Toney Freeman is a former IFBB pro bodybuilder and entrepreneur. He was dubbed with the nickname “The X-Man” due to his classic X-frame physique showcasing a wide back, broad shoulders contrasted with a small waist and massive thighs.
Listen to the full Toney Freeman interview here:
The Pros Vs Cons Of Being A Tall Bodybuilder
We previously spoke with Paul Dillet about his height (he was 6’3″) and how that effected his physique. We were also curious how Toney Freeman’s height effected his physique and performance on stage. Surprisingly, Freeman didn’t find his height to be too much of a disadvantage.
“I just didn’t want to push the envelope. You know, I got up to 323 (pounds) and for lack of a better word I was like – whoa, I don’t want to go any further.” Toney Freeman stated in our interview. “I got to the point that I was like wow – okay I literally figured out how to do whatever it is that I wanted to do. But I never didn’t want to have the package. You know what I’m saying. I didn’t want to be up there just dwarfing everybody.”
It seemed for Toney Freeman, he didn’t want to become big at the expense of his aesthetic. He also goes on to discuss how his limbs were the long in proportion to his body. This is where the real challenge revealed itself. He knew that no matter how hard he tried he couldn’t get his wrists and forearms to match the size he could build on the rest of his body. He needed to accept that limitation and work with it.
Toney Freeman Describes The Shock Of Seeing Peak Victor Martinez Backstage At Olympia 2007
One athlete that Toney Freeman saw peak perfectly on the stage is Victor Martinez at the Mr. Olympia 2007. Ultimately, Jay Cutler beat out Victor for the win. It was an extremely controversial decision that many will debate over even to this day. When you hear Toney Freeman describe seeing Martinez backstage – you can understand why so many fans were shocked that he ultimately lost.
“Victor peaked at the 07 Olympia. I saw it myself. I mean – wow, it was insane,” Toney Freeman states in our interview. He continues:
“I WAS THERE SO… I’M COMING DOWN THE HALLWAY AT THE ORLEANS [HOTEL] AND VICTOR IS NUMBER ONE SO HE WAS THERE EARLY… AND CHAD WAS PUTTING HIS OIL ON [VICTOR]. HE’S STANDING IN THE HALLWAY. LITERALLY. I WAS WALKING CLOSER AND I WAS LIKE ‘DAMN, WHO THE FUCK IS THAT?’ I GOT CLOSER AND I SAW VICTOR. AS I GOT CLOSER AND CLOSER, I AS LIKE ‘HE WON.’”