It’s a remarkable achievement to be officially Amazing™ in the eyes of the Guinness Book of World Records. Three bodybuilders decorate the pages of the 2022 edition of the Guinness Book of Records (GBWR) – Maria Wattel, Olivier Richters and Prateek Mohit. They are not record holders for a certain result in a particular bodybuilding competition, but rather the owners of stature.
Wattel and Richters, both from the Netherlands, are the tallest female and male bodybuilders in the world, respectively. Wattel is 182.7 cm (five feet, 11.92 inches) tall and Richters has a height of 218.3 cm (seven feet, 1.9 inches). On the other end of the height spectrum, Pratik from India enters GBWR as the world’s shortest male bodybuilder at 102 centimeters (three feet, four inches).
2022 Guinness Book of World Records – Bodybuilding
- Tallest female bodybuilder- Maria Wattel, The Netherlands | 182.7 cm (five feet, 11.92 in), Verified January 15, 2021
- Tallest male bodybuilder- Olivier Richers, Netherlands | 218.3 cm (seven feet, 1.9 inches), Verified Apr 27, 2021
- Shortest male bodybuilder – Pratik Mohiti, India | 102 cm (three feet, four inches), Verified Feb 8, 2021
The height discrepancy between Richters and Mohit is 116.3 cm (three feet, 10 inches), which means Richters is twice as tall as Mohit.
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The 342-pound Richters has been considered a professional bodybuilder by GBWR for making a living as a bodybuilder in films such as Black WidowAnd Miami HeatAnd detailed, And King’s man. according to IMDBRichters has 11 films at the time of publishing this article. According to his Guinness World Records profile, the 95-pound Pratek has participated in 40 bodybuilding competitions and aspires to win the Mister World Championship. Of the three bodybuilders, only Wattel has a professional card from the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB).
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Maria Wattel’s professional bodybuilding career
according to NPC News OnlineWattel’s competitive resume features three bodybuilding competitions that have been approved since 2020, all in the women’s fitness department:
In an interview with Guinness World Records, Wattel recounted a time earlier in her bodybuilding career where she did not receive grades from judges in competitions due to her height. She was so much taller than the other competitors that the judges weren’t sure how to properly record her physique.
I’ve been in competitions where I haven’t actually been judged [because] For something I can’t genetically control – being tall.
Wattel’s current diet consists of six meals per day with an average of 50 grams of protein – 300 grams of protein per day.
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Olympia 2021 is scheduled to be held October 7-10, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. There will be a total prize pool of $1.6 million for the professional divisions. Although not technically complete, Wattel was not included in the official list of eligible athletes in the women’s fitness division. Wattel will likely have to wait at least another year to qualify to compete on the biggest stage in the sport, but she is the only female bodybuilder in the 2022 GBWR Championship, currently available for purchase in hardcover at select retailers.
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