Corinna Cory Everson

Corinna ‘Cory’ Everson was the first 6x Ms. Olympia champion, and one of the most recognizable figures in bodybuilding history.

Being a high-level athlete during her high school years, Corrina always seemed destined for greatness; she broke almost every sporting record and became the first multi-sport champion in her school’s history.

However, it wasn’t always easy for the legend – she suffered an near career-ending injury during the 1981 IFBB North American Bodybuilding Championship.

This is her story:


 

Corinna Everson lying during a photoshoot, seductively holding her knickers.

Athlete Statistics

Full Name: Corinna Kneuer Everson
WeightHeightBustHips
155 - 165lbs (70.3 - 74.8kg)5'8" (172.5cm)36"36"
WaistAgeDate of Birth
24"61January 4, 1958
NationalityProfessionEra
AmericanProfessional Female Bodybuilder1980
Weight155 - 165lbs (70.3 - 74.8kg)
Height5'8" (172.5cm)
Bust36"
Hips36"
Waist24"
Age61
Date of BirthJanuary 4, 1958
NationalityAmerican
ProfessionProfessional Female Bodybuilder
Era1980

 

Corinna Everson 6x Ms. Olympia competition history.

Accomplishments

Awards

  • 1999 IFBB Hall of Fame
  • 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award (Arnold Classic)
  • 2008 National Fitness Hall of Fame

Competition History

1980

  • Ms. Mid America – 1st (Tall and Overall)
  •  American Couples – 3rd

1981

  • Ms. Midwest Open – 1st (Tall & Overall)
  • Ms. Central USA – 1st (HW and Overall)
  • Couples America – 1st
  • American Championships – 11th (MW)

1982

  • Ms. East Coast – 1st (MW)
  • Bodybuilding Expo III – 2nd (MW)
  • Bodybuilding Expo Couples – 2nd
  • AFWB American Championships – 5th (HW)
  • IFBB North American – 1st (MW and Overall)
  • IFBB North American Mixed Pairs – 1st

1983

  • Bodybuilding Expo IV – 1st (MW and Overall)
  • Bodybuilding Expo Mixed Pairs – 1st
  • U.S. Bodybuilding Championships Couples – 1st
  • AFWB American Championships – 8th (HW)
  • NPC Nationals – 2nd (HW)

1984

  • American Women’s Championships – 1st (HW and Overall)
  • NPC Nationals – 1st (HW and Overall)
  • IFBB Ms. Olympia – 1st

Ms. Olympia 

  • 1985 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 1st
  • 1986 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 1st
  • 1987 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 1st
  • 1988 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 1st
  • 1989 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 1st

Acting & TV Career

1986 

  • The Morning After

1991 

  • Double Impact

1996

  •  The Adventures of Brisco County. Jr

1994

  • Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
  • Natural Born Killers

1995

  • Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
  • Ballistic

1996

  • Strange Luck
  • Tarzan: The Epic Adventures
  • Goode Behavior
  • Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
  • Felony

1997 

  • Home Improvement

1998 

  • Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

2005 

  • Charmed

Author

  • 1986 Strength Training for Beauty Volume 3
  • 1987 Superflex: Ms. Olympia’s Guide to Building a Strong & Sexy Body
  • 1991 Back in Shape
  • 1991 Cory Everson’s Workout Parigee Trade
  • 1994 Cory Everson’s Fat-Free & Fit Perigee Trade
  • 1998 Cory Everson’s Lifebalance Perigee Trade

 

Corinna Everson performing biceps curls for the girls.

Biography

Early Years

Born and raised in Wisconsin (USA), even as a child, Corinna had a natural talent for sports during high school; she was highly skilled in sports including gymnastics, track & field, and badminton.

It soon became clear that she was destined for greatness as an athlete after she broke numerous records – becoming one of the first multi-sport champions in her school.

As a result, she was accepted into the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she chose to study Physical Education.

Start of Fitness Journey

During her time at college, Corrina further excelled at sports; she competed 3 times in the American Pentathlon – taking home the trophy each time.

However, it wasn’t until she befriended a amateur bodybuilder that she took an interest in weight-lifting. It was here when Corrina started her fitness journey, training mostly for aesthetics, rather than just performance, for the first time in her life.


 

 Corinna Everson posing during a photoshoot in her younger years.


First Show & Injury

After experiencing success in her first competition (the 1980 Ms. Mid America), it wasn’t long until Corrina found herself posing on stage in the 1981 IFBB North American Bodybuilding Championships. However, it didn’t turn out to be the dream ending she wished for.

As Corrina was performing for the judges, she felt a sharp pain in her left foot. Although she attempted to fight through the pain, she was sent to the hospital for urgent treatment – the source of her pain was diagnosed as blood clots, and she narrowly missed being forced to suffer an amputation.

But she didn’t let this get her down; Corrina found herself more motivated than ever to return to the stage and make a name for herself as a female bodybuilder.

Return To The Stage

After making a full recovery from her injury and returning to the gym, Corrina didn’t hesistate in entering further competitions. Over the course of 3 years, the future fitness star entered a huge 13 shows – earning 8 trophies during this period.

However, it wasn’t until 1984 when she really established herself as the leading female bodybuilder in the world.


 

 Corinna Everson tensing her bicep and revealing her shredded figure, in front of what seems to be a waterfall.


Ms. Olympia

After winning the 1984 NPC Nationals, Corrina qualified to appear in the most prestigious show in the industry – the 1984 Ms. Olympia.

The future legend was competing against female fitness icons, such as Rachel McLish. But she didn’t let this stop her.

Corrina left the stage after being crowned the champion of the show – instantly being thrown in the spotlight, becoming recognized as the best bikini athlete in the world.

Making History

Corinna spent the next 5 years dominating the female bodybuilding category. She placed 1st in every Ms. Olympia competition during this period, making history by establishing herself as the most successful female athlete in history.


 

Corrina Everson showing her glutes while pulling a weight on a rope.

Training

Corinna is well-known for her perfectly proportioned figure, and she strongly believes that lifting weights in the gym is the key for women to achieve this.

In her prime, the fitness icon enjoyed training multiple muscle groups per session, apart when she trained legs.

Workout Routine

Here’s Corinna’s training plan between 1984-1986:

Chest, Shoulders, and Triceps

  • Bench presses (warmup) 3 x 8-15
  • Bench presses (work sets) 5 x 8-15
  • High- or low-incline dumbbell presses 3 x 8-10
  • Seated dumbbell presses or
  • Behind-the-neck presses 3 x 8-15
  • Lateral raises 3 x 8-15
  • Upright rows 3 x 8-15
  • Bent-over laterals 3 x 8-15
  • Dips or pushdowns 3 x 8-15

Legs

  • Squats (warmup) 3 x 8-15
  • Squats (work sets) 5 x 8-15
  • Leg presses or hack squats 3 x 8-15
  • Leg extensions or lunges 3 x 8-15
  • Lying leg curls or standing leg curls 3 x 8-15
  • Donkey calf raises 3 x 15-25
  • Standing calf raises 3 x 15-25
  • Seated calf raises 3 x 15-25

Back and biceps

  • Bent-over rows (warmup) 3 x 8-15
  • Bent-over rows (work sets) 5 x 8-15
  • Lat pulldowns 3 x 8-15
  • Low-pulley rows or
  • One-arm bent-over dumbbell rows 3 x 8-15
  • Standing barbell curls 3 x 8-15
  • Concentration curls or cable curls 3 x 8-15

Abs

  • Pulldown crunches 3-4 x 25-40
  • Decline sit-ups 3-4 x 100
  • Leg raises off bench 3-4 x 20-40

 

Corinna Everson lifting weights in the gym, displaying her muscular arms.

Nutrition

In terms of dieting, Corinna Everson didn’t follow any strict or restrictive eating patterns; she believes this is what leads others into pre-diet binge eating and gaining too much body fat.

However, she encourages others to follow a clean diet, without restricting their lifestyle – Corinna doesn’t believe that achieving an ideal figure results in a limited lifestyle.


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Corinna Everson posing on stage during a routine for a fitness competition.

Idols and Influences

Although Corrina has become a female fitness icon, she looked up to numerous athletes during her reign as the 6x Ms. Olympia Champion – she specifically names Rachel McLish, Gladys Porugues and Carla Dunlap as sources of motivation.

However, she names other male bodybuilders as her main influences – they often helped transport her to the gym and encouraged her to train with them (the likes of Lee Haney, Bob Paris, Rich Gaspari, and Matt Mendenhall.


 

Corinna Everson profile

What We Can Learn From Corinna Everson

Although Corinna was always an extremely gifted athlete, she still had the right determination and willingness to success  – she suffered a potentially career-ending blood clot injury towards the start of her journey, but she came back stronger to make history as a female athlete.

If we can learn anything from Corinna, it’s that you need to work hard, regardless of genetic potential – Corinna started her journey in better shape than most, but she still worked hard to further sculpt one of the most iconic figures in bodybuilding history.

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20 comments

  1. i green

    April 28, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    can’t forget the old school ! she was one of the best!

  2. weakkneeswilly

    October 5, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    I will always love you “Cory”.

  3. Shabazz

    October 18, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    She is like a living superhero.

  4. Tammy

    November 15, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Simply the best,better then all the rest,my idol

    1. Greatest Physiques

      November 16, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      “Better than anyone, Anyone I ever met..”

  5. Linda

    February 24, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    Looks better than any other female body builder I’ve ever seen! Actually quite beautiful!

  6. Chris

    May 9, 2018 at 1:00 am

    Tops the list. Legendary! I was a young elementary kid in awe of her during her prime.

  7. Felix Cordova

    June 30, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    Cory…in..my..eyes…you..will..always..be..the..best..and..my..favorite..
    …lots..of..love..for..you.!

  8. Cheyenne

    July 3, 2018 at 4:47 am

    She is , to this day, my greatest inspiration.. i have looked to Cory for motivation for years.. she is truly the greatest..

  9. Tammy allen

    July 23, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    Still looking good,still my idol regardless,I admire you in so any ways,you have achieved a LOT till this day,loved you then,and love you now with all your strength and ability to influence women in body building,simplify the best,one of a kind,you go girl

  10. Mark

    September 2, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Use to watch her fitness show back in the day . Loved her big inspiration to men and women

  11. Beth Nicely

    December 7, 2018 at 4:19 am

    One of the few that stayed feminine despite her strength. I admire that .

  12. Kathryn Bennett

    February 1, 2019 at 2:28 am

    The Best Female Bodybuilding figure that I have ever seen smart, strong,and Beautiful. I have looked up to you sence I was a little girl. What would you tell a child that wanted to follow in your footsteps now. Love and admire you Greatly.

  13. Kerrie

    March 22, 2019 at 2:12 am

    You’ll always be my favorite female bodybuilder. I was so happy when I finally met you at a gym opening in San Leandro back in 1990, I think that was the year. So long ago. I have so much respect for you.

  14. Frank

    March 28, 2019 at 7:59 am

    Cory was to female bodybuilding what Arnold was to men’s bodybuilding. Simply the very best ever! She had it all!!

  15. Timothy Houser

    June 18, 2019 at 1:42 am

    Cory you was a great body builder. I followed your career from the git. I did use some techniques of yours and your x (sorry). I tried stay ‘n with it but I started a family, but still I got in 3 days sere. You proved me and a bunch that women can lift and body build, you looked great.

  16. Carolyn

    July 27, 2019 at 5:47 am

    I really never heard of Cory until i saw the movie Double Impact. She inspired me to take interest in my own body. Thank you Cory. By the way you look stunning at 61.

  17. Where is Cory Everson (bodybuilder) today? Wiki Bio, net worth

    September 2, 2019 at 8:52 am

    […] Cory believes that weightlifting is the key to having an amazing figure, and has shared her workout routine which she used during those years when she competed at Ms. Olympia – her exact training routine can be found on the greatestphysiques website. […]

  18. Fabio

    October 28, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    Love Cory but i prefer Rachel…

  19. Greg Justice / Elaine LaLanne

    November 22, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    Cory,
    Elaine Lalanne asked me to reach out to you about our new book project, Pride & Discipline – The Legacy of Jack LaLanne: In His Own Words.  

    We would like to have you share your thoughts and experiences with Jack, and his impact and legacy.  Our book will launch at the IDEA World Convention in July, 2020.  

    Thank you for your consideration.

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