In any sport there are outstanding people who have achieved the highest results. In bodybuilding, Lee Haney has achieved the greatest success by far. The American bodybuilder managed to break the record of the famous athlete Arnold Schwarzenegger, who won the title "Master Olympia" 7 times in a row. Haney won the most prestigious title in professional bodybuilding 8 times in a row.
The future eight-time world champion was born on November 11, 1959 in Spartanburg, Southern California, USA. Father worked as a driver, mother was a housewife. Haney has a brother and two sisters.
Lee began to get involved in sports since childhood, and began to engage in bodybuilding from school. While studying at college, he ended up on the football team of his school. Lee Haney met his future wife in second grade. Since that time they were friends and got married in the future. The athlete has two children: Joshua and Olympia.
Lee Haney was an outstanding athlete in competitive years. He worked on his body according to the method, according to which special attention was paid to the development of back muscles.
In this regard, the rest of the muscles had different development standards. Despite the small hands, which were nevertheless perfectly developed relative to other muscle groups, Haney introduced to the world a new alloy of relief and athletic proportions, new for that time. The main trump card in him were the muscles of the back. He set a new fashion among athletes. After Haney's speeches at the Mr. Olympia tournament, an unwritten rule began to exist, according to which, to win these competitions, you must first have a powerful broad back.
Many athletes in the world tried to surpass Haney in his coronal muscle group, but failed. He claims that a positive attitude is one of the most important postulates in the training process. “During exercise, we recharge with positive energy,” Haney said. He believes that it is this attitude that is the basis for achieving high results. Lee Haney, whose training did not bring him a single significant injury during his career, considers the absence of injuries, that is, safe training, to be the second component of success. Damage is inevitable for any professional athlete, but Haney managed to avoid it.
The basis of the bodybuilder’s training was the “pyramid”. Its meaning is that the exercises should be performed with a gradual load, that is, from small to greater weight. In the final approach, the weight should be maximum. When the athlete was asked how he developed such a powerful back without a single injury, Haney said: “Safe approach. The goal of the training is to stimulate muscle growth, not tear them apart. The latter can happen if you take exorbitant weight from the first approach. With serious workloads this rule is more than necessary. ”
Another important component of Lee Haney's success is a specific training system. All exercises are divided into rhythmic exercises for muscle growth. The athlete believes that they should be performed alternately, as this reduces the likelihood of injuries during training. Basic exercises significantly overload the ligaments, so they need to be alternated with lighter ones in order to avoid possible health problems in the future. In back training, he considers rhythmic pulls down on the block and thrusts while sitting in the back, and dumbbells or barbell pulls as stimulating ones.
Hanie's first success was already in 1979, when he became a junior champion in the tournaments Mr. America and Mr. America Tall. The first participation in the Olympia tournament (1983) was very successful - Haney took third place, and in the next eight he became the winner, thanks to which he perpetuated his name in the history of sports. After that, he decided to complete his participation in the competition. However, at the end of his career as a bodybuilder, Lee did not leave the sport. Today, he is known as a professional trainer, training many athletes of world scale, and an active public figure.
The famous bodybuilder is a member of the US Academy of Sports and the International Federation of Bodybuilding, and since December 1998 - a member of the Presidential Council for Bodybuilding and Fitness.
He is a respected person, respected among fellow bodybuilders. Even in his 54 years, Lee Haney, whose anthropometric data
twenty years ago brought him victory in almost all tournaments, retained a Herculean figure. He is the owner of two fitness centers in the city of Atlanta, in which athletes of a serious level can conduct full-fledged training.
The education received at the college was useful to Haney: he became the founder of the free children's tourist base Harvest near Atlanta. In 1994, Lee acquired a 40-acre farm near his home and turned it into a camp for children of all races and nationalities. A zoo has been built on its territory, so children not only relax in the fresh air, but can also study birds and animals, which undoubtedly benefits their development.