The Strongest Man In History – Before Fitness Was Popular
What does it really take to be crowned the strongest man in the world? Although strength can be measured in different ways, the real test of physical strength is the amount of weight one can lift.
Over the years, contestants of this particular title have been participating in the World Deadlift Championships and the winner earns the recognition of being the strongest.
The weight lifting is pretty much the modern way of measuring strength.
In ancient history, men had to prove their strength by lifting bulls, iron wheels and seemingly immovable carts to prove their strength.
Even before the launching of the Guinness world book of records, different communities and religions have recorded history of those who were known to be the strongest.
In the Bible, for instance, Samson is known to have been the strongest and a story is told of how he slew a lion with his bare hands.
Who Is The Strongest Man In History?
Although Louis Cyr is known to be the strongest man that ever lived, the Guinness Books of record documents Eddie Hall as the world’s strongest after he made history when he deadlifted 500kg/1,102lbs at the World Deadlift Championships in Leeds, England in 2017.
Louis Cyr’s career bloomed in the late 19th and 20th centuries.
From a very early age, his strength was described as extraordinary and it is on record that he was passionate about showing his abilities to others.
One of the legendary strongman Milo of Croton was his role model and there was quite much that he borrowed from his achievements and experience in their career.
To symbolize and put a mark on his strength, some sources indicate that Louis’s mother used to curl his hair so that he would resemble Samson of the Bible.
Some of the records set by the French Canadian strongman include lifting 500 pounds (227 kg) (1/4 ton) with one finger and back lifting 4,337 pounds (1,967 kg)(2.1 tons).
As a result of his exceptional abilities, some of the things he could do with so much ease include; lifting a horse off the ground, lifting a weight of more than 500 pounds with his finger and pushing a train car up a hill.
To sustain his potential, Louis is known to have had such a massive appetite and he used to eat large portions of food. As they say, practice makes perfect and Louis was a good observer of this phrase.
To sharpen his skills, he frequently engaged in activities like pulling heavy carts of picking up heavy objects.
Other of his documented achievements include:
- lifting a platform on his back holding 18 men for a total of 1967 kg
- lifting a 534-pound (242 kg) weight with one finger
- pushing a freight car up an incline
- at 19 years old, he lifted a rock from the ground up to his shoulder, officially weighted at 514 pounds
- he beat Eugen Sandow’s bent press record (and therefore the heaviest weight lifted with one hand) by 2 pounds (0.91 kg) to a total of 273 pounds (124 kg).
Other Strong Men In History
Milo of Cronton was an Olympic wrestler who reportedly ate twenty pounds of meat, as much bread, and drank eighteen pints of wine each day to maintain his strength.
Some of his mightiest deeds he is known for include; saving people in a collapsing building by holding up a pillar until they could escape.
In another instance, her carried a four-year-old bull around the stadium at Olympia before eating it in the course of one day.
Eddie Hall was crowned world’s strongest man in 2017. Beyond the ancient world, Eddie Hall is recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the strongest man.
He is also known for being the only man in history to ever deadlift half a ton. (He holds the world record at 1,102 Pounds).
Martins Licis took the 2019 title for world’s strongest man. Martins Licis was crowned World’s Strongest on Sunday after powering to a grandstand finish in the final five events at Manatee Beach in Bradenton, Florida.
Louis beat other contestants; Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson and Mateusz Kieliszkowski for this title.
Brian Shaw has a record of winning the strongest man four times.