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 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. Rühl signed a sponsorship deal with the famous brand Ultimate Nutrition in late 2008.[1] He possesses some of the biggest shoulders in bodybuilding history.[2][3]

Stats (active peak numbers)[edit]

  • Height: 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[4]
  • Off Season Weight: 140 kg (310 lb)
  • Competition Weight: 123–127 kg (271–280 lb)
  • Arm Size: 55 cm (22 in) (off-season)
  • Leg Size: 86 cm (34 in) (contest)[5]
  • Waist Size: 96 cm (38 in)
  • Chest size: 148 cm (58 in)[5]

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.[7]


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