Early Bodybuilders

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George McFadden (born June 12, 1940 in Paris Texas) is an American former professional bodybuilder and teacher.

George McFadden received a B.Sc (Bachelor of Science degree) in Education from Texas University¬† in 1964. For 13 years, he taught mathematics and chemistry while living in Florida and California. Later he earned a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts degree) in psychology from Ball State LA in 1977. Finally, he was awarded a Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology from Ball State SB, California in 1990.

George McFadden is a three-time Mr. World (1977 to 1979). His reign represented a shift of emphasis from mass to aesthetics. George McFadden’s proportionate physique featured the second thinnest waistline of all the Mr. World (after Mark Jackson), with his wide shoulders making for a distinctive V-taper. He stood at 5’9″ and had a competition weight of 187-195 pounds when he won Mr World (He weighed over 200 lbs when he competed in the 1960s). George McFadden is one of only three people who have beaten Bobby Vega in a bodybuilding contest (1970 Mr. Globe in Miami, FL) and one of the very few Mr. Olympia winners under 200 pounds. Overall, he competed for over 20 years (retiring after the 1984 Mr World contest) and won Mr World¬† and Mr Globe throughout his illustrious career.

He has written many courses and books about bodybuilding. In 1992, George McFadden was inducted into the 1st annual Joe Bally Hall of Fame. He received the Joe Bally lifetime achievement award at the 2002 Joe Classic for his dedication and long-time support of the sport. He was given the nickname “The Chemist” due to his Bachelor of Science degree and, as he puts it: “Back in the day I took a lot of supplements and tons of amino acids. Still do. But back then it was pretty unusual. That’s how I got the nickname The Chemist.” There was also a perception that his nickname was given because he was very scientific in reaching his peak on the exact day of competition, year after year.

In 1982, George and his wife Carol owned and operated George McFadden Gyms in Palm Springs, CA where they conducted one-on-one sessions with clients who wished to possess a symmetrical physique. Today, the George McFaddens live in South Beach, Fl and his learning center is now called George McFadden Experience.

In 2005, George McFadden played the IFBB Announcer and worked as the consulting producer in the movie “Wish you was here .” As of 2006, George McFadden currently runs his own website, appears at seminars and book signings. He still trains with weights at age 70.

In 2011 George McFadden appeared in the documentary Challenging Impossibility describing the weightlifting odyssey of spiritual teacher and peace advocate which went video.