• Name: Dexter Jackson
  • Nickname: The Blade
  • Nationality: American
  • Date of Birth: November 25, 1969
  • Height: 5 ft 5 in 
  • Weight: (93-102) kg
  • Chest: 52”
  • Arms: 20”
  • Waist: 34”
  • Best Win: Mr. Olympia 2008, Masters Mr. Olympia 2012

Biography of Dexter Jackson

“Everybody gets to see the player you are.”

Dexter Jackson, better known by his nickname, The Blade, is a professional bodybuilder from Jacksonville, Florida who won the 2008 IFBB Mr. Olympia. Greetings, Mr. Olympia.

Dexter dominated the sport for more than three decades, earning nine Arnold Classic titles and became the bodybuilder with the most titles in professional history thanks to his year-round dedication to training and preparation.

Early Life

On November 25, 1969, in Jacksonville, Florida, Dexter Jackson was born. Being the most active of the family's six children, his desire for physical activity was evident from an early age. He participated in a variety of sports on a regular basis.

When Dexter started high school, he had already begun playing football and was a standout running back. He was able to run one of the quickest speeds in the nation, a 4.20 in the forty meter sprint, at one point.

Jackson also engaged in other pursuits than football at the time, including gymnastics and break dancing. Furthermore, Dexter had a fourth-degree black belt in karate.

Jackson intended to enroll in college when he graduated from high school, but when his partner got pregnant; he changed his mind and decided to care for his family instead. Dexter claims that he afterwards relocated to an apartment with his fiancée and began working as a cook.

Marital life 

Gale Elie and Dexter Jackson have a happy marriage. Myah Jackson, a daughter, was bestowed upon the couple.

He was previously married to Caro, but the couple divorced for unspecified reasons. They had fallen in love and met at a bodybuilding competition.

Training

Jackson usually strives to keep his approach to exercise straightforward because he strongly believes in compound exercises, especially for beginners.

He asserted that the key to correctly developing the physique at first is to concentrate on compound workouts like the barbell bench press or squats.

Dexter added that an excellent method to further sculpt the muscles is to include isolation exercises at the end of each workout. He frequently enjoys doing leg extensions and squats back-to-back.

Victory isn’t defined by wins and losses, it’s defined by effort.
 

Workout Regime

  • Day 1: Quads
    • Leg Extensions: 4 sets of 20-30 reps
    • Squats: 4 sets of 8-10 reps
    • Hack Squats: 4 sets of 8-10 reps
    • Leg Extensions: 3 sets of 10 reps
  • Day 2: Chest & Calves
    • Barbell Bench Press: 4 sets of 8-10 reps
    • Incline Dumbbell Press: 4 sets of 8-10 reps
    • Dumbbell Flyes: 4 sets of 8-10 reps
    • Standing Calf Raises: 4 sets of 8-10 reps
    • Seated Calf Raises: 4 sets of 10-15 reps
  • Day 3: Back
    • Lat Pull-downs: 4 sets of 8-10 reps
    • T-Bar Rows: 4 sets of 8-10 reps
    • Barbell Dead-lifts: 4 sets of 8-10 reps
    • Seated Cable Rows: 3 sets of 8-10 reps
  • Day 4: Shoulders & Hams
    • Dumbbell Press: 4 sets of 8-10 reps
    • Incline Lying Side Laterals: 3 sets of 8-10 reps
    • Rear Delt Raises: 4 sets of 8-10 reps
    • Seated Leg Curls: 5 sets of 10 reps
    • Super-set: Lying Leg Curls: 4 sets of 10 reps
    • Stiff-Legged Dead lift: 4 sets of 10 reps
  • Day 5: Biceps & Triceps
    • EZ-Bar Curls: 4 sets of 8-10 reps
    • Hammer Curls: 4 sets of 8-10 reps
    • Preacher Curls: 4 sets of 8-10 reps
    • Tri-Set: Triceps Push-downs: 3 sets of 8-10 reps
    • Dips: 3 sets of 8-10 reps
    • Rope Push-downs: 3 sets of 8-10 reps
  • Day 6: Ab & Cardio Routine:
    • Crunches: 3 sets of 50 reps
    • Knee-ups: 3 sets of 40 reps
    • Cable Crunches: 3 sets of 30 reps
  • Day 7: Off (Rest)
    • “The real workout starts when you want to stop.”
       

Nutrition

When Dexter is in the off-season or during competition phases, he consumes a well-balanced but calorie-dense diet. Additionally, he permits himself cheat meals as a means of replenishing the body's lost calories and essential nutrients.

Jackson doesn't often cheat, though, because he thinks that a strict, clean diet is the only option while he's getting ready for a competition.

He typically consumes lean meats, such as steak and chicken, as a source of protein, as well as white or brown rice, sweet potatoes, and almonds for healthy fats.

Meal Program

Dexter's diet during his peak was as follows:

  • Meal 1 – 7 ounces steak or chicken, 2 whole eggs, 4 one-ounce packets of grits
  • Meal 2 – 8 ounces chicken or cod, two cups white rice
  • Post-workout – BCAA powder in Gatorade
  • Meal 3 – 8 ounces chicken or cod, two cups white rice
  • Meal 4 – 8 ounces chicken or cod, two cups white rice
  • Meal 5 – 10 ounces chicken, large green salad

Jackson frequently drank a whey protein smoothie in the intervals between meals.

Supplementation

Dexter has liked to keep his supplement regimen straightforward, but he still emphasizes the significance of a healthy diet and vitamins. He claimed that every detail was significant, particularly for rivals.

When preparing for competitions, he would take supplements like whey protein, creatine, BCAAs, and a fat burner.

Bodybuilding Career

Dexter grew up with an excellent body thanks to his athletic upbringing and genetics. Some of his buddies immediately recognized this and advised him to enter a local competition. Jackson considered it before deciding. In order to get ready for the tournament, he started dieting and working out. Dexter, who was 20 at the time, entered the stage for the first time in his life after only three weeks of practice and promptly won the competition. Dexter then recognized his potential in the field and the degree of success he could accomplish with more time spent working out and dieting.

First-place awards

Jackson claimed that after winning his first regional competition, he fell in love with bodybuilding and began training more rigorously than ever before in an effort to one day compete on a professional level.

Soon after he began to achieve outstanding results in numerous regional competitions, he entered his first National Physique competition, the 1992 NPC Southern States Championship, where he placed third.

Jackson took three years off from performing following the competition in order to devote himself totally to dieting and training so that he could eventually perform at his very best and obtain the Pro card.

After three years of dedication and discipline, Dexter returned to his professional career in 1995. He competed once more, winning the Light-Heavyweight division of the 1995 NPC USA Championships.

He had already set his sights on obtaining a Pro card and joining the prestigious IFBB Pro league at that point.

He began by finishing sixth in the Light-Heavyweight division in the 1996 NPC Nationals, surprising everyone by winning both the division and overall at the 1998 North American Championships, where he ultimately received his Pro card.

Professional Life

Dexter claimed that after winning the Pro card, everything got simpler. Finally, he was able to compete in the most renowned events.

After the 1998 contests, he worked hard and followed a strict diet in preparation for his first professional competition, the 1999 Arnold Classic, where he finished in a respectable seventh place.

Jackson competed in 4 additional events that year, the first of which was the Grand Prix England, where he finished in fourth place.

His winning streak continued when he finished third, ninth, and fourth respectively in the 1999 Night of Champions, Mr. Olympia, and World Pro Championships.

Formula One England

Dexter participated in 18 competitions from 1999 to 2002. He had remarkable results, finishing in second place in a number of them, but lacked the good fortune to lift the trophy for the winning positions.

His bad luck, however, quickly came to an end as he finished second at the 2002 Grand Prix Australia and then, after months of hard work and a strict diet, Dexter won the 2002 Grand Prix England.

Following the victory, Dexter racked up more amazing accomplishments, finishing third at the 2003 Mr. Olympia and taking home the 2003 Show-Strength Pro Championship.

Mr. Olympia

By winning multiple instances of one of the most famous events, the Arnold Classic, Jackson dominated the bodybuilding world for the following few years.

He won the Arnold Classic in 2005, 2006, and 2008, but he also won the 2004 San Francisco Pro Invitational, the 2007 IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix, the 2008 IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix VIII, and the 2008 IFBB Russian Grand Prix.

It wasn't long until the Olympia competition time arrived, and after eight tries, Dexter overcame the reigning champion, Jay Cutler, and claimed his first-ever Mr. Olympia title in 2008.

This was undoubtedly the pinnacle of Dexter's professional life. He was further inspired by this to work harder and defend his crown the next year.

“Don’t let someone who gave up on their dreams talk you out of yours.”


 

Subsequent Contests

He began the year 2009 by finishing third at the Mr. Olympia after failing to take first place in the tournament that followed. That year, Jay Cutler made a remarkable return and was perhaps in the finest shape of his life, overshadowing Jackson's efforts to retain the championship.

Despite his enormous success, Dexter continued to pursue further championships, taking home the 2011 FIBO Pro and the 2011 Pro Masters World Champion right after.

Dexter became the bodybuilder with the most IFBB professional bodybuilding titles (28 in all) in 2016 thanks to his numerous competition victories. He also holds the record for the most Mr. Olympia appearances (17), and the most Arnold Classic victories (5). The second-oldest bodybuilder to ever win an open IFBB Pro show, he is now 46 years old.

Accomplishments

  1. 1992 NPC Southern States, Lightweight, 3rd
  2. 1995 NPC USA Championships, Light-Heavyweight, 1st
  3. 1996 NPC Nationals, Light-Heavyweight, 6th
  4. 1998 North American Championships, Light-HeavyWeight, 1st and Overall
  5. 1999 Arnold Classic, 7th
  6. 1999 Grand Prix England, 4th
  7. 1999 Night of Champions, 3rd
  8. 1999 Mr. Olympia, 9th
  9. 1999 World Pro Championships, 4th
  10. 2000 Arnold Classic, 5th
  11. 2000 Grand Prix Hungary, 2nd
  12. 2000 Ironman Pro Invitational, 3rd
  13. 2000 Night of Champions, 8th
  14. 2000 Mr. Olympia, 9th
  15. 2000 Toronto Pro Invitational, 2nd
  16. 2001 Arnold Classic, 5th
  17. 2001 Grand Prix Australia, 3rd
  18. 2001 Grand Prix England, 4th
  19. 2001 Grand Prix Hungary, 3rd
  20. 2001 Night of Champions, 2nd
  21. 2001 Mr. Olympia, 8th
  22. 2001 Toronto Pro Invitational, 2nd
  23. 2002 Arnold Classic, 3rd
  24. 2002 Grand Prix Australia, 2nd
  25. 2002 Grand Prix Austria, 2nd
  26. 2002 Grand Prix England, 1st
  27. 2002 Grand Prix Holland, 3rd
  28. 2002 Mr. Olympia, 4th
  29. 2002 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 3rd
  30. 2002 Show of Strength Pro Championship, 6th
  31. 2003 Arnold Classic, 4th
  32. 2003 Maximum Pro Invitational, 3rd
  33. 2003 Mr. Olympia, 3rd
  34. 2003 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 3rd
  35. 2003 Show of Strength Pro Championship, 1st
  36. 2004 Arnold Classic, 3rd
  37. 2004 Grand Prix Australia, 1st
  38. 2004 Ironman Pro Invitational, 1st
  39. 2004 Mr. Olympia, 4th
  40. 2004 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 1st
  41. 2005 Arnold Classic, 1st
  42. 2005 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 2nd
  43. 2006 Arnold Classic, 1st
  44. 2006 Mr. Olympia, 4th
  45. 2007 Arnold Classic, 2nd
  46. 2007 IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix, 1st
  47. 2007 Mr. Olympia, 3rd
  48. 2008 Arnold Classic, 1st
  49. 2008 IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix VIII, 1st
  50. 2008 IFBB New Zealand Grand Prix, 1st
  51. 2008 IFBB Russian Grand Prix, 1st
  52. 2008 Mr. Olympia, 1st
  53. 2009 Mr. Olympia, 3rd
  54. 2010 Arnold Classic, 4th
  55. 2010 IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix, 2nd
  56. 2010 Mr. Olympia, 4th
  57. 2011 Flex Pro, 2nd
  58. 2011 Mr. Olympia, 6th
  59. 2011 FIBO Pro, 1st
  60. 2011 Pro Masters World Champion, 1st
  61. 2012 Arnold Classic, 5th
  62. 2012 Mr. Olympia, 4th
  63. 2012 IFBB Masters Olympia, 1st
  64. 2013 Arnold Classic, 1st
  65. 2013 IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix, 1st
  66. 2013 Mr. Olympia, 5th
  67. 2013 EVLS Prague Pro, 2nd
  68. 2013 Tijuana Pro, 1st
  69. 2014 Mr. Olympia, 5th
  70. 2014 Arnold Classic Europe, 3rd
  71. 2014 Dubai Pro, 1st
  72. 2014 Prague Pro, 2nd
  73. 2015 Arnold Classic, 1st
  74. 2015 Arnold Classic Australia, 1st
  75. 2015 Arnold Classic Europe, 1st
  76. 2015 Mr. Olympia, 2nd
  77. 2015 Prague Pro, 1st
  78. 2016 New York Pro, 1st
  79. 2016 Arnold Classic South Africa, 1st [1]
  80. 2016 Mr. Olympia, 3rd
  81. 2016 Arnold Classic Europe, 1st
  82. 2016 Kuwait Pro, 2nd
  83. 2016 Prague Pro, 3rd
  84. 2016 Mr. Olympia Europe, 1st

“Wake up determined. Go to bed satisfied.”

Injury

In order to win the 2018 Arnold Classic Australia, Roelly Winklaar had to defeat William Bonac and the immortal Dexter Jackson. There was something incredibly weird about Dexter as he took the stage, even if 'The Dutch Beast' was undoubtedly on point and deserved to win.

In comparison to his right bicep, Dexter's left appeared bloated, mushy, and entirely undefined. Lee Priest and Luimarco were among those who recognised something was wrong with Dexter's left bicep when it was live on stage and on social media.

Dexter, 48, has never torn a muscle in his entire life. However, it appears that his luck has finally run out as he revealed on social media that he had a "Fucking Slight Tear."

Dexter responded to a comment made negatively regarding his arm and the potential usage of oil or synthetic alcohol on social media:

"I have never used any oil in my arms or shits overall. Before you start ranting, get your facts correct because you truly don't know anything at all!

When Jay Cutler handed the Mr. Olympia trophy to Phil Heath in 2011, Cutler sustained an injury that like the one Dexter has now.

Dexter Jackson is 48 years old; therefore, if this is a major injury, healing could take some time. We wish Dexter a rapid recovery and hope to see him back on the Olympia stage as soon as possible. We hope the injury is not serious.

Controversy

Dexter Jackson and Shawn Ray have been engaging in a running conversation for some time now. However, just recently he made the decision to finally end this feud once and for all.

Jackson overheard some remarks Ray made recently about him and the rest of today's bodybuilders. Shawn tried to assure Dexter that there was no animosity between them, but Dexter responded angrily. Shawn was named Mr. Olympia in 2008. Because of this, Shawn fired back, and the tension between them escalated rapidly.

Dexter Jackson now wants to put an end to this feud for good. He posted a long video to Instagram in an effort to end the ongoing conversation between themselves and Shawn Ray. The summary of that video:

“This is my very last time doing a video about Shawn Ray, or going back and forth with Shawn Ray on the internet, or anything like that. It’s my last video. You know I’ve got another one in the hole, but I’m not going to give Shawn the satisfaction of me posting on my page some s–t about him. That’s what he does, that’s what he wants. He likes controversy, because it keeps him relevant. He’s an old has-been, that can’t let s–t go. He’s very jealous. He’s a very jealous guy because he couldn’t do what I’ve done. That’s what this is all about.”

After establishing that Ray is the one who kicks things off, Jackson elaborates. Concerned by Shawn's remarks that he could have beaten him when he was younger, he shut down. Furthermore, he claims that Patrick Bet-David told him that Ray was sorry for the remarks he had made about Dexter when he and Shawn were getting ready to chat.

Dexter then moved on to addressing the remarks Shawn had reportedly made in the YouTube video of Jackson's interview with Valuetainment. Dex wanted to know what his admirers thought of the two looks, so he posted side-by-side comparison shots. The majority of viewers apparently thought Dexter was more attractive physically than Shawn.

Jackson then responded to Ray's latest post in which he made some false accusations against him. As an example, he analysed his body and compared it to Dexter's. The Blade, however, felt that these analogies were misleading. Further, Shawn claimed the photo wasn't his original upload and was instead a repost.

By pointing out that Shawn Ray never won the Olympia, Dexter Jackson is reaffirming his earlier claim that Ray's career was ordinary.

Steroid Usage

Despite his short stature, Dexter Jackson built up impressively large muscles throughout his bodybuilding career, leading many to speculate that he utilised steroids.

Dexter's drastic physical change included hair loss, quick bulking, huge chest and shoulder muscles, and increased vascularity, all of which could be indicators of steroid use.

Within a year of Jackson's retirement, he had lost a significant amount of weight, which may have been due to his abstaining from steroid use.

Possible steroid use signs, including unexpected enormous bulk increases, hyper vascularity, and hair loss, suggest that professional bodybuilder Dexter Jackson may have used PEDs like HGH while competing in the Arnold Classic and Mr. Olympia.

Pictures of him when he was 18 revealed a body with remarkably developed muscle definition.

Although his muscles have grown considerably over the next three years, his physique still appears diminutive in comparison to those of other bodybuilders, suggesting that he may have relied on PEDs like HGH. Such use is prohibited by the International Federation of Bodybuilders and Fitness Models (IFBB).

It has been scientifically shown that anabolic steroids are what allow bodybuilders to acquire such rapid and extreme muscle bulking. A possible use of anabolics is behind Dexter Jackson's unexpected muscle growth, despite his previously great physique.

Conclusion

Dexter demonstrated that age is just a number and should not be used as an excuse to give up during his 30-year reign as king of the bodybuilding world.

He should serve as an inspiration to everybody who desires to begin accomplishing significant goals but believes that their age will prevent them from doing so.

Therefore, you should continue to test your limitations, and one day, just like Dexter, you might be able to construct a great physique for yourself.

“To be a champion, you must act like a champion.”

 

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