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Markus Rühl

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

Markus Rühl (born 22 February 1972, in Darmstadt, West Germany) is a retired IFBB professional bodybuilder. Rühl began training at the age of 19 following a doctor's recommendation after sustaining a knee injury while playing football. At 120 kilograms (260 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 Ultimate Nutrition in late 2008. In 2018 he started his own supplement company, Rühl's Bestes.


Although Rühl only won two shows in his career, he is considered one of the biggest "mass monster" bodybuilders who ever lived.[1]

Stats (active peak numbers)[edit]

  • Height: 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
  • Arm size: 65 cm (26 in) (contest)
  • Leg size: 85–88 cm (33–35 in) (contest)[2]
  • Waist size: 97 cm (38 in)
  • Chest size: 150 cm (59 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]


  1. ^ Merritt, Greg (24 April 2015). "Retro Athlete: Markus Rühl The German mass monster who became a fan-favorite sensation". Muscle & Fitness.
  2. ^ a b "Markus Rühl - IFBB Professional Bodybuilder". www.markus-ruehl.de. Archived from the original on 2004-12-05.
  3. ^ http://www.bodybuilders.com/ruhl.htm Archived 2010-03-16 at the Wayback Machine Bodybuilders.com
  4. ^ a b c http://www.getbig.com/results/e-mroly.htm GetBig.com Olympia results
  5. ^ "2006 Mr. Olympia Review & Top Ten!". October 2006.

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