Muscle Sport Magazine

Window of Opportunity for Veteran Bill Wilmore at 2012 Mr. Olympia

They say that knowledge comes with age and experience. In a sport such as bodybuilding, that may hold some truth to it, but it is also difficult to maintain the type of muscle mass and simultaneous conditioning once you reach your forties. And year after year of yo-yoing your body weight due to offseason bulking and contest prep diet also takes it toll. But don’t tell that to Bill Wilmore.

“I pay a lot more attention to detail and in the offseason, I don’t stray from my diet for very long,” said Wilmore, 41. “These things have allowed me to improve show by show.”

The 5’10”, 250-pound Wilmore began competing in 1989 and stood on the an IFBB stage for the first time in 2006. In 13 pro shows, Big Bill placed in the top six on nine occasions and feels that that type of track record is an advantage that cannot be overlooked.


“I feel like the longer you’ve been training, you get a harder, denser looking physique,” the Philadelphia native said. “It attributes to muscle maturity, which you can only acquire with time.”

It is hard to argue with that type of logic, especially when it is backed up. In his last two shows, Wilmore has placed third at the 2011 World Pro Masters and and stood in the winner’s circle at the 2012 Toronto Pro, with the latter giving him an instant qualification for the Olympia. Speaking of which, a competitor such as Wilmore may be a darkhorse with the absence of both Jay Cutler and Victor Martinez.

That will make the possibility of placing high is wide open for basically the entire line-up and Wilmore sees this as an opportunity that can be seized. “I feel like I’m in the top-ten tier with the improvements that I’ve made,” he said.

However Wilmore fairs in Las Vegas, he will certainly looking to leave victorious at the newly named Masters Olympia, which will once again be promoted by Jarka Lorie Schneider and held in December in Miami Beach, Florida. Having the opportunity to compete in both he Mr. Olympia and Masters Olympia in the same year is something not lost on Wilmore.

“A lot of the guys over 40 are still competing at a high level at the regular Olympia, which is very exciting for me because it shows that (us veterans) can continue to improve over time.”

They say that 40 is the new 20, but don’t tell that to Bill Wilmore. He’s just fine with the number of candles on his birthday cake the way it is.

Photo courtesy of Jarka’s Productions


2012 Toronto Pro, Placed 1st

  • 2011 IFBB Pro World Masters Championships,Placed 3rd
  • 2010 IFBB Olympia,Placed 18th
  • 2010 IFBB Europa Super Show,Placed 3rd
  • 2009 IFBB Olympia,Placed 16th
  • 2009 IFBB Europa Super Show & Supplement Expo,Placed 2nd
  • 2009 IFBB Tampa Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Championships,Placed 4th
  • 2008 IFBB Houston Pro Bodybuilding, Fitness & Figure Contest,Placed 5th
  • 2007 IFBB Olympia,No Position
  • 2007 IFBB Europa Super Show,Placed 3rd
  • 2006 IFBB Olympia,Placed 16th
  • 2006 IFBB New York Pro,Placed 5th
  • 2006 IFBB Shawn Ray Colorado Pro,Placed 5th
  • 2001 NPC USA Championships,Placed 6th
  • 2000 NPC USA Championships,Placed 3rd
  • 1999 NPC Nationals,Placed 8th
  • 1996 NPC Nationals,Placed 13th
  • 1995 NPC Junior Nationals,Placed 2nd
  • 1995 NPC USA Championships,Placed 11th

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