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Virtual Posedown: Elssbiay vs. Ruhl

A super-duper-heavyweight fight for the ages.

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Virtual Posedown: Elssbiay vs. Ruhl

They have a lot in common. They won their first pro titles at 28, their highest Olympia placings are fifth (11 years apart), they’re 5'10", neither has lived in America, and, most important, they’re two of the widest and thickest bodybuilders to ever test the limits of a posing dais.

Germany’s Markus Ruhl was so celebrated for his monster mass during his pro career (1997-2010) that cries of “RUUUUHL!” bellowed from awestruck fans whenever he crunched a pose. His traps, pecs, and delts were gargantuan, and that, combined with his ultrawidth, gave him, arguably, the most stupendous, most muscular of all time.

One person who might argue is Egypt’s Mamdouh Elssbiay. Big Ramy is even wider (and heavier) than Ruhl with fuller quads. If these two behemoths had peaked in the same era, it would’ve been like Godzilla versus King Kong each time they clashed.

 RUHL 

HEIGHT: 5'10" | WEIGHT: 280 | AGE: 44

PRO WINS: 2 | YEARS AS A PRO: 13 | PRO CONTESTS: 32

STRENGTHS: Overall Size, Shoulders, Chest | WEAKNESSES: Triceps, Wide Hips

BEST POSE: Most Muscular | WORST POSE: Side Triceps

 ELSSBIAY 

HEIGHT: 5'10" | WEIGHT: 305 | AGE: 31

PRO WINS: 3 | YEARS AS A PRO: 3 | PRO CONTESTS: 8

STRENGTHS: Overall Size, Shoulders, Quad Mass | WEAKNESSES: Calves, Leg Separation

BEST POSE: Front Lat Spread | WORST POSE: Side Triceps

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