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Robby Robinson (bodybuilder)

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Height  5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Name  Robby Robinson
Education  Florida A&M University
Active  Retired 2001
Role  Bodybuilder

Nickname  The Black Prince, Mr Lifestyle
Born  May 24, 1946 (age 69)Damascus, Georgia, U.S. (1946-05-24)
Weight  Contest: 215 lb (98 kg)Off-season: 213 lb (97 kg)
Pro-debut  IFBB Mr America, Mr World,Mr Universe, 1975
Best win  IFBB Mr Olympia Master, 1994
Books  The Black Prince: My Life in Bodybuilding; Muscle Vs. Hustle

Robby Robinson (born May 24, 1946) is an American former professional bodybuilder. Known early in his career as Robin Robinson, he is also known as The Black Prince and Mr Lifestyle. He won various competitions including Mr America, Mr World, Mr Universe, Masters Olympia, and other titles of the International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness (IFBB), and appeared in several films (including the landmark semidocumentary Pumping Iron) over a 27-year career as a professional bodybuilder, retiring from competition in 2001 at the age of 56.


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Early years

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Robinson was born in Damascus, Georgia, and raised in Tallahassee, Florida. His mother was illiterate, and his father was a bootlegger who later abandoned his 14 children. Robinson attended Florida A&M University, where he competed in both football and track & field. While training for those sports he noticed his body's great responsiveness to weight training, which motivated him to enter his first bodybuilding competition. After competing in more than 300 amateur competitions, Robinson turned professional in 1975. By that year he was married with three children.

Professional years

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In his first year as a professional in 1975, he won the IFBB Mr. America, Mr World and Mr Universe titles. He went on to win many IFBB contests, including the first annual Night of the Champions in 1979 as well as the first Masters Olympia in 1994. He was the Masters Olympia overall champion the first year that the event was held in 1994 and won the 50+ division at the same contest in 1997 and 2000.

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Robinson appeared as himself in the 1977 part-scripted, part-documentary film on bodybuilding Pumping Iron. He also appeared in a 1989 TV documentary, in the 1997 documentary Stand Tall, and (uncredited) in the 1976 film comedy Stay Hungry.


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After a 27-year career Robinson retired from professional bodybuilding at the age 56 but has remained active in various ways, including as a personal trainer, lifestyle and bodybuilding coach, athlete, artist, actor and writer, promoting bodybuilding and longevity through proper training, nutrition and healthy habits. Since his retirement in 2001, Robby has opposed steroid use in bodybuilding, saying that "it's taking away from the beauty of bodybuilding, the artistry of it."


  • The Black Prince: My Life in Bodybuilding; Muscle vs Hustle, self-published memoirs, 2013 (ISBN 978-1453717875)
  • Built DVD – Documentary on bodybuilding, training and health, including interviews with Robinson and workout techniques, 2006
  • Master Class with Robby Robinson DVD – featuring Robinson's Master Class on bodybuilding in Venice, California (with Natural Mr Britain Ian Duckett and biomechanic expert Dean Murray)
  • Major competition awards

    Robinson's competition awards have included the following:

  • 2000 - Mr Olympia - Masters Over 50, 1st
  • 1997 - Mr Olympia - Masters Over 50, 1st
  • 1994 - Mr Olympia - Masters - IFBB, Winner
  • 1991 - Musclefest Grand Prix - IFBB, Winner
  • 1989 - World Pro Championships - IFBB, Winner
  • 1988 - Niagara Falls Pro Invitational - IFBB, Winner
  • 1981 - Mr Universe - Pro - NABBA, Winner
  • 1979 - Pittsburgh Pro Invitational - IFBB, Winner
  • 1979 - Night of Champions - IFBB, Winner
  • 1979 - Grand Prix New York - IFBB, Winner
  • 1979 - Best in the World - IFBB, Professional, 1st
  • 1978 - Professional World Cup - IFBB, Winner
  • 1978 - Night of Champions - IFBB, Winner
  • 1978 - Mr Olympia Heavyweight, 1st
  • 1977 - Mr Olympia - IFBB, Tall, 1st
  • 1976 - Mr Universe - IFBB, MiddleWeight, 1st
  • 1976 - Mr Universe - IFBB, Overall Winner
  • 1976 - Mr International - IFBB, Medium, 1st
  • 1976 - Mr International - IFBB, Overall Winner
  • 1975 - Mr Universe - IFBB, Medium, 1st
  • 1975 - Mr World - IFBB, Medium, 1st
  • 1975 - Mr World - IFBB, Overall Winner
  • 1975 - Mr America - IFBB, Medium, 1st
  • 1975 - Mr America - IFBB, Overall Winner
  • References

    Robby Robinson (bodybuilder) Wikipedia