May 12, 1964
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||297 pounds (135 kg) (1997)|
|Title||7 times Austria's Strongest Man
2 times Europe's Strongest Man
|Competitor for Austria|
|World's Strongest Man|
|8th||1991 World's Strongest Man|
|4th||1993 World's Strongest Man|
|2nd||1994 World's Strongest Man|
|Europe's Strongest Man|
|World Strongman Challenge|
|Austria's Strongest Man|
|World's Strongest Team|
|European Muscle Power Championships|
|World Muscle Power Championships|
|Strongest Man on Earth|
|World Mighty Man|
Manfred Hoeberl (born May 12, 1964 in Graz, Eggenberg, Austria) is a former strongman and Powerlifter who was known as having the largest arms in the world during the early-mid 1990s. Hoeberl was born in the same town as bodybuilding legend and former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Life and career
Hoeberl won the Europe's Strongest Man Competition twice (1993, 1994) and was runner up at the 1994 World's Strongest Man competition. Hoeberl competed in the World's Strongest Man finals in 1991, and 1993 as well, finishing 8th, and 4th respectively.
In the early 1990s Hoeberl claimed to have the largest arms in the world. At the 1994 Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic, bodybuilding journalist Joe Roark measured Hoeberl's upper arm to be 25.75 inches (654 mm) cold. Right after Hoeberl curled a 150 lb. dumbbell for several reps and was re-measured at 26 inches pumped. After the measurement Roark claimed Hoeberl was the first man in history to have an upper arm girth three times the size of his wrist circumference.
Shortly after this, Hoeberl co-wrote his first book 10 Minutes to Massive Arms.
Car Accidents and Retirement
Shortly after the 1994 World's Strongest Man contest, Hoeberl was involved in a near fatal car accident in which he broke several limbs, and fractured his hip in 8 places. After months of rehabilitation, Hoeberl returned to strongman competition, although he never again competed in the World's Strongest Man. A severe biceps injury sustained during the 1997 European Hercules contest forced him into retirement.
Hoeberl was involved in a second near fatal accident in 2002. Hoeberl was involved in a head on collision with a truck while riding a motorcycle at 80 miles per hour. Due to his injuries Hoeberl is no longer weight training, he is quoted as saying "I am kinda lucky to be alive".
- World's Strongest Man History
- IRON GAME HISTORY The Roark Report Measuring the Arm of Manfred Hoeberl