People come in all shapes and sizes, but when someone is a real-life giant, it’s hard not to stop and stare. From larger-than-life genetics to pumping questionable substances into their body, these people all have one thing in common. These are the biggest people in the world have.
Hafpor Julius Bjornsson
If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, chances are you will recognize this mountain of a man Hafpor Julius Bjornsson. He wasn’t always an actor either standing at 6’9” Bjornsson got his start as a basketball player but had to retire after a knee injury. The Icelandic actor with guidance from another strong man, spent two years bulking up and training to compete in the world’s Strongest Man competition. After getting cast as the violent Gregor Clegane on Game of Thrones, Bjornsson still competes for the World’s Strongest Man title and has even crushed a 1,000 year old Viking legend log carrying record.
Not only is Ukrainian arm wrestler, Denis Cyplenkov, larger life, but his hands are so big they look like they are photo shopped. Denis’s started lifting weights at a young age and when he started getting attention for its strength and large stature, he began to get involved in the Ukrainian arm wrestling scene. His wrists are an unusually large nine-and-a-half inches in circumference, and his hands are the biggest and most densely muscled hands in the world. With 25inch biceps that are unofficially the largest biceps in Russia, Denis is known as the Ukrainian incredible hulk.
After trying his hand at a career in American football, and being a bouncer at nightclubs, Robert Oberst found his calling by being a professional strongman. Oberst is a beast in strongman competitions but has a soft side and wears pink whenever he can to show support for his mother who battles with breast cancer. This real-life giant is six foot eight inches and shockingly weighs over 400 pounds. He keeps a strict diet of eating three-and-a-half pounds of meat a day and stays away from cheese and dairy. Oberst said to have found the perfect mixture of size strength, and an even larger than life personality.
Markus Ruhl is a legend in the male bodybuilding world. He’s been sculpting his insanely muscly body for nearly four decades and it definitely shows. From his huge 58inch chest to his 31inch thighs, Rulh puts your regular gym rats to shame. Though he’s retired from competing in bodybuilding shows, he’s still huge and often finds himself the subject of outrageous internet memes. When he isn’t at the gym making everyone else insecure about their biceps, he’s hosting seminars and helping people unlock the secrets of being a real-life bodybuilding monster.
Arlindo De Souza
Not everyone can just work out and watch the muscles pile on, but that didn’t stop Arlindo De Souza from dreaming. The bodybuilder who wasn’t pleased with the size of his biceps chose to get injections of alcohol and oil to make them appear larger. He was soon addicted and was pumping so much alcohol and oil into his body that many people were concerned for his health. Others who have used this method of obtaining large muscles have either had to have their arms amputated or died in the process. Luckily De Souza hasn’t had any complications other than having biceps that are 29 inches in circumference and hard as a rock.
Yao Ming was once the tallest player in the NBA at a staggering seven and a half feet tall. He didn’t have to do much to get attention growing up because he towers over everyone in his native country of China. His parents are both unusually tall for their country as well, his mother is six foot three inches and his father is six foot seven inches. His parents were both players for the female and male Chinese national basketball teams, and because of this, officials in china place them together in an attempt to breed a Chinese super athlete that is where Yao Ming comes in, he was bread to prove to the rest of the world that China can compete with the West when it comes to height and athletics.
It is said that there is no one bigger or stronger than American strongman Brian Shaw. At six foot eight inches and 400 over pounds, we can see why. He has taken home the title of World’s Strongest Man 3 times in the past five years. He dedicates his life to training and his impressive size means he hasn’t even more impressive appetite. Depending on how hard he trains, Shaw can eat up to 10,000 calories a day including one gallon of milk, four pounds of grass fed beef and six to eight meals per day. With all the eating, we are surprised he even has time to lift any weights.
Known as “Iranian Hercules” Sajad Gharibi started rising to stardom thanks to social media. Gharibi became well-known in Iran after he started posting photos and videos to his personal Instagram page. Then in the summer of 2016, he started getting more attention when he announced he was joining the Iranian army to become a real-life superhero, fighting against terrorism. The 24 year old stands at 6 feet 1 inches tall, and weighs a solid 386 pounds, which will make him the scariest fighting machine in the world.
Another retired NBA player to make the list is none other than Shaquille O’Neal also known as SHAQ for short. Before Yao Ming, Shaq was the literal big man on campus in the NBA standing at 7’1” and wearing a size 23 shoes. In the 90’s it was common for sports stores to sell life-size cutout of Shaq so everyone could see how they measured up to the basketball star. Now that he has retired from basketball, Shaq spends his time golfing, picking up people for photo ops, and basically making the rest of the world besides Yao Ming feel like dwarfs.
Ronnie Coleman is the most notorious bodybuilder of all time, and won 8 “Mr. Olympia” titles in a row. At one time, Coleman, had what was considered the best back in the world, and he stood at five feet eleven inches and a rock-solid 290 pounds when he was competing. Coleman retired from the bodybuilding world in 2009 and all the years of extreme weight lifting took a toll on his body. In early 2016, Coleman had an 11-hour back surgery and lost the ability to walk during the process of the surgery. Though he has to go through physical therapy, to relearn how to walk, that hasn’t stopped him from hitting the gym every day.