How You Can Rock At 160 Pounds

Originally, I was a skinny ectomorph who dreamed about being big and strong like the pro wrestlers of the 80s, the World’s Strongest Man competitors and the UFC fighters in the 90s. The majority of my sport idols were heavyweight guys. Mike Tyson (220 lbs), Evander Holyfield (212 lbs), Manfred Hoeberl (26″ arms), Ken Patera (bouncing his huge pecs), Hulk Hogan (302 lbs), “Macho Man” Randy Savage (238 lbs), Bret “The Hitman” Hart (235 lbs), The Ultimate Warrior (275 lbs) to name a few… Every pro wrestlers in the 80s and 90s were billed at over 235 pounds.

So when I started amateur boxing, I wanted to be a heavyweight. I wanted to be a pro fighter and/or a strongman competitors. Since I was more of a loner doing his own business. I choose Strength sports over Combat sports. But despite several months of weight and cardio training I was still a small 160 to 180 pounds athletic guy!! I didn’t wanted to be fuckin’ athletic. I WANTED TO BE A GIGANTIC FREAK!!! Which I eventually became. All natural! All by myself!!

After bulking up to a HEAVY 325 pounds with muscular 33-inch thighs and a couple of years of strongman contests at regional and professional level. I decided that I had enough of overfeeding myself and feeling so heavy and bloated all the time. And the strongman sport was too much cardio strength endurance shit to my taste. So I decided to drop some weight, a lot of weight, to get leaner and better looking. I dropped to a record 193 pounds in a little bit more than a year. Thanks god I’ve got a very good skin not doing any stretch marks at all. I feeled a lot better that way without those huge cumbersome legs and being able to walk without foot orthosis. (My strongman bulk was to heavy to carry for my small bone structure. But I didn’t care at the moment! At the time, I still wanted to get bigger and bigger.) Then after almost starving myself to an usual 205 pounds. I got tired of the food restriction and choose to get back to a funnier 250 pounds. A fun weight because I can eat whatever the fuck I want without being too bulky, fat, and muscle-bound. However, by the time I write this post, I’ve lost 20 pounds, I’m about 225 pounds and still want to shred some more fat. Workout and training is a lot more fun when you have goal and objectives to achieve. Motivation is at its peak and my gym time is priceless.

To make a long story short. When I’ve realize a couple of years ago that one of my childhood hero Sylvester Stallone, a worldclass premier muscle icon, weighted a lean and mean 161 pounds at his peak!!! Can you believe it! The ultra muscular Sylvester Stallone was below 200 pounds at his very best!! He was even lighter that his billed 190 pounds in his movies!!!

So you don’t need to weight over 200 pounds to be a man, to be a Strength Fighter!!!

With that being said, I had the idea to made this post to show you that you can rule sub- 200 pounds. What a better to show you that you can be meaner by being leaner than to dress a list of legendary sub-200 pounds badasses and asskickers!?!

You won’t see any GSP and Floyd Mayweather on my list. Fuck them since they never fought at heavyweight categories. Too light my ass! Roy Jones Jr won the WBA World Boxing Association Heavyweight Championship in 2003 at 5’11”, 193 pounds, 34 years old. And with his declining speed and reflexes, Roy Jones would have been an a lot better heavyweight than light heavyweight at this stage of his career.

Roy Jones became WBA Heavyweight Champion at 193 lbs
(or 199 lbs as he claims)!

Here we go for the list!

The Saint Patron of the Undersized Badass is Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone 
‘the body of the 80s’

Born: July 6, 1946
Birthplace: Hell’s Kitchen, New York

Sylvester Stallone peak stats

Billed Height: 5’10”
Weight: 161 pounds (yes, he never was 200 pounds at his peak)
Bodyfat: 2.8% for Rocky III (1982) around the age of 35-36.
Biceps: 16”+ 
Waist: 29 ½”

His size in his movies:
Rocky I: 178 pounds
Rocky II: 200 pounds

Rocky III (vs. Mr. T and Hulk Hogan): 163 pounds
Rocky IV (vs. The Russian Ivan Drago): 173 pounds 

Rambo I: 159 pounds
Rambo II: 180 pounds
Rambo III: A dubious 200 lbs

Over The Top (Arm Wrestling movie): 169 pounds


The King of the Undersized Badass is none other than… Victor Delamarre

Despite being a pocket-size 5’5.5″ and 154 pounds (unseen for a super strongman) Victor Delamarre was, maybe, the strongest man who ever exist. Anyway, without a shadow of a doubt, Victor Delamarre IS one of the ten strongest men to ever exist, period.



Born: September 24, 1888 
Died: March 13, 1955, Quebec
Birthplace: Hébertville, Québec, Canada
Height: 5’51/2” (166.5 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)

Chest: 46″
Neck: 16″
Biceps: 17″
Waist: 28″
Thigh: 20″
Calf: 14″

He was one of
thirteen children and built the foundation for his great strength at a
young age by farming and working as a lumberjack.

Practising sports like Boxing and Wrestling since the age of 13.
When he was 14 years old, DeLamarre studied the exploits of Louis Cyr and declared that he would one day break Cyr’s records.
Came to Montreal and joined the Police.
At the time, Montreal cops were required to be big strong individuals.
Delamarre was deemed too small but his feats of strength spoke for

Some of his feats of strength were
climbing a ladder carrying a horse in a sling, bending a quarter between
his thumb and forefinger,

Had double tendons and a four-inch thick spine, more than the double of a strongman (facts verified at the autopsy). He was said to be hard as steel.  

April 2nd 1914, when, at age 25, weighting 154 pounds, Victor DeLamarre officially bent-pressed (dĂ©vissĂ©) 309-1/2 lbs at the Arcade theater of Montreal. 
Doing so, Delamarre shattered 4 records.
1- Defeating Louis Cyr (273 lbs bent-press)
2- Lifting a weight twice as heavy as him overhead with one-hand.
3- Doing the heaviest Bent-press (dévissé) in history.
4- Defeating all the heavyweights of the world as a middleweight.

  • February 24, 1922: officially clean-and-jerked 201.5 lbs with only one finger.

  • Around 1925, at Montreal: backlifted 65 people on a platform (7000 lbs) 

He wrestled over 1500 bouts as a professional, mainly in 1930s.

An expert on the
subject, Raymond Desbiens, is convinced that Victor Delamarre was
stronger than Louis Cyr, billed as the strongest man of all time by many
historians. Raymond Desbiens also stated that Victor Delamarre had
visibly more stamina than Louis Cyr in his performances. However, Louis
Cyr was a better showman and had the classic strongman look.

Louis Gagné, the
general director of l’Ermitage Saint-Antoine de Lac Bouchette – were the
strongman memorabilia are exposed – stated: “Victor Delamarre
defeated Louis Cyr on everything except marketing. Delamarre could have
been a lot more famous: he was offered movie roles from an american
producer. But he refused since they wanted him to change his name for



Then, one of my all time favorites, the first ever UFC Champion, Royce Gracie


Fighting Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 
Born: December 12, 1966
Home: Torrance, California and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Age: 26 in UFC 1 (1993)
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 178 lbs
Neck: 16.5″
Chest (N): 37″
Chest (E): 39″
Biceps: 13″
Forearm: 11″
Wrist: 7.5″
Fist: 11.5″
Waist: 32″
Thigh: 22″
Calf: 14.5″
Ankle: 9.5″
Reach: 78″

Federacao de Jiu-Jitsu do Rio de Janeiro World Light Heavyweight
4th Degree Black Belt Jiu-Jitsu (in 1993)

Jiu-Jitsu Amateur Record: 51-1 (1993)

Winner of the UFC 1, UFC 2, and UFC 4. Back when the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) was the real deal. An eight-man, one-night, bare knuckle full fighting, elimination tournament with no rules, no weight categories, no rounds, no stupidity…

Watch the first ever Ultimate Fighting Championship tournament here!



What about the Strength Sports?

Yes, smaller athletes, as seen above with the exceptional superhuman case of Victor Delamarre, can put the big boys to shame in Strength sports too.

Do not look any further than the very first WSM (World’s Strongest Man) competition ever
Universal Studios, California, USA
1977 World’s Strongest Man

Franco Columbu

Born: Sardinia, Italy

5’5″(billed as 5’6″), 182 lbs, 
age 34 in 1977. 

Biceps: 19″   Chest: 50″   Waist: 30″  Thigh: 26″  Calf: 17.5″

1968-1969 NABBA Mr. Universe; 1970
IFBB Mr. Europe; 1970-1971 IFBB Mr. Universe; 1971 IFBB Mr. World; IFBB
Mr. Olympia in 1976 (plus several other titles and award in the Short,
Medium, and Lightweight division).

Best Lifts: 525 lbs Bench
Press; 665 lbs Squat; 750 lbs Deadlift (in some training sessions, he
was reported to have lifter more than 780 lbs at a bodyweight below 190

His strength acts included lifting the end of a car, blowing up hot water bottles, bending half-inch iron bars in his mouth.

Mike Dayton

200 lbs
age 29 in 1977.  

Kung Fu master, Mr. America 1976, and classic strongman

Did strongman stunts in
California in the 70s.  Breaking pliers, tearing license plates in half,
tearing phone books, snapping baseball bats, breaking bolt cutters,
breaking handcuffs, bending 10 penny spikes, bending screwdrivers,
bending pennies, and hanging himself in a noose from the rafters. 
Believe it or not, he could tear a nickle in half!!

Watch the 1977 World’s Strongest Man Contest full footage online

Frank Zane rocked the bodybuilding with a “smaller”, more symmetric body winning IFBB Mr. Olympia 3 times.

Frank Zane

Born June 28, 1942
Pro-debut: 1961 Mr. Pennsylvania
Retirement: 1983 Mr. Olympia 
3-time IFBB Mr. Olympia 1977-1979

Height: 5’9″ (175 cm)
Contest weight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
Off-season weight: 200 lbs (91 kg)
Arms: 18″ (45.7 cm)
Neck: 17.5″ (44.5 cm)
Chest: 52″ (129.5 cm)
Waist: 29″ (73.7 cm)
Thighs: 26″ (66 cm)
Calves: 16.5″ (41.9 cm)
Wrist: 6.5″ (16.5 cm)
Ankle: 8″ (20.3 cm)

  • Frank Zane is one of only three people who have beaten Arnold Schwarzenegger in a bodybuilding contest (1968 Mr. Universe in Miami, FL) 
  • He is one of the very few Mr. Olympia winners under 200 pounds. 
  • He competed for over 20 years (retiring after the 1983 Mr Olympia contest) 
  • He had it all! Frank Zane won Mr America, Mr Universe, Mr World and Mr Olympia throughout his illustrious career.
  • He still trains with weights at age 70.

Just by looking at his measurements (6.5″ wrists) you can tell that Frank Zane is a skinny ectomorph by nature.

The fitness bodybuilder at the right look a million time better than the bulky powerlifter at left. The guy at left doesn`t even look like someone who workout.

You won’t see any mythical bullshit martial artists and kung-fu fighters here. 
Sorry Bruce Lee, Jet Li, and Jackie Chan. I don’t think you can kick ass in the real world!!

Fake fighting machine Bruce Lee. Who does he beat to be the greatest fighter of all time? That’s right! Nobody



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