Gustavo Badell

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Gustavo Badell
Personal info
NicknameThe Freakin' 'Rican
Born (1972-11-03) November 3, 1972 (age 47)
Height5 ft 7.7 in / 172 cm.
WeightContest: 245lb Off season: 260-265 lb
Professional career
Best winIronman Pro Invitational, 2006

Gustavo Badell aka the Freakin' 'Rican, (born November 3, 1972) is an IFBB professional bodybuilder.


Gustavo was born in Venezuela, 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 pro by winning the 1997 Caribbean Championships. His first IFBB appearance was in 1998 when he competed in the IFBB Grand Prix of Germany. He first competed in the IFBB Night of Champions (now called the New York Pro) in 1999, where he placed 14th. His first Ironman Pro Invitational came in 2000, where he placed 18th. His first Mr. Olympia appearance was in 2002, where he placed 24th. His first Arnold Classic was in 2004, where he placed 7th. His pro placings have been lackluster until 2003 when he started placing higher, in part because of help from fellow pro bodybuilder Milos Sarcev. Gustavo has been featured in many fitness and magazine articles as well as appearing on the cover of FLEX magazine. He is also featured 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: 5 foot 8 inches
  • Competition weight: 245 lb.
  • Offseason weight: 260-265 lb.

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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 Magazine Online Aug. 2004. Weider Publication. Accessed 6 Jun. 2006. <>

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