Gustavo Badell

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Gustavo Badell
Gustavo Badell posing
Personal info
NicknameThe Freakin' 'Rican
Born (1972-11-03) November 3, 1972 (age 49)
Height5 ft 7.7 in / 172 cm
WeightContest: 245lb Off season: 260-265 lb
Professional career
Best win
  • Ironman Pro Invitational
  • 2006

Gustavo Badell aka "the Freakin' 'Rican", (born November 3, 1972) is an International Federation of BodyBuilders professional bodybuilder.


Badell was born in Venezuela and moved to Puerto Rico when he was around 22 years old. He began lifting weights at the age of fifteen to increase his size for boxing. Gustavo gained muscle incredibly fast, and when he was 19 entered and won his first bodybuilding competition, the 1991 Junior Caribbean Bodybuilding Championships.

After six years of weight training he was able to turn professional by winning the 1997 Caribbean Championships. His first International Federation of BodyBuilders appearance was in 1998 when he competed in the Grand Prix of Germany. He first competed in the International Federation of BodyBuilders Night of Champions (now called the New York Pro) in 1999, where he finished in 14th place. His first Ironman Pro Invitational was in 2000, where he was 18th. His first Mr. Olympia appearance was in 2002, where he was 24th. His first Arnold Classic was in 2004, where he was 7th. His professional placings were lackluster until 2003 when he started placing higher, in part because of help from the fellow professional bodybuilder Milos Sarcev. Badell has appeared in many fitness and magazine articles as well as on the cover of Flex magazine. He has appeared in numerous advertisements for MuscleTech, normally for Nitrotech Hardcore protein powder and Masstech weight-gain powder.


  • Current residence: Puerto Rico
  • Family: ex-wife Jessica, children: Barbie Ann, Nicole Marie, Michael Gustavo and Christian Carlos Badell
  • Height: 5ft 7.7in (172 cm)
  • Competition weight: 245 pounds (111 kg)
  • Offseason weight: 260–265 pounds (118–120 kg)

Contest history[edit]

See also[edit]


Perine, Shawn, "Mucho Gustavo Badell, that is. There's a lot to like about this 240-pounder. Here's how he built his 21½-inch arms", Muscle & Fitness, August 2004. Weider Publication. Accessed 6 June 2006.

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