About John Hansen

Read John Hansen’s bio here.


Birthday – March 10, 1963 Birth place – Chicago, Illinois Current Residence – Westmont, Illinois Marital Status – Single Height – 5’8″ Offseason Weight – 235 Contest Weight – 210 First Bodybuilding Contest – 1979 AAU Teenage Mr. Chicagoland (I placed 4th at 16 years old).

Major Wins

1998 Natural Olympia – Professional Division 1996 Natural Mr. Universe – Professional Division 1996 AAU Mr. Illinois – Short Class 1992 Natural Mr. Universe – Overall Winner 1992 Natural Mr. North America – Overall Winner 1992 NPC Natural Illinois – Light Heavyweight Winner 1990 NPC Illinois Cup – Light Heavyweight Winner 1986 NPC Mid-America – Heavyweight Winner 1986 NPC Illinois State Championships – Overall Winner 1981 AAU Teenage Midwest Open – Medium Class Winner

Role Models – Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Lee

Physique Role Models – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ronnie Coleman, Phil Williams, Mike Quinn, Kal Szkalak

Highlight of Career – Winning my first overall title (1986 Illinois State Championships) and realizing my dream by winning the Mr. Universe title (Natural) in 1992.

Biggest Disappointment – Showing up flat and pale and failing to make the finals at the first NPC Team Universe in Chicago.

Best Bodyparts – Biceps, Back and my Smile (when I’m in shape).

Most Difficult Bodypart – Thighs

Favorite Exercise – Barbell Rows and Deadlifts

Least Favorite Exercise – Abs and Cardio

Traits you most admire in others – Trust, Honesty, Confidence, Positive and Fun Attitude

Traits you most admire in yourself – Discipline, Creativity, Desire

Favorite Movies: “Pumping Iron” (“The definitive movie on bodybuilding and Arnold”) “Rocky”(“The best movie ever on making your dream come true”) “Breaking Away”(“It touched me on so many levels – becoming like your hero’s, impressing the beautiful girl by pretending to be someone you’re not, a father and son coming together”) “Body Heat”(“A great movie about how the wrong woman can ruin your life”) “The Fabulous Baker Boys”(“Having the guts to pursue your heart”) “Braveheart”(“Every man dies, not every man really lives”)

Favorite Actors – Arnold, Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson, James Gandolfini Favorite Actresses – Jennifer Lopez, Michelle Pfeiffer Favorite Meal – Carne Asada with some Strawberry Margaritas

Idea of a Perfect Vacation – Laying by the pool in Cancun, Mexico sipping Frozen Daiquiri’s with my sweetheart by my side.

Ideal Woman – Sweet, Romantic, Sexy, Fun, Goal-Oriented, Trust-worthy and Down to Earth.

Things I am Blessed With – Peaked Biceps and a Great, Great Family.

Long Term Bodybuilding Ambitions – To become the Arnold of natural bodybuilding by winning international competitions, promoting the sport to the media, staging bigger competitions, writing books and inspiring people to begin exercising. L

ong Term Ambitions – To become rich and famous doing what I love to do!

What Do You Like Most About Bodybuilding – The challenge of becoming better than ever, the total discipline and commitment required to succeed, the feeling of satisfaction from lifting heavy weights with focused concentration, looking different than most of the “average” people in the world.

What Do You Like Least About Bodybuilding – Stubborn bodyparts, having to eat every couple hours, shaving my legs, injuries.

Favorite Saying – “There are three types of people in the world : Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened.”