Shawn Ray

Shawn Ray (born September 9, 1965 in Placentia, California, U.S.) is a former professional bodybuilder and author.


Name: Shawn Ray

Location: Placentia, CA, USA

Born: September 9, 1965

Height: 5' 7"

Off Season Weight: 230 lbs.

Competition Weight: 215 lbs.


In over 30 major bodybuilding competitions, Ray only failed to place in the top five once. Signing his first professional bodybuilding sponsor contract in 1988, Ray has been featured in six video documentaries; Lifestyles of the Fit & Famous (Biopic), Final Countdown (Contest Prep for Olympia 1998), Inside & Out- Behind the Muscle, a look at his daily life on the Pro Circuit, To The Extreme (Training Video) Best of Shawn Ray ( History of Shawn Ray). "Fitness After 40" which is a biographical and documentary instyle, showcases Shawn's life after the competitive stage being married with his first child while getting back on the Horse and getting in shape.

He is mentioned in The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding by Bill Dobbins and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ray also wrote a book about how to become a bodybuilder, named The Shawn Ray Way. Ray has appeared on more Flex Magazine covers than any bodybuilder in history and has also featured in many fitness and bodybuilding magazines worldwide. Shawn was a co-host on Flex Magazine Workout on ESPN for 5 years as well as hosting bodybuilding competitions for ESPN as a commentator for 8 years.

Shawn was the Co-Master of Ceremonies for the 2006 and 2007 Mr. Olympia Competitions held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Shawn is the creator of the only charity fundraiser for professional bodybuilding, Vyo Tech Nutritionals presents: Shawn Ray's CHOC Hospital Golf Invitational. Over the last two year's with the help of other pro fitness, figure and bodybuilding champions, as well as supplement companies and magazines, Shawn has helped raise and donate over $55,000.00 to the Children's Hospital of Orange County by hosting this event annually at Black Gold Golf Club in Yorba Linda, Ca.

Shawn was the first professional bodybuilder to fail the drug testing at the Arnold Classic, which was when he first won the title in 1990. He went on to win the title again in 1991.

Ray retired from competitive bodybuilding in 2001 and is now working with a nutritional supplement company in Laguna Niguel, California called GENr8 Nutrition. He placed in the top five at the Mr. Olympia competition for twelve consecutive years from 1990 to 2001, two of those being first runner-up finishes.

He promoted the Shawn Ray Colorado Pro/Am Classic Contest-Expo, held in Denver, Colorado in 2006 and 2007.Shawn also produced a DVD titled 'Fitness after 40' in which Shawn tries to get back into shape. Shawn is now a Feature Writer for Muscular Development Magazine and the Host of MD Radio and MDTV as an Interviewer.

Ray married in 2003 and welcomed his first daughter, Asia Monet, into his family on August 10 of 2005. In 2008, Shawn and his wife Kristie welcomed their second daughter, Bella Blu, on April 30.

In retirement, Ray has stayed involved with bodybuilding through "muscle camps," seminars, grand openings, and as a master of ceremonies for contests. Ray has Promoted the New York Pro contest in New York City.

Ray was voted unanimously as the "Best bodybuilder never to win the Mr. Olympia" by his peers, magazine editors and industry insiders in 2003.

Competitive Record


Mr Los Angeles - AAU, Teen, 1st


Teen Nationals - NPC, Overall Winner


Junior Nationals - NPC, Light-HeavyWeight, 2nd


California Championships - NPC, Overall Winner
California Championships - NPC, Light-HeavyWeight, 1st
Nationals - NPC, Light-HeavyWeight, 1st
Nationals - NPC, Overall Winner


Night of Champions - IFBB, 4th
Olympia - IFBB, 13th


Arnold Classic - IFBB, Disqualified
Ironman Pro Invitational - IFBB, Winner
Olympia - IFBB, 3rd


Arnold Classic - IFBB, Winner
Olympia - IFBB, 5th


Olympia - IFBB, 4th


Olympia - IFBB, 3rd


Olympia - IFBB, 2nd


Olympia - IFBB, 4th


Arnold Classic - IFBB, 5th
Ironman Pro Invitational - IFBB, 3rd
Olympia - IFBB, 2nd


Olympia - IFBB, 3rd


Olympia - IFBB, 5th


Olympia - IFBB, 5th


Olympia - IFBB, 4th


Olympia - IFBB, 4th


1986 June Vol 4, Num 3 Flex

1987 December Vol 1, Num 2 NPC News

1988 February Num 140 Muscle Training Illustrated

1988 March Vol 6, Num 1 Flex

1988 May Vol 47, Num 5 IronMan

1989 April Vol 48, Num 4 IronMan

1989 May Num 84 Muscle Mag International

1990 June Vol 49, Num 6 IronMan

1990 June Num 97 Muscle Mag International

1990 June Num 160 Muscle Training Illustrated

1990 June Vol 27, Num 6 Muscular Development

1991 March Vol 52, Num 3 Muscle and Fitness

1991 May Vol 9, Num 3 Flex

1991 May Vol 50, Num 5 IronMan

1991 June Vol 28, Num 6 Muscular Development

1991 July Vol 5, Num 3 NPC News

1992 February Vol 51, Num 2 IronMan

1993 January Vol 54, Num 1 Muscle and Fitness

1993 March Vol 52, Num 3 IronMan

1993 April Num 31 Muscle Media 2000

1994 March Vol 12, Num 1 Flex

1994 May Vol 12, Num 3 Flex

1995 February Vol 13, Num 1 Flex

1995 March Vol 56, Num 3 Muscle and Fitness

1995 September Vol 13, Num 8 Flex

1996 May Vol 14, Num 3 Flex

1996 September Vol 14, Num 7 Flex

1998 March Vol 16, Num 1 Flex

1999 May Vol 17, Num 3 Flex

2000 February Vol 17, Num 12 Flex

2000 April Vol 18, Num 2 Flex

2001 May Vol 19, Num 3 Flex

2002 January Vol 63, Num 1 Muscle and Fitness

2002 August Vol 20, Num 6 Flex

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