German bodybuilding sensation Dennis Wolf has watched the sport shift since his time under the bright lights. In a recent YouTube video, Wolf examined how he and 90s bodybuilders would fare against elite Men’s Open competitors of today.
Boasting over a decade of IFBB Pro League experience, fans couldn’t discuss the top of the Men’s Open class in the 2000s without mentioning Dennis Wolf. He is a perennial Mr. Olympia contender and the 2014 winner of the Arnold Classic. While competing in his prime, Wolf pushed his body in pursuit of greatness, revealing at one point in time he force-fed himself to a staggering 315 pounds.
Following his retirement from the sport, Wolf’s focus has remained solely on health, wellness, and longevity. He downsized his physique and now sports a more streamlined and toned look. Aside from his current training obligations, Wolf often looks back on his bodybuilding tenure, having been featured on an array of podcasts.
Dennis Wolf Critical Of Today’s Bodybuilding Talent
Wolf discussed his ‘uncrowned Mr. Olympia’ label and how 90s bodybuilders would fare against top talent today.
“Every time I post something I get you know, the comments ‘Oh man, uncrowned Mr. Olympia’ and all that. But look, you can’t turn time back so it’s over. But it’s always interesting, what would have happened right?
So it’s a good thing too, it keeps you up a little bit and motivated maybe, but it’s like I said, even looking in the 90s right? The quality… and the level… I still would say they would even do great in our time.”
According to Dennis Wolf, ‘extraordinarily impressive’ and ‘big’ physiques aren’t as common as they once were in the 1990s-2000s.
“There have always been athletes who have been extraordinarily impressive, big and impressive you know. So you don’t see that much today.
Of course, you have a couple of athletes that are amazing and are looking great and looking like a champion and making the way to the top but back then it was more difficult I would say,” shared Dennis Wolf.
Questions surrounding the ideal look in bodybuilding have been a topic of debate lately. Even podcast host Joe Rogan has chimed in. In Rogan’s opinion, he believes the physiques of the golden era are more impressive than what’s on display at Mr. Olympia today.
Dennis Wolf, who carved out a successful career competing against mass monsters like Jay Cutler and Ronnie Coleman, won’t forget the challenges that came with attempting to dethrone such imposing champions. He appreciates what bodybuilding offers today, but refuses to dismiss the difficulty of standing out in the 1990s-2000s.