This was an article Steve wrote a while back (November 28th, 2009). He referenced it in our latest article (Rag on the Mags #2 - Flex: July 2010) so we decided to publish it so it can be linked to easily on WBB


The sports of powerlifting, bodybuilding and strongman competition seem to attract a colorful crowd. With literally millions of participants and a monthly carousel of athletes being profiled in each of the multitude of monthly muscle and strength magazines, a handful of athletes have stood out over the past three decades.

They stand out for their trailblazing lifting, their unique personalities and their dominance of the competition. All were driven by their hunger to be bigger and stronger. Most importantly, each of these iron icons stands out because of their ability to inspire us. For this reason, we call them… THE HARDCORE 12!