World's Strongest Man: 3 Generations

3 Eras, 3 Greats

Here are a few stats on the three great strongmen. Let me know who you think is the strongest of all time.

Paul Anderson: 5'9", 360 lb. 36" thighs, 25" arms and neck. 1955 World Champ (weightlifting), 1956 Olympic champ (even though he had a high fever) in weightlifting. Holds the Guinness Book record for greatest weight ever lifted by a human (still unbroken record): in 1957 he did a backlift (not a deadlift) of 6,270 lb! Squatted 1206, benched 627, deadlifted 820 (and 1000 with hooks), clean and press 485, push press 600, one-arm dumbbell overhead/side press 300lb for 11 reps! Note: there was no official "world's strongest man" competition in the 50s and 60s.

Bill Kazmaier: 6'2", 330-350 lb. 3-times World's strongest man in the 1980s. 60" chest, 21" arms, 32+" thighs, 22" neck, 20.5" calves, waist 40". 661 bench press, 925 squat, 907 deadlift, first man in history to clean and press the Thomas Inch dumbell, a dumbell weighing 173 lb and 2.5" thick at the handle. He did this in 1990.

Mariusz Pudzianowski: 5'11", 290-315 lbs, 4-time World's Strongest man (most recently 2007). chest 57", neck 21", waist 37", thigh 31", arms 22". Bench 606, squat 794, deadlift 904.

Paul Anderson in the clean

kaz in log lift

Mariusz in The Walk

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JamesRay 8 years ago from Philadelphia

I think Paul Anderson could take all of them out. He also took the least steorid, if any, since he competed in the 1950s. Kaz was a muntain of a man and the most skiled in traditonal powerlifting. Marius looks like he could pick up the Queen Mary and swim across the Atlantic with the ship on his back. Speaking of power, how about the leat, great Jon-Paul Sigmarsson?


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adventure 8 years ago from U.S.A. Author

Yes. Jon paul was definitely one of the greatest. He once beat the great Kaz in 8 out of ten events in a strongman competition (until that time, Kaz had never been beaten. I may do a tribute to Jon Paul S. I, like you, believe that Paul Anderson was the strongest of all. He was really like a freak. Maybe he had a mutation in his genes.


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cgull8m 8 years ago from North Carolina

I will take Anderson also, he did it without all the steroids and cheating. Also the modern atheletes have so much nutrious sources compared to him. Anderon all the way :)


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adventure 8 years ago from U.S.A. Author

cgull8m,

I agree. In the 50's and 60's, the amount of steroids taken (if any) by athletes was like taking a B-complex vitamin compared to today's powerlifters and strongmen. Paul's diet was atrocious. I once read that, during his half-hour break between sets of squats, he sat in a chair and drank liters of Coca-Cola. Imagine if he were only 25 years old today. It would be scary. It would be a joke. No one would even come remotely close.


tom mudro 8 years ago

I'm 59 and I remember that on the Groucho Marx show in the mid fifties Paul Anderson dead lifted a section of bleachers with 27 people on it! Check it out. After an olympic match that was won by Alexiev Paul Anderson walked on stage in street clothes and took the weight used by Alexiev, the heavyweight winner, in the clean and jerk and casually dead pressed it five times. He then said something to the effect "who's the strongest man?"

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adventure 8 years ago from U.S.A. Author

tom mudro,

Anderson was incredible, wasn't he? He had incredible natural strength. I've read several articles stating that he often performed amazing feats of strength without any warmups. Your comment is another example of Anderson's everyday strength.


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JamesRay 8 years ago from Philadelphia

After reading Tom's comment, I am going to throw my support behind the late, great Paul Anderson as the strongest man in history. Heaven should have a wrestling match between him and Orson welles.


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adventure 8 years ago from U.S.A. Author

James,

They already had the match in heaven. It was too close to call after 9 hours, so John Wayne had to step in and stop it.


 8 years ago

kaz did not clean the inchdumbbell. he needs the help of his 2nd hand


peter bobruk 7 years ago

Paul Anderson is as much storngest man in history as these ones who claim

it are wisest in history. They only live withrecent events and this what they have

around them being completely ignorant all remainings facts and people they

even don't know in the world or in history and been proven stronger anyway.


mark somebody 7 years ago

What about people which have been living 10 thousand years ago or 50 thousand years ago and could been stronger but there is no record of it. Or what we recently read about Stanley Ciolek from 14 century who according to historical records ,bell which 50 city dwellers could not lift from the ground he on his shoulders carry on to top of tower. If 50 people could not lifted such bell from the ground it must weight well over 2000 - 3000 pound or well over 1000 kilogr. and there is no way any konwn person so far can do it. Yet it was one of many Ciolek feats. So one should know much more when writing about some subject.


mark somebody 7 years ago

What about people which have been living 10 thousand years ago or 50 thousand years ago and could been stronger but there is no record of it. Or what we recently read about Stanley Ciolek from 14 century who according to historical records ,bell which 50 city dwellers could not lift from the ground he on his shoulders carry on to top of tower. If 50 people could not lifted such bell from the ground it must weight well over 2000 - 3000 pound or well over 1000 kilogr. and there is no way any known person so far can do it. Yet it was one of many Ciolek feats. So one should know much more when writing about some subject.


adventure 7 years ago

To Mark somebody,

You sound intelligent.


peter 7 years ago

None of them is strongest and this is no doubt about it. Why most is so limited, knowing only fraction of strongman in history and daling yet with last known when from other side there been in history yet stronger people, few hundred years ago or thousands years ago. Beside power is not only to lift, but to bend ,push, pull etc. and for this one need much power as well and many lifters are not as good in this as for example charles atlas or mighty atom who beside also could do much lifting.


zdislaw 7 years ago

What about wojciech brudzynski wholive in time of king zigizmund and according to the recors of this time could

chin up himself over a bar together with horse under him.

Don't think that paul anderson or other known stronman now could do it.


wolfeman181 6 years ago

In 1972 Paul Anderson visited our Jr. High School in Elwood Indiana. He drove a 16 penny nail through a 2X4 with his bare hand. He shared God's wonderful grace in his life, and told of his home for boys he was founder of in Arizona I believe. He was a true man of God, a modern day Samson indeed.


gilbert michaud 6 years ago

kazmaier cyr and savickacs are the strongest


John Rankin 6 years ago

I saw Paul Anderson at a Youth for Christ gathering at Mississippi State U., 1966 or 1967. He spoke with a very deep voice and no mike in the large livestock show building, drove a large nail through three boards with one blow, and lifted a large table with eight athletes (180 lbs est.) with a partial squat in an difficult head low stance.


John Rankin 6 years ago

Oops! I meant to say I estimated the eight athletes to average about 180 lbs. each.


Ben 6 years ago

I definitely think that Zydrunas Savickas should be discussed instead of Mariusz Pudzianowski if the subject is the strongest man who ever lived. Guys like Pudz and Jon Pall S. while incredible strength athletes simply do not have the brute strength to match people like Savickas, Kaz, Anderson and Cyr...


LANDON 5 years ago

wow lots of whight !!!


dumi 5 years ago

Guys sorry ,but it's a mistake done with the first place.Valentin Dikul is the strongest man ever.


gilbert 5 years ago

strongman contest takes too much stamina and speed for men like cyr and anderson to succed . how to juidge strength now they have supportive equipment now . ans strongman contests are shows of speed . running with a sandbag is not a show of strength.


michal cipka 5 years ago

I think that mighty atom was stronger than them. He could

do much lifting too; for example back lift one and half tone, curl about two hundred pound in each hand, similar like p. anderson who weight twice more and train three time more. But mighty atom beside have tens of other strong man records which many of them these weordlifters could not do even in half. And yet he was so strong by tens of years which is more important that short time records. Also there is not much different between these lifters, sometime few pound, when one was better in one lift other was better in other lift. And it is true we only know fraction of yet latest lifters but not so many from down of history where from known records they have been remarkable strong men as well.


Tjakkur Rachid 5 years ago

I do think an honourable mention should go to Magnús Ver Magnússon as well. =)


Haven't u know that some thousands years back there was a man who in which 70 strongmen like p.anderson failed to drag him on d smoothest area in d world and d place is covered with d smoothiest rug f 5 years ago

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joseph thompson 4 years ago

I saw paul speak at Thurmont Md. in late 60,s around 1968 or 69. He picked up 525 # weight by leather strap with his mouth.He talked to us for 20 min.doing 230# dumbell side ways the whole time, without a mike.


henry 4 years ago

What a problem.You all have a records of weight lifters so can compare them anywaqy. Paul anderson or alexeeyew been good for their time but now are bigger weight lifting records.One have also to mention other strength feats beside weight lifting when take to account worlds strongest people.


john 4 years ago

I saw paul anderson lift at madason square garden in NY in the mid 50's when the american team lifted against the rusians. He clean and pressed 525lbs 3 reps. as a exibition. his aau status was taken away from him, also at that meet was john grimic body builder.


gilbert 4 years ago

not sure maruis deadlifted 904 pounds . not far off . though . he has the best shape of all strongmen and fat free .


John Quidley 4 years ago

in our immediate time Paul was the known strongest, Cyr in his time was the strongest , the mighty Atom in his bodyweight surely would have been, if we count Bibon. theagenes, Milo in there times the Roman giant Emperor Tjhrax , these are historical figures, after 50 years of research training to find my personal structural capacity I've found that after meeting men and women in 28 states, that manymen who must work to support families but have the personal strength bug in whatever genetics they were GOD endowdwith, and sight unseen are the truly strong men, these unsung heros to me are the strongest men in the world, we as strongmen must have our personal hero's to emulate, I'm 63 years old and pay foer my fun of years ago, I will continue to lift not at the 2800 lb. leg press I will always remember as fun, the physical torture we of older age and the younger guys will enjoy as we did, age will reason you but we will still remember the fun , My joints are gone but belevie me for 40 seconds should someone , anyone try me I can break their bones so that they if I live through it they will remember it for life, be kind to everyone, each day do a good deed for someone less fortunate, Gods allows you your strength for a reason. Who is the strongest man try SAMSON.


josh 4 years ago

Kaz is the man raw power he owned everyone


Logan Gabriel 4 years ago

Paul Anderson without a doubt the king! Just pure, raw power.


arlindo severino 4 years ago

for my is the dominator pudzian because he will never dedicated in the powerlifting but he partial deadlifted550kg in a world team championships 2003-1100kg together jaroslaw dymek.he deadlifts420kg raw,i think he will can beatting andy boltons,benedikt magnusson ,ryan kennely if he s dedicated to powerlifting,because benched 300kg or more ,and squat 400kg in a training ,in a competition he will be the best in a total three movements.he is5 times wsm,5 times super series champion of the year ,officialy gains 36 contests of your career,6times runner up,3 times 3rd place in 50 official competitions,.heis unbeatable in farmers walk,conan wheels ,car deadlift,powerstairs,medleys,track pull,carry and drag in traction is the best,he cleans 210kg,he is vey fast in the5o7 kg giant super yoke in three arnold strongman super series.he preess 210kg or more in the bench of military preess,he walks vey fast rwith 200kg one each hand,he pulleds a usa air force 45 tons 30 metersin 36 secs.is top3 in all events of strongman contest inclusive the squat,anmd the overhead press and is the world record holder in the husafel stone walk with amassives 149 meters,is the best in atlas stones,innaturally stones lift,5times wsm,2 times runner-up,beating by savickas and pfister in the ultimate event the atlas stones-2006,2009.heis my top10 of all time-1-pudzian,2-bill kazmaier,3-big z,4.-magnus ver magnusson,5-jon pall sigmarsson,6-jouko ahola,7-svend karlsen,8-geoff capes,9-gary taylor,10-derk poundstone-the hall of famers hermann goerner,louis cyr angus macaskill,eugen sandow,paul anderson,jhon davis,arnold schwarznegger,lee haney,doryan yates,leonid taranenko,vasli alekseev,and others greathest man of the past .recently-gerrit badenhorst,magnus samuelsson,andy boltons,benedikt magnusson,ted van der parre,raimond bergmanis,fleming rasmussen,hossein rezazadeh,andrei aramnau,khadzimurat akkaev,nahim suleimanoglu,ronnie weller,andrei tchemarkine,misha koklayev,salim kordasiabi,flex wheeler,ronnie coleman,jay cutler,denis cyplenkov,jonas rantanen,dave hoff,shawn frankl and ryan kennely and donnie thompdson,valentin dikul,and the master denis rodgers.pudzian is the best of all time.


phil r 3 years ago

paul anderson sipped a gallon or more of milk between setes not coco coala he also did not take steroids as he was not aware of them and only took medication for brights disease which inhibited his his strength and recovery rate all rthis he told me by letter a couple of years before his death

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    BlackCowboy 7 years ago

    How 'bout 1972 U.S. Olympic weight-lifting gold medalist Ken Patera?Wasn't he considered the World's Strongest Man then?And the U.S.S.R's Vasily Aleesev?At 5-9,400,he had almost unimagi-

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    patera was stronger than alexeev . he could front squat 650 pounds .


    John 6 years ago

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    arlindo severino 4 years ago

    pudzian is the best everseen


    morgan 4 years ago

    i think these strong people will die of exas fat on their body,, you don't need a big body to lift up those logs and stuffs,,why are machines built anyway? and you don't also need a big body to survive tooooooo,,most of all, you canont get married, this means you cannot fuck, i mean no one would want a monstor to fuck them,,,you better stop before you regret it

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