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Dexter Jackson Bodybuilding Bio and Net worth

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If you are a lover of sport, fitness, and bodybuilding, then you must be familiar with the name Dexter Jackson? If you're not, here's a chance to learn more about this successful bodybuilder.

Dexter Jackson is more popular for winning several prestigious awards and titles than any other bodybuilder.

Dexter, also known as "The Blade," is an American IFBB professional bodybuilder and the champion of the 2008 Mr. Olympia. As a bodybuilder, Jackson has gathered 29 wins under his belt, and this makes him the man with the second-highest bodybuilding titles in history.

He is famous for winning the Arnold Classic five times (2005, 2006, 2013, and 2015). After his last Arnold Classic win in 2015, he proceeded to take second place in the 2015, Mr. Olympia.

This short detail is not enough to know everything there is to know about Dexter Jackson. That's why in this article you'll find information about his biography, his professional life, and net worth.

Dexter Jackson Early Life​

In November 1969, Jackson was born in Jacksonville, Florida to Willie, his father, and his mother whose name remains unknown.

From his childhood, Dexter had already developed an interest in bodybuilding. He was always focused on his overall body fitness and he works out regularly to achieve that body fitness. He finished High school at Edward H. White High School.

During his High school days, he used to play on the school football team and run on tracks. He has always been athletic. He set a record at a forty-meter dash competition where he scored 4.20; this record was one of the fastest in the country then.

Apart from football, Dexter was also involved in other sports activities, he participated in gymnastics and breakdance.

After Dexter completed his high school education, he bagged a bachelor's degree from one of the public state universities.

Early Dexter Jackson

Dexter's personal life​

Dexter Jackson, like every other man, fell in love with a lady, Carol. Jackson and Carol met at a bodybuilding event and they got into a relationship. They were so in love that they got married to each other.

However, their marriage was faced with certain circumstances that couldn't be avoided and their marriage hit an iceBerg and sank. The reason for their separation Is not revealed to the public yet as Dexter prefers it remains that way.

After his failed marriage with his first wife, Carol, Dexter met Gale Elie and married her shortly after. His marriage with Gale Elie seems to be happier because he has a daughter with Gale. Generally, he's spending beautiful moments with his wife and his daughter Myah Elie.

Dexter's Biography​

Dexter competed in his first-ever bodybuilding competition at a local show at age 20, despite being a newbie and having just 3 weeks of preparation before the show, he won the show. This sealed their interest in him and he resolved to participate professionally in bodybuilding.

Dexter placed 3rd in his first National Physique Committee (NPC) championship competition in 1992. He also participated professionally in the Arnold Classic competition in 1999, that same year, he competed in Night of Champions, and also Mr. Olympia. In the Arnold Classic competition, he placed 7th, he placed 3rd in the Night of Champions competition and 9th in Mr. Olympia of 1999.

Moving on to 2007, Dexter competed in Mr. Olympia and came 3rd. At that point, the topic of his placement was debated with critics concluding that he may not hold a higher position in the competition.

However, on September 27, 2008, Dexter competed in the Mr. Olympia again and he took the crown from the then reigning champion of Mr. Olympia, Jay Cutler. His win against Jay Cutler made him the 12th man to hold the Mr. Olympia title. Also, he became the second man to win both Mr. Olympia and the Arnold Classic competition in the same year. His 2008 win of Mr. Olympia placed him among other legends like Chris Dickerson (1982), Samir Bannout(1983) Shawn Rhoden (2018), and Brandon Curry (2019)

In 2008, Dexter had many wins, he won many competitions that same year. He won the Arnold Classic, he won the Australian Pro Grand Prix VIII, placed first in the New Zealand Grand Prix, Romanian Grand Prix, and lastly earned the Mr. Olympia title. The following year, Dexter placed 3rd in the Mr. Olympia contest and that's still a great result.

Dexter didn't stop there, in 2012, he competed again in Mr. Olympia and he came 4th, then later that year he made everyone's jaws drop by winning that year's Master Olympia. In 2013, he won the Arnold Classic title 2013 making it his fourth Arnold Classic title.

Dexter proved himself to be up for the challenge when at age 45, 7 years after he won Mr. Olympia, he contested and placed 2nd at 2015, Mr. Olympia. This was his highest Mr. Olympia win since he earned the Mr. Olympia title in 2008.

By 2020, Dexter planned to round off his bodybuilding career and retire. Having been professionally active in bodybuilding since 1999. He competed at Mr. Olympia 2020 and placed 9th. His last placing at his retirement was the same as his debut in Olympia 1999.

Since then, Jackson has appeared in many different fitness and bodybuilding articles. He has been featured on the cover of Muscular Development and Flex magazine. In 2009, Dexter was featured in his documentary video which was produced in collaboration with Alex Ardenti of Ardenti films in Florida. The title of his documentary DVD was Dexter Jackson: Unbreakable

What is Dexter Jackson's Net worth​

Dexter Jackson has most of his earnings from his bodybuilding career. With 29 wins under his belt, he has accumulated a whole lot of wealth over the years.

Also, he has been featured in various bodybuilding articles and magazines. Dexter is estimated to be worth $3 million. This includes his assets, income, and other earnings.

Dexter has led a modest life despite his wealth. After his retirement, he is launching his supplement company and this is going to add significantly to his net worth.

Dexter Jackson workout and routine plan​

The blade was often referred to as the underdog because of his 5'6 height among other tall bodybuilders.

His height was posted as a great weakness for him so he devoted time to his workout and routine plan.
Dexter works out four days a week and three days of rest. His four days of workout are always High-intensity training.

Then his cardio exercises are for 30 minutes; during these 40 minutes, he doesn't engage in any exercise that reduces his physique.
He works out on his chest, Biceps, Quads, Calves, and Hamstring.

As with other bodybuilders, Dexter also eats a lot of food every day. He consumes 5500 to 6500 calories every day.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dexter Jackson (FAQs)​

Q: Did Dexter Jackson use steroids at any time?​

There are many assumptions that Dexter Jackson uses steroids. And these assumptions are due to his weight loss in subsequent competitions after his 2008 Mr. Olympia.

However, Dexter has come out to clarify that his weight loss is due to his method of training. He trains with a smaller weight because it'll save him from the many diseases and traumas that other professional bodybuilders face from lifting heavyweights.

With this, Dexter has been able to clear the air about his use of steroids.

Q: Who was Dexter Jackson's trainer?​

At a point, it appeared that Dexter's body and physique were reducing and fading. Jackson employed the service of Charles Glass who is known for his effective ability to hit all the right angles. Charles Glass trained Dexter and in a short time, he got his physique back.

Q: How does Dexter Jackson train?​

Dexter keeps his training simply because he thinks too much heavy weight lifting is not healthy for him. He occupies himself by lifting smaller weights. He works out on his Abs 3 times a week, and he does 30 minutes of cardio 6 days a week (2 times per day).

Q: What are Dexter's Hobbies?​

Although he is passionate about bodybuilding, he also has different hobbies. He is a huge fan of cars and he has bought different cars and sold them throughout the past years.

Also, he enjoys watching movies, especially Bruce Lee's and Jackie Chan's. He's also a big fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Bottom line​

Dexter Jackson or "The blade" has proven to be a force to be reckoned with in the body-built world. Despite his small height, he has been able to attach a lot of wins to his name.

His net worth is almost entirely from his career as a bodybuilder, and he has managed to accumulate this much wealth because of his many wins over the years.

This article has been able to provide different information about "The blade". So as a lover of bodybuilding, you now have information about the man with the highest wins in bodybuilding.

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