mardi 18 octobre 2011


The strongest men who ever lived...
Here are my 5 favorite strongmen ever.  Without a doubt these strongmen must figure in any serious top ten strongest men list.  Be sure that each man on this list can be billed as the Strongest Man Of All Time.

Louis Cyr
Born Octobre 10, 1863 in Saint-Cyprien-de-Napierville, Quebec, Canada and died 1912.
5'81/2", 300 pounds

Neck: 20" (50.8 cm)
Biceps: 20" (51.5 cm)
Forearms: 16.3" (41.4 cm) Wrists: 8.2" (20.8 cm)
Chest (normal): 55.2" (140.2 cm)
Chest expanded: 60" (152.4 cm)
Waist: 47.4" (120.4 cm)
Hips: 48.1" (122 cm)
Thighs: 28.5" (72.4 cm)
Knees: 17" (43.2 cm)
Calves: 19.3" (49 cm)
Ankles: 10.3" (26 cm)
Shoulder width with calipers across the deltoids: 25.6" (65 cm)

Known as the "Strongest Man Who Ever Lived", the French Canadian Louis Cyr was also the undisputed King of the Backlift, lifting 4337 pounds.  A feat that even WSM competitors of this era hasn't been able to duplicate, not even closely.

He overhead pressed an unwieldy 273.75 lbs thick-handle dumbbell filled with lead shot with his right arm.

Take note that in the 1800s and early 1900s they weren't any enhancement drugs and supplements available.

Vasily Alexiev
Olympic weightlifter
Born 1942 in Russia
6'1", 357 pounds

Biceps: 21"
Waist: 62"

Snatch: 418 lbs (190.0 kg)
Clean and Press: 520.3 lbs (236.5 kg)
Clean and Jerk: 563.2 lbs (256.0 kg)
Total: 1419 lbs (645.0 kg) (clean and press + snatch + clean and jerk)
Total: 979 lbs (445.0 kg) (snatch + clean and jerk)
One Arm Snatch: 231 lbs (105 kg) (Left hand)

Vasily Alexiev is a 2-times super heavyweight Olympic weightlifting Gold medalist at 1972 Munich and 1976 Montreal.  He got a clean and jerk of 563.2 pounds (256 kg).

- snatched an Olympic record 407 pounds of barbells into the air then followed that with his world record 561 pound clean and jerk for a total of 968 pounds.- Vasily Alexiev set 80 world records (usually breaking his own world records).
- From 1970 to 1977, Vasily Alexiev was unbeaten and held the World and European titles for those eight years.

It was reported in 1972 Pre-Olympic Sports Illustrated issue reports he could do 32 pull-ups at a bodyweight of ~ 350 pounds.

Paul Anderson
Weightlifter, powerlifter, strongman, showman, wrestler, boxer
Born 1932 in United States and died 1994.
5'9", 350 pounds

Biceps: 22.5"
Chest: 58"
Neck: 25"
Thighs: 36"
Calves: 20"

Bests Lifts:
  • Standard clean and press: 402.5 lb (182.6 kg)
  • One arm overhead press: 300 lb (140 kg)
  • Parallel squat: 1,202 lb (545 kg), two reps
  • Backlift: 6270 lbs (2844 kg), (weight raised slightly off trestles)
  • Hip Lift: 4100 lbs.
  • Bench Press (Raw): 627 lb (284 kg)
  • Two Hand Overhead Press: 400 lbs. for 7 reps
  • Two Hand Overhead Press: 470
  • Jerk-Press: 560 lbs.
Paul Anderson is a super heavyweight weightlifting Olympic Gold medalist at 1956 Melbourne and a World Championships Gold medalist at 1955 Munich.

Paul Anderson is still to these days, The Greatest Squatter Of All Time.  No drugs, no knee wraps, no stupid suits, no cheating devices, Paul Anderson squatted 1252 pounds unofficially.  Also squatted 10 reps with 900 pounds in the presence of witnesses.  

Paul Anderson was also reputed for his superhuman shoulders' strength.

Bill Kazmaier
Powerlifter, strongman, wrestler
Born 1953 in United States
6'3", 330 pounds

Biceps: 23"
Forearms: 17"
Chest: 60"
Waist: 40"
Thighs: 32"
Calfs: 20.5"
Neck: 22+"

Aside from Mariusz Pudzianowski, Bill Kazmaier is the greatest World's Strongest Man winner in history.  Bill Kazmaier won the 1980, 81 and 82 WSM contests.  He was so dominant that the WSM officials unfairly barred him from competing in order to keep people entertained.

- Bill Kazmaier had a world record bench press of 661 pounds in a 1981 powerlifting competition.  A raw bench press performed in a loose-fitting white T-shirt.  No sling-shot bench shirts and others cheating devices.  At the very same event, he totaled (Squat+Deadlift+Bench Press) 2425 lbs, no gimmicks, no suits.
- Bill Kazmaier could simultaneously clean a pair of 156-pound dumddells and them for 10 reps.
- Bill Kazmaier was the first man ever to lift all five McGlashen Stones - weighting 200 to 350 pounds.
- His best lifts were: 925 lbs squat (done without a suit), 662 lbs bench press, and 974 lbs deadlift.

Mark Henry
Weightlifter, powerlifter, strongman, wrestler
Born 1971 in United States
6'1", 410 pounds (220 pounds at age 9)

Neck: 24"
Wrist: 9.25" (23.5 cm)
Biceps: 24"
Chest: 64"
Waist: 48" (121.9 cm)
Thighs: 36" (91.5cm)
Calves: 22.5" (57 cm)
Suit Jacket: 64

A lifelong drug-free athlete, "The Silverback" Mark Henry is truly a freak of nature.  Excelled in the Holy Trinity of strength: Olympic lifting, powerlifting, and strongman competition.

- Mark Henry has held both the U.S. weightlifting and powerlifting superheavyweight championship titles at the same time.
- Mark Henry is a 1992 Olympian in Olympic lifting and placed tenth in the superheavyweight division, weighting 366 lbs at the time.
- Mark Henry has the greatest combined weightlifting / powerlifting total in history.
- Mark Henry won the inaugural Arnold Strongman Classic competition in 2002.  At this time, in my opinion, the Arnold Strongman Classic was the real World's Strongest Man contest.  No shitty strength athletism here, the Arnold Strongman was a pure test of sheer strength and raw power.
- In 2002, Mark Henry was the first man in history to clean and press with one hand the famed Thomas Inch dumbbell, a 172 pounds dumbbell with a 21/2 inches thick handle.

Just imagine the superhuman feats of strength he would had achieved if he hasn't left strength training in 1996 for a lucrative 10 years / $10 000 000 WWE wrestling contract.

14 commentaires:

  1. good choice of strongmen . very top men here

  2. Žydrūnas Savickas is my number 6 strongest man ever for sure.

  3. why there isn't is Žydrūnas Savickas. He is the best. Big man from little country.

  4. Please do correct the information on Louis Cyr.
    He was born in 10 octobre 1863
    Saint-Cyprien-de-Napierville, Québec. Thank yoou.

  5. Please do correct the wrong information on Louis Cyr; he is not american but quebecer born in 10 octobre 1863 Saint-Cyprien-de-Napierville
    Thank you. sorry for my poor english.

    1. Being French Canadian myself, I can't belive I made such a sacrilegious and stupid mistake. The corrections have been made. Thank you for your help!

  6. You forgot Hossein Rezazadeh.

    1. Hossein Rezazadeh is maybe the best of the modern era. But I wouldn't put him on this list anyway. I would put Leonid Taranenko way before him. Leonid Taranenko singlehandly realized the greatest feat of strength in the history of humanity. LEONID TARANENKO CLEAN-AND-JERKED 266.0 KG (585.2 LBS) OVERHEAD 25 YEARS AGO!!!

      Hossein Rezazadeh never succeded at best the all-time records of 25 years ago. The best IWF marks of 216.0 kg (475.2 lbs) Snatch (Antonio Krastev, 1987), 266.0 kg (585.2 lbs) Clean and Jerk (Leonid Taranenko, 1988), and 475.0 kg (1045 lbs) Total (Taranenko, 1988). Krastev and Taranenko were screwed out of their world records with the restructuration of weight classes. But these weights still remain as the heaviest weights lifted.

      "The Iranian Hercules" Hossein Rezazadeh's bests are 263.5 kg (580.9 pounds)Clean-and-Jerk, Snatch: 213 kg (469.6 lbs), Total: 472.5 kg (1,041.8 lbs).

  7. kaz never deadlifted 974 pounds but 903 pounds .

  8. the backlift of 6270 pounds of anderson is very controversial to say the least . he probably never did it .

  9. how much could cyr have deadlifted on a barbell . in his days louis uni from france was also great . .

    1. Very good question since deadlift wasn't a popular lift at the turn of the century. German super strongman Hermann Görner was the King of Deadlift in 1920. Before him Deadlift wasn't a fixture in circus strongman show.

  10. Great Gama and Milo of Croton?

    1. Nope! Strong in term of weightlifting not fighting skills.


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