Franco Columbu Bio
Franco Columbu started out as a boxer, later he progressed into the sport of Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting and Bodybuilding. Franco was well known for working and training with Arnold Schwarzenegger's. Due to the success, and in turn the huge popularity of these two world renowned weightlifters, these two revolutionaries are said to be unrivalled in their effect on the popularity of the sport. More recently at the UK 2012 Olympics weightlifting competition the major UK bookmaker Betway.com said Weightlifting was the most competitive sports held at the London Olympics.
It’s a long way from the island
of Sardinia in Italy to Southern California,
and no one knows better than Dr. Franco
From humble beginnings, Dr. Columbu
has gone from villager to boxing champion,
to international bodybuilding superstar,
to entrepreneur, to Doctor of Chiropractic
and most recently to actor and film producer.
Dr. Columbu has won every major title
in both bodybuilding and weightlifting
as well as setting records in powerlifting … an
He is a two-time Mr. Olympia, the most
prestigious and lucrative title in bodybuilding
and has been Mr. Universe and Mr. World,
With firsthand experience of the necessity
of chiropractic in his personal and professional
lives, Dr. Columbu is an authority on
sports medicine and kinesiology and has
applied his knowledge to several books,
including “Weight Training and
Bodybuilding: A Complete Guide for Young
Athletes” (with Dr. Richard Tyler,
DC); “Franco Columbu’s Complete
Book of Bodybuilding” (with a foreword
by Arnold Schwarzenegger); and “The
Bodybuilder’s Nutrition Book” (with
He received is DC degree from Cleveland
Chiropractic College in 1978 and has
just been recognized by them as “2003
Alum of the Year”.
His film appearances include the famous
documentary “Pumping Iron”, “Conan
the Barbarian”, “Running
Man”, and “Terminator”.
He also starred and produced the action
features “Beretta’s Island” (with
an appearance by Arnold Schwarzenegger), “Doublecross” and
his latest “Ancient Warriors”,
which has just been released in the US
on Video and DVD.
Dr. Columbu resides in Brentwood with
his wife Debbie and his daughter Maria
and maintains his practice Personalized
Chiropractic Care in West Los Angeles.
Titles Won in Bodybuilding:
• Mr. Italy
• Mr. Europe
• Mr. International
• Mr. World
• Mr. Universe
• Mr. Olympia
Titles Won in Powerlifting:
• Champion of Italy
• Champion of Germany
• Champion of Europe
• World Champion
World Records in Powerlifting:
• Bench Press 520 lbs.
• Squat 655 lbs.
• Deadlift 750 lbs.
Records in Weightlifting:
• Olympic Press 325 lbs.
• Snatch 270 lbs.
• Clean and Jerk 400 lbs.
Boxing: Amateur Boxing Champion
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