The Iron warrior , born December 5, 1955 Cleveland, Ohio , United States, is an s an IFBB professional bodybuilder.
Like so many before him, Mike found his early inspiration in the pages of the various muscle magazines.
The family left Los Angeles for Oregon. It was there that bodybuilder Charles Amato entered Mike's life. Thirteen years Christian's senior, Amato convinced the younger man that despite the need to step onstage, oiled up and in your “underwear”, bodybuilding competition was indeed a “manly” pursuit. Mike overcame his aversion to posing in front of an audience and entered, and won, his first contest, the 1976 Mr. Portland.
It was not long before Mike Christian dubbed himself "The Iron Warrior". He thought that it was a fitting tribute to both his earlier street-smart gang persona as well as his new reputation for fierce onstage competitiveness.
Continuing his march into the world of bodybuilding, in 1979 Christian placed third at the AAU Mr. Pacific Northwest contest and third in the AAU Junior Mr. America.
In 1981, Christian felt the need to be closer to the true Mecca Of Muscle. He and his girlfriend Marla moved back to the Los Angeles area to Santa Monica, California.
In 1982, he switched to NPC contests and placed fifth in the heavyweight division at the NPC Nationals, watching Lee Haney win the overall. The next year, not less than six television stations covered Christian’s unanimous victory at The 1983 California State Championships at Fresno High School's amphitheatre.
Christian’s ticket to the pro division came with a 1984 heavyweight win at the World Amateur Championships. Seven months later, he entered his first pro event, The Night of Champions, landing fourth place. Rich Gaspari took second place, and he and Mike enjoyed a fierce rivalry throughout their careers. Christian competed in five Olympias (1985, fifth; 1986, third; 1987, fourth; 1989, sixth; and 1990, fourth).
Christian’s five years in the IFBB yielded five wins among 22 contests.
In 1991 and 1992, Christian competed in the short-lived World Bodybuilding Federation (WBF), which was established by wrestling promoter Vince McMahon.
In 2005 Mike was inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame
In 1988 he started his clothing line “Platinum Everywhere by Mike Christian ™” special for Fitness and Bodybuilding . After running succcesfull in USA his german friend Dieter Kessler helps him to bring this clothing line to Germany and Europe, where it gets cult status in the late 80, early 90 Together they brought the cult pants on a very sucessful run on FIBO , where Christain also was part and winner of Grand Prix Germany - IFBB
Mike Christian's bodybuilding contest history: 1979 Junior Mr America - AAU, Tall, 3rd Mr Pacific Coast - AAU, 3rd Mr USA - AAU, Tall, 4th
1980 Junior Mr America - AAU, HeavyWeight, 4th
1981 Mr California - AAU, HeavyWeight, 1st
1982 Gold's Classic - NPC, HeavyWeight, 3rd Nationals - NPC, HeavyWeight, 5th USA Championships - NPC, HeavyWeight, 4th
1983 California Championships - NPC, HeavyWeight, 1st California Championships - NPC, Overall Winner Nationals - NPC, HeavyWeight, 3rd
1984 Nationals - NPC, HeavyWeight, 1st Nationals - NPC, Overall Winner World Amateur Championships - IFBB, HeavyWeight, 1st
1985 Night of Champions - IFBB, 4th Olympia - IFBB, 5th
1986 Los Angeles Pro Championships - IFBB, 2nd Olympia - IFBB, 3rd World Pro Championships - IFBB, 2nd
1987 Grand Prix France - IFBB, 5th Grand Prix Germany (2) - IFBB, 4th Grand Prix Germany - IFBB, 3rd Olympia - IFBB, 4th
1988 Grand Prix US Pro - IFBB, Winner World Pro Championships - IFBB, Winner
1989 Grand Prix England - IFBB, 4th Grand Prix Finland - IFBB, 5th Grand Prix France - IFBB, 2nd Grand Prix Germany - IFBB, Winner Grand Prix Holland - IFBB, 6th Grand Prix Spain (2) - IFBB, Winner Grand Prix Spain - IFBB, Winner Grand Prix Sweden - IFBB, 2nd Olympia - IFBB, 6th
1990 Arnold Classic - IFBB, 2nd Olympia - IFBB, 4th
1991 WBF Grand Prix - WBF, 2nd
--Bodybuilding Fan (talk) 15:40, 27 December 2012 (UTC)See also: List of proffessional Bodybuilders http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_male_professional_bodybuilders
Mr. Olympia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Olympia
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