At the age of 20, after playing football, baseball and running track, Dexter Jackson found himself facing a new sport that he never anticipated, bodybuilding.Dexter played sports since pee-wee. He was on the smaller side, but always shredded. Dexter never fell into the crowd of partying and drinking, simply because he wanted to be the best athlete. After his older brother came home from military boot camp with some muscle, naturally the competitive Dexter,decided he was going to train harder to gain muscle. He did not want to be “outdone” by his brother. After some months in the gym of steady lifting, and others encouraging him to compete; Dexter decided to attend a local bodybuilding competition. Bodybuilding competitively, building big thighs that rubbed together and wearing small posing trunks, was not exactly enticing to Dexter. However, seeing and hearing the attention and loud cheers for the crowd favorite, Tim Davis, did catch Dexter’s attention. That day in 1990, Dexter decided he wanted to compete in a bodybuilding show. At the time he wasn’t dreaming about becoming a world famous bodybuilder, he just wanted to compete.Now, you have to try to imagine that bodybuilding in 1990, was quite different. It was the ending-era of famous legends like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lee Haney, and the then coming of Ronnie Coleman, Flex Wheeler, and Shawn Ray. Besides movies like Conan and the Terminator, bodybuilders were wowed mostly only in magazines which was the only social media of that time. You had to be an avid fan. Dexter Jackson was 21 when he stepped on an amateur stage, 137 pounds at 5’6. As a Bantamweight, in his very first NPC competition, Dexter not only won his class, but he also won the overall. After 8 years as an amateur bodybuilder, while also being a young father and working in a mail room at Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Dexter Jackson finally turned Pro as an IFBB bodybuilder. In 1998, at the North American Championships, Dexter Jackson won the Light-heavyweight class at 187 pounds, and the Overall title. The 8 years leading up to earning his IFBB Pro status, Dexter was the only bodybuilder in history to start out as a Bantamweight, and move up, winning every weight class. In 1999, Dexter decided to make his IFBB Pro debut. Dexter went big, he competed in the 1999 Arnold Classic, at 205 pounds, against, Kevin Levrone, Vince Taylor, Milos Sarcev, Chris Cormier, and the 4-time Mr. Olympia Champion, Jay Cutler, who Dexter overthrew in 2008, to win the Mr. Olympia Sandow at the age of 39. Dexter placed 7th at the 1999 Arnold Classic. In 2002, Dexter won his first IFBB Pro show at the English Grand Prix. Dexter not only has broken records, but is still making records today. Dexter, The Blade, continues to defy age, time, and all odds in a sport that has been dominated by “Mass Monsters”. It is his longevity that continues to amaze all; whether you are a fan or not, you have to admit, Dexter Jackson is building an incredible legacy in a sport that is about more than just building bigger muscles. Below is Dexter’s competitive history, note that he has won the Arnold Classic in Columbus, OH 5 times, as well as the Arnold Classic in Australia, Spain, and South Africa! At the age of 39, he won the Mr. Olympia title in 2008, the Masters Olympia in 2012, and in 2015, at the age of 45 (2 months before turning 46), Dexter placed 2nd to Phil Heath, who is 10 years younger! Most recently, in 2016, Dexter has won the NY Pro, the 1st Arnold Classic in South Africa and also the Arnold Classic Europe, breaking the IFBB Professional Bodybuilding record for most wins ever in the history of bodybuilding at 28 wins. Currently, Dexter resides in Jacksonville, FL. He also travels to Venice, CA to train with Charles Glass. George Farrah is his nutritionist. Dexter is sponsored by Ultimate Nutrition, Muscular Development, Pro Tan, CJ’s Elite Competition Suits, Versa Gripps, Cardillo Weight Belts, 6 Pack Bags, The Gym in Jacksonville, FL and Gold’s Gym in Venice, CA. Dexter is an IFBB/NPC Promoter of 3 shows currently and is the CEO/President of Built By Blade, Inc.