Kai Greene

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Kai Greene
— Bodybuilder —
Kai Greene IFBB 2009 Australia 5.jpg
Greene at the 2009 IFBB Australia
Personal info
Nickname Mr. Getting It Done
The Predator
Born (1975-07-12) July 12, 1975 (age 41)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 260–275 lbs (on-season)
300–310lbs (off-season)
Professional career
Pro-debut IFBB New York Pro, 2005
Best win Arnold Classic, 2009–2010 and 2016
Active Yes

Leslie Kai Greene[1] (born July 12, 1975), known professionally as Kai Greene and sometimes Kai L. Greene, is an American IFBB professional bodybuilder. His most recent victory was the 2016 Arnold Classic. He was the first runner up (2nd place) at the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Mr. Olympia competition.

Early life[edit]

Greene was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. From the age of six, he was raised in foster care and residential treatment center placements.[2] According to his online biography,[citation needed] his rapid physical growth and development drew the attention of his seventh grade English teacher, and since his behavior in school was troublesome, he was introduced to teenage bodybuilding competitions.



Greene became an enthusiastic bodybuilder, competing in the National Physique Committee (NPC) and aiming to move into the IFBB. He perceives his success in the NPC as mixed. Although he won the 1999 NPC Team Universe, he was disappointed and took a five-year break from competitions, before re-emerging in the 2004 NPC Team Universe contest, which he won again.[3] This victory qualified him for a career as an IFBB professional bodybuilder.

New York Pro & Mr. Olympia[edit]

In 2011, Greene began working with preparation coach George Farah and placed first in the 2011 New York Pro Championship. Greene's third place win at Mr. Olympia in 2011 qualified him for the 2012 contest in Las Vegas, so he did not compete at the 2012 New York Pro in order to focus on Mr. Olympia.

On September 29, 2012, he placed 2nd in the 2012 Mr. Olympia competition. On September 28, 2013, he again placed 2nd in the 2013 Mr. Olympia and again on September 20, 2014 for the 2014 Mr. Olympia competition in Las Vegas.[4]

He did not compete in the 2015 Olympia due to unknown circumstances. Per a statement he made, "There is a lot more going on behind the scenes, that I cannot discuss." Olympia officials denied any claims that he was banned from competing; they did, however, confirm that he did not register and was reminded several times since May. Greene did request an extension on the registration period in May, it was extended till July. He did not make this deadline either.[5]

On March 5, 2016. Kai won the Arnold Classic 2016.


In 2009, Greene worked with director Mike Pulcinella to release Overkill which documented his preparation for his first appearance at the 2009 Olympia. In 2010, he teamed up with Pulcinella again to film the sequel Redemption, showcasing his training and philosophies for the 2010 Arnold Classic, which he won for the second year in a row. He features in the 2013 film Generation Iron, detailing the lead up to and events of the 2012 Mr. Olympia competition.

Sponsors and endorsements[edit]

Greene was sponsored by Flex. He launched his own supplement brand, Dynamik Muscle, in 2015. In May 2016 Kai launched his own training program called "The 5P".[6] The name is an acronym for Kai's motto: "Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance".[7]


In November 2015, Greene and fitness model Krystal Lavenne began co-hosting a weekly podcast titled Generation Iron, in which they discuss various topics while answering questions sent in by fans.[8][9]

Kai Greene Mind-Muscle Connection Principle[edit]

Your mind and muscles will eventually develop the language necessary to communicate once enough training has been completed.

Greene has often discussed the "mind-muscle connection". In an article published by Flex as part of his Top Ten Big Back Principles:[8], he explained, "The mind-muscle connection is the number one factor in training. You develop it over time by posing your muscle, and also by paying close attention to how your muscles feel when you work them. Eventually, you get to where your mind can read the feedback your muscles are providing, and your muscles can react to the stimulus your mind is providing. Practice posing between sets or anytime. And feel your muscles working throughout your sets. Eventually, your mind and muscles will speak the same language and communicate back and forth."[10]

Contest history[edit]


  1. ^ Pinnacle Sports Media & Entertainment, Inc. v Greene. justia.com
  2. ^ I AM MORE than an ARTIST. officialkaigreene.com
  3. ^ "2004 NPC Team Universe Results". Bodybuilding.com. Bodybuilding.com. Retrieved September 16, 2015. 
  4. ^ Norton, Layne (August 21, 2015) 2014 Olympia Weekend: Mr. Olympia Final Results. bodybuilding.com
  5. ^ Kai Greene: Bodybuilder Banned From Mr. Olympia Competition, Could Lead To Major Rift In The Sport. Inquisitr.com. Retrieved on May 11, 2016.
  6. ^ "Kai Greene Launches The 5P's Training and Diet Program". Ectomorph Bodybuilding | Skinny Yoked. Retrieved May 9, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Kaigreene". the5p.com. Retrieved May 9, 2016. 
  8. ^ Audio « Play.It. .play.it. Retrieved on May 11, 2016.
  9. ^ Podcast With Kai Greene: Listen to the Premiere Now!. Generation Iron. Retrieved on May 11, 2016.
  10. ^ "Kai's 10 Big Back Principles | www.flexonline.com". americanmediainc.com. Retrieved August 11, 2015. 

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