"I recommend going by how do you feel. Deadlifts and barbell curls are his go-to exercises, and, when he's not writing about health and fitness, you'll find him in the gym busting out some arms! He won his first competition in 1985 and competed in Mr. Olympia for the first time in 2000. Jean-Pierre Fux, the former Swizz IFBB Pro, exploded onto the international bodybuilding stage in 1996. The focus on the dirty bulk, says Stevenson, was simply on consuming as much food as possible, rather than on the quality of the nutrients. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The Bodybuilder Who Got The Biggest in the Off Season - Duration: 5:51. His highest placing in the Olympia was in 1994, where he placed 4th overall. Wolf is known for his small waist, outer quad sweep, and having one of the biggest bodies in professional bodybuilding. A dollop of mayonnaise doesn't contain the kinds of micronutrients that are going to help your body grow and recover. During the offseason, Sonbaty was known to reach up to 330lbs, trimming down to 279lbs for competitions. Big massive off season Fellas are top in my preference..what about you? Coleman had one of the biggest backs ever in the sport of bodybuilding, and his legs were unfathomable! Be the first to receive exciting news, features, and special offers from Bodybuilding.com! When he retired from the sport in 2009, he held the record for the most wins as an IFBB professional, with 26 titles to his name. Although Kovacs didn’t have the best career in the sport, from a competitive standpoint, he’s widely regarded as the biggest professional bodybuilder of all time! Any more than that and you run the risk of packing on weight where you don't want it. Here’s a list of the biggest bodybuilders of all time. Zack “King” Kahn is an absolute beast and one of the most underrated bodybuilders in the sport. But if you're eating ice cream four times a day to reach your caloric goal, then you may overshoot your calories and get into dirty bulking.". Height: 5’10” Competition Weight: 316lbs. The clean bulk means consuming healthier foods, and paying attention to what you're eating and when you're eating, not just on the total number of calories. He was crowned the peoples champion at the 2018 Mr. Olympia and has since built up an impressive following due to his freakish size and premium genetics. With a more careful eye on the overall offseason diet, little wonder that people are paying more attention to cheat meals. Gregory Kovacs was a Canadian IFBB professional bodybuilder who competed in the sport of bodybuilding from 1996 until he retired in 2005. Roelly Winklaar is a dutch IFBB pro bodybuilder, who was born on June 22, 1977. The "offseason" marks a time of year for athletes to work on certain aspects of their game. James was born in Heidelberg on May 31, 1996, and began his bodybuilding journey at the age of 18. One of the biggest upsides to clean bulking involves the dieting-down process. "In our industry, there's a macromovement going on in which people don't want to be out of shape like they did 10-20 years ago; they want that cleaner look. James’ placed 4th in the 2003 Mr. Olympia, which was his highest placing in the biggest bodybuilding show on the planet. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The fact is, today's bodybuilder takes a completely different approach to gaining size in the offseason than they did a decade or two ago. Four-time Mr. Olympia winner, Jay Cutler, was born on August 3, 1973. That’s why the bodybuilders listed below are indeed the cream of the crop, as to reach their size, you have to dedicate your life to the sport. Do you feel and look the way you want to? During the off-season, Yates packed on the pounds and weighed in around 310lbs. Lou Ferrigno is a former American IFBB Pro bodybuilder, who made his professional debut at the NABBA Mr. Universe in 1972. © 2020 Bodybuilding.com. And, it’s believed that his nickname, “The Professor,” came about because of his fluency in several languages. According to Muscle Insider, Greg weighted 420 pounds offseason and … Any tightening up that must be done, whether for a competition or just looking good for summer, is far easier. He began training at the age of 18 and turned pro at 23. "When I competed as a bodybuilder in Canada, I'd pound down 6,000-8,000 calories a day. Jay won the Olympia in 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010, beating out some of the biggest mass monsters in the game, including eight-time Mr. O, Ronnie Coleman. "More and more guys are doing physique shows rather than bodybuilding contests," he says. On the flipside, when you dieted down from all that excess weight, you'd have to undergo a deep caloric deficit, which meant you were in a very catabolic state. Competition season for bodybuilding typically runs from around April to October, so November to March is the off-season. He made his pro-debut at the Arnold Classic in 1993 and won the Night of Champions in 1999. The retired Canadian IFBB Pro bodybuilder was one of the most impressive looking bodybuilders you’ll have ever seen. Jose Molina entered the Hyper Growth Challenge at 130 pounds, with 7 percent body fat, and eight weeks later stood at 135 pounds with 5 percent body fat. Here’s a quick recap of the biggest bodybuilders of all time: The 20 Best Bodybuilding YouTubers of All Time. The fact is, today's bodybuilder takes a completely different approach to gaining size in the offseason than they did a decade or two ago. "But at what expense?" He’s the original mass monster, who had one of the biggest backs in bodybuilding, and is a six-time Mr. Olympia champion. Bill Geiger, MA, has served as a senior content editor for Bodybuilding.com and group editorial director with MuscleMag and Reps magazines. We hope you enjoyed our list of the biggest bodybuilders of all time. The offseason is quite simply about gaining bulk. The second biggest bodybuilder of all time is … You can see it. Dillet ballooned up to a whopping 330lbs in the off-season, cutting down to an impressive 285lbs to do battle. Getting up to 330lbs in the offseason, Günter was one of the biggest bodybuilders of any era, and his physique was spectacular. These are the biggest bodybuilders of all time: Dennis Wolf is a German IFBB professional bodybuilder, born on October 30, 1978. Is the protein of the highest quality to help you grow and recover? "We're not just talking about looks here, but health. Now retired, Schlierkamp was a sight to behold at the pinnacle of his career. With a dirty bulk, you're way over your target body weight, and it can take upward of 16 weeks or more to strip off the excess body fat. With almost two decades of lifting experience under his belt, Matt shares his knowledge and expertise with us around bodybuilding and supplementation. "Some called it the See-Food Diet—you eat anything and everything you see. Speaking of strength gains, Stevenson points out that modern training techniques that focus on strength building are superior to the techniques of yesteryear. Still, he’s easily earnt his place on this list and is the eighth biggest bodybuilder of all time! Eight-time Mr. Olympia, Ronnie Coleman, is a retired professional IFBB bodybuilder from Monroe, Louisiana.