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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Browse through our curated Strength Sports Guides for additional categorizations, tips, details, variations, styles, and histories of Strength Sports. Guides provide additional insights into the unique properties and shared relationships between elements.

Strength Sports

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6’2” | 1.88 m
235-245 lb | 106-111 kg (Contest)
July 30, 1947
Arnold Schwarzenegger
188.000
111.000
1947.00
721000
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Arnold Schwarzenegger
5’2” | 1.57 m
129 lb | 59 kg (Contest)
May 1, 1968
Denise Masino
157.000
59.000
1968.00
19000
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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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
3D
Frank Zane
Front Double Biceps Pose
55
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3D
Front Double Biceps Pose
Front Lat Spread Pose
255
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
3D
Lisa Marie Varon
Most Muscular Pose
800
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
3D
Rachel McLish
Rear Double Biceps Pose
10
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3D
Rear Double Biceps 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
GUIDE
3D
Ronnie Coleman
Flex Wheeler
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Flex Wheeler is among several American athletes who shifted from one sport to another and succeeded against all odds. He began with martial arts before switching to the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB), where he became a four-time Arnold classic bodybuilder. Bodybuilding legends such as Schwarzenegger praise him as the greatest, while others like Coleman the finest he contested against. Flex competed in eight bodybuilding competitions as an amateur, scooping first position on four occasions and thirty-two as a professional, taking the first position fifteen times. Besides, he has won the Ironman competition on five occasions, the France Grand Prix, Night of Champions, South Beach Pro Invitational, and Hungarian Grand Prix.

Flex Wheeler has a height of 5’9” (1.75 m) and competes in bodybuilding with a contest body weight between 212-240 lb (96-109 kg).

Series of elevation drawings of Flex Wheeler in multiple bodybuilding poses measured with overall height
Flex Wheeler is among several American athletes who shifted from one sport to another and succeeded against all odds. He began with martial arts before switching to the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB), where he became a four-time Arnold classic bodybuilder.

Flex Wheeler has a height of 5’9” (1.75 m) and competes in bodybuilding with a contest body weight between 212-240 lb (96-109 kg).

Series of elevation drawings of Flex Wheeler in multiple bodybuilding poses measured with overall height
Flex Wheeler
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212-240 lb | 96-109 kg (Contest)
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Nickname: The Sultan of Symmetry

Years Active: 1990—

Birthday
August 23, 1965

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Flex Wheeler standing, bodybuilding poses

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Gladys Portugues
Scaled height comparison drawings of Gladys Portugues compared to other bodybuilders

America's Gladys Portugues admits she was influenced by Rachel McLish in bodybuilding and weight training to take up professional bodybuilding sports. She was nicknamed "The Tigress" during her bodybuilding heydays. The fitness model, author, and actress was a two-time top ten Ms. Olympia contestant besides taking part in several bodybuilding and fitness competitions. She was a popular fitness figure in the 80s. Even though she is retired, she isn't sold up on training as she works out with her immediate family to maintain the same strenuous personal ethic in bodybuilding and fitness. Other than that, she has collaborated with her husband Van Damme in films and written books about honest workouts.

Gladys Portugues has a height of 5’5” (1.65 m) and competes in bodybuilding with a contest body weight of roughly 121 lb (55 kg).

Series of elevation drawings of Gladys Portugues in multiple bodybuilding poses measured with overall height
America's Gladys Portugues admits she was influenced by Rachel McLish in bodybuilding and weight training to take up professional bodybuilding sports. She was nicknamed "The Tigress" during her bodybuilding heydays. The fitness model, author, and actress was a two-time top 10 Ms. Olympia contestant.

Gladys Portugues has a height of 5’5” (1.65 m) and competes in bodybuilding with a contest body weight of roughly 121 lb (55 kg).

Series of elevation drawings of Gladys Portugues in multiple bodybuilding poses measured with overall height
Gladys Portugues
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121 lb | 55 kg (Contest)
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Nickname: The Tigress

Years Active: 1980-1986

Birthday
September 30, 1957

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Gladys Portugues standing, bodybuilding poses

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Side Triceps Pose

The Side Triceps Pose is about showing off your lateral triceps from the head to the side. Bodybuilders can pose on either side. However, it is better to rotate your body to bare your lateral triceps from both sides for the judges. While in this pose, show off your shoulder and chest size, calf development, thigh separation, side forearm development. To do the side triceps pose: face the judges with the feet a few inches apart; plant the toes on the floor, and back leg straightened. Flex the front leg while lifting the front heel. Use the back arm to grip the wrist front and aim for the small of your back. Your front upper arm should be against your side while the back palm on your rear. Then exhale while tightening the abs, legs, deltoids, and triceps.

Set of illustrations of assorted bodybuilders performing the Side Triceps Pose
The Side Triceps Pose is about showing off your lateral triceps from the head to the side. Bodybuilders can pose on either side. However, it is better to rotate your body to bare your lateral triceps from both sides for the judges.

Set of illustrations of assorted bodybuilders performing the Side Triceps Pose
Side Triceps Pose
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Displays: Lateral triceps, shoulders, chest, side forearm, calf development, thigh separation

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Rear Lat Spread Pose

The Rear Lat Spread Pose is also called the back lat spread or the reverse of the front lat spread. To do this posture: face the judges with the back and feet shoulder-width apart; firmly put your feet on the floor or raise the heel while slightly bending the knees. Remember that your toes should be slightly angled to the sides as you put one foot a stride back while still looking at the judges. With your thumbs on your hips, open your back by pulling the elbows forward or stretching the shoulder blades apart. Aim to show the width of your lats back, size of your arms, glute development, hamstring size, the thickness of your trapezius muscles, and rear calf musculature.

Series of elevation drawings of the Rear Lat Spread Pose being performed by multiple bodybuilders
The Rear Lat Spread Pose is also called the back lat spread or the reverse of the front lat spread. To do this posture: face the judges with the back and feet shoulder-width apart; firmly put your feet on the floor or raise the heel while slightly bending the knees.

Series of elevation drawings of the Rear Lat Spread Pose being performed by multiple bodybuilders
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Displays: Lat width, trapezius thickness, arm size, glute development, hamstring size, rear calf musculature

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Rear Lat Spread Pose assorted bodybuilders

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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
Front Double Biceps Pose
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Displays: Forearm size, front lat width, quadricep size, front calf musculature

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Front Double Biceps Pose assorted bodybuilders

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