No matter how strong you might think you are, sometimes it’s best just not to mess with
people as a general rule of thumb.
After all, you never know when you might come across someone that’s been training their
entire life to be one of the toughest and strongest humans living on the face of the
There are people out there who train to lift legendary amounts and turn their bodies into
absolutely unbeatable machines; the type of people who astound and amaze with just a flex
of their massive muscles.
Think you can handle facing down some of the strongest people on the planet?
Let’s get it on!
BRIAN SHAW There are people that are big, and then there’s
At an absolutely towering 6 foot eight and 400 pounds, the strongman pushes the boundaries
on what strength really means.
I mean, you’ve gotta be pushing the boundaries if you’ve won the World’s Strongest Man
title four years in a row.
Aside from his crazy ability to deadlift an entire squat rack, Brian has to make some
serious squeezes to be able to fit in everyday society.
If you think he looks imposing at the gym, here’s how it looks when Brian gets on an
In order to maintain his impressive physique, Brian eats almost 10 thousand calories a day,
and sticks to an insanely rigorous workout routine that requires using the entire gym,
not just the standard dumbbells and barbells most people would struggle to complete a set
I guess you could say he’s really living large.
EDDIE HALL Everything Eddie Hall does revolves around
being the best.
At the age of 13 he was one of the highest ranked swimmers in his age group in England,
by 15 a nationally ranked Varsity rugby player, and these days he’s all about surpassing
his greatest opponent, himself.
In 2017 Eddie won World’s Strongest Man by setting the deadlift world record at an
absolutely unbelievable 1102 pounds, a feat so insane that even the legend himself, Arnold
Schwarzenegger was blown away by it.
Eddie currently strives to surpass his own record, eating between 5 and 10 thousand calories
a day and spending all his time training and preparing for strongman competitions.
Any spare time that he does have goes to making videos for his incredibly popular YouTube
channel and Instagram account, where people get a rare glimpse into the life of the literal
strongest man on the planet.
And I can see why, I mean, it isn’t everyday that you see what kind of breakfast it takes
to fuel someone who can lift a car without breaking a sweat.
LARRY WHEELS Everyone loves a hero with a tragic backstory,
and that’s exactly what makes world record setting powerlifter Larry Wheels the legend
that he is today.
Growing up severely impoverished, Larry’s first purchase when he started working was
a gym membership, and the first time he touched iron he knew he had encountered his destiny.
Larry has dedicated his life to achieving not just indomitable strength, but also the
physique of a Greek god.
Most people that can lift as much as him don’t exactly have a shredded six pack, but through
rigorous training and dieting, Larry’s able to have his cake and eat it too… metaphorically
of course, this guy clearly doesn’t eat cake.
At a lean 275 pounds, Larry holds the world record for the highest powerlifting split
in the world, a combined 22 hundred 75 pounds between his squat, bench and deadlift, that’s
almost 10 times his weight!
Scientists and strongmen alike are baffled by how he’s able to have the best of both
worlds in the gym, but Larry claims it’s just hard work and an overwhelming passion
for fitness that let him be the legend that he is today.
MARTIN LICIS Most people’s idea of working out usually
involves dumbbells or machines, but Martin Licis can look at any everyday object and
turn it into a workout.
Originally inspired by strongmen he would watch on TV as a kid in Latvia, and without
consistent access to a traditional gym, Martin began his strongman quest with the ancient
practice of stone lifting; basically finding the biggest rock you can and trying to pick
At 16 he convinced his parents to let him move to the US to train with Odd Hughes, a
strongman legend and Martin’s idol from a young age.
Shockingly, Hughes saw the potential and drive in Martin, and took him under his wing, training
him to crush the competition through unorthodox workouts like picking up logs, stones and
believe it or not, entire cars!
Through this unorthodox training Martin was able to attack any obstacle from all angles,
while his opponents had trained with standard forms that left them rigid, and that edge
was exactly what Martin needed to claim the title of World’s Strongest Man in 2019.
Ever since he first exploded onto the scene he’s been a real upset in the strongman
world, inspiring the rest of the community to pursue the more unusual exercises that
Martin’s been mastering since he was just a boy.
BRADLEY MARTYN Who wants to lift boring old weights, when
you can get huge by benching girls in bikinis?
I don’t know what gym you can find this kind of equipment at, but Bradley Martyn sure
seems to like it there.
The American bodybuilding influencer is one of the biggest in the fitness world, both
figuratively and physically.
But those muscles aren’t just for showing off on Instagram, there’s some insane strength
Not only can Brad bench 500 pounds, he’s also flexible enough to have dominated ninja
warrior training the first time he ever tried it out, and able to crush a watermelon with
his bare hands.
Bradley’s entire life revolves around being the biggest and strongest version of himself
he can be, and his wild and, let’s say… creative workouts regularly go viral, amassing
him over 6 million followers between his Instagram and YouTube channel.
But when you’re replacing your weights with Instagram models, people are bound to pay
JUJIMUFU Ever since he was a teenaer, Jujimufu has
been a bit of a standout character.
While his buddies were hitting some bicep curls at the gym, he was spending months trying
to master a split on his floor.
Luckily for him that intro to crazy flexibility really paid off, and he grew up to be an absolute
beast who’s built a career off of his superhuman flexibility.
With the body of a champion strongman and the flexibility of an Olympic gymnast, videos
of his absurd feats of strength and flexibility are often suspected of being faked, but believe
me, Jujimufu is absolutely the real deal.
He’s been featured in superbowl commercials showing off his trademark overhead press while
holding a split between chairs that seems to defy the laws of physics, and got some
seriously shocking reactions when he took his act to America’s Got Talent.
While many people feel like working out is a chore, Juji sees it as a privilege to be
able to train, and absolutely loves pushing his body to the most impossible limits he
HAFÞÓR JÚLÍUS BJÖRNSSON With a name like Half Thor, you should already
expect this man to be something of a demigod.
If you haven’t heard of the Icelandic phenomenon, Hafthor portrayed The Mountain in the HBO
series Game of Thrones, and, uh, it’s pretty obvious why they’d cast him for a character
with that name.
He’s an absolute giant at 6’9 and 441 pounds of raw, unmitigated muscle.
As of 2019, he can add Strongest Man Alive to his already very impressive resume.
He accomplished this feat by accomplishing a bar-bending deadlift of one thousand and
forty two pounds!
In order to maintain his Norse god-like physique, Bjornsson takes in an unbelievable 10 thousand
calories a day, which is up to 13 pounds of food.
When he isn’t acting or training to be the literal strongest man on the planet, Hafthor
likes scenic walks through his native home of Iceland, and posting pictures on his instagram.
It’s nice to see that someone that fearsome has a softer gentler side, but definitely
don’t let that confuse you, he’s someone you wouldn’t ever wanna go toe to toe with.
ZYDRUNAS SAVICKAS Carrying the weight of your entire country
on your back might sound like a lot, but for strongman Zydrunas Savickas, it’s just another
day at the gym.
The Lithanian man was essentially born for the extreme sport, beginning his foray into
powerlifting at the young age of 16, and it wasn’t long before he became Lithuania’s
first man to join the 1000 kilo club, meaning he could lift more than a metric tonne between
his squat, deadlift and bench press.
In 2016 he absolutely crushed it at the Arnold Strongman Competition, and secured himself
a picture with the Terminator himself, who admittedly looks pretty small next to the
Eastern European giant.
However, during that same competition it became clear that Zydrunas was suffering from a pinched
nerve, the recovery from which caused him to lose over 80% of the strength in the left
side of his body.
While most people would think this was the end of their careers and be glad to have ended
on a high note, Zydrunas was not planning on stopping any time soon, and as soon as
it was safe, he set out working out in a totally different but equally intense way, radically
changing his body’s shape to be leaner, pursuing bodybuilding over powerlifting.
Clearly it takes more than raw power to compete on this incredibly determined man’s level.
ROBERT OBERST While some superheroes get their powers through
some freak accident in their lives, some of them are born powerful, and Robert Oberst
falls into the latter category.
The Californian native actually came from a pretty surprising background for a strongman.
In high school he would compete in swing dancing competitions, until a 7-inch growth spurt
put a damper on that dream, but propelled him into a football scholarship as an off
His innate raw strength made him a truly terrifying opponent on the field, and eventually led
him to trying out powerlifting.
While visiting a gym with a friend one day, Robert casually tried his hand at log lifting,
and set the amateur world record the first time he ever put his hands on a log without
even knowing it.
From that moment on he became determined to become the strongest man to ever walk the
Today Robert is a fully fledged beast in the world of strongmen, holding the American log
lifting record at 465 pounds, and being able to squat or deadlift more than double that
amount without breaking a sweat.
MATEUSZ KIELISZKOWSKI Cars obviously aren’t meant to be driven
like they are in the Flintstones, but apparently nobody told Mateusz that.
This massive powerlifter clearly wasn’t satisfied with lifting regular old weights
or just doing push-ups, and decided to pursue being a superhuman by being crazy enough to
try lifting cars, and luckily for him, there’s an entire competition for that!
In this truly superhuman moment during the Europe’s Strongest Man competition Matheusz
carried a one-thousand-pound Volkswagen beetle an entire 20 meters in exactly 10 seconds,
setting a new world record while channeling his inner Fred Flintstone.
He’d definitely be a good friend to have if you had a flat tire and no jack.