Believe the hype.
Since Dorian Yates retired 15 years
ago, bodybuilding has been searching for a suitable heir— some foreign behemoth who upsets all expectations and eclipses his American competition with sheer size. First there was Jean Pierre Fux. Then there was Alexander Fedorov— remember him? Zack Khan is in these pages monthly, but not on stages. Injuries limited the fearsomeness of all three colossi. But Dennis Wolf is still scary, right? On second thought, not as much as we thought he’d be. To find the mysterious mass monster who finally lived up to the buzz, look to an Egyptian in Kuwait who speaks barely a word of English.
When Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay was victorious in his professional debut, the New York Pro, on May 25, he rocked the bodybuilding world like no non-American since Yates. This Egyptian monument to mass construction is as real as the Great Pyramid of Giza. Though separated by 8,000 miles and a steep language barrier, we set out to uncover the workouts behind Big Ramy’s leg-sized arms.