Manfred Hoeberl

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Manfred Hoeberl
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Born Manfred Hoeberl
(1964-05-12) 12 May 1964 (age 53)
Graz, Austria
Occupation Strongman Powerlifter
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 297 lb (135 kg) (1997)
Title 7 times Austria's Strongest Man
2 times Europe's Strongest Man
Competition record
Representing  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
1st 1993
1st 1994
European Hercules
3rd 1993
2nd 1994
10th 1997
World Strongman Challenge
2nd 1994
3rd 1996
Austria's Strongest Man
1st 1989
1st 1990
1st 1991
1st 1992
1st 1993
1st 1994
1st 1996
World's Strongest Team
6th 1997
European Muscle Power Championships
1st 1993
1st 1994
World Muscle Power Championships
1st 1993
1st 1994
Strongest Man on Earth
1st 1994
World Mighty Man
5th 1992
4th 1993

Manfred Hoeberl (born 12 May 1964) is an Austrian former strongman and powerlifter who was known as having the largest arms in the world during the early-mid 1990s.[1] Hoeberl was born in the same town as bodybuilding legend and former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger.[2]

Life and career[edit]

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.[3]

Hoeberl won Austria's Strongest Man 7 times, from 1989-1994 & 1996.[4]

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.[5]

Shortly after this, Hoeberl co-wrote his first book 10 Minutes to Massive Arms.[6]

Hoeberl was officially certified on the No. 3 Captains of Crush gripper in 1997.[7]

Personal Records[edit]

Car crashes and retirement[edit]

Shortly after the 1994 World's Strongest Man contest, Hoeberl was involved in a near fatal car crash 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.[11]

Hoeberl was involved in a second near fatal crash in 2002.[12] Hoeberl was involved in a head-on collision with a truck while riding a motorcycle at 80 miles per hour.[13] Due to his injuries Hoeberl is no longer weight training, he is quoted as saying "I am kinda lucky to be alive".[14]