Lee Priest

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Lee Andrew Priest McCutcheon (born 6 July 1972 in Newcastle, Australia) is a former IFBB professional bodybuilder and a current NABBA Professional athlete.


Lee Priest grew up in Wallsend Australia. Priest's mother was also a bodybuilding competitor, and posed with Priest onstage. Priest started training at the age of 12 with the help and support of his grandfather. He competed for the first time at the age of 13 and won. He went on to win numerous other competitions leading up to him winning the IFBB Mr Australia at 17, 18, and 19. Priest competed at the World's Championship at 17, where he placed 4th. At 19 he again competed and won The Mr. Australia title, but was not allowed to get his pro card in Australia because of his young age. It was then Priest decided to enter an amateur competition, Niagara Falls Championships. While there, Priest was discovered and given his pro card. Priest became one of the youngest men ever to turn IFBB pro at the age of 20.

Priest competed successfully within the IFBB for 16 years. After falling just shy of a notable championship, Priest set his sights on his most elusive opponent The Ironman Pro. He utilized the training principles of mentors such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and obtained an equally driven training partner in Richard Sicola-Stone. After ten years of coming in 2nd or 3rd, 2006 proved Priest's year as the Ironman Pro. In 2010, Priest decided to switch to NABBA but due to the Mr.Universe contest not going ahead Priest had no contests to compete in, NABBA offered Priest an amateur status to compete but he declined. Priest was invited by Paul Dillet to compete in the WBFF, but due to the lack of competition, he decided against competing.

Priest has his own supplement company called Assassin Nutrition in Australia.[1] The company decided the easiest way to reach the legion of fans Priest has garnered over his 20+ years in bodybuilding, was to sell online.

Priest is also a champion race car driver. He started racing in 2002 with road-racing and circle track. Priest then progressed to drag racing in 2004. He won numerous races and titles in road and circle track. His most successful bid came within drag-racing. He won Rookie of the Year in 2005. The following year, 2006, he won the SCEDA Racing Championship in Lancaster, CA.

Priest has also done some TV and movie work. He did all the bodywork for The Hulk Movie and also for the video game. He recently appeared in a local Australian TV series (Rescue Special Ops) and will have a brief role in an upcoming Australian movie. Priest is currently working on a few more TV and print projects, going beyond his reputation as a bodybuilder.

In 2012 Priest was featured in the promotional ads for the Australian version of Big Brother Australia 2012.

Priest competed in the 2013 NABBA Mr Universe and took home the title after seven years not competing.


  • Name: Lee Priest
  • Location: Newcastle, Australia [2]
  • Born: 6 July 1972 [3]
  • Height: 5'4" (1.63m) [4]
  • Broadcast: 33" (At Best) (84 cm)
  • Off Season Weight: 235 - 285 lbs. (107 - 129kgs)
  • Competition Weight: 196 - 205 lbs. (89 - 93kgs)
  • Arms: 22 inches (56 cm)

Contest history[edit]

  • 1989 IFBB Australian Championships (1st)
  • 1990 IFBB Australian Championships (1st)
  • 1990 IFBB World Amateur Championships, Lightweight (4th)
  • 1993 IFBB Niagara Falls Pro Invitational (9th)
  • 1994 IFBB Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic (7th)
  • 1994 IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational (4th)
  • 1994 IFBB Night of Champions (12th)
  • 1994 IFBB San Jose Pro Invitational (7th)
  • 1995 IFBB Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic (9th)
  • 1995 IFBB Florida Pro Invitational (4th)
  • 1995 IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational (3rd)
  • 1995 IFBB South Beach Pro Invitational (4th)
  • 1996 IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational (4th)
  • 1996 IFBB San Jose Pro Invitational (6th)
  • 1997 IFBB Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic (7th)
  • 1997 IFBB Grand Prix Czech Republic (5th)
  • 1997 IFBB Grand Prix England (6th)
  • 1997 IFBB Grand Prix Finland (9th)
  • 1997 IFBB Grand Prix Germany (3rd)
  • 1997 IFBB Grand Prix Hungary (3rd)
  • 1997 IFBB Grand Prix Russia (9th)
  • 1997 IFBB Grand Prix Spain (3rd)
  • 1997 IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational (2nd)
  • 1997 IFBB Mr. Olympia (6th)
  • 1998 IFBB Mr. Olympia (7th)
  • 1999 IFBB Iron Man Pro Invitational (6th)
  • 1999 IFBB Mr. Olympia (8th)
  • 2000 IFBB Night of Champions (5th)
  • 2000 IFBB Mr. Olympia (6th)
  • 2001 IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational (7th)
  • 2002 IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational (2nd)
  • 2002 IFBB Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic (4th)
  • 2002 IFBB San Francisco Pro Invtational (1st)
  • 2002 IFBB Mr. Olympia (6th)
  • 2003 IFBB Mr. Olympia (15th)
  • 2004 IFBB Ironman Pro (2nd)
  • 2004 IFBB San Francisco Pro Invitational (2nd)
  • 2005 IFBB Grand Prix Australia (1st)
  • 2005 IFBB Arnold Classic (4th)
  • 2005 IFBB Iron Man Pro Invitational (2nd)
  • 2005 IFBB BBC Classic
  • 2006 IFBB Ironman Pro (1st)
  • 2006 IFBB Arnold Classic (6th)
  • 2006 IFBB Grand Prix Australia (2nd)
  • 2006 NOC New York
  • 2006 PDI Night of Champions (1st)
  • 2013 NABBA Mr. Universe (1st)

Training videos[edit]

  • The Blonde Myth (1998)
  • Another Blonde Myth (2001) - Footage leading up 2000 night of champions. "Home video footage" provides new look of Lee Priest. Includes his wedding, whole body workouts.
  • Training Camp and Career Highlights - Showcasing the fabulous physique and career of Lee Priest, Australia's own Superman.
  • It's Not Revenge (2006) - In the series Titans, Watch Bodybuilding Superstar Lee Priest train a few days out of competition in Austin.
  • Reality DVD series (2006–2008) BodybuildersReality.com

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