Robinson, still amazingly fit at 68-years-old, grew up in Tallahassee, Florida where he experienced many facets of adversity including both racial discrimination and in-school bullying. Naturally, he decided to take action as early as seven years old and take control of his difficult social experiences in school.
After watching a show with Jack Lalanne, Robinson thought to himself, “I want to jump with Jack.” Robinson never doubted himself as he continued to focus on his physique to keep from being bullied—his efforts worked! He instantly became popular in high school as a student-athlete in both football and track and field. He attended the well-known Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. Robinson was determined to make a name for himself and he continued to succeed by maintaining an optimal level of commitment in weight training. When asked about the racial adversity that he endured within the body building industry, Robinson explained, “the cruelty of racial discrimination having had grown up in the south actually made me strong. It prepared me for what was to come and to learn how to not be phased by that anger and hate that had occurred.”
Robinson had no difficulties maintaining his physique while starting out in 1975 at 205 lbs and with an impeccably slim 29-inch waist. His 15 years of weight training prior to venturing into the body building industry set him up for instant success. Robinson has garnered many prominent awards including but not limited to: IFBB, Mr. America, Mr. World, Mr. Universe, and Mr. International. He attained an even more inspiring win receiving first place at IFBB-Master Mr. Olympia over “The Hulk” Lou Ferrigno. Robinson’s career allowed for many other opportunities to come his way including the personal training of body builder legend and former California State Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California keeping his incredible physique at 68 years old. Robinson attributes his current physique to his optimistic perspective by waking up everyday discovering a way he can make himself happy and by continuing to enjoy the career he has brought his purpose into fruition—coaching others on how to incorporate healthy, positive, balanced and active lifestyles via in-person and through his website www.robbyrobinson.net.
Robinson has always admired Dwayne Johnson and is proud of the success he has garnered. He adamantly respects Johnson as a fitness and nutrition guru and loves the great attitude Johnson has maintained throughout his climb to fame. Robinson is also ecstatic to see Johnson as Hercules — especially being a multicultural actor playing such a traditionally cast role.
As we salute Robinson for being an admirable “real-life” Hercules, Robinson is eagerly looking forward to join other moviegoers this Friday, July 25, 2014 for the nationwide release of “Hercules.”