Johnnie O. Jackson : The Comprehensive Champion

Johnnie O. Jackson

Who is Johnnie O. Jackson?

There is no substitute for hard work. Johnnie O. Jackson is a living proof of this statement. There are few in the world who can match the sheer size and strength of this prolific bodybuilder. He has inspired bodybuilders from around the world with his displays of unyielding fortitude. He found a worthy rival and friend in Branch Warren, another leading IFFB pro competitor. He trained with him in Arlington, Texas, and rose to be one of the most powerful and influential bodybuilders in the world.

Johnnie O. Jackson Workout Video

Early Life

Born on 30th January 1971, in Hammonton, New Jersey, Johnnie O. Jackson began developing his upper body from a very young age. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Flex Wheeler, and Kevin Levrone were a huge influence on Jackson. He first won a competition organized by the National Physique Committee when he was forty years old. His mother was an inspiration to him. She drove him to win the NPC in 2001. He demolished the competition and rose to claim the trophy. In his first IFBB competition, Jackson placed 10th.


Jackson’s career reached new heights when he managed to enter Mr. Olympia in 2003. Although he placed 11th in this competition, Jackson kept pushing his limits, and ended up winning the contest in 2009. He bench-pressed 523 lbs wearing a polyester blast bench shirt and deadlifted 815 lbs in a champion deadlift suit. Ben White, his opponent, was defeated by a significant margin. The record was surpassed only a year later by the 2010 Mr. Olympia champion, Stan Efferding.


Having been selected for more than thirteen Mr. Olympia contests, Jackson has established himself as a consistent bodybuilder who will stop at nothing to achieve his dream of being the best. Between 2003 and 2009, Jackson participated in many other events including all the Mr. Olympia contests from 2003. His feats at the Montreal Pro in 2006 and the Atlantic City Pro in 2007 earned him first place in both competitions. From his humble beginnings in the Texas State Championships in 1998 to the ruthlessly competitive Arnold Classic in 2017, Jackson never lost sight of his objective. The sheer number of competitions that Jackson attended firmly placed him among some of the most legendary figures in bodybuilding.

Training Style

Johnnie O. Jackson has a unique training style. He has not changed his core training principles for a very long time. When he walks into the gym, his mindset changes. He converts the rage inside him to a powerful motivating force that pushes him to do every extra rep. When he is out of the gym, his family is a peaceful retreat from the stressful weights. He strongly believes that every part of the body needs to be precisely developed. He is known for his squats, deadlifts, bench presses, and barbell curls.

Jackson does not seem to be slowing down at all. He has also taken up the role of a mentor for several aspiring bodybuilders. Johnnie O. Jackson has remained a dynamically loyal student of the art of bodybuilding.

Contest History

  • 2017 IFBB Mr Olympia 14th
  • 2016 IFBB Levrone Pro Classic 6th
  • 2016 IFBB Arnold Classic Ohio 11th
  • 2016 IFBB IFBB Vancouver Pro 4th
  • 2015 IFBB Toronto Pro 2nd
  • 2015 IFBB Mr Olympia 15th
  • 2014 IFBB Europa SuperShow – Dallas 3rd
  • 2014 IFBB Toronto Pro 2nd
  • 2014 IFBB Mr Olympia 11th
  • 2014 IFBB Prague Pro 9th
  • 2014 IFBB Nordic Pro 3rd
  • 2014 IFBB Europa Phoenix Pro Championships 2nd
  • 2013 IFBB Arnold Classic Ohio 4th
  • 2013 IFBB FIBO Germany 2nd
  • 2013 IFBB Arnold Classic Brazil 3rd
  • 2013 IFBB Mr Olympia 16th
  • 2012 IFBB New York Pro 2nd
  • 2012 IFBB Mr Olympia 9th
  • 2012 IFBB Arnold Classic Europe 7th
  • 2012 IFBB British Grand Prix 2nd
  • 2012 IFBB FIBO Germany 1st
  • 2012 IFBB Mr Europe Pro 2nd
  • 2011 Arnold Classic, 7th
  • 2011 Mr. Olympia, 13th
  • 2010 Phoenix Pro, 12th
  • 2010 Arnold Classic, 12th
  • 2010 New York Pro, 8th
  • 2010 Tampa Pro, 3rd
  • 2010 Europa Pro, 6th
  • 2010 Mr. Olympia, 11th
  • 2009 Ironman Pro, 10th
  • 2009 Tampa Pro, 8th
  • 2009 Europa Pro, 12th
  • 2008 Ironman Pro Invitational, 5th
  • 2008 Arnold Classic, 9th
  • 2008 Mr. Olympia, 12th
  • 2007 Atlantic City Pro, 1st
  • 2007 Mr. Olympia, 9th
  • 2006 Arnold Classic, 13th
  • 2006 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 7th
  • 2006 Europa Super Show, 3rd
  • 2006 Montreal Pro, 1st
  • 2006 Atlantic City Pro, 2nd
  • 2006 Mr. Olympia, 13th
  • 2005 Europa Supershow, 2nd
  • 2005 Mr. Olympia, 11th
  • 2005 Toronto Pro Invitational, 2nd
  • 2004 Grand Prix Australia, 8th
  • 2004 Hungarian Pro Invitational, 5th
  • 2004 Ironman Pro Invitational, 7th
  • 2004 Mr. Olympia, 14th
  • 2004 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 9th
  • 2004 Show of Strength Pro Championship, 7th
  • 2004 Toronto Pro Invitational, 2nd
  • 2003 Grand Prix England, 5th
  • 2003 Grand Prix Holland, 5th
  • 2003 Ironman Pro Invitational, 9th
  • 2003 Night of Champions, 5th
  • 2003 Mr. Olympia, 11th
  • 2003 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 9th
  • 2003 Show of Strength Pro Championship, 10th
  • 2002 Show of Strength Pro Championship, 10th
  • 2001 NPC Nationals, Light-Heavyweight, 1st and Overall
  • 2001 NPC USA Championships, Light-Heavyweight, 1st
  • 2000 NPC USA Championships, Light-Heavyweight, 2nd
  • 1999 NPC Junior Nationals, Light-Heavyweight, 1st
  • 1999 NPC Nationals, Light-Heavyweight, 11th
  • 1998 NPC Texas State Championships, Middleweight, 2nd

Johnnie O. Jackson Gym Workout

Workout Plan

Chest Exercise:

  • Incline Barbell press: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
  • Flat Multi-grip barbell press: 4 sets of 8-12 reps
  • Decline Barbell Press: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
  • Weighted Dips: 4 drop sets with Chains to failure
  • Superset Peck Deck Flys with Machine presses: 4 sets of 15 reps Machine chest presses to failure
  • Cable Flys: 3 sets to failure

Back Exercise:

  • Dead-lift: 4 sets of 6-4 reps
  • Weighted Pullup: 3 sets of 20 reps
  • Barbell Row: 3 sets of 10 reps
  • Seated Cable Row: 3 sets of 10 reps
  • Pull-down: 3 sets of 10 reps
  • Back Extension: 3 sets of 15 reps

Johnnie O. Jackson Gym Training

Arms Exercise:

  • Standing dumbbell curls 3 sets of 8 reps
  • Standing barbell curls 3 sets of 12 reps
  • Preacher curls 3 sets of 12 reps
  • Triceps push-downs 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Seated dip machine 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Rope push-downs 4 sets of 12 reps


Legs Exercise:

  • Leg Extensions: 2 sets of 25-30 reps for warm-up then 4 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Barbell Squat: 5-6 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Hack Squat: 3 sets of 10 reps
  • Leg Press: 4 sets of 25 reps
  • Lying Leg Curl: 4 sets of 15 reps
  • Seated leg curls: 3 sets of 15 reps

Shoulders Exercise:

  • Military press: 2 warm-up sets and then 3 sets of 10 reps
  • Dead lift: 4-5 heavy sets of 5-8 reps
  • Dumbbell front raises: 3 sets of 8 reps
  • Squats 3 sets of 12 reps
  • Side laterals 3 sets of 8-12 reps
  • Upright rows 3 sets of 12 reps


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