💪 Who Is the Strongest Mr. Olympia Winner?

As we move through the early weeks of June, the Ripped Report has the goods to keep you at your best this summer. (If not best, then pretty darn close!)

Here’s what we’ve got today:

  • Find out who the strongest Mr. Olympia champion of all time is.

  • Learn how Nick “The Mutant” Walker maximizes his recovery on rest days.

  • Get the best short-head biceps exercises for sleeve-ripping arms.

BODYBUILDING

Sandow Strength

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Since the Mr. Olympia competition first debuted back in 1965, 17 athletes have laid claim to bodybuilding’s most prestigious title. Among these competitors, you’ve got some of the biggest names in the sport, like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Frank Zane, Ronnie Coleman, and Phil Heath.

And while fans will always debate which winner had the best physique, we’re looking to answer another question today: Which one of these competitors was the strongest?

It’s a tall order, but we combed the numbers and pored over the video evidence to determine which Mr. O could deadlift, squat, and bench press the most obscene weights.

RECOVERY

The Mutant’s Morning Routine

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As much as you may want to spend all your time throwing weights around to pursue more muscle mass, that’ll only come as a detriment to your goals. The truth is that your muscles grow mostly on your rest days — and for elite IFBB Pro bodybuilders, these days away from the iron are nothing short of a science.

Take 2022 Mr. Olympia's third-place finisher Nick “The Mutant” Walker as an example. He has a special morning routine (including a trip to an infrared sauna) for rest days to help best prepare for the high-intensity training sessions that lay ahead. You can read more about it below.

EXERCISES

Short Heads, Big Gains

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Let’s face it: Nearly every gym-goer wants a pair of biceps that are perpetually on the verge of busting through their T-shirts. But to get there, you need to be smart about your exercise choices and have a basic understanding of anatomy. (Don’t worry, we won’t get too science-y here.)

The biceps are made of two heads — the long and short. The short head is the inner biceps muscles and is the most visible when flexing. This is what you’ll want to focus on for supreme growth.

While isolating only the short head of your biceps isn’t possible — the long head will always somewhat be activated — some exercises activate this area more than others. These are five of the best moves to try.

THE DROPSET

How to Arch

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  • Forming an arch in your back while bench pressing might be necessary to maximize the lift. Read about it here.

  • The seated leg curl offers benefits the lying alternative doesn’t. Here’s why Men’s Open bodybuilder Hunter Labrada loves them.

  • The 2008 Mr. Olympia, Dexter Jackson, shows you how he keeps his arms ripped and massive in his 50s. Watch the whole workout here.