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Paul Anderson’s 402 Pound Overhead Press: The Strongest Man in History (Season 1) | History

Paul Anderson’s 402 Pound Overhead Press: The Strongest Man in History (Season 1) | History

[music playing] We’re going to
try to replicate Paul Anderson’s record-breaking
402 pound overhead press. Paul lifted it from
the deck to his chest, and then pressed it overhead. But that takes a good couple
of months of training, and we haven’t
had that training. Paul Anderson cleaned
and pressed 402 pounds. What we’re going
to do is similar, but we’re going to do
it strongman style. I’m going to start warming up. We took out the
cleans, and we’re going to attempt the press itself. Because that’s actually what
Paul Anderson is known for. So it’s from the
shoulders to overhead. – Yeah.
– Aye. Well, look, since
we’ve got the set up– we’ve got 155 pounds on the bar,
this is a nice warm up weight. Why don’t we get an
average person to do this? Cameraman. Come on, buddy.
Get in here. Average Ian. You’re an average guy. Let’s get you on this.
– Ian! – Here he is!
– Come on, buddy. Here he is. Before every challenge,
we call in the average man just to show you exactly
how strong you have to be to do these feats of strength. I feel like I’m going to
like, just keel over backwards. No, it’s fine. If you do, don’t worry. I got my phone, I’ll
call 9-1-1 for you. Oh, thanks. Appreciate that. And I’ve got my phone,
I’ll take a video. Oh, good. [chuckling] All right. Come on! You knocked my hat off. Jeez. Right, three– Three, two– – One.
– One. Go. [groaning] [laughter] It’s heavy. And it’s how much I weigh,
so good luck, good luck. Cheers, Ian. Cheers. Four more. 310. Five on each side. All right guys, we
got the bar loaded. The bar is 45 pounds. These two big red
plates are 55 pounds. The two greens are 25s. We have a black 10. And then on the outside
here, we have a blue 5. And then the collars
on the outside are actually 5.5
pounds, which gives us a total of 406 pounds even. So we’re taking the record
up by 3 and 1/2 pounds. So this is a good weight here. It’s going to be fun. I think we can make it happen. Let’s get it. [grunting] Get up. Shoulders are my specialty. Let’s go. [grunting] I’ve got the strongest
shoulders in America. And doing the overhead
press, following after one of my heroes– I’m really excited about this. [grunting] Come on, Robby! (SCREAMING) Get up! [grunting] Good. Come on. Big press. Up! [cheering] Yeah! Nice! [applause] (SCREAMING) Yes! [applause] I felt really good
about the press. It was a little
emotional for me. Thanks, guys. Thank you. When I saw Paula and I saw
the statue, I had goosebumps. It was one of the greatest
moments of my strongman career. Come on, Ed. I’ve lifted 476
pounds above my head. And that’s the
current world record in strongman to putting a
weight above your head straight. Come on, Ed. The problem here
is I haven’t lifted anything above 300 pounds
over my head in the last year. [grunting] Come on, come on, come on. And then we get to this
lift and it’s 400 pounds. (YELLING) Let’s go, Ed! Then I’ll be honest, I don’t
know if I can do this thing. Easy up, easy up. And then I looked around, I
looked at the Anderson family, and I saw their faces waiting
in anticipation for me to do that lift. (YELLING) Come on, you got it! You got it! [screaming] (SCREAMING) Boom! [cheering] Whoa. Good job, man! To have Paul’s family
there watching on, I felt as though
that I couldn’t fail. So I had to get
really psyched up. I got really angry. [roaring] And I channeled all my energy
into getting that lift done. And I’m so glad I did, and I’m
glad I paid my respect to Paul. [growling] Let’s go, Brian, come on. Because of my training,
pressing 402 pounds has now become not
that much weight. (YELLING) Come on, Brian! Now, it’s taken
me a long, long time to be able to say that. Because for a long time,
402 pounds was a weight that was a goal weight for me. Come on. Easy. Easy! (YELLING) Yeah! [cheering] (YELLING) Yeah! Nice. Brian is one of
the strongest guys that’s ever walked this planet. And it looked so effortless. He really is a
phenomenal athlete. Paula, will you come up
here and take a photo with us? The whole family?
You guys, come on, come on. – Yeah, seriously.
– Come up. Him doing that back in
the day with 402 pounds is absolutely incredible. [laughter]

Reader Comments

  1. I like the disclaimer before the video saying this replication was performed by professionals….yeah as if I was going to try to press 405 pounds over my frigen head. Thanks for letting me in on me not being strong enough to attempt this.

  2. Push Press, Strict Press and Olympic Press from the rack position are all different movements requiring different degrees of technique and strength.

  3. I’m guessing Anderson did this when he was what, 23 years old? Any strength athlete will tell you that pure strength is the longest to develop and the last thing to leave(just ask Elbrus Nigmatullin). I’m thinking maybe Larry Wheels could replicate this at the age, but holy butts. Anderson was a monster.

  4. This was not Paul Anderson's true Straight press record. He was photographed and seen on Muscle Beach // Venice Beach in 1961 or so. That day he took 595 LBS on a squat rack like these guys are doing and pressed it overhead JUST like this video — BUT HE DID THE 600 FOR 2 REPS!!

  5. Honestly I'm surprised that Brian and and Robert pushed pressed it. Klokov at a significantly less body weight power cleaned and pushed pressed 405 with more ease especially compared to Brian.

  6. That is a push Press… would get three red lights in a weightlifting contest… Paul Anderson Push Pressed 625 pounds .. These guys are no where near as Strong as Paul Anderson …..

  7. Right.. Let's get Ian to lift this weight.. Someone that has most likely hardly ever handled a barbell.. Great point of reference folks

  8. So amazing to watch: This is like Pavarotti & Friends… but here the MUSCLES are singing (or should I say "screaming")

  9. Just try to do what Paul Trappen did in 1913: He lifted 2 steers while he was standing on a hydraulic ramp nearly half a meter high. these 2 animals weighed about 2064 kilogramms !

  10. Paul Anderson did 550 pounds was his personal best clean but he didn’t jerk like you guys are doing a clean and jerk standing up Paul Anderson all they did the clean not the jerk and Paul Anderson didn’t take steroids

  11. Try Paul Anderson 6000 pound back left he videoed record of 4000 pounds and nobody will ever beat his record and Russia there’s two pictures in the Russian Hall of Fame want to Paul Anderson and one of the Alexi

  12. I'll say it Brian and Thor are ARE the most huge ish deformed Giants as of right now that are the strongest. When you're that big you kinda just keep growing and getting way stronger but one thing I've noticed is THAT!!! Paul Anderson was mostly alone by himself . Personally and I know everyones different but I've had countless nights training alone just by myself getting stronger. Today's strongmen get on a plane and travel too much. It isn't good. Strongmen 2033 will be way stronger in todays world. Paul Anderson did this with a clean. Like yo idk if you know this but that's apart of the lift other wise you're pressing Not strict pressing it's not that impressive . I know Eddy took some time off but I do expect more from Eddy and Brian. Y'all have way more potential than you think. And plz no haters commenting I won't give a f about it nor will I take the time to respond I'm a busy man

  13. For comparison this is the equivalent of lifting a fully grown male lion above your head. It’s also more than a western lowland gorrila weighs

  14. The first guy lifted it up almost like:
    Guy: "So I'm lifting 46 pounds? Got it."
    Host: "Actually it's 4 hundr…."
    Guy: ding "Weight's done!"

  15. Impressive! But Paul Anderson did his 402 lb. press at the Olympics in Melbourne (yes the overhead press was an Olympic lift then) when he was sick with the flu and had a 103 degree fever. A year after this record lift he did a double with the same weight (402 lbs.) and later in his career he pressed 380 lbs. overhead WITH ONE ARM! He also pressed a 360 lb. dumbbell with one arm for 5 reps. You all still have a way to go to compare yourself to Paul Anderson.

  16. Shaw and the first guy both do a push press instead of overhead press. Plus Serge Redding did 502 as a Clean and Press in the 1971 Worlds for a world record only to have Alexeev Clean and Press 5.7 3 minutes later. 403 is a lot but lets get real for a minute.

  17. Paul took it from the ground. Enormous difference. Imagine what Paul could of done with what's available today. Even bigger difference. Paul was legitimately one of the strongest men of all time

  18. One day, I will attempt those incredible feats of strength, being an amateur bodybuilder, I watch and look up to these men for their strength and their dedication. And as well as the king Ronnie Coleman and Jay Cutler, all of them, show me what it takes to have dedication and courage.

  19. Paul Anderson did NO steroids! Go and clean your system out and go vegan or whatever. I'm not even sure you can erase the effects of steroids that you've taken. You will NEVER be as great as Paul Anderson.

  20. How is this replicating Paul Anderson's lift? He cleaned it from the floor and didn't use any leg kick to get it up – he just drove it up. And he did it without PEDs.

  21. For anyone who says they all arent the strongest the mean in the world they arent quiet at the top but they very clothes and these are the guys that are most popular in the states notice how 3 are american and only eddie is british but he is just too lovable to not include

  22. Sorry Brothers , but without the Clean it ain't the same. Personally if I don't Clean it, I don't Military Press it !

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