“Rip to a Great Man”: Fitness Community Devastated Over the Sad Demise of Renowned Bodybuilding Coach

Published 02/08/2024, 10:20 AM EST

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The bodybuilding community is grappling with the loss of a true legend, coach Dave Kalick, whose recent departure has cast a somber shadow over the fitness realm. His untimely demise has left an irreplaceable void in the hearts of many. Kalick has had a robust presence in the bodybuilding scene since his teenage debut in 1986.

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He was revered for his hardcore training methods and unwavering dedication to the world of fitness. His impact on the sport transcended mere coaching; he was a guiding force for athletes navigating their off-seasons and gearing up for competitions with precision and unwavering commitment.

Dave Kalick was more than just a coach for his students

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Kalick’s mentoring prowess spanned various bodybuilding categories, such as Men’s Open, 212 bodybuilding, Classic Physique, Figure, and Women’s Physique. His guidance propelled numerous champions to triumph on catapulting athletes to triumph on esteemed stages like the Arnold Classic and Mr. Olympia. The Generation Iron shared a post on their Instagram page, informing enthusiasts about the demise of the beloved coach.

 

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While the exact circumstances of Kalick’s passing remain undisclosed, tributes have flooded in from the bodybuilding community, reflecting the shock and sorrow echoing through the fitness world. Dorian Haywood, a student of Kalick, took to Instagram to express not only condolences but also a profound personal loss, describing Kalick as “RIP @davekalick Dave Kalick was my coach, brother, my best friend, my mentor, and much more… His loss is a tragedy and to many, he will be missed. May god rest your soul my brother.”

Several other prominent figures in the bodybuilding community expressed their condolences. Stan McQuay, a former Mr. Olympia, shared a poignant tribute on Instagram, “This is one of the worst days of my life…..Dave was the absolute nicest, kindest, coolest dude you could have ever had be around you…I miss you so f*ck*n’ much.  You will never be forgotten 2.6.24.”  In McQuay’s post, Jay Cutler wrote, “Sorry to hear brother. He was so proud of you always” and Flex Lewis, “I am so sorry for your loss mate.

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Phil Heath also expressed sorrow and offered his condolences, “I am so sorry Brother for your loss as Dave was all of what you said and more. Sending prayers and condolences to you all.” Tributes from fans and fellow athletes flooded social media, with many recalling fond memories.

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Fans have also joined in mourning the loss of the beloved coach

Fans and followers were stunned by this tragic news as they mention, “Damn. Used to chat with him all the time at Gold’s. RIP brother.” “RIP to a great man and coach.” The comments simply express condolences for the coach, acknowledging him as a great person and a coach.

One user expressed admiration for Kalick, saying, “Damn this dude has always been a solid guy. Rest easy” Another wrote, “So sad he is a very nice guy. Rip” Also, “Prayers for his wife, friends, his family, friends that turned into family, and all of the bodybuilding community that’s impacted by this loss.”

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These reactions from the fitness and bodybuilding community paint a picture of a man deeply respected, cherished, and missed by those whose lives he touched within the sports arena.

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Arpita Shrivastava

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Hi, I'm Arpita Shrivastava, a fitness and bodybuilding writer at EssentiallySports. When I started college, my fascination shifted to combat sports and I began training for Judo. I did it for two years until an injury compelled me to step away from the mat.
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