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
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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Ronnie Coleman
Group of scaled height illustrations of various bodybuilders compared to Ronnie Coleman

America's former professional bodybuilder Ronnie Coleman was well known for his training, which was composed of free weights and not machines to develop muscles and gain weight. Ronnie is respected as the greatest bodybuilder in history. He earned the Olympia title eight consecutive times. Ronnie held twenty-six titles in the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB), making him the only one with the most accomplishments. He also took part in powerlifting competitions and was the first bodybuilder to receive Mr. Olympia and Arnold Classic titles. The first tournament he won as a professional was the Canada Pro Cup, followed by the 1997 Russian Grand Prix.

Ronnie Coleman has a height of 5’11” (1.80 m) and competes in bodybuilding with a contest body weight between 287-300 lb (130-136 kg).

Set of illustrations of Ronnie Coleman in assorted bodybuilding poses measured with overall height
America's former professional bodybuilder Ronnie Coleman was well known for his training, which was composed of free weights and not machines to develop muscles and gain weight. Ronnie is respected as the greatest bodybuilder in history. He earned the Olympia title eight consecutive times.

Ronnie Coleman has a height of 5’11” (1.80 m) and competes in bodybuilding with a contest body weight between 287-300 lb (130-136 kg).

Set of illustrations of Ronnie Coleman in assorted bodybuilding poses measured with overall height
Ronnie Coleman
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287-300 lb | 130-136 kg (Contest)
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Nickname: The King

Years Active: 1990-2009

Birthday
May 13, 1964

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Ronnie Coleman standing, bodybuilding poses

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Rachel McLish
Group of scaled height illustrations of various bodybuilders compared to Rachel McLish

Rachel McLish is probably among the few American female bodybuilding champions who actively held up the role of a physically powerful woman in both professional bodybuilding competitions and in films. Born Rachel Livia Elizondo McLish, she is also an author and actress inspired by Lisa Lyon to contest bodybuilding to promote her recently launched health club. She won the inaugural United States Championships in 1980. Rachel was a resilient force that never passed below the third position in any contest and appeared in eight competitions besides being the first to receive the Ms. Olympia title granting her admittance into the famous International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Hall of Fame.

Rachel McLish has a height of 5’6.5” (1.69 m) and competes in bodybuilding with a contest body weight of roughly 129 lb (59 kg).

Series of elevation drawings of Rachel McLish in multiple bodybuilding poses measured with overall height
Rachel McLish is probably among the few American female bodybuilding champions who actively held up the role of a physically powerful woman in both professional bodybuilding competitions and in films. Born Rachel Livia Elizondo McLish, she is also an author and actress.

Rachel McLish has a height of 5’6.5” (1.69 m) and competes in bodybuilding with a contest body weight of roughly 129 lb (59 kg).

Series of elevation drawings of Rachel McLish in multiple bodybuilding poses measured with overall height
Rachel McLish
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5’6.5” | 1.69 m
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129 lb | 59 kg (Contest)
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Years Active: 1980-1984

Birthday
June 21, 1955

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Rachel McLish standing, bodybuilding poses

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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
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Displays: Lat width, chest thickness, shoulder width, front arm size, quadricep mass, calf development

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Most Muscular Pose

The Most Muscular Pose is a mandatory pose in bodybuilding contests aiming to show overall muscularity. The judges consider your chest, arms, abs, forearms, upper trapezius, quadriceps, and calves. There are several ways to produce the most muscular pose. You can do it with your hands on the waistline or with palms grasped. You can also put one hand by your side and draw the other arm across your belly. The focus is to reveal all the front-facing muscles at once by contracting the abdominals, forearms, anterior, obliques, biceps, and pectorals. At the same time, both hands grasped together, and you tighten the calves and the quadriceps.

Collection of drawings of the Most Muscular Pose performed by various bodybuilders
The Most Muscular Pose is a mandatory pose in bodybuilding contests aiming to show overall muscularity. The judges consider your chest, arms, abs, forearms, upper trapezius, quadriceps, and calves. There are several ways to produce the most muscular pose.

Collection of drawings of the Most Muscular Pose performed by various bodybuilders
Most Muscular Pose
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Displays: Overall front muscularity of trapezius, shoulders, arms, chest, abs, calves, quidriceps

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