Strength Sports

Strength sports are a group of sports that aim to test an athlete's strengths in specific extreme ways; such as by competing for the largest muscles or maximizing the amount of weight that an individual can lift. This sport has its origins in the UK, where only males were the participants. With teams and athletes being introduced to more accessible and higher performing sporting equipment, the popularity of strength sports has grown in every part of the world and now also includes adult females. While these sports may be extreme, humans do variations of these sports to lose weight, rehab from surgery, or to fight the effects of a sedentary job. Some common types of strength sports include activities such as bodybuilding, strongman, weightlifting, powerlifting, and functional fitness.

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Abdominal & Thigh Pose
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Abdominal & Thigh Pose
6’2” | 1.88 m
235-245 lb | 106-111 kg (Contest)
July 30, 1947
Arnold Schwarzenegger
188.000
111.000
1947.00
721000
3D
Arnold Schwarzenegger
5’2” | 1.57 m
129 lb | 59 kg (Contest)
May 1, 1968
Denise Masino
157.000
59.000
1968.00
19000
3D
Denise Masino
5’10.5” | 1.79 m
275 lb | 125 kg (Contest)
April 19, 1962
Dorian Yates
179.000
125.000
1962.00
39000
3D
Dorian Yates
5’9” | 1.75 m
212-240 lb | 96-109 kg (Contest)
August 23, 1965
Flex Wheeler
175.000
109.000
1965.00
21000
3D
Flex Wheeler
5’9” | 1.75 m
185 lb | 84 kg (Contest)
June 28, 1942
Frank Zane
175.000
84.000
1942.00
32000
3D
Frank Zane
Front Double Biceps Pose
55
3D
Front Double Biceps Pose
Front Lat Spread Pose
255
3D
Front Lat Spread Pose
5’5” | 1.65 m
121 lb | 55 kg (Contest)
September 30, 1957
Gladys Portugues
165.000
55.000
1957.00
17000
3D
Gladys Portugues
5’11” | 1.80 m
209 lb | 95 kg (Contest)
December 27, 1969
Joan Marie Laurer
180.000
95.000
1969.00
83400
3D
Joan Marie Laurer
5’8” | 1.73 m
155 lb | 70 kg (Contest)
February 10, 1971
Lisa Marie Varon
173.000
70.000
1971.00
8700
3D
Lisa Marie Varon
Most Muscular Pose
800
3D
Most Muscular Pose
6’2” | 1.88 m
240 lb | 109 kg (Contest)
August 10, 1964
Nicole Bass
188.000
109.000
1964.00
12000
3D
Nicole Bass
5’9” | 1.75 m
240 lb | 109 kg (Contest)
December 18, 1979
Phil Heath
175.000
109.000
1979.00
30000
3D
Phil Heath
5’6.5” | 1.69 m
129 lb | 59 kg (Contest)
June 21, 1955
Rachel McLish
169.000
59.000
1955.00
8300
3D
Rachel McLish
Rear Double Biceps Pose
10
3D
Rear Double Biceps Pose
Rear Lat Spread Pose
90
3D
Rear Lat Spread Pose
5’11” | 1.80 m
287-300 lb | 130-136 kg (Contest)
May 13, 1964
Ronnie Coleman
180.000
136.000
1964.00
102000
3D
Ronnie Coleman
Side Chest Pose
250
3D
Side Chest Pose
Side Triceps Pose
20
3D
Side Triceps Pose
Front Lat Spread Pose

The Front Lat Spread Pose is about showing off your lat width from the backside of your body. Judges look for chest thickness, front arm and forearm size, calf development, shoulder width, and quadriceps mass and separation. It comes after the double bicep pose and is highly identifiable as contestants are standing arms akimbo. The desire is to highlight the latissimus group of muscles stretching from the lower back to your torso sides. To do the front lat spread pose, begin from the floor with the feet separated apart. Tense your thighs by bending your knees. Your thumbs should be on your hip bones and bring your elbows forward to display your lats.

Series of elevation drawings of the Front Lat Spread Pose being performed by multiple bodybuilders
The Front Lat Spread Pose is about showing off your lat width from the backside of your body. Judges look for chest thickness, front arm and forearm size, calf development, shoulder width, and quadriceps mass and separation. It comes after the double bicep pose and is highly identifiable.

Series of elevation drawings of the Front Lat Spread Pose being performed by multiple bodybuilders
Front Lat Spread Pose
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Displays: Lat width, chest thickness, shoulder width, front arm size, quadricep mass, calf development

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Front Lat Spread Pose assorted bodybuilders

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Abdominal & Thigh Pose

The Abdominal and Thigh Pose requires bodybuilders to show off several of their body features such as chest thickness, front arm size, abs, quadriceps muscle, forearm size, serratus anterior, external intercostals, front calf size, and lat width front. There are several ways to produce this pose, but generally, it requires contestants to put either hand over the head and flex the abs from either side or one side or placing both hands over the head and tightening the abs from the front of the body. Either way, it would excite judges if they can see both the oblique and intercostal musculature.

Collection of drawings of the Abdominal & Thigh Pose performed by various bodybuilders
The Abdominal and Thigh Pose requires bodybuilders to show off several of their body features such as chest thickness, front arm size, abs, quadriceps muscle, forearm size, serratus anterior, external intercostals, front calf size, and lat width front.

Collection of drawings of the Abdominal & Thigh Pose performed by various bodybuilders
Abdominal & Thigh Pose
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Displays: Abdominal definition, external intercostals, quadriceps, serratus anterior

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Front Double Biceps Pose

The Front Double Biceps Pose is probably the most popular type of posture you will see bodybuilders do. The bodybuilder displays their arm musculature, mostly bicep size and peak or forearm size, quadriceps size, front lat width, and front calf musculature. To do the front double bicep pose: flex both biceps and abdominals as you look towards the judges while twisting your knees slightly and tensing your legs; also ensure to inhale the stomach to enhance the rib cage. Make sure you raise your arms to lift your elbows slightly above your shoulders while tightening the bicep and ball fits as you press the elbows forward to display your lats out.

Set of illustrations of assorted bodybuilders performing the Front Double Biceps Pose
The Front Double Biceps Pose is probably the most popular type of posture you will see bodybuilders do. The bodybuilder displays their arm musculature, mostly bicep size and peak or forearm size, quadriceps size, front lat width, and front calf musculature.

Set of illustrations of assorted bodybuilders performing the Front Double Biceps Pose
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Displays: Forearm size, front lat width, quadricep size, front calf musculature

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Side Chest Pose

In a Side Chest Pose, bodybuilders aim to show off their chest size and thickness from right or left. Bodybuilders choose to show off a side that would give them more points, but the best practice is to turn your body on either side so that judges get an excellent view. Aim also to display your shoulder, forearm size, arm, thigh separation, and calf development. The side chest pose is one that involves lots of skills to grasp. To succeed, you must learn how to stand on your toes, straighten your back leg, bend your front leg, expel air out of your lungs, and even expand your rib cage.

Collection of drawings of the Side Chest Pose performed by various bodybuilders
In a Side Chest Pose, bodybuilders aim to show off their chest size and thickness from right or left. Bodybuilders choose to show off a side that would give them more points, but the best practice is to turn your body on either side so that judges get an excellent view.

Collection of drawings of the Side Chest Pose performed by various bodybuilders
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Displays: Chest size and thickness, shoulder size, arm size, forearm size, thigh separation, calf development

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Phil Heath
Scaled height comparison drawings of Phil Heath compared to other bodybuilders

America's Phil Heath has titles in both the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) and professional wrestling such as Total Nonstop Action (TNA) World Tag Team Championship. As a professional bodybuilder, he won Mr. Olympia seven times and participated in 25 competitions, taking the first position eighteen times and winning the Iron Man show. He has kept Mr. Olympus six successive times. He was nicknamed "The Next Big Thing" or "The Gift." Phil was the overall winner of the National Physique Committee (NPC) USA Championship, making him suitable for the IFBB Pro. He has received The Colorado Pro Championships title, two IFBB professional events, and The New York Pro Championship titles.

Phil Heath has a height of 5’9” (1.75 m) and competes in bodybuilding with a contest body weight of 240 lb (109 kg).

Set of illustrations of Phil Heath in assorted bodybuilding poses measured with overall height
America's Phil Heath has titles in both the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) and professional wrestling such as Total Nonstop Action (TNA) World Tag Team Championship. As a professional bodybuilder, he won Mr. Olympia seven times and participated in 25 competitions.

Phil Heath has a height of 5’9” (1.75 m) and competes in bodybuilding with a contest body weight of 240 lb (109 kg).

Set of illustrations of Phil Heath in assorted bodybuilding poses measured with overall height
Phil Heath
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Nickname: The Gift, The Next Big Thing
Years Active: 2006—

Birthday
December 18, 1979

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Phil Heath standing, bodybuilding poses

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