Robert Galva: The Foreign Opportunist


Robert Galva is an American IFBB Professional Bodybuilder. Originally from the Dominican Republic, he currently resides in America, pursuing his dream of being a professional bodybuilder. Robert enjoyed hitting the gym since his youth. Over time, he realized he greatly enjoyed weight training and trying to continuously improve his physique. His ultimate goal was to resemble the icons of the Golden Era, such as Serge Nubret and Arnold Schwarzenegger. He has completely devoted his life to be able to compete at the highest level of bodybuilding. In addition to weight training, Robert also performs cardio 3-4 times a week to maintain a low body fat percentage and stay fit. He also eats very clean during the off-season to prevent any unnecessary fat build-up.

Robert Galva Workout Video

Facts about Robert Galva

  • He is one of the bodybuilding competitors from the Dominican Republic who has participated in the Mr. Olympia competition
  • He is sponsored by ProSupps, a prominent American supplement manufacturer
  • His favorite supplements include Mr. Hyde Preworkout, BCAAs and Whey Protein Isolate from ProSupps
  • He is a father to twin boys
  • He currently trains at the Bev Francis Powerhouse Gym in Syosset, New York

Bodybuilding Career

Robert was not very fond of the modern mass monsters seen in the bodybuilding world presently. He prefers the classic bodybuilding look which was present during the Golden Era, with a tiny waist, well-developed shoulders, a barrel chest, chiselled legs and a tapered back. The traditional bodybuilding division puts too much emphasis on muscle size instead of overall aesthetics. For this reason, Robert decided to compete in the newly opened Classic Physique division and see where it would take him.

He entered his first amateur competition at the 2016 NPC New Jersey State Competitions. His physique was so much better than his competitors that he won the 1st place by a landslide. With this victory, he obtained his IFBB Pro Card. An IFBB Pro Card allows an individual to participate in competitions sanctioned by the IFBB. These shows have prize money for the winners.

In Robert’s first professional competition, to everyone’s surprise, he finished in 1st place. Winning as a rookie was a tremendous feat and made his competitors aware of his great potential. He won 3rd place at the 2016 IFBB Florida Victory Pro. Competing in the Classic Physique division had proved to be an excellent decision as seen by his results throughout the year.

At the 2017 New York Pro, he only managed to finish in 13th place. It was a harsh reminder that the professional bodybuilding world was leagues higher than the amateur level. He would need to significantly improve his physique to be able to compete with the top contenders.

He was unable to participate in the Mr. Olympia competition due to unfortunate circumstances. Due to sheer bad luck, he missed one of the most important events in his career. He can rest easy knowing that he has the capability to qualify for the Mr. Olympia again next year.

Hopefully, with a little more effort and hard work, he can improve his physique and stand a chance to finish in the top 10 at the 2018 Mr. Olympia.

Contest History

  • 2017 IFBB Florida Victory Pro, Men’s Classic Physique, 3rd Place
  • 2017 IFBB New York Pro, Men’s Classic Physique 2017, 13th Place
  • 2016 NPC New Jersey State, Men’s Classic Physique, 1st Place
  • 2016 IFBB Mel Chancey Port Charlotte Classic, Men’s Classic Physique, 1st Place

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