About Porter Cottrell
Born: August 30, 1961
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Residence: Mount Washington, Kentucky, USA
Nickname: The Southern Gentleman
Height: 5′ 8″ (173 cm)
Competition Weight: 194 lbs (88 kg)
Porter Cottrell was born on August 30, 1962, in Mount Washington, Kentucky, USA. He was an IFBB Pro bodybuilder.
In a recent interview with the question: “How did you first become interested in bodybuilding?” Cottrell says:
“When I was eight years old, my father took me to my first drive in movie. It was Hercules and my first view of Steve Reeves. From that point on I knew I wanted to obtain that look. I didn’t know what bodybuilding was, but that moment sparked my interest in bodybuilding. I watched Hercules movies every chance I could on channel 41.
When I found out there were magazines. An older buddy of mine had some. Every time I got an opportunity, I would run down to his house and look at his magazines. Then when I was twelve years old, my brother was given a 110 pound, concrete weight set. He never opened it. So I took it upon myself to open it, and read the little manual that was in it. That’s where it all began“.
As far as my training goes, I stay around 200 pounds. I primarily train the same as I did as a professional bodybuilder. One thing I would add. I try to live a very very healthy lifestyle. I’ve been personal training for 18 years.”
Porter Cottrell came to prominence in 1988 when he won the overall at the NPC Junior National Championships. His next major victory was the light-heavyweight class at the 1991 NPC National Championships. Although he lost the Overall Title to Kevin Levrone, he still achieved IFBB Professional status.
The next 2 years (1992-1993) Porter won several titles, IFBB Chicago Pro Championships (2 times), IFBB Niagara Falls Pro Invitational, IFBB Night of Champions, IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Invitational. He was the competitor for IFBB Mr. Olympia in 1992 and 1994 with his best result 5th.
He was an awesome bodybuilder and a firefighter for the Louisville Fire Department from 1987 to 2009. Porter lives today in Louisville, Kentucky with his beautiful wife Chastity, his son Canaan Reese (5 years old), and a beautiful step-daughter named Jordyn Priddy.
Mr. & Masters Olympia Results
- 1992 – IFBB Mr. Olympia: 8th
- 1994 – IFBB Mr. Olympia: 5th
- 1984 – Mr. Lousville
- 1984 – Mr. Kentucky
- 1986 – Mr. Continental USA
- 1988 – NPC Junior Nationals
- 1991 – NPC Nationals (Light-HeavyWeight)
- 1992 – IFBB Chicago Pro Championships
- 1992 – IFBB Niagara Falls Pro Invitational
- 1993 – IFBB Chicago Pro Championships
- 1993 – IFBB Night of Champions
- 1993 – IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Invitational