6 Greatest Mass Monsters in Bodybuilding History 

In the realm of bodybuilding, size truly matters. The sport has witnessed the rise of phenomenal athletes, but some have stood out due to their unparalleled mass and sheer physical dominance. 

These athletes, often referred to as “mass monsters,” have left an indelible mark on the sport. 

Olympia judge Terrick El Guindy, a bodybuilding historian and judge, recently listed his six greatest mass monsters of all time, considering both their immense size and their successful careers. 

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Criteria for Mass Monsters

Size Matters

El Guindy’s first criterion for being a mass monster is straightforward: the athlete must be “freaking massive.” 

This criterion excludes many great bodybuilders who were known for their symmetry, aesthetics, or proportions but did not possess the monstrous size required to be considered a mass monster.

Markus Ruhl: A German Monster
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Successful Career

The second criterion is a successful bodybuilding career. It’s not enough to be huge; a mass monster must also have achieved significant success in competitions. 

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This criterion ensures that the list includes not only the biggest but also the best-performing athletes in the sport.

Related: Top 10 Massive Bodybuilders in the History of Bodybuilding

Terrick El Guindy’s List of All-Time Best Mass Monsters

1. Dorian Yates

Dorian Yates is often credited with ushering in the era of the mass monster. Standing at 5’10” and competing at around 265 pounds, Dorian Yates dominated the Mr. Olympia stage from 1992 to 1997, winning six consecutive titles. 

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His combination of size, density, and conditioning was unprecedented, and he set new standards for what was considered possible in bodybuilding. 

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Dorian Yates lacked the lines and symmetry of some of his contemporaries like Flex Wheeler and Shawn Ray, but his immense size and dry conditioning were unmatched. 

He is widely regarded as the first true mass monster who changed the game forever.

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2. Ronnie Coleman

Following Yates, Ronnie Coleman took mass to another level. Ronnie Coleman, an eight-time Mr. Olympia champion, competed at a jaw-dropping 300 pounds with a level of conditioning that had never been seen before. 

His 2003 Mr. Olympia performance is often cited as the epitome of mass monster physique. 

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Ronnie Coleman's Mindset to Become an Eight-Time Mr. Olympia
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Ronnie Coleman’s unprecedented size, combined with his incredible strength and muscularity, solidified his place as the most successful mass monster in bodybuilding history.

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3. Jay Cutler

Jay Cutler, known for his rivalry with Ronnie Coleman, is another name that epitomizes the mass monster ethos. 

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Jay Cutler‘s most dominant performance came in 2009 when he regained the Mr. Olympia title with a physique that out-massed and out-conditioned an incredibly competitive lineup. 

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His ability to combine massive size with remarkable conditioning and symmetry made him a standout in the era of mass monsters

Jay Cutler’s impact on the sport is undeniable, as he brought a new level of fullness and muscle density that few have been able to match.

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4. Markus Rühl

Markus Rühl is often remembered for his freakish size and immense muscularity. Competing at over 280 pounds, Markus Rühl’s sheer mass and width were awe-inspiring. 

He won the Night of Champions and made a significant impact in the 90s and early 2000s with his enormous frame and dense muscle. 

Markus Ruhl Monster
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Despite not having the same level of success as Yates or Coleman, Markus Rühl’s size and freaky appearance earned him a spot on El Guindy’s list of greatest mass monsters.

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Related: Markus Ruhl: From Monster to Mentor – A Journey Through the Ages of Bodybuilding

5. Paul Dillett

Paul Dillett was another giant of the 90s who stood out due to his incredible size and muscle mass. 

Competing at around 285 pounds, Paul Dillett’s physique was characterized by his immense shoulders, chest, and arms. 

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He achieved success in several pro shows and was known for his freaky muscularity. 

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Despite his struggles with posing and conditioning at times, Paul Dillett’s size and impact on the sport cannot be overlooked.

6. Mamdouh ‘Big Ramy’ Elssbiay

Mamdouh ‘Big Ramy’ Elssbiay, the two-time Mr. Olympia champion, is the modern-day embodiment of the mass monster. 

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Standing at 5’9” and competing at over 300 pounds, Big Ramy has brought a new level of size and conditioning to the sport. 

His 2013 New York Pro win announced his arrival on the global stage, and he has since become one of the most dominant figures in bodybuilding. 

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Big Ramy’s success and his ability to combine immense size with great conditioning make him a deserving addition to this list.

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Related: Big Ramy Bodybuilder, Age, Net Worth, Olympia, Weight, Height, Wife

Honorable Mentions

While El Guindy’s list includes some of the most iconic mass monsters, there are a few other bodybuilders who deserve mention for their incredible size and impact on the sport.

Nasser El Sonbaty

Nasser El Sonbaty, known for his immense size and incredible muscle density, was a prominent figure in the 90s. 

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Competing at over 270 pounds, Nasser El Sonbaty had a combination of size and conditioning that earned him numerous top finishes in major competitions.

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Günter Schlierkamp

Günter Schlierkamp, a German bodybuilder, was known for his impressive size and crowd-pleasing physique. 

Competing at around 300 pounds, Schlierkamp was one of the few bodybuilders who managed to defeat Ronnie Coleman in a competition, which further cemented his legacy as a mass monster.

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The Impact of Mass Monsters on Bodybuilding

Changing the Standards

The emergence of mass monsters like Yates, Coleman, and Cutler changed the standards of bodybuilding. 

Before their era, the sport was dominated by athletes known for their aesthetics and symmetry. 

The introduction of extreme mass and density shifted the focus towards size, leading to a new generation of bodybuilders aspiring to achieve similar levels of muscularity.

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Inspiring Future Generations

The legacy of these mass monsters continues to inspire future generations of bodybuilders. 

Their dedication to pushing the boundaries of size and conditioning serves as a benchmark for aspiring athletes. 

The influence of these legends is evident in the current crop of bodybuilders who strive to match or surpass their achievements.

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The Role of Conditioning

While size is a crucial factor, the success of mass monsters is also attributed to their conditioning. 

Achieving extreme mass without compromising on muscle definition and dryness is a challenging feat. 

Athletes like Coleman and Yates were known for their ability to maintain exceptional conditioning despite their immense size, setting a high standard for future competitors.

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Terrick El Guindy’s list of the greatest mass monsters of all time highlights the bodybuilders who have redefined the sport with their unparalleled size and success. 

Dorian Yates, Ronnie Coleman, Jay Cutler, Markus Rühl, Paul Dillett, and Mamdouh ‘Big Ramy’ Elssbiay have all left an indelible mark on bodybuilding history

Their dedication, hard work, and ability to push the limits of muscularity and conditioning continue to inspire and set the benchmark for future generations of bodybuilders. 

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As the sport evolves, the legacy of these mass monsters will remain a testament to what can be achieved with a relentless pursuit of greatness and a commitment to excellence.


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