Toney Freeman

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Toney Freeman
Toney Freeman IFBB 2009 Australia.jpg
2009 IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix VIII
Personal info
NicknameThe X-Man
Born (1966-08-30) August 30, 1966 (age 52)[1]
South Bend, Indiana, U.S.
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm) [1]
Weight285 lb (129 kg) (Contest)[1]
310 lb (141 kg) (Off-season)[1]
Professional career
Best win2007 Sacramento Pro Champion, 1999–2003
PredecessorGustavo Badell

Toney Freeman (born August 30, 1966) is an American IFBB professional bodybuilder and brand ambassador residing in Atlanta, Georgia.


Freeman's nickname is The X-Man because his body characterizes the "X-frame" of classical bodybuilding: broad shoulders, narrow waist, and flaring thighs. He has been featured on the cover and pages of Flex, Muscular Development, and Musclemag. Freeman did not become a competitive bodybuilder until his late 30s because, for many years, it was a hobby and the sport was dominated by his idols Lee Haney and Dorian Yates.

It took Freeman many years to fill out his large frame and he was mentored by Dave Palumbo to become a professional. Freeman's first (National Physique Committee (NPC)) competition was in 1993, where he won the heavyweight class of the NPC Junior Nationals. His first IFBB event was the Night of Champions competition, where he placed 11th. His first Arnold Classic was in 2005, where he placed 10th. His first Ironman Pro Invitational was in 2006, where he placed 7th. His first Mr. Olympia appearance was in 2006, where he placed 7th. In 2007, he won the Ironman Pro and Sacramento Pro and placed 3rd at the Arnold Classic. He made the top 5 at the 2008 Mr. Olympia.[2]

On December 8, 2010, during a visit to Sweden, Freeman was escorted by the police from Sundsvall while undertaking a promotional appearance in a local store. The police knew Freeman and other international bodybuilders were coming to Sweden for a fitness festival from promotional posters. According to Freeman, he was taken to the police station and was denied a legal representative and forced to give a urine sample.[3] Reports allege that Freeman tested positive for testosterone, human growth hormone, and cannabis.[4][5][6][7][8][9] He was released the same day with no charge. On December 31, 2010, Freeman responded to the allegations with an official statement and a video in which he emphasized he had not been treated properly by being denied an advocate or communication with the U.S. embassy.[10][11]

Freeman became the first[citation needed] international professional bodybuilder to be detained by the Swedish police under "muscle profiling",[12] a profiling method used by Swedish police in which suspicion of performance-enhancing drug use is based solely on physical appearance.[13] The possession of such substances as steroids is illegal in Sweden. According to others who have been detained in this manner, police use the size and appearance of the bodybuilder to detain them, then aim to prove their case with blood or urine samples taken at the station.[14] Police staff member Henrik Blusi generalized the actions taken against Freeman to all professional bodybuilders, saying: "If you are a professional bodybuilder you should not come to Sundsvall. We are very well informed here. We are currently conducting the largest doping trial in Europe, and then one should understand that we have an eye out for these things now."[15]


  • Height: 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) [1]
  • Contest Weight: 295 pounds (134 kg)[1]
  • Off Season Weight: 310 pounds (141 kg)[1]
  • Waist: 32 in (79 cm)[1]

Competitive history[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Toney Freeman".
  2. ^ "Bodybuilder profiles: Toney Freeman". Retrieved December 17, 2010.
  3. ^ Millard Baker (January 3, 2011). "Pro Bodybuilder Toney Freeman Speaks Out Against Sweden War on Bodybuilders". Mesomorphosis. Retrieved January 8, 2011.
  4. ^ William Svärd (2010). "Kroppsbyggarstjärna greps för dopningsbrott (Bodybuilder star detained for doping crime)" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved December 9, 2010.
  5. ^ Malin Elfving (2010). "Här grips stjärnan misstänkt för dopningsbrott" (in Swedish). Sundsvalls tidning. Retrieved December 9, 2010.
  6. ^ "Känd bodybuilder gripen i Sundsvall" (Web TV) (in Swedish). Expressen. 2010. Retrieved December 10, 2010.
  7. ^ Joe Pietaro (December 9, 2010). "Toney Freeman arrested in Sweden". Muscles production (blog). Retrieved January 8, 2011.
  8. ^ Jewbacca Singerman (December 9, 2010). "Muscle Gossip #9: Freeman Taken into Custody in Sweden!". RX Muscle. Retrieved January 8, 2011.
  9. ^ "Toney Freeman in Schweden verhaftet" (in German). Body Xtreme. December 10, 2010. Retrieved January 8, 2011.
  10. ^ "Toney Freeman press statement". Google docs. December 31, 2010. Retrieved January 8, 2011.
  11. ^ "Toney Freeman – New Year Greetings". YouTube. December 31, 2010. Retrieved January 8, 2011.
  12. ^ "no title known" (in Swedish). Metro. Retrieved January 8, 2011.
  13. ^ millardbaker (May 11, 2009). "IFBB Pro Bodybuilders Martin Kjellström and Irene Andersen Interrogated in Swedish Steroid Investigation". Zimbio. Retrieved January 8, 2011.
  14. ^ "Man arrested for having big muscles". The local. August 13, 2007. Retrieved January 8, 2011.
  15. ^ "Här grips stjärnan misstänkt för dopningsbrott" (in Swedish). Sundsvalls Tidning. December 8, 2010. Retrieved January 8, 2011.