Art Atwood

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Art Atwood
— Bodybuilder —
Personal info
Born (1973-12-27)December 27, 1973
Died September 11, 2011(2011-09-11) (aged 37)
Dallas, Texas
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight Competition: 278 lb (126 kg)
Off-season: 330 lb (150 kg)
Professional career

Art Atwood (December 27, 1973 – September 11, 2011) was an American IFBB professional heavyweight bodybuilder.


A native of Wisconsin, Atwood's first NPC (National Physique Committee) competition came in 2000, where he placed 1st place in the super-heavyweight class of the Junior USA. His professional bodybuilding debut was the 2001 Toronto Pro where he took 1st place. His first IFBB Mr. Olympia came in 2002, where he placed 12th. After other various competitions he competed in the IFBB Night of Champions tournament of 2003, where he placed 7th. His first Arnold Classic was in 2005, where he placed 14th.

Atwood has been featured in many fitness and bodybuilding magazines, as well as appearing on the cover of RxMuscle magazine.

Contest history[edit]

  • 2000 NPC Junior USA, Super-HeavyWeight, 1st and Overall
  • 2000 NPC Nationals, Super-HeavyWeight, 14th
  • 2000 NPC USA Championships, Super-HeavyWeight, 7th
  • 2001 NPC Nationals, Super-HeavyWeight, 1st
  • 2001 NPC USA Championships, Super-HeavyWeight, 3rd
  • 2002 Grand Prix England, 7th
  • 2002 Mr. Olympia, 12th
  • 2002 Show of Strength Pro Championship, 12th
  • 2002 Toronto Pro Invitational, 1st
  • 2003 Grand Prix England, 7th
  • 2003 Grand Prix Holland, 8th
  • 2003 Grand Prix Hungary, 3rd
  • 2003 Grand Prix Russia, 6th
  • 2003 Night of Champions, 7th
  • 2003 Mr. Olympia, 13th
  • 2004 Florida Pro Xtreme Challenge, 5th
  • 2004 Hungarian Pro Invitational, 8th
  • 2004 Night of Champions, 9th
  • 2004 Toronto Pro Invitational, 5th
  • 2005 Arnold Classic, 14th
  • 2005 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 10th
  • 2006 Europa Super Show, 5th
  • 2006 Montreal Pro, 7th
  • 2006 Atlantic City Pro, 10th


On Sunday, September 11, 2011, at about 2:30pm, Atwood was walking through the pool area of the condominium complex where he lived in Dallas, TX when he had a heart attack. Two residents who were at the pool saw him fall in and immediately pulled him out. They were able to revive him and call paramedics, but Atwood died at nearby Baylor Regional Medical Center Hospital in Plano, TX, at age 37 years. The coroners report showed that Atwood died of a massive heart attack. The report also states Atwood unknowingly suffered a minor heart attack about a month previous. Funeral arrangements were made for Atwood, September 19, 2011, at the Krause Funeral Home, New Berlin, Wisconsin, with burial September 20, 2011, at Pinelawn Memorial Park, Wauwatosa, WI. A vigil was held in Dallas, TX on September 16, 2011. Atwood is survived by parents Arthur Dale Atwood, Jr. and Sandra J. (Ralph) Puffpaff; and his siblings Todd Morris (Deri), Jory (Michael) Banda, Marni Reibert, Dana Atwood (Tim) and Gina (Peter) Van Opens.

References[edit] Bio of Art Atwood. Accessed 11/3/2006.

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