Professional bodybuilder best known as a member of the International Federation of BodyBuilding and Fitness. In 2014, he took the title of Arnold classic champion.
It was after he took up martial arts that he gained an interest in weight training and bodybuilding. By 1999, he had begun placing in amateur heavyweight championships.
His physical prowess has earned him a massive social following, particularly on Instagram where he's accumulated more than 700,000 followers.
Born in a family of German descent, he lived in Russia from 1989 to 1992 before moving to Marl, Germany.
He battled against Phil Heath for the title of Mr. Olympia 2015.