Markus Rühl

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Markus Rühl performing in Biberach an der Riss (Offseason).

Markus Rühl (born 22 February 1972, in Darmstadt, Germany) is an IFBB professional bodybuilder. Rühl began training at the age of 18 following a doctor's recommendation after sustaining a knee injury while playing soccer. At 120 lb., Rühl began training hard six days a week until deciding to compete on a professional level five years later. During this period he worked as a used car salesman. He possesses some of the biggest shoulders in bodybuilding history,[1][2] and claims to be one of the strongest bodybuilders alive along with Johnnie O. Jackson, Stan Efferding and Dennis Wolf.[citation needed]


  • Height: 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[3]
  • Off Season Weight: 153–156 kg (337–344 lb)
  • Competition Weight: 134–140 kg (295–309 lb)
  • Arm Size: 61 cm (24 in) (contest) 64 cm (25 in) (off-season)
  • Leg Size: 84 cm (33 in) (contest)
  • Waist Size: 96 cm (38 in)
  • Chest size: 152 cm (60 in)

Competitive record[edit]

Training movies[edit]

  • XXXL-Big beyond belief - 2000
  • Made in Germany - 2004
  • Big and loving it - 2007
  • Ruhling 4 Ever - 2010

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rühl was disqualified from the 1999 Mr. Olympia contest after testing positive for diuretics.[5]


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