Josh Lenartowicz was a virtual unknown before this year’s Arnold classic. The Australian bodybuilder earned his right to compete at Mr. Olympia by winning back to back shows in the U.S. and Italy. With his first shot at the big show he made it count by placing third, beating out veterans like Branch Warren, in this year’s Arnold Classic.
While Josh “Big Josh” Lenartowicz is not a household name, he’s been quietly climbing up the ranks for the last 2 years. Getting his pro card in just 2014, Josh Lenartowicz has been crushing the Aussie scene straight out of the gate. His coming out party however came overseas when he competed in Italy at the San Marino Pro. Josh pulled off the upset over favorite William Bonac and 16 other IFBB stars to take his first IFBB professional win.
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After the win Josh Lenartowicz flew to the US to take on his next challenge at the Ferrigno Legacy Show hosted by the “Incredible Hulk” himself Lou Ferrigno. With competitors coming from all around the world, this show was an international affair – this show was the real deal. Josh Lenartowicz got the win and got to realize a lifelong dream of standing on stage with Lou Ferrigno himself.
Josh Lenartowicz is a massive monster who obviously knows how to win a show. Is this Aussie the future of bodybuilding? Stay tuned mate.
Check out his list of accolades below:
– 2004 INBA 1st place Jr Mr Melbourne
– 2004 INBA 1st place Overall Mr Melbourne
– 2005 INBA 1st place Jr Mr Victoria
– 2005 INBA 1st place Jr Mr Australia
– 2006 INBA 1st place Open Mr Victoria
– 2006 INBA 1st place Overall Mr Victoria
– 2006 INBA best posing routine
– 2006 INBA 2nd place Open Mr Australia
– 2006 INBA 2nd place Mr Olympia
– 2009 CAPO Deadlift champion
– 2009 National Deadlift record holder
– 2013 IFBB 1st place heavy weight champion FITX
– 2013 IFBB 1st place super heavy weight Mr Australasia
-2013 south pacific island championships guest poser
-2014 IFBB 1st place open PRO qualifier
-2014 IFBB PRO DEBUT
-2014 IFBB 1st place highest ranked Australian in pro show
– 2015 1st place San Marino Pro, Italy
– 2015 1st place Ferrigno Legacy, California
With such an impressive resume and taking third place at the Arnold Classic, it’s clear that Lenartowicz is a bodybuilder that you should keep your eye on in 2016.