Every year, The Arnold Classic presents a “Lifetime Achievement Award” to an outstanding individual who has made unique and influential contributions to bodybuilding, fitness, and healthy, active lifestyles. This year, the distinction went to one of the greatest and most accomplished bodybuilders to ever grace the professional stage - Rich “The Dragon-Slayer” Gaspari.

It is only fitting that, for the 25th anniversary version of The Arnold Classic, the Dragon-Slayer should be so honored, as he was the very first Arnold Classic Champion in 1989. Aside from The Arnold Classic, Rich has held the titles of Mr. America, Mr. Universe, and Mr. World. A member of both the IFBB Hall Of Fame, and the Muscle Beach Hall Of Fame, Gaspari has eight IFBB pro wins under his belt, and was runner-up at the Mr. Olympia three times.


After a sterling IFBB career, Rich went on to found Gaspari Nutrition, which today is one of the leading sports nutrition companies in the world, renowned for its advanced, cutting-edge formulas, and unsurpassed quality. Rich and his wife Liz are also recognized for the many charities they support.

There is no question that few have contributed as much to the great sport of fitness as Rich Gaspari, and he is the perfect example of achieiving great success while giving back to the sport, and to the community. We could not think of a more deserving honoree for The Arnold Classic Lifetime Achievement Award. Congratulations Rich!

Check out the video of Rich receiving the award from Arnold: click HERE!