The term “bodybuilding” was originally used to refer to the modification of the body through muscle hypertrophy. It was and still is, an excellent way for men and women to improve their physiques and their health. Today, body building is considered as a very competitive sport. But still, there are a few who have taken it up a notch and are now considered as one of the best and the biggest bodybuilders in the world. Read on a little more and get to know who they are.
He is one of the most famous and the most controversial bodybuilders in the world. Gregg Valentino is known for having the world’s biggest biceps. Gregg started bodybuilding at a very early age of 13. Now, 23 years later (with some controversial issues with steroid use and oil injections), his arms have grown from 21 inches to an astounding 28 inches in diameter. Gregg Valentino now has 2 successful columns in the Muscular Development Magazine and has appeared in various televisions shows and movies – from ESPN, the Tyra Banks Show, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not and many others.
Known as “Big Ron” in the bodybuilding community, Ronnie Coleman is an eight-time Mr. Olympia Champion and holds the record for having the most wins in the International Federation of Bodybuilders at the age of 26. Coleman actually started out late in the sport. After he graduated from college, he went on to become a policeman, which introduced him to the bodybuilding sport. He won his first professional competition in the Canadian Pro Cup in 1995 and has not stopped winning ever since.
Lou Ferrigno was also known as the “incredible hulk” for his massive physique. He was a well known rival of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who played the original Incredible Hulk in the movie. Lou started body building in his early teens and won his first ever competition in 1969, just after he graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School. Four years later, he won the IFBB Mr. America and Mr. Universe title. After his third attempt to bag the Mr. Universe title in 1975, Lou Ferrigno finally left the bodybuilding circuit to pursue his acting career.
Most known for being the youngest ever Mr. Universe title holder at the age of 20, he was considered to be one of the most influential body builders in the world. Arnold began bodybuilding at the age of 15, won the Mr. Universe title at the age of 20 and went on to win the Mr. Olympia title seven times. Even after he retired, his face and his name was still a huge influence to the bodybuilding community. He has also written various books and articles about the sport.
This German IFBB professional bodybuilder is most popular for his immense shoulder size. Ruhl started bodybuilding training at age 19 after he sustained a knee injury from a football game. It was not until four years later that he decided to enter professional competitions. He holds an impressive record in the bodybuilding competition circuit. Together with Johnnie O. Jackson and Dennis Wolf, they are considered to be three of the strongest bodybuilders alive.
Günter Schlierkamp is a retired German IFBB pro bodybuilder. Schlierkamp was born in Olfen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany on February 2, 1970. Gunter’s nickname is the “Gentle Giant” because of his kind and friendly demeanor. He is almost always smiling in his photos as well which leads into his kind nature and appeal. Schlierkamp is one of the sports’ most popular pros with his best record as a fourth place winner at the 2005 Mr. Olympia contest.