Top 10 Strongman Competitors of All Times and Their Records?

Top 10 Strongman Competitors of All Times and Their Records?

 A caber being tossed at Loon Mountain at the 2000 New Hampshire Highland Games 


Mankind has been displaying physical strength for ages. Today, there are various competitions that determine the world’s strongest men alive. As the time has passed by, it has become difficult for us to determine: Who is the strongest man? Many men have shown their strengths in past and made records. We have made a top 10 list of the strongest men of all times that is, based on their records and strengths. Let us have a look at top 10 strongest man competitors of all times and their records:

 Zydrunas Savickas Strongman

1. Zydrunas Savickas: Zydruna Savickas was born on July 15th, 1975. He is a powerlifter and a professional strongman from Lithuania. He is the sole competitor who has won every major strongman competition. He is also known as “Big Z”. He has won Arnold Strongman Classic 7 times, which justifies his true strength. In 2005, Zydrunas Savickas broke three records at the IFSA (International Federation of Strength Athletes) Strongman World Championship. He won the title of World’s Strongest Man (WSM) in 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2014. He also set a new world record with a 500-pound log lift in 2014 to complement his other remarkable totals: a raw squat of 880 pounds, a 900-pound deadlift, and a 629-pound bench.

Mark Henry
2. Mark Henry: Mark Henry was born on June 12th, 1971. He is a powerlifter, Olympic weightlifter, strongman, and a retired professional wrestler from America. He is the only man to hold both, the U.S. (United States) weightlifting and powerlifting super heavyweight championship titles at the same time. Mark Henry won the International Junior Powerlifting title in 1991, the USA PL (United States of America Powerlifting) in 1995 and 1997, and the WDFPF (World Drug-Free Powerlifting Federation) Powerlifting Championship in 1995. He was also the winner of Arnold Strongman Classic in 2002.

Bill Kazmaier

3. Bill Kazmaier: Bill Kazmaier was born on December 30th, 1953. He is a former world champion powerlifter, world champion strongman, and a professional wrestler from America. He is also called “Kaz”. He is the winner of WSM contests that were held in 1980, 1981, and 1982. In 1983, he was barred from competing in the WSM event, as organizers thought that they should also give a chance to other strong people. He was the first man who lifted all five McGlashen stones that weigh in between 90 and 160 kilograms. He is truly one of the strongest men of all times.

Paul Anderson

4. Paul Anderson: Paul Anderson lived from October 17, 1932 to August 15th, 1994. His weightlifting records are controversial, still he is assumed as one of the strongest men who lived. Whether or not; he really squatted 1,200 pounds is open to debate. He won an Olympic Gold Medal for the U.S. in weightlifting in Melbourne, Australia in 1956. According to Kaz: “He was the king of strength.”

Vasyl Virastyuk

5. Vasyl Virastyuk: Vasyl Virastyuk was born on April 22nd, 1974. He is the Ukrainian former strongman competitor, and he is the brother of Roman Virastyuk. He is the first person who was declared the strongest man alive in both the WSM and IFSA World Championship competitions; winning in 2004 and 2007 respectively. He took second place consecutively in three years from 2005 to 2007 at the Arnold Strongman Classic. Now, he is retired; however, his legacy will live forever.   
 Louis Uni
6. Louis Uni: Louis Uni lived from February 21, 1862 to October 18th, 1928. He was the French strongman, who is especially famous for his grip strength. He is also known as: “Apollon the Mighty”. He could lift bars that others could not even fit their hands around. He is possibly the world’s first strength athlete. He was an extremely fit and agile man. He is included in the list of world’s all-times great strong men, because of his grip strength. 

Brian Siders

7. Brian Siders: Brian Siders was born on September 11th, 1978. He is an American world champion powerlifter and regular participant in Arnold Strongman Classic. He won USAPL National Powerlifting Championship in back-to-back years from 2002 to 2006. He also won IPF (International Powerlifting Federation) World Powerlifting Championship in 2003 and 2004. His strengths is derived from genetic blessings and brutally hard-work.

Andy Bolton

8. Andy Bolton: Andy Bolton was born on January 22nd, 1970. He is an English powerlifter and strongman. He is the first man in the history who has deadlifted 1,000 pounds. Two times during the competition, he broke his own accomplishment with the pulls of 1,003 pounds and a record 1,008 pounds. He won WPC (World Powerlifting Congress) World Powerlifting Championships in 2000, 2001, and 2008. He makes in the list of world’s strongest man competitors of all times, because of his accomplishments.   

Leonid Taranenko

9. Leonid Taranenko: Leonid Taranenko was born on June 13th, 1956. He is a former Soviet/Belarusian weightlifter. His 266 kilogram clean and jerk in 1988 is still the largest amount ever lifted in the competition, but it is not considered as an official world record. The reason is straightforward: Due to restructuring by the International Weightlifting Federation of its weight classes, Taranenko’s record no longer stands. However, one cannot deny his strength as one of the world’s strongest men of all times.

Brian Shaw

10. Brian Shaw: Brian Shaw was born on February 26, 1982. He is an American professional strongman competitor. He is the first man to win Arnold Strongman Classic and WSM contest in the same calendar year, a feat that he accomplished in 2011 and repeated in 2015. He shares something in common with Kaz, as both of these strongest men have placed top three at the WSM competition; a total of five times. He is truly one of the strongest men alive today.  
Are you satisfied with our list of world’s 10 strongest man competitors of all times? These men qualify in the list of our top 10 man competitors, because of their strengths and records. We could only include the top 10 strongest men in the list, so we had to exclude some strongest men from the list. If you adore weightlifting and powerlifting, then you must be addicted to fitness sports or you may be dreaming to beat the records of world’s strongest men. Whatever is the case, the purpose of this guest post was only to give you know-how about the 10 strongest men competitors of all times.

Written by: Jennifer Stone


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