I’m talking about people who don’t compete in throwing, powerlifting, weightlifting, bodybuilding, and strongman yet still have great strength when formally tested. Who are they?
Bob Sapp comes to mind. I don’t know his lifting numbers but the sheer muscle size he managed to have at the time he fought Ernesto Hoost was unreal.
Matt Hughes of UFC was known for his brute strength. And so is Quinton Jackson.
Robert Forstemann, a cyclist, could squat 485 pounds for ten reps.
Now, I don’t know the legitimacy of this but a known Karate champion once said that Bruce Lee was capable of holding a 90-pound barbell on a front lateral raise (both hands) for some seconds. It’s hard to believe because Bruce was tiny, but if you’ve seen his one-inch punch and how he literally hits harder with it than Karate champions who weren’t holding back with their regular power punches, suddenly it becomes believable.
Hugh Jackman had a 455-pound deadlift.
I wonder what guys like a prime Holyfield or a prime Tyson could lift. They were huge…
Rich Froning, a crossfit athlete, has a 365-pound clean+jerk.