With over 40 years of experience at the highest levels of fitness and competition, Lion Bodybuilding’s mission is to create healthy, powerful, beautiful, and artistic physiques combining the best of the golden era and the advances of today.

No matter the level of experience, our clients are treated like world-class competitors. Our programs and products are developed with your individual goals and health in mind, so it is important for us to get to know each and every one of our athletes to best develop customized coaching plans.


Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Samir Bannout (aka. the lion of Lebanon) is a IFBB Professional Bodybuilder and one of few men with the coveted title of “Mr. Olympia” among his many other accomplishments.

He began his competitive career as an 18-year-old, earning a major victory in the 1974 teenage Mr. Universe.

This victory convinced him to chase his dreams and move to the usa. In Detroit, Michigan training out of the original powerhouse gym, he won the title of Mr. Michigan leading him to win the 1979 Mr. Universe and his pro status in the IFBB.

Anointed as “the lion of Lebanon” by Joe Weider the godfather of bodybuilding, destiny would lead him to compete against, defeat and form life long friendships and the respect of the legends of bodybuilding ultimately becoming an IFBB hall of famer.

He is known throughout the world as a master of posing, coach, mentor and one of the greatest bodybuilders in the history of the sport. Today his passion burns brighter than ever mentoring and training the new generation of bodybuilders cultivating the importance of beauty, balance, artistry and health.