Jim Haislop was known as the successor to Steve Reeves with his incredible physique. He’s one of the greatest bodybuilders in the history of the sport to never turn professional.
Although Jim’s relatively unknown in the mainstream, he’s widely appreciated by bodybuilding and fitness enthusiasts for his work in the industry.
This is his story:
|Full Name: Jim Haslop|
|205 – 215lbs (88.5 – 93.0kg)||5’11” (180cm)||18.75″||51.5″|
|Waist||Thighs||Year of Birth|
|Weight||205 – 215lbs (88.5 – 93.0kg)|
|Year of Birth||1942|
- Mr Florida – AAU, Winner
- Mr USA – AAU, 3rd
- Mr America – AAU, 5th
- Mr North America – AAU, Winner
- Mr USA – AAU, Most Muscular, 5th
- Mr USA – AAU, 3rd
- Mr America – AAU, Most Muscular, 3rd
- Mr America – AAU, 2nd
- Mr Southern States – AAU, Winner
- Mr USA – AAU, Most Muscular, 2nd
- Mr USA – AAU, Winner
- Mr America – AAU, Winner
- Junior Mr America – AAU, Winner
- Mr Universe – NABBA, Tall, 2nd
- Mr Universe – NABBA, Tall, 1st
Born and raised in Florida, America, Jim always had a passion for fitness. He began working out at an early age and he made serious progress very quickly – his genetics allowed him to develop a unique figure resembling Steve Reeves.
By his early twenties, Jim had already sculpted a great physique.
In 1965, at the age of 23, Jim entered his first competition – the AAU Mr. Florida show. Impressively, he walked away as the champion, placing first in his debut contest.
That same year, he placed a very respectable 3rd in the nationals (AAU Mr. USA). At this point, he had committed his future to the sport, determined to make a name for himself.
Jim Haislop (right) posing with Franco Columbu (left) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (middle).
Over the next 3 years, Jim competed in a further 12 shows, taking home 5 trophies in the process. However, during the 1960’s, the only way to earn a Pro Card was to win the Mr. Universe overall title.
Although Jim placed 2nd in the 1968 Mr. Universe, he didn’t manage to become a professional bodybuilder.
After years of coming close to earning his Pro Card, Jim stepped on stage for the final time in 1969 at the NABBA Mr. Universe competition. He proved his ability to perform at the highest level by placing 1st, ending his short but memorable career on a high note.
However, Jim had always been regarded as one of the greatest bodybuilders in the world throughout his career (even by Arnold Schwarzenegger). After his retirement at 27-years-old, Jim was invited to use his experience as an athlete to judge countless NPC contests.
The fact that he never turned professional didn’t stop Jim from cementing his legacy into the sport’s history – he’s frequently compared to the great Steve Reeves and considered one of the most aesthetic bodybuilders the industry has ever seen.
Jim was known to train 6 days a week using an upper body/lower body split routine. As well as this, he would train for up to 3 hours per session in the gym to sculpt his incredibly balanced physique.
Idols and Influences
Jim gained a lot of attention during his short career for his aesthetic physique – he’s become the idol of many aspiring and champion bodybuilders.
He names his family and friends as his main influences, as they pushed him on to achieve success.
What we can learn from Jim Haislop
Jim has taught us that status isn’t important. He didn’t manage to earn a Pro Card, but he’s still secured his legacy in the sport.
One thing we can take away from Jim is that you should only focus on your personal goals – you shouldn’t compare yourself to others and their success. All that matters is realizing your own ambitions in life.