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 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. Rühl signed a sponsorship deal with the famous brand Ultimate Nutrition in late 2008. He is close friends with Mr. Max "Bota" Sengotta.[1] He possessed some of the biggest shoulders in bodybuilding history, though controversy swirled around his allegedly obvious use of site enhancement oil in several areas including the biceps and deltoids in his final competitive years.[2][3][4]

Other Important Details[edit]

  • First win before his career took off:

The Bachgau Cup

  • Nick Name: The German Nightmare

Stats (active peak numbers)[edit]

  • Height: 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[5]
  • Weight: 124–128 kg (273–282 lb)
  • Arm Size: 61 cm (24 in) (off-season)
  • Leg Size: 79–84 cm (31–33 in) (contest)[6]
  • Waist Size: 97 cm (38 in)
  • Chest size: 152 cm (60 in)[6]

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.[8]


External links[edit]