Shahriar Kamali AKA King Kamali is an Iranian-born, New York-based retired bodybuilder and personal trainer. Throughout his extensive career, Shahriar has garnered numerous awards and accomplishments.
After earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology, he went on to join the competitive bodybuilding circuit. With his newly-attained knowledge about the human body, as well as his dedication to training, he quickly made his way to the top of the bodybuilding scene in America.
He went on to win his pro card in 1999, entering the elite IFBB Pro circuit in the process. After this, Shahriar began appearing at the world’s biggest bodybuilding stages. Including the famous Joe Weider’s Mr. Olympia.
After a 12-year spell in the competitive circuit, Shahriar’s career as a bodybuilder came to a close. It was at this point he set his sights on new challenges. Such as becoming a personal trainer and building an online brand. He was very successful in his endeavors – now boasting an ever-growing clientele and fan base that shows no signs of stopping.
Full Name: Shahriar Kamali Weight Height Arms Chest 225 - 235lbs (102.1 - 106.6kg) 5'10" (177.5cm) 19'' 50'' Waist Thighs Age 36'' 30'' 47 Date of Birth Nationality Profession March 29, 1972 Persian (Iranian), American Personal Trainer, Professional Bodybuilder Alias Era King Kamali 2000, 1990 Weight 225 - 235lbs (102.1 - 106.6kg) Height 5'10" (177.5cm) Arms 19'' Chest 50'' Waist 36'' Thighs 30'' Age 47 Date of Birth March 29, 1972 Nationality Persian (Iranian), American Profession Personal Trainer, Professional Bodybuilder Alias King Kamali Era 2000, 1990
- NPC Collegiate Nationals, Light-Heavyweight and Overall, 1st place
- NPC Nationals, HeavyWeight, 10th place
- NPC Nationals, HeavyWeight, 7th place
- NPC Nationals, HeavyWeight, 3rd place
- NPC Nationals, HeavyWeight, 1st place
- Arnold Classic, 4th place
- Ironman Pro Invitational, 3rd place
- Mr. Olympia, 10th place
- Mr. Olympia, 17th place
- Show of Strength Pro Championship, 11th place
- Night of Champions, 14th place
- Arnold Classic, 8th place
- Grand Prix Australia, 5th place
- Arnold Classic, 11th place
- Ironman Pro Invitational, 5th place
- San Francisco Pro Invitational, 12th place
- New York Pro Championships, 16th place
- Europa Super Show, 11th place
- Montreal Pro, 14th place
- Atlantic City Pro, 15th place
Shahriar Kamali – he’s been nicknamed The Persian Perl, The Terminator, and most famously, King Kamali. He was born and raised in Iran, but now resides in New Jersey and New York City.
Ever since his early youth, Shahriar Kamali has shown a great deal of enthusiasm when it came to sports and physical activities. This eventually led him to discover bodybuilding, a sport which quickly captured his attention.
Not long after he started training, Shahriar started to see amazing progress in his physique. Spurred on by his transformation, he went on to join the competitive circuit and compete in bodybuilding shows across America.
Between 1994 and 2006, Shahriar competed in over 20 shows, claiming numerous titles along the way. During this period, he took part in some of the biggest shows in the world, including the IFBB Mr. Olympia. After his retirement from professional bodybuilding in 2006, he turned his focus to helping others through personal training – something he’s been doing ever since.
Building a Massive Frame
King Kamali often stood out in terms of his muscularity and size. It wasn’t rare to see Shahriar ‘dwarf’ other bodybuilders on the stage due to his gigantic frame.
To build such an impressive physique, Shahriar put in a tremendous amount of power, intensity, and discipline in his workouts.
During his prime, it was hard to spot weak points on his physique. But if there was one muscle group he loved to train the most, it was his legs.
Here’s how his leg routine looked back in the day:
Leg Workout Routine of Shahrir King Kamali
- Leg extensions – 4 sets of 20 repetitions
- Smith Machine squats – 4 sets of 15 repetitions
- Leg press – 3 sets of 10, 10, 20 repetitions
- Lunges – 4 sets of 40 repetitions
- Butt Blaster – 4 sets of 30 repetitions each leg
- Standing toe raises – 3 sets of 20 repetitions
- Seated toe raises – 3 sets of 20 repetitions
When it came to getting huge in the ‘off-season,’ there was rarely anyone who knew how to do it better than Shahriar Kamali.
He used to eat massive amounts of protein and complex carbohydrates with every meal. This would give him the energy for his challenging workouts, along with making his muscles grow from the nutrient ‘overload.’
Here’s how his meal plan looked:
- 1st Meal – 8oz steak, fruit, oatmeal, vitamin C
- 2nd Meal – 8oz chicken breast, 1 cup brown rice
- 3rd Meal – Meal replacement shake
- 4th Meal – 8oz steak, green steamed vegetables
- 5th Meal – 10oz salmon, 1 cup green steamed vegetables
- 6th Meal – Protein shake
While Shahriar’s ‘bulking’ phase was nothing short of impressive, he was also extremely proficient at carving out a lean and aesthetic physique.
When he wanted to lose fat for a contest, he followed a couple of important rules. First off, he made sure to reduce his calories from carbs. Especially sugars. This allowed him to maintain healthy insulin levels, preventing any unwanted fat accumulations.
Secondly, Shahrir ensured to drink plenty of water. By staying hydrated, he kept his metabolism working optimally. He also took certain supplements such as pre-workouts and fat burners to help him ramp up the metabolism even more.
Coupled with his intense cardio and weightlifting sessions, this allowed Shahrir to come in an extremely ripped condition at bodybuilding shows.
What we can learn from Shahriar Kamali
If you’re looking to get huge, then look no further than Shahriar Kamali. With his impressive size and even better conditioning, he clearly knows his way around the gym and the kitchen.
With the same mindset and approach to bodybuilding, you too can carve out an amazing physique. Perhaps even a career, if that’s your goal.