I don't ever post here because I don't powerlift, but I recently came across a website about this guy Paul Anderson who died in 1994 that did a 6270 pound backlift. I've never heard of a backlift, anyone tell me what it is? Anyway apparently he was one of the strongest men ever. Anyone got any more info about him?
Bench: 627 pounds
Squat: 1206 pounds
Deadlift: 820 pounds, he pulled a massive 1000 pounds using metal hooks attached to his wrists. This assisted deadlift was witnessed by Tommy Kono
Clean and Jerk: 480 pounds, unofficial
Push Press: 600 pounds, witnessed by Bob Hise
One Arm Press: 380 pounds, 300 pounds for ten reps; this 380 pound lift was the greatest lift ever lifted overhead with one arm; both were witnessed by Paul Magistratte
Backlift: 6270 pounds, witnessed by Kara Whitfield and Maurice Payne, included in the Guinness Book of World Records
A few pics of his one arm DB Press:
Homemade 900lbs squat bar:
more pics here:
07-29-2005, 11:37 AM #1
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Paul Anderson - 6270 lbs backlift
07-29-2005, 11:40 AM #2
07-29-2005, 11:43 AM #3
I can't believe how quickly I found that, lol.
If it doesn't explain what a backlift is, it's when there is a low table that you can barely fit yourself under, and you get it off the ground.
07-29-2005, 11:45 AM #4
Here's an excellent site that explains it and other uncommon lifts. http://weightlifting.moonfruit.com/
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07-29-2005, 11:56 AM #5
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backlift only has like a couple inches ROM right? Still, fuken crazy to be able to lift over 6000lbs off the groundI love it when a mod makes a post in a thread, and instantly a bunch of other posters in the thread suck his dick. Thats f*ckin funny.
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06-13-2016, 05:22 AM #10
It looks like the Anderson record was challenged, and possibly (the article wasn't explicit) repealed by Guinness due to lack of supporting evidence. Instead a backlift preformed by Gregg Ernst in 1993 of 5,340 pounds was recognised in 2015.
Apologies for the bump (and the lack of url, my post count is too low), it's just reading about Paul Anderson and watching vids of him has been great fun and I wanted the end of the story to be included here too.