These latest miraculous gains by Thibaudeau are a little contradictory because, while he’s said repeatedly on their forum that he could get much bigger if he wanted to, he’s also been saying that he doesn’t want to/can’t because of health issues (and I believe he also said that he only took steroids experiementally for a little while when he was a teenager). He clearly must have changed his mind, however, because he’s just claimed to have gained more muscle in 6 weeks than many drug-free bodybuilders of his stature gain in a lifetime of training. He’s doing very well – he’s now carrying over 40 pounds more muscle than the world’s best drug-free bodybuilding champions of his height (which is also well over twice as much muscle as they’ve managed to build).
Samir Bannout first moved to Detroit, Michigan , in the United States . He competed at the amateur level and achieved IFBB pro status by winning his light-heavyweight class at the 1979 IFBB World Amateur Championships. By this time Samir had already relocated to Santa Monica, California . Bannout took 4th place at the 1982 Mr. Olympia contest and returned the following year to take home the title in 1983. The contest was held in Munich, Germany that year and the trophy awarded him is called a "Sandow" for Eugen Sandow . Bannout weighed 196 lbs. for his win, the last Mr. Olympia to weigh under 200 lbs. His win ended the "aesthetics" era for the Mr. Olympia contest which started with Frank Zane winning in 1977 and reverted to emphasizing increased mass and size starting with Lee Haney winning in 1984.