Jacked Athletes Who Are Too Big

Article from Gemma Mann

In my view, everyone should be in shape; nobody wants to be overweight or unfit, especially if they regularly play sports. However, it is possible to overdo it. At what stage does “being in shape” cross the line into “too big”? Some people can pull off the jacked look, but it’s far from everybody - in fact, only a blessed few get to look as big as a professional weightlifter and pull it off. Even The Rock, AKA Dwayne Johnson, AKA all round superstar, can sometimes look far too big for his body - and he’s one of the few guys who are naturally big.

Knowing when to stop

There’s a reason people love spending time in the gym: it’s great! You feel good and your might feels clear, what’s not to love? It’s especially awesome when the results begin to show and you can see the flab morph into hard muscles. After you’ve finally got the body and arms you want, you know there’s no way you’re going back to the old you. That guy was weak - and this new guy is stacked! But when do you stop trying to improve your body? Exercise addiction can strike even those who don’t look like Dwayne Johnson: it’s not about how big you are necessarily, it’s about how healthy your body is. If you feel bad about yourself for skipping a day in the gym, or find yourself avoiding fatty foods religiously, you may be showing some symptoms of exercise addiction. This can be rectified with treatment if you’re a regular old civilian, but what if you’re an athlete or movie star who is paid according to your physical prowess? In that instance, toning down your regime is a double edged sword: you could get the help you need and become a more balanced individual, but you might lose an inch off your performance, which can be fatal in professional sports. Perhaps that’s why this guys kept on getting buff way after they were buff…

LaRon Landry

LaRon Landry was always a big guy, there’s no doubt about it. But when he entered the NFL, he somehow decided he wasn’t big enough, because he has since became absolutely massive. Do a Google image search for LaRon and you’ll see photo after photo of a man with arm muscles that look ridiculous. Of course, the NFL is full of stacked men, so he’s only staying ahead of the curve, but surely at some point his muscle mass is going to become more hindrance than help. I also don’t want to know just how much of his day is spent in the gym, or just how much food he has to eat to get himself that big. I’m going to go ahead and wager that he has some form of exercise addiction. Has anybody stepped in and told him it’s OK if he takes a day or two off? Go outside or see a film or something LaRon, it’s fine.

Mariusz Pudzianowski

This one makes sense. Mariusz Pudzianowski, Mr. Five Time Strongest Man in the World, is as big as they come. His personal bench press record is a frankly ridiculous 640lb, while his deadlift record of 915lb is out of this world. The strange thing about Mariusz Pudzianowski is that while he’s huge, he actually pulls it off. All bodybuilders look a little bit unnatural of course, but Mariusz rocks the look a little more naturally than most; he’s just a big guy and always would be, so it’s better it’s muscle than fat. He’s also a pretty fearsome MMA fighter. Even if he’s not the most technically sound fighter, Mariusz definitely has the psychological advantage - I wouldn’t like to step into the ring with him!

Denis Cyplenkov

If you’ve never heard of Denis Cyplenkov, Google Image him now. Do it. Do it - I’ll wait. Massive, hey? Denis has densest and biggest muscled hands in the world. Why? Well, he’s a champion arm wrestler. Of course, that he’s a champion is admirable, but does he have to be that big? There’s a video on YouTube of Denis crushing walnuts with his hands. Crushing walnuts with his hands! Again, it’s impressive...but I’m not sure it’s worth the hassle. Just buy a metal walnut cracker from Walmart. As arm wrestling doesn’t pay too much (or anything?), I worry that Denis might just be a little too addicted to getting buff, which is a milestone he passed several decades ago. You’ve got to know when to stop, you really do, Arm Wrestling medals be damned.