London 2012: Top 10 Most Jacked and Muscular Olympic Athletes
Sometimes, while watching these 2012 London Olympic Games, we wonder how some of these guys are able to accomplish some of the crazy feats they do.
Then you take look at their arms, and you have your answer. Some of these dudes are absolutely jacked! Let's take a look at some guys whose bodies leave no doubt that they're world-class athletes.
The first thing I learned about Ilya Ilyin was that his diet contained a large amount of horsemeat. Well, those pythons tell me that that is not a lie. The man from Kazakhstan won gold in the 94 kg division, setting two world records in the process.
His clean and jerk was 233 kg, and had a 185 kg snatch lift, for a total of 418 kg. That's almost half a ton he was able to move en route to breaking his own record.
Michael Phelps is a legend in swimming. He has twice the amount of gold medals as the last great swimmer, Mark Spitz, and 22 medals overall.
While he's not on any weightlifters' level in terms of strength, sure—but his popularity on Pinterest has surely indicated how his tapered, V-shaped physique has captured the hearts of many beyond his athletic achievements.
Sprinters are usually pretty jacked, but not this jacked. Harry Aikines-Aryeetey reminds me more of an NFL running back or linebacker than your typical sprinter.
Check out this video of him squatting 420 pounds. And the weight is on the front, not his back. Yikes.
While sprinters have their physiques due to the anabolic nature of their sport, gymnasts are pound-for-pound some of the strongest athletes around because of the way they are so adept at controlling their body weights.
They may not be talking about how many plates they cleaned or bench pressed, but what they do surely can't be replicated by many. Just check out Jake Dalton's guns to see what it takes.
Maintaining a constant level of strength, explosiveness and cardiovascular endurance for seven minutes is brutal for anybody. Yet that's what all Olympic wrestlers must do.
Roman Vlasov won gold in the 74 kg Greco-Roman style, and his physique can be attributed to the incredible amounts of weight training and power movements he must have had to do to get on top of his game to win gold.
The world record holder in the 100 meter and 200 meter sprints, the fast-twitch and anabolic movements in sprinting have adorned Bolt with a physique that truly befits an athlete of his caliber.
Andre Iguodala plays a minor role on the Team USA Mens' Basketball squad's quest for gold. But during weight training sessions, he's probably the one whipping everyone around, save for LeBron James.
He's thrown up some ferocious dunks in the Games, probably in part to how strong his shoulders and arms are. He's averaged 40 minutes a game through his NBA career, with shoulders like Dwight Howard's and biceps like Ben Wallace's.
Iguodala is truly a physical specimen.
Rowers have to be strong in their own right. They spend all day pulling their oars against the considerable drag and hydrostatic force of the water and the weight of their own boat, and they do it for considerable distances.
The amount of lactic acid that will build up in their bodies as they perform their craft is enough to make anybody have cramps or want to quit from soreness. But not Jeremiah Brown, who led the Canadians to a second-place finish in the 1500m and a silver medal.
If we mention Bolt, we're going to have to mention his training partner and best friend, Yohan Blake, who is an amazing sprinter and very chiseled in his own right.
He gives hope to little guys everywhere, and his passion for his sport is unrivaled. Wu Jingbiao won the silver medal for the 56 kg category.
He's just 5'4'' and 120 lbs, but watching him lift makes you wonder if he isn't actually supposed to be much bigger.