Posted on Friday, December 15th, 2017 by John Wood
Back in the mid-1940’s, Paul Anderson started lifting weights to get bigger for football and just kept growing. He eventually became one of the strongest men of all time while establishing many strength records and winning the Gold Medal at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia.
Paul Anderson was also a Senior World Champion and a 2-time Senior National Champion in Weightlifting. He set nine World Records and Eighteen American records during his career and retired undefeated.
He was also incredibly strong in what would eventually become the three Power Lifts: the squat, bench press and deadlift.
Here’s a look at some of Paul Anderson’s record lifts:
* Squat: 1185 lbs.
* Bench Press: 625 lbs.
* Deadlift Record without Straps: 780 lbs.
* Deadlift Record with “Hooks”: 820 lbs.
* Clean & Press: 485 lbs.
* Clean & Jerk: 485 lbs.
* Snatch: 375 lbs.
* Push Press: 545 lbs.
* Back Lift: 6270 lbs.
* Dumbbell Side Press: 240 lbs. x 40 / 300 lbs. x 11