door open to come back in the future, but as of October 2022, she hasn’t made a return yet.

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