About Markus Rühl
Born: February 22, 1972
Birthplace: Darmstadt, GERMANY
Residence: Roßdorf, Hessen, GERMANY
Nickname: The German Freak
Height: 5′ 10″ (178 cm)
Competition Weight: 273 lbs (124 kg)
Off Season Weight: 315 lbs (143 kg)
Arms: 24″ (61 cm)
Waist: 38″ (96 cm)
Chest: 60″ (153 cm)
Thighs: 33″ (84 cm)
Markus Rühl is a competitive bodybuilder in the IFBB (International Federation of BodyBuilders).
Born in 1972 and hailing from Germany, Rühl began bodybuilding in 1991 at the age of 19 after sustaining a knee injury playing soccer. His weight when he first began training was 140 pounds.
In 1995, he competed in his first amateur event, the Bachgau Cup in Babenhausen, Germany and won both the heavyweight and overall titles. That year, he also finished 2nd at the Grosser Preis von Hessen in Germany.
In 1997, he continued his development and won both the Hessen and German National Championships, leading to his professional debut later that year. In his first pro event, he placed 10th at the German Pro Grand Prix in Offenbach, Germany, weighing in at 258 pounds.
After intense training and adding 7 pounds of muscle, Rühl competed in the Night of Champions in New York City in January 1998 and placed 9th overall.
A year later, after packing an additional 5 pounds of muscle to his frame (bringing his weight to 270 pounds), he ascended to 4th place at the Night of Champions. In the process, he qualified for the prestigious Mr. Olympia competition in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he eventually finished 12th.
In 2000, Rühl won his first championship in the professional ranks at the Toronto Pro Invitational.
He also placed 2nd at the Night of Champions that same year. Later in 2000, he achieved his first top 10 finish at the Mr. Olympia, placing 7th overall. After suffering through an injury plagued 2001, he finally took home the top spot at the Night of Champions in 2002.
A steady stream of top 5 finishes ensued between 2003 and 2007, highlighted by a 3rd place showing at the Arnold Classic in 2003 and 5th place finish at Mr. Olympia in 2004, his best performance at that event. During those peak years, Rühl often competed at the weight of 285 pounds.
Generally regarded as having some of the most powerful shoulders in the history of the sport, Rühl continued to compete professionally until his retirement in 2010, but remains actively involved in the sport today.
Mr. & Masters Olympia Results
1999 – IFBB Mr. Olympia: 12th
2000 – IFBB Mr. Olympia: 7th
2001 – IFBB Mr. Olympia: 14th
2002 – IFBB Mr. Olympia: 8th
2004 – IFBB Mr. Olympia: 5th
2005 – IFBB Mr. Olympia: 15th
2006 – IFBB Mr. Olympia: 8th
2007 – IFBB Mr. Olympia: did not place
2009 – IFBB Mr. Olympia: 15th
1995 – Bachgau Cup Amateur
1997 – German National Championships
2000 – IFBB Toronto Pro
2002 – IFBB Night of Champions