Unleashing the Beast, 3x Natural Mr. Universe Pumps It Up With a Brutal 110lbs Workout

Published 07/23/2023, 11:00 AM EDT

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In a world dominated by performance-enhancing substances, the roadway of a natural bodybuilder is undoubtedly fraught with challenges and obstacles. Fast-paced results often seem tempting and most of the athletes in the bodybuilding world have adapted it. However, amidst this landscape, a 3x Mr. Universe champion stayed true to the sport and pursued it with utmost passion and sheer dedication to rise to become one of the most renowned Natural Bodybuilders of all time.

John Hansen is widely known in the fitness world for his exceptional strength and super ripped physique, resulting from simple meals and hours of workout. His recent Instagram video is a testament to his years of hard work and relentless determination. 

John Hansen unleashed the beast within


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The natural Mr. Universe recently took to his Instagram a few days ago and posted a snippet of himself working out in the gym. The magnificence of John Hansen is still capable of leaving the fitness world in amazement. He captioned the video,DB Stiff Legs – 110’s for 3 sets of 9 reps.


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In the video, John Hansen performed a Romanian Deadlift of 110 lbs using dumbbells, easily pulling off 9 reps. As per his caption, he carried out 3 sets of the same repetitions. At the end of his video, he dropped the dumbbells as if it took him no effort at all to get done with the workout.

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Even at the age of 69, Hansen manages to leave his followers awe-struck. From a man who knew nothing about bodybuilding, to a genius whose name is eternally etched in the sport, John Hansen truly has come a long way. The story of what inspired the legend into the fitness world is another jaw-dropping story.

What brought Hansen into the world of bodybuilding?

The Chicago-born legendary bodybuilder had no idea what bodybuilding was until he stumbled across a picture of his idol, Bruce Lee. Pondering upon the late martial arts superstar’s muscular and super-jacked physique left him drooling. It was then that John Hansen embarked on the journey to imitate Bruce Lee and walk in his footsteps. He started taking up Karate classes and went running every day.


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Upon doing further research, he found out that Bruce Lee used to lift heavy weights for strength training. Hansen imitated the same. The rest, as you know, is history. What is your take on the legendary natural bodybuilder? Let us know in the comments section below! 


Written by:

Aheli Chakraborty


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Aheli Chakraborty is a pro writer for Bodybuilding at Essentially Sports. From staying tuned to Cutler’s latest podcast, to delving deep into Dorian Yates’ recent Instagram post, Aheli has hit the ground running. With extensive experience in the sports and entertainment industry, she likes to keep her readers coming back for more.
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Akash Pandhare