💪 The Biggest Legs in Bodybuilding History

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Bodybuilding history is littered with astounding chests and eye-popping arms. But it’s high time we give the sport’s best legs some love.

Do you need to throw a wrinkle into your arms training? These unique biceps exercises will add serious strength and size while also shaking up your standard curling regimen.

Derek Lunsford has his eyes on the 2023 Mr. Olympia crown. He recently sought out “The King” himself, Ronnie Coleman, to talk shop during a back and biceps workout.

HISTORY

Drop Dead Legs

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Bodybuilding is about more than just having big biceps, round shoulders, and a wide back — competitors also need an equally impressive lower body if they want to tie their physiques together. And over the last several decades, plenty of competitors have stepped on stage sporting some massive wheels that helped them secure top spots at the biggest shows.

To honor this oft-overlooked (yet integral) aspect of bodybuilding, we decided it’s time to spotlight some of these legendary legs.

So, from the man synonymous with the back squat to the most decorated woman to ever compete at the Olympia, check out who made our list of the 10 bodybuilders with the biggest legs in the sport.

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TRAINING

Freshen Up Your Biceps Day

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​​There are a ton of different biceps exercises to build bigger arms — however, are they all equal? Well, yes and no.

Every biceps exercise will be slightly different based on where an individual’s current training levels are. In order to grow any area on the body, then there needs to be some form of progressive overload. For the biceps, specifically, there are multiple ways you can progressively overload them for growth: You can alter the intensity, frequency, total volume, range of motion, and so much more.

If you feel that your biceps training has gone stale, then it might be time to change up a few of your exercise choices. In the article below, we highlight five unique moves that you need to have in your program.

BODYBUILDING

Coleman Holds Court

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Former 212 Olympia champion Derek Lunsford wasted little time when he switched to the Men’s Open division for the 2022 Mr. Olympia. The superstar bodybuilder took home a runner-up finish at the show, putting himself on the precipice of immortality in his very first outing. He’ll try to finish the job at this November’s Mr. Olympia — but first, he decided to get some training advice from a legend.

Lunsford posted a video to his YouTube channel recently where he teamed up with eight-time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman for a back and biceps workout. As the duo hit staple exercises like hammer curls and lat pulldowns, Lunsford got to pick Coleman’s brain for training tips. In return, Coleman got to gush over the man he called “the next Mr. Olympa.”

THE DROPSET

Leg Day for Influencers

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  • Bodybuilders Chris Bumstead and Brett Wilkin teamed up with fitness influencer “Lean Beef Patty” for what CBum dubbed “The Craziest Leg Day Ever.” Follow along here.

  • The reverse pec deck is one of the best exercises out there for developing, strengthening, and activating the musculature of your rear shoulder and upper back. Here’s how to do it.

  • Bodybuilder Hunter Labrada recently provided some keen insights into the type of mindset you need to succeed in the gym. Among his most important pieces of advice: Be kind to yourself.

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Can Anyone Beat Haney?

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In the April 4, 2023, edition of The Ripped Report, we asked if any bodybuilder will ever beat Lee Haney/Ronnie Coleman’s record of eight Mr. Olympia victories. Here’s how you voted:

  1. Not a Chance (76.06%)

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