While muscle mass is essential to a world class physique, it must also express incredible symmetry, proportion, refinement and aesthetic detail.
This is our list of the 10 most aesthetically impressive bodybuilders of all time:
10. Shawn Ray
Shawn Ray had an impressive combination of symmetry and size. At a time when bodybuilding was moving towards mass, Shawn Ray focused on the lost art of presenting an aesthetically muscular physique with great proportion and balance.
9. Lee Haney
The 8-time Mr. Olympia reigned in an era when bodybuilding was transitioning from aesthetics to mass. His incredible physique dominated in both aesthetics and mass.
8. Flex Wheeler
Flex Wheeler was a phenomenal bodybuilder who had one of the most aesthetically pleasing physiques. It’s hard to believe that this bodybuilder with a near perfect combination of mass, definition and symmetry never won an Olympia title.
7. Phil Heath
The reigning Mr. Olympia has a physique that exudes both power and aesthetics. It’s a physique like no other.
6. Steve Reeves
Steve Reeves had one of the most aesthetic physiques in bodybuilding history. He is an icon who shaped bodybuilding and influenced bodybuilding greats like Arnold Schwarzenegger.
5. Bob Paris
Bob Paris’ aesthetics almost rivaled that of Frank Zane’s. His physique was a perfect blend of muscularity, balance and symmetry.
4. Sergio Oliva
Many people consider Sergio Oliva the most genetically gifted bodybuilder of all time. He had dense muscles with great symmetry and proportions.
3. Serge Nubret
Serge Nubret had one of the most aesthetic physiques in bodybuilding history with a perfect balance of dense proportionate muscles and aesthetics.
2. Frank Zane
Frank Zane is widely known as the father of modern day aesthetics. His physique and posing displayed a level of refinement and attention to detail that no bodybuilder could rival.
1. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger carries the most iconic and aesthetic physique of all time. His almost mythical physique came from a combination of his mass, height and unique shape that displayed a powerful chest and peaking biceps. His physique carried shear physical presence. He remains the physical ideal to most gym goers.