The Most Jacked Athlete in Every Sport
Muscle Prodigy is all about creating lists on the most jacked athletes in a particular sport. However, we took it one step further and compiled a list of the most jacked athlete in nearly every single sport on this planet (with apologies to a few sports we couldn't find a most jacked athlete). We only considered athletes who are currently competing in their sport or a few years removed. We formulated this list based on a combination of muscle mass and ripped leanness to create a jacked and athletic physique with some serious strength. Being that this list is very subjective, we created the list based on a combination of criteria including muscular size, vascularity, leanness, proportionality, aesthetics, and rarity of body type. All of these factors contribute equally toward determining the order of the most jacked list and who has the best athletic bodies in his sport. We also gave you each athlete's listed workout training and diet routine.
If you are an athlete and want to improve in your sport, you must follow a precise strength training, conditioning, and nutrition program. MP45 is a step-by-step athlete workout program that walks you through exactly what to do to excel as an athlete. This is the type of training and nutrition followed by many of the world's top professional athletes.
6'1, 308 lbs.
In the world of professional arm wrestling, Denis Cyplenkov reigns supreme. A massive 6’1”, 308 lbs., Cyplenkov has forearms that are measured at just over 20 inches, and biceps that are a massive 23.6 inches. Cyplenkov was the 2010 Nemiroff World Cup of Armwrestling champion in the 95kg+ category for both his right and left arm. Cyplenkov can bench press 290 kg (639 lbs.), can squat 320 kg (705 lbs.), and can deadlift 340 kg (749 lbs.). At only thirty years old, Cyplenkov has a long and successful career ahead of him.
Australian Rules Football
5'10, 172 lbs.
The former midfielder for the Austalian Football League was revered as one of the most talented players in the league for over a decade. Cousins led a dominant performance with the West Coast Eagles, scoring 218 goals in 270 games played. In 2005, Ben won the prestigious Brownlow Medal which is awarded to the fairest and best player in the AFL. Unfortunately for Ben, the Eagles cut him in 2007 for his alleged drug use. Ben took a one year hiatus, and joined up with the Richmond Tigers in 2009, only to call it quits in 2010. Despite his rocky personal life, there is no question that Cousins was one of the most talented and physically fit athletes in the AFL. Known for his explosive speed, Cousins trained with a variety of sprinting drills in addition to his devoted weight training program.
5'10, 150 lbs.
Chinese professional badminton player Lin Dan is widely considered the best badminton player of all time. By the young age of 28, Dan completed what is referred to as the Super Grand Slam - a title he received after winning all nine major world badminton titles. Dan is a favorite to win the gold medal in badminton for the upcoming 2012 summer olympics. And for good reason, too! Aside from his impressive career statistics, Dan is also ridiculously fit. At 5’10”, 150 lbs. of pure muscle, Dan’s body fat percentage is well under the coveted 10 percent mark. He is both limber and strong - a very desirable trait for a badminton player.
6'2, 205 lbs.
Last seen with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010, the outfielder Gabe Kapler has a physique that any aspiring fitness model would desire. In fact, he has appeared on various fitness magazine covers. At 6’2”, 205 lbs., Kapler stresses the importance of balanced nutrition as well as a solid training regiment. He is a fan of whole eggs and almond butter. The athlete also puts a lot of effort into his pre and post workout routines. Kapler often begins his workout sessions with a twenty-minute flexibility cycle, and ends with a 20-25 minute flexibility routine. This allows for injury prevention, and establishes why Kapler is one of the healthiest guys in the game. Over the span of his 12-season career, Kapler has popped 82 home runs and has driven in 386 runs.
6'10, 235 lbs.
Even though NBA player Joey Graham is pretty jacked and can bench press 185 lbs. for 26 consecutive reps (an NBA combine record), Serge Ibaka has him beat. In the past few seasons, Serge Ibaka has established himself as one of the top defensive players in the NBA, leading the league in blocks last season. Not to mention, he's got the muscular physique unlike any other in the NBA today.
5'9, 155 lbs.
BMX riders may not be known for their dynamite, ripped physiques.. Thankfully, Dave Mirra thwarts that notion. The 5’9”, 155 lb. Mirra is extremely lean which proves to be a vital asset in the sport of BMX. Having as little weight as possible on your bike while still having the strength to perform tricks is crucial. A predominantly vert ramp and park rider, Mirra currently has 24 X-game medals under his belt. Mirra favors the military press in the weight room because his shoulders used to frequently pop out of place on hard falls. With a more muscular frame, he has been less prone to injury over the years.
5'11, 220 lbs.
Lascelles Brown, the Jamaican-born Olympic medal winning bobsledder is no stranger to the weight room. At 5’11”, 220 lbs. of scheer muscle, Brown’s strength gains have paid off. As a brakeman, Brown won an Olympic silver medal in 2006 competing for Canada in the two-man event. He has also won the world two-man championship in 2005, and set an Olympic start record for Jamaica in 2002 with 4.78 seconds in the two-man event as Salt Lake City. Brown can squat 225 kg (496 lbs.), and can bench press 215 kg (474 lbs.).
5'9, 240 lbs.
The current Mr. Olympia, Phil Heath is a 5’9”, 240 lb. American terror. With 22.5-inch arms, a 54-inch chest, Heath has an astounding 29-inch waist. A former D-1 basketball player at the University of Denver, Heath learned the training and discipline necessary to become a bodybuilder. In the off-season, Heath weighs up to 275, then dramatically cuts his weight down 35 lbs. to look as desirable as possible on the bodybuilding stage. Heath can bench press 225 lbs. for 46 reps.
6'3, 213 lbs.
British professional boxer and former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye is a gargantuan 6’3”, 213 lbs. To get in such pristine shape, Haye utilizes circuit workouts that incorporate both weighted exercises and dynamic exercises. Haye does 145 kg (320 lb.) bench press reps, 180 kg (397 lb.) squat reps, and favors chin-ups with a 45 kg (100 lb.) wrapped around his waist. As fight time grows nearer, Haye will engage in 50-minute runs, and take blows to the stomach from medicine balls administered by his trainer. In the kitchen, Haye doesn’t skimp on the protein. He eats 24 raw egg whites each day.
A cheerleader for the University of George Bulldogs, Anna Watson was once an aspiring fitness model before heading to the U of G. A sports science major, Watson has applied all she has learned in the classroom to her weight training routine. She bench presses 155 lbs., squats 225 lbs., and dead lifts 230 lbs. Watson was once on the brink of a $75,000 fitness modeling contract, but called it off after the agency tried to pressure her into taking legal steroids. Thankfully, this cheerleader is all about building natural muscle.
6'0, 205 lbs.
Australian-born Shane Watson is a cricket star who is in peak physical condition. At 6’0”, 205 lbs., Watson was awarded the Border Medal in 2010 and 2011. This award is regarded as the most prestigious title in Australian cricket. Watson, who was actually regarded as too beefy and strong, was introduced to Pilates by a conditioning coach. The coach claimed that Watson’s physique did not allow him enough flexibility and mobility, despite its pleasing aesthetic presentation. With a new Pilates workout, Watson has trimmed down but is now in control of his body.
5'10, 190 lbs.
At only 25 years old, Rich Froning is the back-to-back CrossFit Games champion, winning the competition in 2011 and 2012. He only started doing CrossFit since 2009 and has established himself as the top competitor in the sport. Froning usually trains 2-3 times a day, doing CrossFit specific training, in which he does everything from skill sessions, interval training, efficiency and movement, all the way to strength at launch and more. Not only does he have some of the best endurance, but he packs some serious strength. Froning has a 525 lb. deadlift, 425 lb. squat, 335 lb. bench press, 335 lb. clean and jerk, and a 270 lb. snatch. In terms of his diet, he eats a lot of peanut butter and drinks a lot of whole milk. He doesn't really document how many calories he eats; instead he tries to listen to his body.
5'8, 198 lbs.
Robert Förstemann is a German track cyclist specializing in the sprint disciplines and world champion in team sprint in 2010. This guy certainly has strong and massive legs. He can squat 220 kg (485 lbs.) for 8 reps.
5'10, 180 lbs.
Bryan Clay is the reigning Olympic champion for the decathalon and was also World champion in 2005. He was tested by the SPARQ, which is a standardized test measuring athleticism. "SPARQ" is an acronym for Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction and Quickness. In the football test, Clay recorded a football score of 130.40, the highest ever recorded. By comparison, Reggie Bush scored a 93.38 on the test. Clay has a vertical leap of 45.3 inches, one of the highest no step vertical jumps in NBA/NFL history. He also ran the 30-yard sprint (distance from home plate to first base) faster than Jacoby Ellsbury, one of the fastest major league baseball players and had the same SPARQ rating in baseball as him. Clay performed all tests, and his other ratings were: SOCCER 96.50, BASEBALL 102.00, BASKETBALL 90.00 and ATHLETIC ASSESSMENT 145.00. His basketball SPARQ rating is the better than every professional basketball player including Derrick Rose, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Dwayne Wade.
6'6, 302 lbs.
The 6’6”, 302 lb. English discus thrower holds the British record for distance thrown with 68.24 meters (223.9 feet). Okoye is currently training for the 2012 Olympics, and has implemented a fierce workout schedule. He spends three days a week in the weight room with throwing practice after, and three days throwing with plyometric and running exercises tossed in. In th weight room, Okoye focuses on Olympic lifts such as squats, cleans, deadlifts, and bench pressing. Okoye can bench press 210 kg (463 lbs.), and can squat 300 kg (661 lbs.).
5'9, 145 lbs.
Distance runners aren’t known for their bulging muscles. Alan Webb, the current American record holder for the mile (3:46:91), is an exception. At 5’9”, 145 lbs., Webb may have the lowest body fat percentage on this extensive list. Despite the notion that distance runners only train by running, Webb works out his upper body in order to build arm muscle. Having arm muscle as a runner is beneficial due to the constant swinging and chopping motions that the arms are put through in competition. Webb runs at least one 10-14 mile run a week for practice, and includes short distance training into his workouts as well.
5'6, 143 lbs.
The Chinese-born diver competed for his home country in the 2008 Summer Olympics. He took home the gold on the 3 meter synchronized springboard, and the bronze in the men’s 3 meter springboard. Standing only 5’6”, weighing 143 lbs., Kai’s light and toned frame allow him to dive into the water with ease, causing minimal splash which racks up points from judges. Kai has five world championship gold medals, and is looking to compete in the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympics.
6'2, 200 lbs.
The 6’3”, 260 lb. American fencer is a two-time National Champion (in 2010 and 2011) and was ranked as the number-one U.S. men’s saber fencer from 2008 until 2011. He is looking to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympic games, and won the silver medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics for saber fencing. Tim is a national spokesperson for Kid Fitness, a U.S. organization that looks to battle childhood obesity. In addition to fencing training, Tim works out with cross training methods that incorporate full body strength.
6'3, 260 lbs.
Earning the title as the most jacked football player is not an easy job. Vernon Gholston, the 6’3”, 260 lb. defensive end easily claims the title. In college at Ohio State, Gholston bench pressed a team-high 455 pounds and squatted 405 pounds for twenty reps. He also ran a 4:56 40-yard dash. In his three years with the New York Jets, Gholston played in 45 games and had 42 tackles. At the NFL combine, he bench pressed 225 pounds for 37 reps and had a vertical jump of 35.5 inches.
5'9, 160 lbs.
Although golfers generally aren’t popularized for their stellar physiques, Camilo Villegas is. The Columbian golfer who plays on the PGA tour and the European Tour is 5’9”, 160 lbs., and about 5% body fat. Villegas is a gym enthusiast, and trains with weights, yoga, cardio, and pilates. Although there are many successful golfers who are out of shape, Villegas attributes his training program and dynamite physique to his success. Villegas works his incredibly rippling abs to the core with an extreme version of sit-ups. For his seated cable crunches, he sits perched on a medicine ball with 90 pounds of cable weighted resistance and abuses his mid-section. As you can tell from his picture, his training has clearly paid off. Sorry Tiger Woods...it looks like Camilo Villegas has you beat.
5'6, 163 lbs.
Brandon Wynn is a recent graduate of Ohio State where he competed in Men's Artistic Gymnastics. Last year, Wynn won a U.S. championship on rings and was the top American finisher in that event when he placed 10th at the World Championships. He is currently aiming to make the 2012 U.S. Olympic team. Wynn is no stranger to working out. On an average day, Wynn does strength training and flexibility work in the morning for two hours and then continues with team training a few hours after lunch. His diet is composed mainly of brown rice, green leafy vegetables, lean meats and oatmeal. He rarely uses weights to train. Instead, most of his routine is made up of bodyweight exercises and ring holds. Said his coach Blaine Wilson, "The front part of his shoulders is so big, his back goes forward."
6'9, 255 lbs.
Slovak-born Zdeno Chara is the tallest player in the NHL, and jacked beyond belief. At 6’9”, 255 lbs., the Boston Bruins’ defensemen is a force to be reckoned with in the NHL. Known for his discipline in the weight room and the kitchen, Chara sticks to lean meats, steamed vegetables, and low glycemic carbohydrates while abstaining from alcohol and and caffeine. Chara works out for 6-7 hours a day and utilizes cardio, weight training, agility training, speed skating drills, and conditioning exercises. Chara has performed 31 consecutive wide grip pull-ups at a Bruins strength testing session. Chara’s hard work has not only paid off in his on-ice performance, but also in his shredded physique.
6'8, 306 lbs.
In 2007, at 18 years and 5 months of age, French-born Teddy Riner became the youngest Judo world champion. Since then he has won six world titles, and took home the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Riner stands at a massive 6’8”, weighs 306 lbs., and can bench press up to 160 kg (352.7 lbs.). Riner was brought up around team sports, but always preferred individual sports. As a Judo athlete, he builds on his agility and grip strength in order to overpower and defeat opponents.
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Date Published : 2012-07-18 15:34:10
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