Historical rivalries have always played a significant role in shaping the sport of bodybuilding, and the Mr. Olympia competition is no exception to that. Throughout its history, this traditional event has witnessed intense rivalries that kept fans coming back and pushed athletes to their limits. Legends like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno, Ronnie Coleman and Jay Cutler, Phil Heath and Kai Greene, just to name a few, have etched their names into the annals of bodybuilding history through their epic battles on the Olympia stage.
In recent years, a new chapter in the Mr. Olympia saga has emerged with the rise of the Classic Physique division. At least in theory, this category celebrates a return to the aesthetics and proportions of the golden era of bodybuilding, emphasizing a balanced and symmetrical physique over sheer mass, especially due to its weight limit. The emergence of Classic Physique has brought a fresh wave of excitement to the Olympia stage, captivating both fans and athletes with its attempted return to the timeless beauty of the sport.
One of the most exciting rivalries in this division for the last couple of years has been the duels between Ramon Dino and Cbum at the Mr. Olympia. Their contrasting styles and unique strengths created a buzz in the bodybuilding community. Ramon Dino, known for his striking aesthetics and muscle roundness, brought an air of classic elegance to the stage and has scored two top 2’s in a row. Meanwhile, Cbum, with his impressive muscle density and unmatched physical structure, represented a formidable force in the division, having won 5 titles already.
The clash between Ramon Dino and Cbum showcases the evolution of bodybuilding, highlighting the different characteristics athletes can bring to the table within the same division. The intense rivalry between these two talented competitors are pushing the boundaries of what Classic Physique could represent, and although Cbum has won the title, some say Ramon has been improving at a faster rate and may take the crown next year.
Recently, Cbum has hit 21 million followers on Instagram, and it’s becoming increasingly evident that Classic Physique is probably the more hyped division in the Mr. Olympia right now. With its emphasis on aesthetics, proportion, and presentation, it resonates with more people, drawing in fans who appreciate the artistry of bodybuilding. Athletes in this division are not only admired for their impressive physiques but also for their ability to convey a sense of grace and class on stage.
The rise of Classic Physique is a testament to the enduring appeal of a timeless aesthetic in bodybuilding, still to this day. It pays homage to the golden era while also pushing the boundaries of the sport specially in terms of conditioning, due to its weight limits. As the division continues to gain momentum, we can expect to see the Cbum x Ramon Dino rivalry develop further should Cbum not retire in the near future, together with incredible displays of athleticism that will undoubtedly shape the future of bodybuilding and solidify Classic Physique as a cornerstone of the Mr. Olympia competition, with an epic rivalry to match the greatness of the division.