Kevin Mark Levrone is an American IFBB professional bodybuilder, IFBB Hall of Famer, blogger and musician.


During his professional career, Levrone competed in 68 IFBB Professional contests. He has won 23 Pro Shows, holding the record of the most wins as an IFBB professional until Ronnie Coleman set the new record in 2004. Despite having been away from competition for well over a decade since he retired in 2003 Kevin officially announced in mid 2016 that he would return to once again compete at the professional level on stage at the Mr. Olympia contest. At age 51 Levrone made his professional bodybuilding return competing, as announced, at the 2016 Mr. Olympia.


Early life

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland by an Italian-American father and an African American mother, he lost both parents to cancer at a young age. Levrone was born on July 16, although the year is contested (1964, 1965, 1966 and 1968 have all been cited), one of six siblings. He first got into the gym when seeing his cousin come home from the military. After seeing the size and condition of his cousin, Kevin says that is what made him more serious about working out and bodybuilding in general.


Levrone began his professional IFBB career in 1991 after finishing first in the NPC Finals. After the 1992 Olympia in February 1993, Kevin completely tore his major and minor pectorals while bench pressing 600 pounds, and he needed surgery to reattach them.[At that time everyone thought that Levrone's career was over. He had two surgeries, the first one lasted 8 hours. While he was healing from his first surgery he got an infection and he needed a second surgery.

Levrone has been in more than 13 Mr. Olympia competitions, including the 2016 Mr. Olympia by special invite. Despite placing a number of times, Kevin never took first place in a Mr. Olympia competition earning him the nickname, "The Uncrowned King of Mr. Olympia". Levrone has been applauded for his ability to train quickly for competitions, rather than training year-long. This fact is often attributed to the reason why he was able to come back for the 2016 Mr. Olympia competition. Despite not placing in the top 10 for the first time, Levrone got himself in competition-shape in only 5 months. After the 2016 Mr. Olympia competition it came out that he had trained despite injuries to his pectorals and knee.

After professional career

Levrone did not officially announce his retirement, he explained this as he never thought about retirement, he decided to do something different, find other challenges. Since ending his competition career, Levrone enjoys playing other sports like tennis and golf. He has acted in several films and is also a musician. He released an online training platform in early 2016 naming it In 2015, he released a supplement line called, "Kevin Levrone Signature Series".

In May 2016 after 13 years of not competing Kevin officially announced he will be coming out of retirement to compete in Mr. Olympia 2016 by special invite.


  • Height: 1.79 m (5 ft 11 in)
  • Off Season Weight: 100 kg (220 lb) (post active competitive career)
  • Off Season Weight: 120 kg (260 lb) (peak during active competitive career)
  • Competition Weight: 110–115 kg (243–254 lb)
  • Arm Size: 60 cm (24 in) (active peak)
  • Leg Size: 82 cm (32 in)
  • Waist Size: 73.66 cm (29.00 in)
  • Chest size: 145 cm (57 in)
  • Best Bench Press: 240 kg (530 lb)(RAW, i.e. unequipped, with belt)

Competitive history

1991 Junior Nationals - NPC, HeavyWeight, 2nd

1991 Nationals - NPC, HeavyWeight, 1st

1991 Nationals - NPC, Overall Winner

1992 Grand Prix Germany, 1st

1992 Grand Prix England, 2nd

1992 Chicago Pro Invitational, 3rd

1992 Night of Champions, 1st

1992 Mr. Olympia, 2nd

1993 Grand Prix France, 5th

1993 Grand Prix Finland, 2nd

1993 Grand Prix Spain, 3rd

1993 Grand Prix Germany, 1st

1993 Mr. Olympia, 5th

1993 Grand Prix England, 3rd

1994 San Jose Pro Invitational, 1st

1994 Grand Prix France (2), 1st

1994 Grand Prix Italy, 1st

1994 Arnold Classic, 1st

1994 Mr. Olympia, 3rd

1994 Grand Prix Spain, 2nd

1994 Grand Prix Germany, 2nd

1994 Grand Prix England, 2nd

1995 Mr.Olympia, 2nd

1995 Grand Prix Spain, 1st

1995 Grand Prix Germany, 1st

1995 Grand Prix England, 2nd

1995 Grand Prix Russia, 1st

1996 San Jose Pro Invitational, 1st

1996 Arnold Classic, 1st

1996 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 1st

1996 Mr. Olympia, 3rd

1996 Grand Prix Spain, 3rd

1996 Grand Prix Germany, 4th

1996 Grand Prix England, 4th

1996 Grand Prix Czech Republic, 2nd

1996 Grand Prix Switzerland, 3rd

1996 Grand Prix Russia, 5th

1997 Arnold Classic, 8th

1997 Mr. Olympia, 4th

1997 Grand Prix Hungary, 1st

1997 Grand Prix Spain, 1st

1997 Grand Prix Germany, 1st

1997 Grand Prix England, 1st

1997 Grand Prix Czech Republic, 1st

1997 Grand Prix Finland, 1st

1997 Grand Prix Russia, 2nd

1998 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 1st

1998 Toronto Pro Invitational, 2nd

1998 Night of Champions, 2nd

1998 Mr. Olympia, 4th

1998 Grand Prix Germany, 2nd

1998 Grand Prix Finland, 2nd

1999 Arnold Classic, 2nd

1999 Mr. Olympia, 4th

1999 World Pro Championships, 3rd

1999 Grand Prix England, 3rd

2000 Arnold Classic, 3rd

2000 Mr. Olympia, 2nd

2001 Mr. Olympia, 3rd

2001 Grand Prix England, 1st

2002 Arnold Classic, 5th

2002 Grand Prix Australia, 4th

2002 Mr. Olympia, 2nd

2003 Arnold Classic, 5th

2003 Mr. Olympia, 6th

2003 Show of Strengths Pro Championship, 3rd

2016 Mr. Olympia, 16th