💪 Who Is the Strongest Mr. Olympia Winner?

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As we move into the end of May, 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.

  • Hunter Labrada talks about his favorite quad exercises.

  • 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.

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TRAINING TIPS

One Move to Rule Them All

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American bodybuilder and four-time Mr. Olympia competitor Hunter Labrada has shared his favorite exercises for building massive quads. His preferred quad-building exercises emphasize available gym equipment and one’s safety. However, one exercise is at the top of his Mt. Rushmore of quad lifts: the hack squat.

“If I had to pick one quad exercise, probably hack squats,” Labrada said. “As long as you have a good hack squat that’s biomechanically acceptable to your body and not hurting you.

Check out the article below for a full breakdown of Labrada’s thoughts on leg training.

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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 DROP SET

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.

  • Do you start your back workouts with a hefty dose of pull-ups? Find out why that might not be a great idea.

  • Learn how to do lat pulldowns the right way, thanks to these tips from bodybuilding coach Joe Bennett.