ABOUT DEXTER THE BLADE JACKSON

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.

Contest History

  • 1992 NPC Southern States – Lightweight – 3rd
  • 1995 NPC USA Championships – Light-Heavyweight – 1st
  • 1996 NPC Nationals – Light-Heavyweight – 6th
  • 1998 North American Championships – Light-HeavyWeight – 1st and Overall
  • 1999 Arnold Classic – 7th
  • 1999 Grand Prix England – 4th
  • 1999 Night of Champions – 3rd
  • 1999 Mr. Olympia – 9th
  • 1999 World Pro Championships – 4th
  • 2000 Arnold Classic – 5th
  • 2000 Grand Prix Hungary – 2nd
  • 2000 Ironman Pro Invitational – 3rd
  • 2000 Night of Champions – 8th
  • 2000 Mr. Olympia – 9th
  • 2000 Toronto Pro Invitational – 2nd
  • 2001 Arnold Classic – 5th
  • 2001 Grand Prix Australia – 3rd
  • 2001 Grand Prix England – 4th
  • 2001 Grand Prix Hungary – 3rd
  • 2001 Night of Champions – 2nd
  • 2001 Mr. Olympia – 8th
  • 2001 Toronto Pro Invitational – 2nd
  • 2002 Arnold Classic – 3rd
  • 2002 Grand Prix Australia – 2nd
  • 2002 Grand Prix Austria – 2nd
  • 2002 Grand Prix England – 1st
  • 2002 Grand Prix Holland – 3rd
  • 2002 Mr. Olympia – 4th
  • 2002 San Francisco Pro Invitational – 3rd
  • 2002 Show of Strength Pro Championship – 6th
  • 2003 Arnold Classic – 4th
  • 2003 Maximum Pro Invitational – 3rd
  • 2003 Mr. Olympia – 3rd
  • 2003 San Francisco Pro Invitational – 3rd
  • 2003 Show of Strength Pro Championship – 1st
  • 2004 Arnold Classic – 3rd
  • 2004 Grand Prix Australia – 1st
  • 2004 Ironman Pro Invitational – 1st
  • 2004 Mr. Olympia – 4th
  • 2004 San Francisco Pro Invitational – 1st
  • 2005 Arnold Classic – 1st
  • 2005 San Francisco Pro Invitational – 2nd
  • 2006 Arnold Classic – 1st
  • 2006 Mr. Olympia – 4th
  • 2007 Arnold Classic – 2nd
  • 2007 IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix
  • 2007 Mr. Olympia – 3rd
  • 2008 Arnold Classic – 1st
  • 2008 IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix VIII – 1st
  • 2008 IFBB New Zealand Grand Prix – 1st
  • 2008 IFBB Russian Grand Prix – 1st
  • 2008 Mr. Olympia – 1st
  • 2009 Mr. Olympia – 3rd
  • 2010 Arnold Classic – 4th
  • 2010 IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix – 2nd
  • 2010 Mr. Olympia – 4th
  • 2011 Flex Pro – 2nd
  • 2011 Mr. Olympia – 6th
  • 2011 FIBO Pro – 1st
  • 2011 Pro Masters World Champion – 1st
  • 2012 Arnold Classic – 5th
  • 2012 Mr. Olympia – 4th
  • 2012 IFBB Masters Olympia – 1st
  • 2013 Arnold Classic – 1st
  • 2013 IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix – 1st
  • 2013 Mr. Olympia – 5th
  • 2013 EVLS Prague Pro – 2nd
  • 2013 Tijuana Pro – 1st
  • 2014 Mr. Olympia – 5th
  • 2014 Arnold Classic Europe – 3rd
  • 2014 Dubai Pro – 1st
  • 2014 Prague Pro – 2nd
  • 2015 Arnold Classic – 1st
  • 2015 Arnold Classic Australia – 1st
  • 2015 Arnold Classic Europe – 1st
  • 2015 Mr. Olympia – 2nd
  • 2015 Prague Pro – 1st
  • 2016 New York Pro – 1st
  • 2016 Arnold Classic South Africa – 1st
  • 2016 Mr. Olympia – 3rd
  • 2016 Arnold Classic Europe – 1st
  • 2016 Kuwait Pro – 2nd
  • 2016 Prague Pro – 3rd
  • 2016 Mr. Olympia Europe – 1st
  • 2017 Mr. Olympia – 4th
  • 2017 Prague Pro – 3rd
  • 2018 Arnold Classic – 2nd
  • 2018 Arnold Classic Australia – 3rd
  • 2018 Mr. Olympia – 7th
About Dexter Jackson