Do you even lift, brah? Well, certainly WWE Superstars do. Whether it’s heavy lifting or cardio, every WWE superstar trains hard for those gains and to get that larger than life physique. Thanks to social media and sharing sites like YouTube, wrestling fans can see just how intense these workouts are for each of their favorite WWE superstars, and these superstars are more than willing to show them off.
WWE superstars like John Cena, Triple H and The Rock post their grueling workout vids and even share their workout routine and diet plan with fans. The amount of time and effort put into their workouts is truly unbelievable, with many Superstars working out for four hours a day everyday. Considering the limited time off superstars have, spending that much time at the gym, to maintain their superhero conditioning, is unreal. What’s also unreal is the sheer amount of weight these superhuman Superstars can actually lift.
Superstars like John Cena and The Rock have a work ethic that’s second to none, and their workout videos have to be seen to believe. While many gym rats would prefer Rusev Day over leg day, wrestlers like Cena, Sheamus, Cesaro and other heavy lifters seem to relish in it. And it makes sense considering how often they are required to lift and slam their opponents to the mat, making squats especially important to incorporate into their workout routines. So just how much can some these freaks of nature squat? This article is here to tell you. Here are 15 WWE Superstars of various sizes and how much each of them can squat.
15. Triple H – 500 Lbs
Triple H may not be an everyday wrestler anymore, but he’s always ready to play the game. The Game remains in phenomenal shape for the next time he needs to step in the ring and had recently appeared in Muscle & Fitness magazine to discuss his new and improved workout routine.
Triple H got absolutely jacked when he became the WWE World Title-contending “Cerebral Assassin.” However, blowing out his knee and tearing his quad right off the bone has altered The COO’s workout regimen. Triple H has incorporated more cardio into his workout and emphasizes more in dieting, but that doesn’t mean Triple H has given up on maintaining his incredible power. He’s claimed to Muscle & Fitness that he can squat 500 pounds, which makes his spinebuster all the more devastating. When it’s time to hit the gym, clearly Triple H isn’t playing.
14. John Cena – 610 Lbs
The former Doctor of Thuganomics always had superhuman strength. John Cena was a former bodybuilder which helped him achieve his superhero strength and look. Big Match John lifts big whether it’s in the gym or the Big Show in the ring. Lifting some of the biggest human beings in the world onto his shoulders and executing the Attitude Adjustment requires immense leg strength, and Cena without question has it.
Despite the mixed reaction to his persona and his “five moves of doom,” no one can deny that John Cena’s workrate is out of this world. Cena has also promoted WWE through public appearances at awards shows, talk shows, charities, continued to work matches in WWE and still found time to crush the gym. To perform these impressive Attitude Adjustments, Cena needs the power from his legs, and Cena’s legs are pretty strong to say the least. Cena can pull off an insane 600-pound squat, as shown in a video on TMZ, with other videos showing him up to 611. He says that you can’t see him, but you can see his Kryptonian strength all over his Instagram and YouTube where Super Cena clearly has no shame in showing off.
13. Braun Strowman – 700 Pounds
Braun Strowman is marketed as “The Monster Among Men,” and it’s hard to argue against that billing. On screen, Strowman is seen toppling an ambulance, a semi-truck, pulling down a scaffolding, slamming the Big Show through the side of a cage and as he says, he’s not finished with them. While Strowman’s character is pretty impressive, Braun Strowman’s real life inhuman strength is even more so.
Strowman’s strongman career earned him a win in the NAS US Amateur National Championships in 2011 and the Arnold Amateur Strongman Championships in 2012. Braun Strowman may be a character in WWE, but the real-life Adam Scherr’s monstrous strength is completely real. Strowman has recorded a bar bending 905-pound deadlift and a ridiculous 775-pound squat during the height of his strongman career. Since leaving his strongman career behind and entering wrestling, his squat has since dropped down to a mere 700 pounds since incorporating more cardio into his workouts.
12. Brock Lesnar – 1,000 Lbs
“Eat. Sleep. Conquer. Repeat.” has been the mantra of the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar, since coming to WWE. Lesnar has lived this gimmick inside the ring and out, conquering WWE superstars in the ring and conquering the gym with his beastly workouts. Even before WWE, Lesnar was no stranger to working out, but he never trained to be a bodybuilder. Yet, Lesnar’s physique looks astonishing, and there’s no doubt as to why he’s called The Beast.
Lesnar’s is a complete freak of nature, with insane speed and power coming from his legs. To perform that devastating F-5, Lesnar requires a lot of leg strength to lift his opponents on his shoulders. Lesnar has lifted heavyweights like ragdolls and only slightly struggles lifting the super heavyweights like Braun Strowman and Big Show. Kurt Angle has attested to Lesnar’s leg strength and his ability to squat a mind bending 1,000 pounds before his UFC days. Lesnar admits to focusing more on cardio these days, and yet, Lesnar at 40 is still able to lift up a 400-pound Big Show and throw him for a gigantic F-5.
11. Cesaro – 495 Lbs
Cesaro is one of the “smaller” superstars on the roster, but the Swiss Superman packs a lot of power. He’s considered pound-for-pound one of the strongest superstars in WWE and has showcased his uncanny power before in his matches. He has swung the likes of The Great Khali and deadlifted heavyweights like Cena from the outside of the ring back to the inside with shocking strength.
Being able to lift superstars for a suplex or balance them on his legs for his Neutralizer finishing maneuver requires a lot of leg strength. While Cesaro has a lean toned look, his leg strength is no joke. On his first attempt ever, Cesaro deadlifted 500 pounds and has squatted 495 pounds, according to Muscle & Fitness. That’s a far cry from some of the sick squats that Cena or Lesnar can do, but then again, Cesaro only weighs 232 pounds and isn’t training purely for strength.
10. Roman Reigns – 600 Pounds
WWE may be his yard, but the gym is his playground. Reigns’ promo skills aren’t the sharpest, but no one can question that he’s got the look and the strength of a WWE champion. His brutal strength comes from his football background and his Anoa’i Samoan family background, giving Reigns the power to lift his opponents for a samoan drop or drive his opponents to the mat with a spear.
“The Guy” in the WWE possesses natural strength which is only amplified by his workout routine. While explosive lower body exercises were the bread and butter of his football career, The Big Dog has mixed power exercises with cardio training for the ring. Still, Roman has stated he bested a full squat clean at 360 pounds and has recorded a 600-pound squat. The Roman Empire may not have been built in a day, but it was definitely built on strong leg workouts.
9. Seth Rollins – 410 Lbs
Seth Rollins is the smallest male wrestler in this article, billed at 217 pounds, but The Architect still has the incredible strength to perform an amazing Falcon Arrow or Running Powerbomb. Seth Rollins isn’t going to be the beast that Brock Lesnar is, or the Monster Among Men that Braun Strowman is, but Rollins’ workout routine works for him. Rollins is fully committed to crossfit, saying he’s never looked back since getting hooked and has even been dubbed “Crossfit Jesus.”
Rollins’ crossfit workout makes a lot of sense for his wrestling style. Rollins’ offense is fast paced, involving suicide dives, springboard diving knees and top rope frog splashes. Rollins’ moveset requires a significant amount of cardio and leg strength for all the running and jumping involved with those moves. Despite forgoing strength for endurance, Seth “Freakin” Rollins can still squat a freakin’ amount of weight at 410 pounds which is pretty sick considering his size.
8. Big E – 711 Lbs
Moving back to the freak athletes brings us to Big E. Clearly, Big E has been eating his Booty-O’s because he is in fantastic shape with raw power and unnatural speed. Before WWE, Big E was a professional powerlifter breaking USA Powerlifting records at the time. His personal competition stats include a disgusting 711-pound squat.
As his name suggests, Big E lifts big with a 405 close grip bench press, an insane dead lift at nearly 800 pounds. Big E’s freakish strength allows him to lift his opponent with ease for a belly to belly suplex or leap many feet into the air for a huge splash. You can definitely “feel the powah” when watching this incredible athlete pump out another set.
7. Mark Henry – 1,006 Lbs
In this entry, we have a former World Heavyweight Champion, a former Olympic athlete and a gold medalist all in one. No, I’m not talking about Kurt Angle. I’m referring to Mark Henry. Before WWE, Henry was an Olympic powerlifter and strongman, who was in the 1992 and 1996 Olympics and took a gold, silver and bronze at the Pan American Games in 95. His strongman background bought Henry the “World’s Strongest Man” moniker when he arrived in WWE. But just how strong is “The World’s Strongest Man?”
Mark Henry’s nickname isn’t just for show. It’s the scary truth. Henry holds the world record for a drug tested athlete with a 953.5-pound squat officially set in 1995. Unofficially, Henry is said to be able to squat 1,006 pounds. Though Henry hasn’t trained or competed in those competitions in years, he’s still fully capable of lifting heavyweight WWE superstars, including the Big Show. With Henry’s strength, The World’s Strongest Slam is pretty accurate in terms of named finishing maneuvers.
6. Nikki Bella – 220 Lbs
Nikki Bella represents the old guard of WWE “Divas” in the current Women’s Division. And despite not being an “indy darling,” Nikki Bella still earned respect of WWE fans for toughing out a serious neck surgery and making a praiseworthy comeback to the ring.
Now, Mrs. Cena-To-Be may not be the best wrestler in WWE, but she definitely has the fearless drive. Nikki possesses that marketable “total Diva” body and clearly works hard to stay in shape, despite the neck injury. She always had to maintain strength to lift opponents up onto her shoulders for the Rack Attack and still does today for the Rack Attack 2.0 even after surgery. Nikki may have that lean build, but she still has the leg strength to squat 220 pounds, which isn’t bad for someone who’s 5’6” weighing at 120 pounds.
5. Vince McMahon – 700 Lbs
He may refer to himself as the “Genetic Jackhammer” for purposes not necessarily appropriate for this topic, but there’s no question that Vince McMahon is a genetic freak. It’s been well documented that Vince is a complete workaholic, getting hands on with everything involving his company. Despite his micromanagement to everything in WWE and rebooting the XFL, the Chairman of the Board still finds time to crush the gym.
If anyone thinks they can out lift The Boss, Vince will guaran-damn-tee, he’ll give you a run for your money. Mr. McMahon has stated that he can squat an unreal 560 pounds with a bad hip at 72 years of age and could squat up to 700 pounds for three reps in his 60s, even after the double quad blow out. Needless to say, you don’t cross the boss, especially one that lifts like Vincent Kennedy McMahon.
4. The Undertaker – 400 Lbs
If you look up the definition of a professional wrestler, you’ll see a picture of The Undertaker. The Phenom had a great gimmick and still is a brute of a human being. Sadly, The Undertaker only works at WrestleMania these days, with questions about Undertaker’s health coming up every WrestleMania season. Due to injury and age, speculation and concern about Taker’s deteriorating health continue to dominate the message boards. That is until The Deadman shows off his workouts.
Even at 52, with a weathered body from decades of wrestling, The Undertaker has shown the world his ability to squat 400 plus pounds of weight. If there was any doubt that Taker doesn’t have the strength to hold someone in place for a deadly Tombstone Piledriver, he just dispelled those rumors with a single workout post. Whatever Undertaker’s wresting future holds, his future days of training in the gym will not rest in peace.
3. Randy Orton – 525 Lbs
He hears voices in his head and apparently they tell Randy Orton not to skip leg day. While it’s true The Viper has shrunk down in size (for reasons we can only speculate), Orton is no slouch in the squat rack. Holding his opponent in place for a hanging DDT or getting air for an RKO outta nowhere requires some maintenance to the leg muscles, and Orton is happy to oblige.
For being one of the “smaller” superstars (at least in this list), Orton can still pull off a 525 squat at 6’5” and 250 pounds. In addition to squatting over 500 pounds, Orton can also bench 400 pounds making him stronger than he looks for sure. Orton’s moveset doesn’t really showcase his strength very much, but he is not only able to kill legends, but kill it in his workouts as well. Just don’t bother him while he’s doing work, or The Viper may kill you.
2. Mojo Rawley – 720 Lbs
It’s hard to tell where Creative is going with Mojo Rawley with his start and stop pushes, but we do know that Mojo is intense and one strong S.O.B. Mojo hasn’t exactly lived up to the “hype” in the ring or on Smackdown, but he definitely lives up to it at the gym. The man is an absolute beast in the gym and has showcased just how much he can dominate in the gym in one of his latest tweets.
With 600 pound weights and a 120 pound chain, Mojo tweeted a box squat of 720 pounds, repping the weight five times. That’s “Mojo Risin’” for sure. With Mojo being 6’4” and weighing at 265 pounds that’s pretty impressive, and it’s especially nice to see proof of these amazing feats of strength. Mojo’s corner forearm finisher may not be the best, but it hurting like hell is a lot more believable after seeing his workouts.
1. Nia Jax – 300 Lbs
She’s not like most girls, that’s for dang sure. Nia Jax is the powerhouse of the Women’s Division and shows off her amazing strength whenever she’s flattening a jobber. WWE’s booking hasn’t always been the best at protecting Nia, but the “Irresistible Force” makes a pretty convincing case as to why she should be pushed to the moon with her workout regimen.
Nia Jax has a lot of power in her lower body, and that shines through during her squats. Nia has video evidence on YouTube of herself squatting 300 pounds with relative ease and getting as low as possible with excellent form. That’s more than enough to toss any of her opponents around the ring like a rag doll and legitimizes that deadly leg drop of hers.
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