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Nasser El Sonbaty
Nasser El Sonbaty

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Nasser El Sonbaty, an IFBB professional bodybuilder, left an indelible mark on the world of bodybuilding with his remarkable journey, distinctive nickname, and impressive career.

Born on October 15, 1965, in Stuttgart, Germany, Nasser El Sonbaty was of diverse heritage, with an Egyptian father and a Yugoslav mother from Novi Pazar, Serbia. He grew up in a multicultural environment and went on to pursue higher education. Sonbaty was a graduate of the University of Augsburg, where he obtained a degree in history, political science, and sociology. His academic achievements demonstrated his intellectual depth and multi-faceted interests. He also came from a large family, with two sisters and two brothers.

Sonbaty’s journey in the world of bodybuilding commenced in 1983, marking the beginning of a remarkable career. In 1985, he made his competitive debut at the Junior State Championship in Germany, where he placed 6th. This early experience set the stage for his future success.

One of the pivotal moments in Sonbaty’s career was his first appearance in the prestigious Mr. Olympia competition in 1994, where he secured a respectable 7th place. This competition served as a stepping stone for his career. Over the course of his illustrious career, Sonbaty participated in 13 amateur shows and an impressive 53 IFBB Pro shows. His consistent dedication to the sport was evident in his qualification for 10 consecutive Mr. Olympia contests, a remarkable feat. In total, he entered nine Mr. Olympia competitions, with his most notable performance in 1997, where he achieved a remarkable 2nd place.

Nasser El Sonbaty was known for his distinctive style and demeanor. He was often seen posing and training while wearing round spectacles, which became his trademark look. Coupled with his fluency in several languages and his academic background, these distinctive attributes contributed to his widely recognized nickname, “The Professor.” Despite his substantial offseason weight, often exceeding 300 lbs, he possessed the ability to display his well-defined abdominal muscles, a testament to his exceptional physique. His charismatic presence extended beyond the gym, as he graced the covers and pages of numerous international fitness and bodybuilding magazines, appearing on over 60 covers.

In his personal life, Sonbaty divided his time between San Diego, California, and Costa Mesa, California. Tragically, his life was cut short when he passed away in his sleep while visiting Cairo on March 20, 2013. His untimely death was a profound loss to the bodybuilding community.

Nasser El Sonbaty’s physical stats included a height of 180 cm (5 ft 11 in). During competition season, his weight ranged between 265 lbs (120 kg) and 290 lbs (131 kg), reflecting the level of dedication and discipline required to compete at the highest level of professional bodybuilding. In the offseason, his weight fluctuated between 300 lbs (136 kg) and 315 lbs (143 kg), highlighting the remarkable transformation his body underwent during his career.

Nasser El Sonbaty’s journey in bodybuilding remains an inspirational and impactful chapter in the history of the sport. His distinctive style, intellect, and remarkable achievements continue to be celebrated and remembered by the bodybuilding community and fitness enthusiasts worldwide.

Nasser El Sonbaty Bodybuilding Competition History

1990
Grand Prix Finland – IFBB, 8th
Grand Prix France – IFBB, 7th
Grand Prix Holland – IFBB, 8th

1991
Night of Champions – IFBB, Did not place

1992
Chicago Pro Championships – IFBB, 19th
Night of Champions – IFBB, Did not place

1993
Grand Prix France – IFBB, 3rd
Grand Prix Germany – IFBB, 3rd

1994
Grand Prix France – IFBB, 4th
Grand Prix Germany (2) – IFBB, 4th
Night of Champions – IFBB, 2nd
Olympia – IFBB, 7th

1995
Grand Prix England – IFBB, 4th
Grand Prix France – IFBB, 3rd
Grand Prix Germany – IFBB, 3rd
Grand Prix Russia – IFBB, 3rd
Grand Prix Spain – IFBB, 3rd
Grand Prix Ukraine – IFBB, 2nd
Houston Pro Championships – IFBB, Winner
Night of Champions – IFBB, Winner
Olympia – IFBB, 3rd

1996
Grand Prix Czech Republic – IFBB, Winner
Grand Prix England – IFBB, 2nd
Grand Prix Germany – IFBB, 2nd
Grand Prix Russia – IFBB, Winner
Grand Prix Spain – IFBB, 3rd
Grand Prix Switzerland – IFBB, Winner
Olympia – IFBB, Disqualified

1997
Arnold Classic – IFBB, 2nd
Grand Prix Czech Republic – IFBB, 3rd
Grand Prix England – IFBB, 3rd
Grand Prix Finland – IFBB, 4th
Grand Prix Germany – IFBB, 2nd
Grand Prix Hungary – IFBB, 2nd
Grand Prix Russia – IFBB, 3rd
Grand Prix Spain – IFBB, 2nd
Olympia – IFBB, 2nd
San Jose Pro Invitational – IFBB, 2nd

1998
Arnold Classic – IFBB, 2nd
Grand Prix Finland – IFBB, 3rd
Grand Prix Germany – IFBB, 3rd
Olympia – IFBB, 3rd

1999
Arnold Classic – IFBB, Winner
Grand Prix England – IFBB, 6th
Olympia – IFBB, 6th
World Pro Championships – IFBB, 6th

2000
Olympia – IFBB, 5th

2001
Olympia – IFBB, 9th

2002
Arnold Classic – IFBB, 10th
Olympia – IFBB, 15th

2004
Night of Champions – IFBB, 15th
Show of Strength Pro Championships – IFBB, 14th

2005
Europa Supershow – IFBB, 14th

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