Kai Greene was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Kai had a tough start to life growing up with foster care and often found himself in new residential treatment centres waiting for another placement. He went through 4 foster homes but kept returning to the treatment centre.
Kai got the opportunity to start training with weights while still in school and his rapid muscular development was noticed by his 7th Grade teacher who later introduced him to his first teen competition. But Kai sets a high standard for himself and after winning the NPC Team Universe in 1999 he did not compete again for five years.
It was always his objective to get into the IFBB and get his Pro-card. Training hard for five years was proven to work for him as he returned to the NPC Team Universe competition and won it again in 2004. It was this victory that got him qualified for a Pro-card and set him up for a career as an IFBB professional bodybuilder.
Kai Greene has been sponsored by Flex for the last few years and in the summer of 2011 began working with George Farah who is a preparation coach that helped him achieve first place at the 2011 New York Pro Championship. With his high standards that he sets for himself Kai was disappointed with his 3rd place at the Mr. Olympia in 2011.
However coming in third place at the most covered professional world bodybuilding championships also got him immediately qualified to enter the 2012 Mr.Olympia contest to be held in Las Vegas. He set his sights on this and decided not to compete in the 2012 New York Pro so that he could concentrate on getting into the best shape of his life for the Mr. Olympia, where he came in second place next to his arch rival Phil Heath.
Although his main focus was always bodybuilding Kai has also worked with the film director Mike Pulcinella to make a movie called Overkill in 2009. This was a documentary type movie that showed the preparation that he went through to make his first appearance in the Mr.Olympia 2009.
He teamed up again with Mike Pulcinella in 2010 to create a sequel to that film which was called Redemption that was filmed while he got his fourth place result. It showed how disappointed he was after adapting to his new training routine specifically to win that show.
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