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Kiff
10-28-2010, 12:48 PM
Just did some Google work and it came up with a couple of suggestions, from Mark Henry to Louis Cyr or Bill Kazmaier..

Just a topic to get people chatting :)

Would you define it as a winner of WSM or some of the older 'Legends' such as carrying 4000+LBS..

Keiran

Tom Mutaffis
10-28-2010, 02:12 PM
I would say that Zydrunas Savickas also belongs somewhere on that list.

martin
10-28-2010, 02:21 PM
Andy Bolton as he's the only man to have got 1000 lbs off the floor :)

It's actually a bit too hard to say. I think the way strongman is going the winners are not the strongest by a long shot.

Powerlifting is more a who's best rather than who's strongest due to todays equipment being so good.

Who cares, so long as we all enjoy it!

StLRPh
10-28-2010, 03:25 PM
Finn McCool
http://www.irishstrongman.com/legends/finnmaccool.asp

Screwtape!
10-28-2010, 04:36 PM
Savickas.
Sets official world records, no hype or exaggerated tall tales about his lifting prowess.

BoAnderson71
10-28-2010, 05:28 PM
I would say that Zydrunas Savickas also belongs somewhere on that list.

I second Savickas. I was a reading a kevin nee interview and he was asked who is the strongest man in the world. He said mariusz pudzianowski is the best strength athlete....... notice i said strength athlete but zydrunas savickas is the strongest man in the world. I got to go with him being the strongest ever because of the type of athletes there are now days.

Andrew Cohn
10-28-2010, 09:42 PM
My first reaction would be a perennial strongman winner and Pudzianowski is the first person I think of but the previous post sums it up best, he is a strength athlete who has mastered his craft much in the same way a world champion powerlifter masters gear. Here a couple to consider regardless of sport or gear (and this list is overall strenght not pound for pound):

1. Pudzianowski
2. Zyvickas
3. Bolton
4. Alhazov
5. Mark Henry
6. Reinhoudt
7. John Kuc
8. Jon Cole

I might have to go with Reinhoudt on this one.

Cmanuel
10-28-2010, 10:45 PM
Zyvickas hands down.

NickAus
10-28-2010, 10:49 PM
No man has walked with 4000lb on his back.

BoAnderson71
10-29-2010, 01:05 AM
No man has walked with 4000lb on his back.


Challenge accepted :indian:

Songsangnim
10-29-2010, 01:27 AM
Paul Anderson should be right near the top. Doesn't he still hold the record for lifting the most weight for a human?

Louis Cyr as well

Jack Scanlan is another good lifter.

pricedtosell
10-29-2010, 01:36 AM
Kaz for strongest of all time.

Savickas for strongest right now.

Kiff
10-30-2010, 03:16 AM
No man has walked with 4000lb on his back.

I did say 'Legends' ;)

NickAus
10-30-2010, 05:16 AM
I did say 'Legends' ;)

Cool, is funny to me how the old time strongman guys are always made out to be stronger than modern lifters, some of the claims are just not possible IMO.

Still very strong!

NickAus
10-30-2010, 05:20 AM
I did say 'Legends' ;)

Nice!

Brian Hopper
10-30-2010, 08:58 AM
IMO, im going to say Kaz then Zydrunas.

chris mason
10-30-2010, 11:37 AM
Are we talking brute strength as in the kind judged by powerlifting? If so, it has to be Reinhoudt. His best total raw has still not been touched to this day.

Brian Hopper
10-30-2010, 03:40 PM
Good point Chris!!!!

Morgan McPherson
10-30-2010, 04:04 PM
Samson

A: The slaying of lion with his hands

B: The slaying of thirty Philistines

C: The breaking of cords

D: The slaying of a thousand Philistines with the Jaw bone of an ass

E: The carrying away of the gates of Gaza

F: Breaking of the withes and ropes and looms from Delilah

G: The pulling down of the pillars of the Philistine temple.

KarstenDD
10-30-2010, 04:10 PM
Donnie Thompson, The Strongest Man in the World.

Kiff
10-31-2010, 04:32 AM
Are we talking brute strength as in the kind judged by powerlifting? If so, it has to be Reinhoudt. His best total raw has still not been touched to this day.

Good point Chris, i guess there are a lot of ways to measure strength! So maybe it gets broken down into 3 catagories, Powerlifters, Strongmen and general feats of awesome strength? I guess if anyone could lay claim to being the top of 2/3 they would do it?

muscle_g
10-31-2010, 06:58 AM
Paul Anderson, he supposedly squatted over 1200lbs raw

C-Sobrino
10-31-2010, 07:54 AM
Yes he did... then when someone actually squats over 1200 raw they will say Paul Anderson did that, FOR REPS!

robchris
10-31-2010, 09:42 AM
Paul Anderson, he supposedly squatted over 1200lbs raw

Ageed... Paul was decades ahead of his time!!!

mastermonster
10-31-2010, 09:21 PM
I'll vote Garry Frank at his best. First to 2500, 2600, 2700 and 2800+ in relatively light gear if compared to the gear we're using now. The 2805 was in a 1 ply Hardcore to squat and deadlift; and a 2 ply rage X bench shirt (the most agressive piece he had on). Garry never got as much out of gear as some. His best meet squat was 1102, and twice; I've seen him squat 1031 in training with just briefs and a belt.

C-Sobrino
11-01-2010, 03:48 AM
Paul Anderson did not squat 1200 raw. Period. He probably quarter squatted that amount and people started saying he did a full squat.

Screwtape!
11-01-2010, 04:42 PM
I'll vote Garry Frank at his best. First to 2500, 2600, 2700 and 2800+ in relatively light gear if compared to the gear we're using now. The 2805 was in a 1 ply Hardcore to squat and deadlift; and a 2 ply rage X bench shirt (the most agressive piece he had on). Garry never got as much out of gear as some. His best meet squat was 1102, and twice; I've seen him squat 1031 in training with just briefs and a belt.
Definitely one of the underrated greats. Just pure brute strength; 931 deadlift is a good indication of his power.

torch1980
05-23-2011, 03:11 PM
I'd say Kaz

Beverly McD.
05-24-2011, 09:04 AM
Too many different ways to measure strength to choose one guy. Have to say Garry Frank moved some impressive weight though. And in loose gear.

Rob Luyando
05-24-2011, 12:14 PM
Ed Coan

vdizenzo
05-24-2011, 12:23 PM
I go with Kaz

rinse
05-24-2011, 03:46 PM
Overall pure static strength probably Kaz or Savickas.

rinse
05-24-2011, 03:47 PM
Has anybody else benched 300 kg raw and pulled 400 kg in the deadlift besides Kaz? Garry Frank might have been able to but to my knowledge he never benched raw in a meet.

theBarzeen
05-24-2011, 04:12 PM
Kaz so far, with Benni, Savikas, Garry Frank, and Donnie T behind him.....

the big one, and I can't believe I'm the first to post this.....



I will be..... some day.

Screwtape!
05-24-2011, 06:05 PM
Jon Cole has been mentioned once and Is definitely deserving of consideration. His 2259 total at 275 and 2364 at 308 (raw, knee wraps only) haven't been broken after 39 years!

storm235
05-24-2011, 07:24 PM
Samson

A: The slaying of lion with his hands

B: The slaying of thirty Philistines

C: The breaking of cords

D: The slaying of a thousand Philistines with the Jaw bone of an ass

E: The carrying away of the gates of Gaza

F: Breaking of the withes and ropes and looms from Delilah

G: The pulling down of the pillars of the Philistine temple.

I second Samson....GOOD ONE!!!!

M.T. Neal
05-25-2011, 06:39 PM
I wouldn't say the strongest, but it we are making a list, one not mentioned yet was O.D. Wilson.

He lost WSM in 1990 by just half a point to Jon Pall Sigmarsson.

Squat 462 kilograms (1,019 lb)
Bench Press 257 kilograms (567 lb)
Deadlift 406 kilograms (895 lb)
Total 1,102.5 kilograms (2,431 lb)

IPF champion in 1988.

He won the 1990 Pure Strength competition when Bill Kazmaier was his partner. Kaz told me years ago that if OD hadn't died so young he would have lifted weights that no one ever had. Kaz had a lot of respect for OD.

Iplan
05-25-2011, 07:26 PM
Samson

A: The slaying of lion with his hands

B: The slaying of thirty Philistines

C: The breaking of cords

D: The slaying of a thousand Philistines with the Jaw bone of an ass

E: The carrying away of the gates of Gaza

F: Breaking of the withes and ropes and looms from Delilah

G: The pulling down of the pillars of the Philistine temple.

/\ +1 My favorite is "E" ~ Go ahead and drag some gates! Dude was absolutely jacked, and no gear!

robchris
05-26-2011, 08:28 AM
Kaz, Frank, Bolton... and more recently that big guy that pulled 1015 raw!!! ;)

Rugby Dad
05-26-2011, 10:41 AM
not even gonna touh this one, just too many variables to say strongest of all time
like for example

strength relative to size
lifters and claims of bygone eras, no way to truely be sure of veracity, not like we have video of those feats
strongest overall, or just really strong at certain feats?

theBarzeen
05-26-2011, 01:41 PM
/\ +1 My favorite is "E" ~ Go ahead and drag some gates! Dude was absolutely jacked, and no gear!

Pretty sure he had a 3-ply gate-dragging shirt on..... sorry

Bosshogg300
05-26-2011, 07:23 PM
I think jon pall sigmarson & paul anderson are right up there

Cali4nia
05-30-2011, 03:18 PM
Since the deadlift is the purest measure of strength, Benedikt Magnusson.

robchris
05-31-2011, 02:20 PM
Since the deadlift is the purest measure of strength, Benedikt Magnusson.

Agreed... that's the guy I was referring to!! Benekidt!!