Humanity has a long history of being preoccupied with physical prowess. We have always wished to identify one man over all others, from the times when the myths of Hercules first took shape through the ancient Olympic Games where wrestling contests were employed to select the strongest man alive. Strongman events evolved over the centuries, from the introduction of Highland games to Powerlifting competitions.
The World’s Strongest Man competition (WSM), which has been contested annually since 1977, pits the world’s strongest men against one another. Comparable competitions are also held at the Arnold Sports Festival and by the International Federation of Strength Athletes (IFSA).
List of 10 Strongest Man in the World
He’s the strongest man ever, in our opinion. There is just no way to dispute these figures: The Arnold Strongman Classic, which is regarded as a more accurate test of raw strength than the more well-known WSM competition, has been won by Savickas seven times (2003-08, 2014).
He set three world records in 2005 on his way to winning the IFSA Strongman World Championship. He again won top accolades the year after.
In 2002, 2003, and 2004, Savickas finished second at the WSM competition. Typically, Savickas excelled in events requiring only brute strength while struggling in those requiring speed and agility. He ended the run in 2009 by taking home the WSM, a feat he would repeat in 2010, 2012, and 2014.
Henry is the only man in history to simultaneously hold the U.S. superheavyweight championship championships in both weightlifting and powerlifting. Despite his amazing achievements, Todd thinks Henry still has a lot of unrealized potential that we were unable to witness as he sought a career in the WWE.
Henry may have been the strongest guy in history, at least in principle. We believe that one individual, though, has him beat.
It’s challenging to disagree with the opinion that “Kaz” is the greatest of the strong. Kazmaier, the 1980, 1981, and 1982 WSM contest champion, was disqualified from competing in 1983 because it was believed that as long as he participated, no one else would ever have the opportunity to experience victory.
The five McGlashen stones, which weight between 90 and 160 kilos, were lifted by Kaz, who was the first man to do so (about 200 and 350 pounds). His 661-pound bench press held the world record for years, and he would have easily broken it himself had it not been for a pec tear shortly after.
The most contentious name on this list might be Paul Anderon’s. He has his share of detractors while being hailed by some as the strongest man to ever live. Whether he actually dropped 1,200 pounds is debatable, but Dr.Todd saw him squat 700 pounds for eight repetitions during an exhibition at a period when the 700-pound 1RM for the squat was the official world record. In 1956 in Melbourne, Australia, Anderson earned a gold medal for the United States in the weightlifting competition.
Virastyuk, who triumphed in the World’s most Powerful Man and IFSA World Championship events in 2004 and 2007, is the first individual to ever be dubbed the strongest man alive. In fact, when he won the IFSA competition, he edged out the person at the top of this ranking.
The Ukrainian strongman also finished second three times at the Arnold Strongman Classic (2005-07). Virastyuk, who is now 40, has long since stopped competing, but his achievements and his legacy endure.
It’s challenging to determine Uni, alias Apollon the Mightyplace ,’s among history’s greatest because reports of his exploits are typically flowery, uncritical portrayals. However, he was renowned for having enormous hands and strong grips, which allowed him to lift bars that others couldn’t even get their hands around.
Uni was also quite possibly the first strength athlete in history; he was a very athletic and fit man who competed in wrestling matches against everyone.
For his overall strength, Siders deserves a spot on this amazing list. He dominates all three powerlifts, posting fastest times of 1,019 pounds in the squat, 799 pounds on the bench, and 865 pounds in the deadlift for a 2,651-pound total. 650 pounds on the bench and 840 pounds on the deadlift are among his best raw lifts.
Siders takes satisfaction in the fact that he accomplished the aforementioned achievements without the use of performance-enhancing drugs, which means that his power is solely a result of genetic advantages and incredibly hard effort, similar to that of the man who follows.
In 1988—a long time in weightlifting years—Taranenko set the world records for the clean and jerk (266 kilogrammes, or 58.2 pounds) & total (475 kilogrammes, or 1,045 pounds), and these marks are still in effect today.
Although Taranenko’s official records are no longer valid due to the International Weightlifting Federation’s rearrangement of its weight classes, his lifts have not yet been surpassed. Do you realise how challenging it is to bench six plates? Take a moment to hoist it aloft. Power, right there!
Andy Bolton of Britain is the first person to ever deadlift 1,000 pounds. He exceeded his own performance twice during competition, pulling 1,003 pounds and a then-record 1,008 pounds. Bolton has the third-highest three-lift total in history (2,806.34 pounds), and he has the fourth-highest squat (1213.63 pounds) in history.
He once said that he wanted to surpass the fabled 3,000-pound limit, a feat that was unimaginable to the majority of powerlifters in any age.
Shaw and the illustrious Bill Kazmaier have one thing in common: each of them has finished in the top three at the World’s Strongest Man five times. Shaw, a two-time WSM champion (2011, 2013), set competition records for the deadlift (972 pounds) and the Hummer tyre deadlift (1,122 pounds) (with straps).
He’s recorded with lifting 825 pounds, 535 pounds, and 985 pounds in the weight room (with straps).