Bodybuilding Legends Part X

Bob Gajda, Bodybuilding's
Only Triple Crown Winner

The only man to win the three biggest bodybuilding competitions of the 1960s Mr. America, Mr. USA and Mr. Universe is Bob Gajda, who accomplished this feat between 1965 and 1966. How did he build such an incredible physique? With the Peripheral Heart Action system of circuit training that he developed and legends of the sport including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sergio Oliva put to use in gyms from Chicago to Muscle Beach.

This level of accomplishment would have been enough for most people. Not Bob. Applying a PhD in Kinesiological Studies and his Total Body Training philosophy, he founded the corrective therapeutic medicine movement and continues to stand out for leadership today. The list of professional and Olympic athletes who have been clients of the Gajda Health Plus Network reads like a who's who of the sports world. Mike Singletary, Jim McMahon, Alonzo Spellman, Neil Anderson, John McEnroe, Tracey Austin and Bill Buckner are among the most recognizable.

Bob has been inducted into the World Body Building Guild (WBBG) Fitness Hall of Fame as well as the National Fitness Hall of Fame. The well-respected wellness educator, author, consultant and exercise equipment inventor continues to lead a very active and productive life, best illustrated through his claim to have "the body of an 18 year old with the face of someone who's 68."

For the next few weekly installments of our Bodybuilding Legends series of Breaking News posts, we'll take an in-depth look at Bob's career and his lasting influence on the sport of bodybuilding as well as other competitive sports. You can view previous Legends profiles by viewing the Breaking News updates at
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Alan Youngarce
Jun 27, 2010
Bob Gajda's PHA were not utilized exclusively by Arnold nor Oliva. They reverted to the volumne sets with several exercises per body part spit routines. Even with Gajda's website, he claims he beat Arnold for the Mr. U title. Nonsense. Check it out the records for yourself and you'll find this to be untrue. Lots of BS nowadays that needs to be clarified.
Nov 06, 2012
Sorry, your information is wrong. Dennis Tinerino and Chris Dickerson also won the 3 titles that were mentioned. Arnold S never utilized PHA, and Gajda never beat Arnold for Universe title, contrary to what he states in other interviews.