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Born on September the 16th, 1984 in the seaside city of Alexandria, Mamdouh ‘Big Ramy’ Elssbiay is an IFBB professional bodybuilder who has astounded professional bodybuilders with his rapid rise to fame – becoming a pro with fewer than three years of training. Weighing in at between 133.8kg – 140.6kg and standing at 175cm, every inch of him is gleaming and toned to the nth degree.

Growing up in a poorer area of Egypt, Elssbiay started out as a fisherman. While working in this field in Kuwait, he passed by the Oxygen Gym purely on a whim. He signed up and found he had a natural bent for bodybuilding. With regular attendance, his physique improved rapidly, so with the encouragement of his friends he started to take part in competitions.

He entered the 2012 Amateur Olympia in Kuwait City and won easily. This title gave him his Pro Card, and from that point he was on the road to greater achievements.

In 2014, Elssbiay made his IFBB Pro debut at the New York Pro and won. Following this, he won several major competitions and came 2nd at Mr. Olympia 2017. In addition to this, he scooped top place in the Arnold Classic Europe Body Building Competition held recently in Barcelona.

Hard workout must make for a healthy appetite, so ‘Big Ramy’ shared his diet secret with us. The answer? Simple: beef and cheese burgers!

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