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  • Greg Kovacs

    21 7.98%
  • Johnnie O. Jackson

    35 13.31%
  • Ronnie Coleman

    172 65.40%
  • Franco Columbo

    29 11.03%
  • Dorian Yates

    18 6.84%
  • Nassar El Sombaty

    3 1.14%
  • David Henry

    9 3.42%
  • Kevin Levrone

    18 6.84%
  • Tom Platz

    27 10.27%
  • Bertil Fox

    17 6.46%
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    Top 10 Strongest Bodybuilders

    FLEX team recently did an article on top 10 for strongmen of all time.

    Here is my alternative list for strongest bodybuilders in the past and present pro circuit. the 10 are NOT in order you decide.

    1.Greg Kovacs
    2.Johnnie O. Jackson
    3.Ronnie Coleman
    4.David Henry
    5.Nassar El Sombaty
    6.Franco Columbo
    7.Dorian Yates
    8.Kevin Levrone
    9.Tom Platz
    10.Bertil Fox
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    Kovacs numbers have never been proven
    And he used machines, never free weights in his lifts
    Never have I seen a vid of him squatting, deadlifting, only bench pressing on a smith/machine pressing
    Hardly qualifies as the strongest bber of all time.

    I voted for Coleman
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    for the squat i think it's tom platz. ronnie takes the rest.
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    Even though hes a loud mouth, we can add Ben White in there.
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    Legs - Platz,
    Ronnie most other things, mind you, johnnie jackson is one strong bastard and even though he's not on the list so is Branch Warren....
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    Ronnie Coleman....honestly i can't watch another bb movie and be impressed after i watched Cost of Redemption. the things i saw in the movie totally changed my perspective on everything...now i compare everything to COR. well that's strong but Ronnie did so and so...I vote Coleman
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    BTW what are some of the numbers henry puts up to make the list

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    Originally Posted by RnR View Post
    BTW what are some of the numbers henry puts up to make the list

    coleman takes it e-z
    200 lb dumbell presses for a few reps
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    I am surprised nobody is mentioning Franco as he was a competitive power lifter and pounds for pounds was probably the strongest bb'er in history...
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    considering strength for their size, i would say JOJ
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    I know Platz had amazing legs (some say best of all time...) but what was his squat like? I'm not saying hes not strong, but I've never seen him squat numbers like Ronnie.
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    Ronnie for sure. The weight he used for reps was incredibly impressive. 200lb dumbells for what was it? 12 reps? they dont make DB's big enough for him
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    Originally Posted by OneLoveLiftHard View Post
    I know Platz had amazing legs (some say best of all time...) but what was his squat like? I'm not saying hes not strong, but I've never seen him squat numbers like Ronnie.
    platz squatted 500 pounds for 23 reps
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    Surprised no one mentioned Svend Karlson, WSM 2001, he earned a pro card in 93 I believe. He dominated powerlifting and strongman, as well as becoming a pro bb'er.

    Anyone know if Pudzianowski earned his pro card? i know he did some bb'ing comps.
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    Ronnie most def. Tom p great legs that always dwarfed the rest of his body parts in comp. but don't forget about Dorian Y,
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    Originally Posted by Biggoals2bdone View Post

    Anyone know if Pudzianowski earned his pro card? i know he did some bb'ing comps.
    mariuzs keeps lean because his martial arts and boxing background, I dont think he has ever done A BB competition, even though he has like 20" gyns, his waist is just too wide.
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    Originally Posted by will-work4ANDRO View Post
    platz squatted 500 pounds for 23 reps
    ok...so has he ever put up the same numbers as ronnie (800 x 2, but could have done more)
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    mariuzs keeps lean because his martial arts and boxing background, I dont think he has ever done A BB competition, even though he has like 20" gyns, his waist is just too wide.
    yeah BBer's now-a-days don't have big waists
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    I chose Ronnie. Reason for this is because not only is his videos hard to compare to any other, actually its impossible with my view and im very big on bodybuilding AND powerlifting and he is down right the most insane guy, atleast in his training videos. Because not only does he deadlift 800x2, db bench 200x12 and squat 800x2..he does it BEFORE the rest of his workout and lifts damn heavy the rest of it PLUS lifting all that damn weight. Its not like he deadlifted 800 in a comptition he done it for a double then went to bent rows and done 495 for a set of 8..a t-bar rows..DAMn no need to mention those.

    and his squat vid..he squatted 800 for a double..AFTER doing sets with heavy ass weights, same with deadlift. He didnt warm up to them..He still squatted higher reps and heavy ass weight all the way..Then he went and leg pressed 2300 lbs right after an 800lb squat in that video..doesnt get any more sick than that.

    I think if Ronnie had a pro powerlifting trainer the day he done 800 for a double, and the trainer had him warm up properly and went for a max then he oculd have gotten atleast 900, and same for squat.
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    Originally Posted by will-work4ANDRO View Post
    platz squatted 500 pounds for 23 reps
    Platz squatted 525 not 500 in that clip, and that clip was years after his peak (the clip is from 92 or 93, his peak was 85-86). Platz is just below 200 lbs in that clip.

    His all time best lifts are 635 for 15 in 1986 (for 12 in 85), 38 reps with 405 lbs and a single (without specific 1 rm training) with 775 lbs, rock bottom like the rest, and without a suit (or a very early, primite one, and definitely no knee wraps). Oh and this 1rm was also done way after his peak, and NOT in 85-86.

    Platz was the perfect squatter. Short femurs, low center of gravity, coupled with leg genetics from hel - probably the primary factor. To argue that R.C. had stronger legs is definitely not in touch with reality.

    Ronnie is all round though probably one if not the strongest, especially on pulling/rowing movements (and IMO not on presses).
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    Originally Posted by OneLoveLiftHard View Post
    ok...so has he ever put up the same numbers as ronnie (800 x 2, but could have done more)
    Ronnie's 800x2 is a powerlifting squat with a suit and knee wraps and not below parallel.

    Tom's 775x1 was an olympic squat with an old, primitive suit, no knee wraps, far below parallel and without specific 1rm training (basically ever, wherewas R.C. has a PL background).

    See my post above - in terms of legs there is no comparison between the above. Platz takes the cake.

    No matter how much a beast R.C. was he doesn't compare with tom in the leg strength department - tom's genetics win.
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    I also believe Eddie Robinson and perhaps Ian Harrison should be on the list.
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    Originally Posted by will-work4ANDRO View Post
    Ronnie Coleman....honestly i can't watch another bb movie and be impressed after i watched Cost of Redemption. the things i saw in the movie totally changed my perspective on everything...now i compare everything to COR. well that's strong but Ronnie did so and so...I vote Coleman
    I watched that too. Could not believe he leg pressed 2300 x 8. Plus the weight he used on a machine to work his middle back that was crazy.
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    Also, I don't see why Bertil Fox should be on the list. Yes, he was strong. Benched 500 for a few reps IIRC. But I am not aware of any other noteworthy feats. same with platz - great leg and DL strength, and did inclines with 180s for 5-6 reps - but still, compared to the rest?
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    Originally Posted by SSK1903 View Post
    Ronnie's 800x2 is a powerlifting squat with a suit and knee wraps and not below parallel.

    Tom's 775x1 was an olympic squat with an old, primitive suit, no knee wraps, far below parallel and without specific 1rm training (basically ever, wherewas R.C. has a PL background).

    See my post above - in terms of legs there is no comparison between the above. Platz takes the cake.

    No matter how much a beast R.C. was he doesn't compare with tom in the leg strength department - tom's genetics win.
    nice thats what I was asking, 775 for 1 back then, amazing!
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    No problem.

    Interesting discussion.

    We have to consider also: do we go straight by displayed, actual factual strength - or do we take into account the changed drug regimens? a 300 lbs bodybuilder is generally gonna be a lot stronger than a 220 lbs bodybuilder...
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    i voted for Ronnie, Dorian, and JOJ
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