Sometimes, being odd in some way can also become your reason for success. These 10 people are a perfect example of it. They were abnormally tall and strong. They made their weakness their strength and worked hard to achieve what they have and excelled in the field of strength sports.
Here is a list of top 10 strongest men in the world:
10. Jouka Ahola
Jouka was born on 1st December, 1970 in Finland. He is known best for winning World’s Strongest Man title in 1997 & 1998.
Jouka is 6fts 1in in height and 125kgs in weight. He has won titles like Europe’s strongest man, Finland’s strongest Man and World’s strongest team. Professionally, he is a power lifter, strongman and actor. He has Hercules hold for 45.7 second, 197kgs & Atlas Stones for 215kgs, world record under his name. He holds records for Bench press-220kgs, Squat-360kgs, Deadlift-406kgs.
He is also an actor and has appeared in to films like Kingdom of Heaven, War of Dead, Bad Day to go Fishing and Invincible. He is also an event organizer and judge for World’s Strongest Man. For Jouka, Arnold Schwarzenegger is a role model.
9. Bruce Wilhelm
Bruce was born on 13th July, 1945 in California. He has won World’s strongest man title in the year 1977 & 1978.
Bruce is 6ft 2in in height and 150kg in weight. He has authored various books and article relating to strength and has been a member of United States Olympics Committee of executive board. He was also a part of Athletes Advisory Council and Substance, Drug Abuse Committee, Games preparation Committee and Sports Medicine committee. Professionally, he is a Olympics weightlifter, shot put and strong man. In 1963, in school, he was a champion of shot put in CIF California State Meet.
Bruce continued his development in athletics at university level and use to compete in wrestling, discus and shot. He still holds a world record in shot put and ranks 251. He has also won medals for weightlifting. He was involved in organizing and officiating various contests similar to World’s strongest man.
8. Magnus Ver Magnusson
Magnus Ver Magnusson is a former strongman and power lifter from Iceland. He was born on 22nd April, 1963 and has won World’s strongest man title four times.
Magnus is 6ft 3in in height and 130kg in weight. He began his career as a power lifter in the year 1984 and won medal in European and World Champion junior in 1985. He also won the senior title in the year 1988 & 1990. He once also set a world record for tire dead lift of 981lb. He first participated in World’s strongest man competition in 1985 and finished 3rd. his first won in the competition came in the year 1991and the consecutively for three years from 1994-1996. He has also won other competitions like Pure Strength, International Power Challenge, Scandinavian Strongest Man, Nordic Strongest Man, Europe’s Strongest Man, world Muscle Power Championship and Viking Challenge. He is considered to be the first modern competitor and regarded as best of all times.
7. Jón Páll Sigmarsson
Jón Páll Sigmarsson was born on 28th April, 1960 in Iceland and died at an early age of 32yrs due to cardiac arrest on 16th January 1993 while he was in the gym, dead lifting. The problem of weak heart existed in the family.
He was professionally a power lifter, strongman and bodybuilder. He is 6ft 3in in height and 130kg in weight. He won the World’s Strongest Man competition four times and was the first time to do so. He started his career at a very young age and won bodybuilding title of Iceland and has a record in bench press (192.5kg, 195kg, 210kg, 222.5kg), squats (320.5kg, 330kg, 342.5kg, 357.5kg) and in dead lift event, where his best performance comes. He has won numerous titles like World’s Strongest Man, World Muscle Power Championship, World Strongman Challenge, Le Defi Mark Ten International, and Iceland’s Strongest Man etc.
6. Geoff Capes
Geoffrey Lewis Capes is former strongman, shot putter and competitor in highland games from England. He was born on 23rd August 1949 and is 6ft 5.5in in height and 170 kg in weight.
He has won title like World’s Strongest Man, World Muscle Power, Europe’s Strongest Man and Britain’s Strongest Man. Apart from being a strongman, he was also an athlete and has represented Great Britain and England in athletics (field) and specializes in shot put. He is two time Commomwealth champion, two times European Champion, three times Olympian. In Highland games, he won six times and had numerous records under his name. After retirement he continued to be a part of strength games as a coach, referee and event promoter. He also owns a retail shop of sportswear and was a known bird breeder of world class.
5. Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson
Hafpór Júlíus Björnsson or Hafthor Julius Bjornsson is a professional strongman, former player of basketball and an actor from Iceland. He is well known for his role in Game of Thrones as Ser Gregor.
Also called a Thor was born on 26th November, 1988 in Iceland. He is 6ft 9in in height and 110kg in weight. He started as a basketball player and played professional basketball for FSu Selfoss for Icelandic Division 1, but later he stopped playing due to knee injury. He started as a strongman after meeting Magnus Ver Magnusson, who thought he would be a good contender. He subsequently won several titles in Iceland and participated in World’s Strongest Man title several times.
4. Zydrunas Savickas
Zydrunas Savickas is a power lifter and strongman from Lithuania. He is regarded as the greatest modern strongman who has won every major competition.
He is 6fts 3in tall and weighs 180kgs. He took part in Strongest Man competition after watching it on TV and broke all records by defeating many experienced and older contestants. He went on to win the contest 11 times. He also won a silver medal in Japan in World Power lifting contest with 1020kg just 2.5kg short of Brad Gillingham. His notable achievements include winning World’s Strongest Man- 4 times, World’s Strongest Man- 2nd position- 6 times, Arnold Strongman Classic- 8 times, Europe’s Strongest Man- 3 times, Strongman Super Series, Strongman Champions League- 2 times, Lithuania’s Strongest Man- 14 times.
3. Mariusz PudZianowski
Mariusz Zbigniew Pudzianowski was born on 7th February, 1977 in Poland. In Poland, he is known as “Dominator” and “Pudzian” and was a strongman competitor and presently an artist of mixed martial arts.
He is 6fts 1in in height and weighs 145kgs. He has been trained in martial arts since the age of 11 and started his strength training from the age of 13yrs. He also started learning boxing but stopped after 7yrs. He started his professional career at 16yrs of age by taking part in Weightlifting Championship in Poland. He has won 5 World’s Strongest Man contests and his achievement is recorded in Guinness Book. He has also won titles like Strongman Super Series- 16times, Europe’s Strongest Man- 6 times, World’s Strongest Team- 3 times, Poland’s Strongest Man- 6 times, World Strongman Cup Federation- 2 times and World Strongman Challenge- 1 time etc. He started as mixed martial artist in 2009 and has been successful in it.
2. Bill Kazmaier
Bill was a Champion weightlifter, champion Strongman and a wrestler professionally. He was born on 30th December, 1953 in Burlington.
He claims to be the “strongest man who ever lived” and has set various world records in 70s and 80s in power lifting and strongman championships. He is 6fts 2in tall and weighs 160kgs. He was amongst the top contenders from his very first outing as a power lifter and is regarded as greatest in strength competitor. At an age of 25, a world record with bench press-622lbs was set by him. Titles won by him include 3 World’s strongman titles, 1 World Muscle Power Championship, 2 Pure Strength titles, 6 Scottish Power Challenge, 2 Strongbow Strongman titles, 1 Le Defi Mark Ten Challenge etc.
1. Brian Shaw
Topping the list we have, Brain Shaw, a strongman competitor from America. He was born on 26th February, 1982 in Colorado, US. He is regarded as the strongest man, by some measures, in the history. He is 6fts 8in tall and weighs 195kgs.
As a kid, he was an excellent basketball player and continued playing in his college from where he received a degree in wellness management. He started his career with winning Denver Strongest Man title in 2005. He has titles like World’s Strongest Man- 4 times, Arnold Strongman Classic- 2 times, Strongman Super Series 6 times, Jon Pall Sigmarsson Classic- 2 times, Giants Live- 2 times, All America Strongman Challenge- 1 time. He is also the first one who won World’s Strongest Man and Arnold Strongman Classic in same year.
Top 10 Strongest Men in the World
|Sr No.||Names of Strongest Men|
|5||Hafpór Júlíus Björnsson|
|7||Jón Páll Sigmarsson|
|8||Magnus Ver Magnusson|
It’s not that easy as it looks, these men under go rigorous training to achieve competitive level of body and strength. Whatever you choose to do, hard work is always the key and there are no shortcuts for success.