Source: Mensjournal.com (The 10 Strongest Men of All Time)
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Mankind has been preoccupied with physical strength for millennia. We've always aspired to name one man above all others, from the days when Hercules' mythology first took shape through the ancient Olympic Games, where wrestling competitions were used to select the strongest man alive. From the advent of Highland games through Olympic weightlifting, the procedures for identifying the strongest man became more advanced as the decades passed.
The World's Strongest Man competition (WSM) has been held yearly since 1977 to determine who is the strongest man on the planet, with comparable competitions held by the International Federation of Strength Athletes (IFSA) and at the Arnold Sports Festival.
Despite the different methods we've invented to decide who is the strongest of the strong, it appears that we've simply succeeded in creating factions, each loyal to the best athletes in their chosen sport or organization.
Powerlifting fanatics may claim that Ed Coan is the strongest guy who has ever lived pound for pound, or that the much larger Andy Bolton is the overall strongest. Bill Kazmaier, a three-time champion, and Mariusz Pudzianowski, a five-time winner, are two examples of WSM winners.
All of the men listed above have a fair claim to being the strongest man in history, but only one can truly claim ultimate strength, and we've already determined who that person is.
1. Zydrunas Savickas – Strongman and Powerlifter
LITHUANIA, YEAR OF BIRTH: 1975
WEIGHT: 400 LBS HEIGHT: 6'3"
He is, in our opinion, the strongest individual who has ever lived. These figures are impossible to dispute: Savickas has seven times won the Arnold Strongman Classic (2003–08, 2014), which is considered a truer measure of pure strength than the more well-known WSM competition. In 2005, he won the IFSA Strongman World Championship by breaking three world records. He won first place the following year as well.
In 2002, 2003, and 2004, Savickas finished second in the WSM competition, dominating the events that needed pure strength while falling short in those that required speed and agility. He ended the skid by winning the WSM in 2009. He would repeat the feat in 2010, 2012, and 2014. Savickas also set a new world record with a 500-pound log lift in 2014, to go along with his other astounding numbers: an 880-pound raw squat, 900-pound deadlift, and 629-pound bench.
2. Mark Henry is a wrestler, a weightlifter, a powerlifter, and a strongman.
BORN IN THE YEAR 1971 IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
WEIGHT: 412 LBS HEIGHT: 6'4"
Henry has the distinction of being the first man in history to hold both the US weightlifting and powerlifting superheavyweight titles at the same time. Despite his amazing achievements, Todd believes Henry has untapped potential that we never saw when he was pursuing a WWE career.
3. Bill Kazmaier is a strongman and powerlifter.
BORN IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN THE YEAR 1953
WEIGHT: 330 LBS HEIGHT: 6'3"
Many believe “Kaz” to be the strongest of the strong, and it's difficult to disagree. Kazmaier, who won the WSM contests in 1980, 1981, and 1982, was forbidden from competing in 1983 by the event's organizers because it was considered that if he competed, no one else would ever get the chance to taste victory. Kaz was the first person to lift all five McGlashen stones, which range in weight from 90 to 160 kilos each (about 200 and 350 pounds). For years, his 661-pound bench press was the world record, and if it hadn't been for a pec rupture shortly after, he would have easily surpassed it.
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