Arash Rahbar: The Foreign Prodigy

HeightWeightDate of BirthNationality
5 ft 11 in (180 cm)205 - 215 lbs (88.5 - 93.0 kg)1980American

Arash Rahbar is an American IFBB Professional Bodybuilder. Born in 1980 in Iraq, he currently resides in New York and began competing only when he moved there and found a gym close to his house. He was greatly inspired by movie icons such as Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. As a kid, he had always wanted to look like them, and he began to lift weights with the dream of achieving a physique similar to theirs one day. He played several sports and practiced martial arts, which helped develop the competitive spirit within him.

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Facts about Arash

  • He is half American and half Iranian.
  • He is a big fan of Persian food due to the high amount of lean protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates in it.
  • His bodybuilding role models were Kevin Levrone and Dorian Yates.
  • He is sponsored by the popular supplement maker, Dynamitize.
  • He stands at a height of 5’ 11” and weighs around 210 lbs during the off-season.

Bodybuilding Career

After training in the bodybuilding style for several years, Arash competed for the first time only at the age of 32. He had always felt that while his physique was good, it wasn’t competition worthy. His friends and family convinced him to compete on stage.

He entered his first competition at the 2014 NPC Bev Francis Atlantic States. He finished in an impressive 1st place. This result gave Aras ha lot of hope and confidence and made him realize that he loved to compete on stage. He decided to see how he would fare at a national level event. He competed at the 2014 IFBB North American Championships and won 1st place. With this win, he earned his IFBB Pro Card. He could now compete in professional shows with prize money for the winners. His dream of becoming a professional bodybuilder has been fulfilled.

At his first professional show, the 2015 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro, Rahbar was intimidated by the level of competition. Professional events proved to have significantly better competition than the amateur events that Arash had been part of previously. As a result, he finished in only 10th place. He realized he had to put in a lot more effort to be able to compete with the best. At the 2015 IFBB New York Pro, he finished in 5th place. It was evident that he was moving in the right direction and was clearly improving in every aspect. At the 2015 IFBB Puerto Rico Pro, he finished in 2nd place.

Over the off-season, Arash made a lot of improvements to his physique and posing. He was more meticulous with his nutrition and changed up his training routine.

2016 proved to be a fantastic year for Arash. He was finally able to show his talent on the big stage. At the 2016 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro, he won 1st place. It was his first victory as a professional and qualified him for the Mr. Olympia. The top 20 bodybuilders across the world compete at the Olympia for a top spot to be called the best bodybuilder in the world.

Arash’s next competition was the IFBB New York Pro. He won 1st place again. It was his second professional win and was proof that his hard work and dedication over the off-season had paid off. He could go into the Olympia with great confidence.

At the 2016 Mr. Olympia, Arash finished in 2nd place. It was a spectacular result as a rookie. Although he was so close to the Olympia crown and goal, it was not meant to be. He decided to work harder and ensure that he could finish in 1st place the following year.

At the 2017 Mr. Olympia, Arash only managed a 4th place finish. Although he came well prepared, the competition proved to be too tough.

Contest History

  • 2017 IFBB Mr. Olympia Classic Men’s Physique, 4th
  • 2016 IFBB Mr. Olympia Classic Men’s Physique, 2nd
  • 2016 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro, 1st
  • 2016 IFBB New York Pro, Classic Physique, 1st
  • 2015 IFBB Puerto Rico Pro, 2nd
  • 2015 IFBB New York Pro, 5th
  • 2015 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro, 10th
  • 2014 IFBB North American Championships, Men’s Physique Class D and Overall, 1st place
  • 2014 NPC Bev Francis Atlantic States, Physique Men Class C, 1st place

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