John Hansen revolutionized the bodybuilding arena in the late 1990s by lifting the first-ever Natural Olympia trophy at the competition organized by INBA PNBA. Inspired by the martial arts god, Bruce Lee, Hansen took to weight training in early childhood. His manifestation to build a ripped body made him come across bodybuilding magazines after a couple of years. 

He then started his quest to become a champion of the sport. Recently, the ace bodybuilder treated his fans with a throwback picture of his physique while prepping for a renowned competition. The post of the natty bodybuilder’s ripped physique would definitely make the bodybuilding community envious.

John Hansen’s physique while training for the 3rd Natural Mr.Universe competition


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The latest post on Hansen’s Instagram channel with 11.9K followers shows him flaunting his broad chest, well-defined abs, and veined arms. The caption of the post gives the timeline of the picture “Getting ready to compete for my third Natural Mr. Universe title at 49 years old.

Unlike many bodybuilders who cut down on calories to amass muscle, Hansen had to do the opposite to get big while competing in natural competitions. So, he relied heavily on a high-calorie diet and rigorous training to become an elite bodybuilder.


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His routine once included 4500 calories a day and pump-style workouts to build muscle. The3x Natural Mr. Universe also credits his fast metabolism for not gaining weight despite his high-calorie diet. As the world of bodybuilding remains intertwined with steroid usage, John Hansen restrained from taking PEDs throughout his life.

The 62-year-old’s thoughts on steroid usage

Hansen believed in discipline and hard work, so chose the difficult yet sustaining way to build a body. “I never had any interest in using the drugs to build a ‘drug body’, where all my muscles would go away after I got off the drugs,” he told Nutrition Beast.


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The veteran learned about steroids when he was just 14 years. He was introduced to them while going through bodybuilding magazines. But his understanding of the subject made him believe that they result in only temporary gains. 

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So, he decided to carve his own superhero sculpture by going the natural way. He still continues to exercise regularly and maintains a muscular physique well in his sixties making him an inspirational bodybuilder.

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Etha Bindu Rani


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Etha Bindu Rani is an American sportswriter at EssentiallySports. Being a fitness enthusiast, she considers Ronnie Coleman and Chris Bumstead as her inspirations. Apart from that, Etha is passionate about writing.
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