25 Insanely Muscular Animals Who Work Out Harder Than You

Beluga Whale

Take a look at that cetacean spraying all of those primates! He’s showing them all who is boss. Even if he’s in captivity, he’s able to show off his sick abs and intense flipper muscles. We thought whales needed blubber, but this one doesn’t look like he has an ounce of fat on him. This beluga doesn’t just have an incredibly awesome body, but could crush you in chess just as easily as the 100-meter freestyle.

Beluga Whale

Kangaroo

Exhibition matches between humans and kangaroos used to be showcased over a century ago. Ever since then, these creatures have appeared in cartoons wearing boxing gloves. However, once animal rights and welfare movements began popping up, these matches have been banned as they should be. But let’s be frank, here — by the looks of this kangaroo, the ban was put in place to protect us, not them. If Floyd Mayweather Jr. came back out of retirement to fight the Aussie champ, who do you think would win?

Kangaroo

Gorilla

This muscular gorilla doesn’t look happy to see you at all. It looks like you interrupted his workout routine by entering his turf uninvited. Far from tolerating your existence, he looks like he wants to fight because of your incursion. Look at those shoulder muscles! It might look like he’s wearing football pads, but trust us on this one: those are actually muscle fibers so thick they appear to be trying to pop out of the skin. This is one primate you don’t want to cross!

Gorilla

Dog

If anyone weaker than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson or Arnold Schwarzenegger takes this dog out, they’ll find that they’re the ones getting walked, not the dog. Indeed, he looks like he’s been working out and cutting weight to compete in the Mr. Universe competition himself.  It looks like he could tear a phone book in two with those bulging muscles. Just the same, isn’t he such an adorable little cutie? Sometimes you can just tell by looking at a dog to see if he’s goodnatured.

Dog

Belgian Blue Bull

This cow’s muscles don’t look real, but they are. In fact, this is caused by a genetic mutation that is expressed in Belgian Blue bulls. In scientific terms, the gene causes the hyperplasia instead of hypertrophy in the cow. In layman’s terms, instead of each individual muscle fiber growing larger and larger, the muscle itself just adds more and more fibers, yielding a double-muscling effect on the cow. What’s certain is that you definitely don’t want to challenge this bull to a tug of war.

Belgian Blue Bull

Lion

This lion is nothing like the cowardly lion in The Wizard of Oz, so don’t even think about getting started with him. There’s a reason why the lion is the king of the animals, and it’s not because his mane makes him look noble or royal, but because his wrath is so feared. Thankfully, instead of taking his energy out on others what he does is anaerobic exercises that get him jacked. Meanwhile, the lionesses bring him much-needed protein to replenish his supply during recovery.

Lion

Pig

Pigs are known for rolling around in the mud and eating their fill, becoming fat and plump before they are sent to the slaught by humans. This guy, though, regularly takes his protein supplements and works out hard in the yard. Just look at the size of this swine; he’s one exception to the way things are between man and pig. He’s daring you to try to make bacon out of him because he knows he’ll end up making bacon out of you!

Pig

Trout

You wouldn’t think that fish could get so strong and muscular, but they work their body all day long going up and down the. In addition, there are so many predators to get away from that some of these guys end up looking like Michael Phelps. You have to do what you can to stay ahead of the game when you live in the wild, and this trout may have even resorted to steroids to get that perfect muscle definition.

Trout

Grizzly Bear

You can’t usually appreciate how strong and muscular grizzly bears are because of their fur. In addition, they pack on the fat ahead of their hibernation in the winter, which makes it even harder to appreciate their sick muscles. You have to catch them when they wake up with spring, hungry. It doesn’t hurt to see them with their fur wet and matted down, like this guy. He’s one furry woodland creature you don’t want to cross.

Grizzly Bear

Giraffe

As far as tall creatures go, everyone knows that the giraffe takes the cake by a long shot. Their long tongues and even longer necks are specially adapted to get the sweetest and tastiest leaves at the top of the tallest tree. But did you know that they’re also ridiculously strong? Even lions will avoid a fully-grown adult giraffe, as their legs are strong enough to kill a lion, and even decapitate it if it gets too close.

Giraffe

Horse

Humans used to rely on the horse as the primary means of transportation over land, which had its roots even before we first placed saddles on their backs. They were also used in agriculture to pull heavy plows, meaning they needed to have strength and endurance. This equine is doing his ancestors proud by showing how muscular he got, and all he eats is plant-based. In fact, his all-vegan diet is proof that you don’t need to be a carnivore to gain a ridiculous amount of muscle mass.

Horse

Python

Besides its skin and bones, this python’s flesh is all muscle. There doesn’t seem to be an ounce of fat on his body. It’s actually terrifying to think how all of its muscles are there for one purpose, and one purpose only — to squeeze the air out of its victims. And how about those teeth! Those actually don’t carry venom at all, even if they look particularly lethal. They’re only there so it can hold its victim in place while asphyxiating it.

Python

Wildebeest

As far as wild beasts go, none is wilder or more beastly than this wildebeest. Unfortunately for him, antelope and wildebeest aren’t at the top of the food chain in the savannah where they live. This is the reason he needs to be in tip-top shape, for lions and leopards are lying in wait until a wildebeest to get disconnected from the rest of its herd. These wildebeest may also be equipped with vicious horns, but it’s the definition in his hind legs that keeps predators at bay.

Wildebeest

Tiger

While the lion is often called the king of the jungle, he doesn’t even live in the jungle. The true king is his cousin, the tiger. Not only does he actually live in the jungle, but the tiger is also bigger than the lion. Lions spend all day lazing about while tigers, both males and females, go outside to put food on the table. In addition, check out those triceps! Those front legs beat the lion’s in muscle mass any day of the week.

Tiger

Lioness

While the lioness is smaller than the male lion, she is the one who works hard to put food on the table. Actually, this is in addition to raising the cubs that they give birth to. Sounds a bit unfair to be a lioness, but that’s just her lot in life. We wonder if she will ever rise up and reject the social order that forces her to bear the brunt of the labor. What’s certain is that she certainly has the muscles to stand up for herself.

Lioness

Badger

Don’t let those vicious claws distract you from this guy’s awesome gains! By the looks of his body, he doesn’t even need them. If you want to beef with this badger, he’ll knock you down. The honey badger isn’t even a badger at all and is more closely related to the fearsome wolverine. In fact, the Guinness Book of World Records has it down as the most fearless animal in the animal kingdom. It even takes down king cobras! So if you see one, stay away…

Badger

Chimpanzee

This guy has been working out so hard at the gym his hair fell out from the skyrocketing testosterone levels. It’s just a shame he doesn’t even have anything left over to pull off a comb-over! Don’t mention it, though, or he might get angry and try to tear you apart with his bare hands and feet. Would you look at that definition? He looks like he took down the whole jungle in arm wrestling. This is one ape you don’t want to mess with!

Chimpanzee

Camel

Compared to the majestic horse, the camel looks like a very odd and bizarre replacement. It makes loud and obnoxious noises, smells, and spits. However, it is much better equipped to survive in certain environments. You might be surprised how strong they are, just look at this camel’s neck. There doesn’t look to be an ounce of fat on him, and even his hump looks smaller than it could be. He’s in seriously good shape and aerodynamic to boot with that suit on.

Camel

American Buffalo

The great American Buffalo is actually not a buffalo at all, but a bison. While this bovine isn’t as muscular as its Belgian Blue cousin, don’t let that fool you. He is a product of the wild, so the gene that causes the ridiculous amount of muscle mass to be built isn’t advantageous in mother nature. Even though it’s hidden by thick fur all over, the fact that there are massive slabs of muscle all over his body can clearly be seen.

American Buffalo

Eagle

The bald eagle is a symbol of freedom, but did you know that it’s also one of the largest birds of prey? In addition, it’s extremely strong. It has the power to sweep down and snatch up prey that weighs four times as much as it does. Even though they can’t fly very far carrying this weight, that’s some serious lifting! Do you think you can hack lifting four times your body weight up in the air, bro? Didn’t think so.

Eagle

Mountain Lion

Mountain lions are known by other names, such as puma and cougar, but the animal is the same. It’s the biggest cat in North America and has a much wider range than all of the other big felines. This is because it’s completely ripped and able to use its muscles to be the top predator in every environment. That’s the case, even though it’s smaller than the lion or the tiger. Just look at those back muscles! Insane.

Mountain Lion

Cat

You might not think that housecats can get this beastly. Indeed, cats usually get soft and fat while they are being pampered at home. This kitty is an exception, as you can see by the bulging muscles sticking out. We wonder what regimen its human has their pet on. We think he gets let outside and get in shape by chasing rabbits and fighting off the neighborhood dogs. Do you think he got that big chasing lasers and playing with yarn?

Cat

Rat

This rodent is literally a gym rat if those muscles are to be believed. What are these animals eating? With bodies this cut, they should be starting their very own protein supplement companies. By the looks of the fore and rear legs, this guy never skips leg day. Just like mice, rats freak a lot of people out. Looking at this guy’s definition, though, another reason is immediately evident. Rats are much larger than you’d expected, as are their muscles!

Rat

African Bush Elephant

Out of all the super-strong animals on this list, the African bush elephant is probably the strongest here. That being said, its skin is most wrinkly. Don’t let the lack of skin tautness spread thinly over bulging muscles fool you. Its skin may be thick and wrinkly, but it covers incredibly thick muscles that make this creature stronger than pretty much every other animal here. If you thought the Belgian Blue bull was strong, don’t come close to these fellas!

African Bush Elephant

Rabbit

We’re not really sure how humans managed to capture this incredibly well-build rabbit, but here he is, behind bars. A kick by his hind legs seems to be nearly lethal. Another possibility is that it was born into captivity, which would explain a lot. We just hope they knew to put it in an extra-strong cage so that it doesn’t escape. What in the world have they been feeding it? And who knew rabbits could get so jacked? Maybe that’s why they call them jackrabbits.

Rabbit