Markus Rühl

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Markus Rühl performing in Biberach an der Riss (off-season).

Markus Rühl (born 22 February 1972, in Darmstadt, Germany) is a retired IFBB professional bodybuilder. Rühl began training at the age of 18 following a doctor's recommendation after sustaining a knee injury while playing football. 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. Rühl signed a sponsorship deal with the famous brand Ultimate Nutrition in late 2008. In 2018 he started his own supplement company, Rühl's Bestes.

Other Important Details[edit]

  • First win before his career took off:

The Bachgau Cup

Stats (active peak numbers)[edit]

  • Height: 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
  • Weight: 128 kg (282 lb) (contest)
  • Weight: 148 kg (326 lb) (off-season)
  • Arm Size: 61 cm (24 in) (off-season)
  • Leg Size: 79–84 cm (31–33 in) (contest)[2]
  • Waist Size: 97 cm (38 in)
  • Chest size: 152 cm (60 in)[2]

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.[4]


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