Philip Ricardo

Philip Ricardo
Quick Stats
  • 2007 Yorton Cup Champion
  • 5'9"
  • 180 lbs
  • 190-200 lbs
  • 17
  • San Diego, CA
Philip has one of the best physiques ever seen in natural bodybuilding. He is a two time Natural Olympia winner and has been a Marine for 18 years.

Philip Ricardo BodybuilderPhilip Ricardo Jr. is a two time Mr Natural Olympia and 16 year veteran natural bodybuilder. Philip believes in a drug-free lifestyle and is here at Muscle and Strength to share his knowledge on muscle building, fat burning and contest preparation.

Vital Stats:

  • Philip Ricardo Jr.
  • 37 years old
  • Trains out of San Diego, California
  • 5'9" tall
  • Weighing 195-200lbs in the off season
  • Weighing 180lbs for competitions
  • Competing for 16 years
  • Philip's website

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How Did You Get Started In Natural Bodybuilding?

I grew up playing Football and loving it. Football kept me healthy and active, and in High School I was introduced to the weight room where I saw dramatic changes in muscularity and strength quickly and naturally. I was slim, but muscular all the way through High School and early in my first 3 years of the Marine Corps when a co-worker entered me in the Iwakuni Japan Marine Corps Base Bodybuilding championships in 1992 without my knowledge and I was thrust into competition.

I didn't know how to pose, wore multicolored speedos, and didn't shave my body hair and still managed to win my weight class. Getting that individual 1st place trophy and being on stage in front of the crowd got me hooked! 39 shows and 22 more 1st place trophies later, I still love the sport and feel nervous before each competition and have been drug free throughout my entire career.

I was very fortunate to get involved with many Natural Organizations and become successful in each of them. I turned Professional in 4 different organizations and having a chance to do that in these organizations have kept me focused and motivated in the sport of bodybuilding - knowing that I don't have to take drugs to become a professional bodybuilder or to be a successful by having other federations that features only Natural Athletes (for the most part) has prolonged my career in the sport.

Competition History:

  • 1992 Military Friendship Day Iwakuni Japan Middleweight Champion
  • 1993 Iwakuni Japan Classic 2nd place Middleweight
  • 1993 Military Friendship Day Iwakuni Japan 3rd place Middleweight
  • 1994 Military Friendship Day Iwakuni Japan Middleweight Champion
  • 1995 NPC Western Armed Forces 3rd Place Middleweight
  • 1996 NPC Southwestern Naturals Middleweight 3rd Place
  • 1997 NPC Golds Gym Classic San Diego Novice Middleweight and Overall Champ
  • 1997 NPC Western Armed Forces Middleweight 2nd Place
  • 1998 NPC Golds Gym Classic San Diego Open LightHeavyweight Champion
  • 1998 ABA Sothern California Naturals Overall Champion
  • 1998 NPC Western Armed Forces Lt. Heavyweight and overall Champion
  • 1998 ABA Forever Natural Universe Overall Champion
  • 1998 ABA Natural Universe Open Medium Class 3rd Place
  • 1999 NPC California State Open Lt. Heavyweight 4th place
  • 1999 NPC All-Armed Forces Lt. Heavyweight 2nd Place
  • 2000 NPC Orange County Classic Lt. Heavyweight 4th Place
  • 2000 Musclemania World Middleweight Champion
  • 2002 NPC Max Muscle Naturals Open Lt. Heavyweight 2nd Place
  • 2002 NPC San Diego Open Lt. Heavyweight 3rd Place
  • 2003 Musclemania World Middleweight 4th place
  • 2003 ABA/PNBA Amateur and Professional Natural Universe Overall Champion
  • 2004 NPC Max Muscle Naturals Overall Champion
  • 2004 NPC Mr. San Diego Lt. Heavyweight Champion
  • 2004 NPC Miami Open Lt. Heavyweight 2nd place
  • 2004 NPC Team Universe Lt. Heavyweight 10th place
  • 2004 PNBA Natural Olympia Professional (disqualified for Ephedra in fat burner. Was 1st place)
  • 2004 NPC Mr. South Florida Overall Champion
  • 2005 NPC Southern States Open Lt. Heavyweight 2nd place
  • 2005 IFPA Desert States Professional Champion
  • 2005 IFPA InShape Online Natural Professional Champion
  • 2006 NPC Team Universe Lt. Heavyweight 5th place
  • 2006 IFPA Cape Cod Naturals Professional Champion
  • 2006 Musclemania Superbody Amateur Overall Champion
  • 2006 Musclemania Worlds Professional 2nd place
  • 2006 NGA Professional Natural Mr. Universe Champion
  • 2007 PNBA Team USA Professional Champion
  • 2007 PNBA Natural Mr. Universe Professional Champion
  • 2007 PNBA Natural Olympia Professional Champion
  • 2007 IFPA Yorton Cup Professional Champion
  • 2008 PNBA Team USA Professional Champion
  • 2008 PNBA Natural Olympia Professional Champion

Philip Ricardo Videos:

Philip Ricardo's Content

Titanic Triceps: Exercises To Build Thick Upper Arms!
Triceps make up 2/3rds of your arm mass, so if you want big arms you have to hit those triceps! Philip Ricardo Jr shows you how to build triceps mass.
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Be On Your Mark Contest Day, With INBF Champion Philip Ricardo
10 days before your photo shoot or competition, how do you look your best!? Philip Ricardo shares his secrets on how to get shredded for your big day!
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Fabulous Abs: Ab Training Tips From A Natural Champion
Nothing looks more impressive on a physique than a set of ripped abdominals. Philip Ricardo tells you how to eat and train for an amazing 6 pack.
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