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About Boyer

Born: August 18, 1946

Birthplace: Lake Charles, Luisana,  USA

Residence: Huntington Beach, California, USA

Nickname: The Ragin' Cajun

Height: 5' 6" (170 cm)

Weight: 216 lbs (98 kg)

Mr. & Masters Olympia Results

1976 - IFBB Mr. Olympia : did not place

1977 - IFBB Mr. Olympia : 3rd (LightWeight)

1977 - IFBB Mr. Olympia : 4th

1978 - IFBB Mr. Olympia : 2nd (LightWeight)

1978 - IFBB Mr. Olympia : 4th

1979 - IFBB Mr. Olympia : 2nd (LightWeight)

1980 - IFBB Mr. Olympia : 4th

1982 - IFBB Mr. Olympia : 11th

1984 - IFBB Mr. Olympia : 13th

1994 - IFBB Masters Olympia : 3rd

1995 - IFBB Masters Olympia : 10th

Titles Won

1965 - AAU Mr. Texas

1966 - AAU Teen Mr. America

1968 - AAU Jr. Mr. USA

1968 - AAU Mr. America (Most Muscular)

1968 - AAU Mr. USA (Most Muscular)

1969 - AAU Jr. Mr. America

1969 - AAU Mr. America

1969 - NABBA Mr. Universe

1970 - NABBA Pro Mr. Universe (Short)

1971 - IFBB Mr. America (Medium)

1971 - IFBB Mr. International

1971 - WBBG Pro Mr. World

1972 - WBBG Pro Mr. World

1973 - WBBG Pro Mr. World

1973 - NABBA Pro Mr. Universe

1974 - WBBG Pro Mr. World

1975 - WBBG Pro Mr. World

1975 - NABBA Pro Mr. Universe

1975 - PBBA Pro Mr. Universe

1981 - IFBB Canada Pro Cup

1981 - IFBB Belgium Grand Prix

1981 - IFBB Massachusetts Grand Prix

1981 - IFBB Wales Grand Prix

1981 - IFBB Grand Prix World Cup

1981 - IFBB Professional World Cup

1981 - IFBB World Grand Prix 

Boyer Coe was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on August 18, 1946. He started weight training at age fourteen at the Lake Charles Gym, where he often lifted in the cold under the light of a 100-watt bulb. As a boy he'd inform anyone who would listen that some day he would be Mr. America. At age seventeen he bench-pressed 420 pounds in strict style.

He attended college at Lafayette, Louisiana, and trained at Red Lerille's gym, where he continued not only to improve his physique but also to perfect his posing. He worked out there for fourteen years before opening his own gym in New Orleans.
He first won the Mr. Louisiana title in 1965, then added the titles of Mr. Texas, Mr. Oklahoma, Teen Mr. America, Junior Mr. USA, Junior Mr. America, Mr. America, Mr. Universe, Mr. International, Pro Mr. World and Grand Prix Champion.

Boyer always found time to bring his fitness philosophy to others who could not come to him. He started a training program for the state prison in Louisiana and another for the children at the Louisiana State School for the Deaf. Coe credits his parents with instilling in him the basic value of hard work and perseverance. At home he learned, by example, not only the value of self-discipline but also how to set and meet personal goals.

This substantiates a claim that Arnold Schwarzenegger has made of many champion bodybuilders - that they had disciplined early lives. "If you think that winning a major contest will make major changes in your life, you will end up very frustrated," said Boyer's father. "You've got to do things for yourself first." His father's primary focus was on Boyer's education, but he supported his son's desire to excel in bodybuilding and even accompanied him to many of his early regional contests.

Setting personal goals continues to be central to Coe's philosophy of living. "If you believe you will be the champion, then you have the battle half won," says Boyer. A superstar of the 1970s, Coe also continued to be a formidable competitor in the 1980s. He brought home seven Grand Prix titles in 1981 alone. He was always a strong contender for the Mr. Olympia title and, after a decade-long hiatus from competition, stepped onstage in absolutely phenomenal condition at both the 1994 and 1995 Masters Olympia contests.

Married to Valerie married on 15th December 1979 at Huntington Beach, California on board a luxury yacht sailing around the harbour. Many famous bodybuilders were present at the ceremony, with Joe Weider giving Valerie away to Boyer.

"I feel fortunate for the experience bodybuilding has given me," he says. "Now I would like to put something back into the sport. I take every opportunity to talk before different civic groups, explaining bodybuilding and its benefits. It has come a long way since I started". Boyer still starts early every morning at the gym. He doesn't have to train anymore. He trains for the same reason he did back in Lake Charles when he was fourteen-years-old and for the nearly half-century that followed, because he loves to. As the four time Mr. Universe says with a laugh, "Old habits die hard."

Boyer & Valerie Coe's weight training book - Training secrets from Boyer & Valerie Coe. Hardcover Book, 170 pages. English. McGraw-Hill/Contemporary.

Stand Tall Collector's Edition DVD - Big Louie's return to bodybuilding is a story of personal triumph, as he faces his fears and Boyer Coe in the "Mr. Olympia" competition at the age of 43.

1973 NABBA Mr. Universe and the 1980 Mr. Olympia Show - This is the oldest, most widely respected Mr. Universe Contest, then in its 25th year in 1973. Chris Dickerson and Boyer Coe were the Amateur and Professional winners. You will see posing, line-ups, awards, all the highlights!

Hall of Fame 2007 IFBB: Boyer Coe - We are honored to celebrate with you the enduring achievements of those who truly made a memorable and lasting impact on our sport. By Joe Weider.

Limited edition autographed physique photography - Photo prints of Mr. America, Mr. Universe, Mr. International, Pro Mr. World and Grand Prix Champion, Boyer Coe.

An interview with Bodybuilding Great Boyer Coe - His life in bodybuilding and his insightful and accurate thoughts on many of its major events, from the controversial 1980 and 1981 Mr. Olympia's through to the ill-fated WBBF. By David Robson.

Ric's Corner, Boyer Coe - A great interview by Ric Drasin with Bodybuilding Champion and legend Boyer Coe. By Ric Drasin.