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About the Measurements of Lou Ferrigno

written by: Finn Orfano • edited by: KJ Fitness,Ink • updated: 8/15/2009

One of the most famous bodybuilders in the world, Lou Ferrigno has broken various records for his talent. Brooklyn born and raised, the shy bodybuilder is most recognized for his measurements, his portrayal of The Hulk and an appearance in the bodybuilding cult favorite Pumping Iron.

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    Who is Lou Ferrigno

    Lou Ferrigno is a famous body builder and actor, most notably known as The Hulk on television from 1978 to 1982. He also appeared in the documentary Pumping Iron (1977), which also starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and is a cult favorite. A frontrunner in the heyday of bodybuilding, most remember him training with his father, Matty, and his multiple Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia honors. Known as the shy type, Ferrigno has starred in such films as Hercules and Sinbad. Born in Brooklyn, Ferrigno lost most of his hearing as a child because of an ear infection. He spent his adolescent years training in the basement at home, developing the measurements for which he is famous today.

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    Lou Ferrigno's Measurements

    At his peak, Ferrigno was 6-foot five and 285 pounds and his measurements were as follows: thighs: 29"; bicep 22.5"; waist 34"; chest 59"; and neck 19". His records include bench pressing 560 pounds, deadlifting 850 pounds, and squatting 675 pounds. In 1977, he won the world's strongest man competition by lifting a 2,600 lb. car two feet off the ground. He was only 21 when he won Mr. Universe, his first title, and the record stands to this day in the Guinness Book of World Records. He also remains the only person to this day to win the title in consecutive years.

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    Ferrigno Today

    Ferrigno remains very active following his peak as a bodybuilder and the fame surrounding his measurements. After 17 years of retirement, Ferrigno re-entered the bodybuilding circuit, placing 12th in the 1992 Mr. Olympia competition. The following year he moved to 10th place. He's currently a candidate for Dancing With the Stars and travels to various places throughout the country giving motivational speeches within the deaf community and beyond. Author of Lou Ferrigno's Guide of Personal Power, Bodybuilding and Fitness for Everyone, Ferrigno trains various celebrities and fitness enthusiasts. He still appears in movies, including appearing in and doing the voicework for Ang Lee's The Hulk (2004), and I Love You, Man (2009).