Franco Columbu Chalking up

Franco Columbu Chalking up

Franco Columbu is one of the most accomplished men of the 20th century. He is a/an avid bodybuilder, great artist, successful actor, licensed chiropractor, expert nutritionist, licensed in sports medicine personnel, a kinesiology agent, and so much more. A lot of his success is owed to his raging work ethic and undoubtable determination.

From his fairly humble birth in Ollolia, Italy he grew up and started his athletic career as a boxer in Italy. He soon rose to become the amateur boxing champion of his regional boxing club. He continued to box for a while but soon realized this wasn’t what he wanted.

Franco Columbu Deadlifting

Franco Columbu Deadlifting

After a short and dominating boxing career, Franco went to power-lifting. Franco had huge success in this field thanks to his major self motivation. He trained day in and out. He managed to become the strongest lifter in Germany, Italy, and eventually Europe. He claimed some world records for the time with a max bench press of 525 lbs, a max squat of 665 lbs, and a max dead lift of 750 lbs. These records have since been broken but they’re still not bad for a guy who is only five foot five and a hundred and eighty pounds!He continued to power lift for a good deal of time but in mid sixties turned to bodybuilding. He kept a good mind in power lifting regardless and kept his strength higher than most of the other bodybuilders who simply went for looks. This is proven that
in seventy-seven he competed in the world’s strongest man competition and placed fifth due to him not completing the competition. He tore a muscle in his leg while doing the refrigerator carrying event, otherwise he would’ve no doubt placed first.


Franco Columbu Abs

Franco Columbu Abs

After his illustrious power lifting era he began to bodybuild. He was driven to
have the best physique on Earth. He had a great start from his power lifting career. He was already in great shape and only had to do minor changes in his training and diet to
accompany fat loss with the muscle gain. He also garnered as much major success as a bodybuilder as he did with everything else he did earning many awards such as Mr. World, Mr. Universe, Mr. Europe, and Mr. Olympia to name a few.


As you can imagine after this massive success people were always wondering how Franco worked out, what his diet was, his personal training preferences and things of those categories. This inspired a series of books Franco would write on training and proper nutrition for mass building over the next several years.


In the early to middle seventies Franco wrote several pamphlets and articles for several gyms, major magazines, and in health clinics. The articles were huge successes especially coming from such an accomplished man. Soon the public craved more and Franco obliged in the form of books.


Franco Columbu at Muscle Beach in Venice California

Franco Columbu at Muscle Beach in Venice California

In nineteen seventy-seven Franco wrote his first book entitled “Winning Bodybuilding”, within it he releases secrets to a monster physique which at the time had never before been exposed. The book sold well, men who thought their physique was inadequate bought the book like it was a necessary utility.

He continued to write about the topic he knew most about. A year after his first book he released a second book that was relatively similar but focused on the female audience. At this time it still wasn’t widely popular for women to train for strength but Franco aided the wave that would soon come. Franco’s book explained a lot of things females need to know when training such as their hormonal cycles interfering, certain lifts being dangerous for women, their bodily structure and more. Within a decade women were getting stronger and began to bodybuilding.


Apart from his female translation of muscle building he also did a teenager version. Franco saw great potential in the nation’s youth and knew that their age group could build swiftly with their enhanced metabolism and energy. In nineteen seventy-nine “Weight Training and Bodybuilding for Young Athletes” was released to the general public. It sold very well.


We all know there are two parts to building muscle, diet & exercise. Franco knew this and took advantage of it by releasing “The Bodybuilding Nutrition Book”. As you can probably guess it dealt with what a diet should consist of, good meals and foods for anabolism, fat-carb-protein ratios, unique body types and their diet needs, and such. What if we don’t have time or facilities to exercise? Don’t fret Franco thought of that. He wrote “The Businessman’s Minutes a Day Guide to Shaping Up” in nineteen eighty-three. It showed strategic short and non demanding workouts that can tone those
coffee and doughnut ridden buns and thighs. Apart from being muscular and writing there was also an actor within Franco. To date he has starred in 20 major motion pictures the first being “Stay Hungry” in
seventy-six. The most notable films he has played in are probably, “Conan the Barbarian”, “The Running Man”, and “Ancient Warriors”. His newest film released in two thousand ten is “muscle Beach: Then and Now.Franco was also award winning. In two thousand nine he was granted “The Lifetime Achievement Award” by his long friend Arnold Schwarzenegger.


Columbu posing with Viator

Columbu posing with Viator

Franco has accomplished a lot in his life and his life isn’t over yet. We may get to See another film or book from him in the future. Although his strongman days are over he still works in California as a chiropractor, trainer, and nutritionist. At the ripe old age of 69 he is sill a productive member of society. This is why I chose Franco Columbu as my author of choice and why I massively respect this man.