You either pump…or you’re a chump.

Those are words to live by, my friends, and you better believe that celebrities take that advice to heart.

In fact, some big shots even competed as bodybuilders in their younger days before they ended up on TV and in the movies.

And here are five examples that might surprise you.

Take a look!

1. Teresa Guidice

Guidice is a familiar face on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, but she also knows how to get ripped and flaunt her stuff.

In 2018, she trained for six months and competed in the NPC South Jersey Bodybuilding Championship and came in third place.

Not bad!


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2. Tamra Judge

Another celeb from the ranks of the Housewives, Tamra Judge won her first Muscle Mania trophy in 2016.

Judge said, “To me, it was never about getting on stage and winning. It was more about setting a goal for myself and completing it. That’s what I did. That was the rewarding part.”

She added, “I was at the age where a lot of women’s bodies start to go through menopause, and I’d been seeing some changes in my body and I didn’t like it.”


3. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

This one may seem obvious to older folks, but keep in mind that there is a whole generation of younger people who only know Arnie as a politician and a movie star.

Schwarzenegger made his name as a bodybuilder in his younger years and won seven Mr. Olympia awards from 1970 to 1980.

And he still looks pretty darn good well into his seventies!

4. Channing Tatum.

This one makes sense…

If you’ve seen Tatum in any of the Magic Mike films, you know that the actor is ripped to the gills.

He started working out in high school and even competed in a bodybuilding competition at his high school in Tampa, Florida in 1998.


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5. Ramona Singer.

Singer’s life on The Real Housewives of New York City may revolve around glitz and glamour, but she knows how to put in hard work.

She espouses the benefits of a good workout and Singer once even appeared on the cover of a female bodybuilding magazine.


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Now we want to hear from you!

Do you know about any other celebrities who had former lives in sports?

If so, tell us all about them in the comments.

Thanks a lot!