• Record-Breaking Bodybuilder: Breakdown

    [caption id="attachment_14066" align="alignright" width="200"] 36″,24″,36″ – only if he’s 5′ 3″[/caption] Lou was his largest in the 90s when he reentered the sport of bodybuilding to compete in 1992, 1993, and 1994. At that time, his measurements were:
    • ARMS: 23 inches
    • CHEST: 60 inches
    • WAIST: 33 inches
    • THIGHS: 32 inches
    We thought it would be interesting to see how these numbers measure up to some known world records - knowing that these numbers should all be interpreted with a grain of salt.     Here's what we found:


    [caption id="attachment_14031" align="alignleft" width="300"]ismail Moustafa “Mo” Ismail - 31 inch arms[/caption] This category is usually labeled as the bicep, but that is a misnomer since you must measure the entire arm (including the tricep) to get a consistent measurement. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest arm to date, a whopping 31 inches, belongs to Moustafa “Mo” Ismail. However, there is a lot of controversy surrounding this measurement - with many attributing the size and shape of his arm to the use of synthol or other drug. Our records show that 23 inches is about max for traditional bodybuilders, including last year's Mr. Olympia, Phil Heath. Arnold Schwarzenegger measured up at 22 inches during competition. Sergio Oliva measured somewhere between 23-24 inches. Hulk Hogan claimed 24 inches at his best. Off-season, builders Lee Priest and Ronnie Coleman have measured up at 24 inches!


    [caption id="attachment_14044" align="alignleft" width="300"]Issac Nesser - 74 inch chest Issac Nesser - 74 inch chest[/caption] The chest is a difficult measurement to consider. You can have strong men with lots of fat measure a thick chest as well as a super lean bodybuilder as well as a busty woman. The world's largest female chest definitely goes to Annie Hawkins-Turner with a bra size of 102ZZZ and a chest size of 70 inches. The largest male chest goes to Angus MacAskill at 80 inches. He was 7 ft 9 inches and weighted more than 500 lbs. He could lift a 2800 lb anchor to shoulder height. The largest chest of an obese man goes to Jon Brower Minnoch who weighed over 1400 lbs at his peak. We're not sure his chest size, but we know it was more than 125 inches - over 10 feet. For builders, we got the "official" Isaac Nesser at 74 1/2 inches. Last year's Olympia winner Phil Heath measures in at 54 inches. Ronnie Coleman measures in at 58 inches.


    [caption id="attachment_14042" align="alignright" width="300"]melvin Melvin Anthony - 27 inch waist[/caption] Bodybuilders are special breed of athlete requiring a small waist to counter a wide chest for the perfect body type. While boxers and MMA fighters are solid bricks, it's builders that boast the the superhero "V" look. For some perspective, the world's smallest waist goes to Cathie Jung at 15 inches (corseted). Champion poser Melvin Anthony boasts a 27 inch waist. Steve Reeves and Frank Zane reported 29 inch waists on-season. Although short, Franco Columbu's waist measured 30 inches.


    Solid, crushing thighs are the foundation of a monster upper body. They also provide the much needed mass needed to offset a slender waist. [caption id="attachment_14050" align="alignleft" width="283"]Robert Forstemann - 34 inch thighs Robert Forstemann - 34 inch thighs[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14067" align="alignright" width="150"]Tom Platz building his stumps Tom Platz building his stumps[/caption] The 2012 London Olympics made German cyclist Robert Forstemann famous for his thighs - boasting 34 inches, a necessity for a world-class bike sprinter. Tom "The Quadfather" Platz measures in at 32. Branch "Quadrasaurus" Warren measures in around 32. Quad monster Mustafa Mohammad measures over 32 inches around the thigh.
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