"Strong Stronger Strongest" by Dale Harder (2nd edition) January 2011
Who are the strongest men of all time? To answer this, strength researcher Dale Harder wrote bios of 156 weightlifters, powerlifters, Basque stonelifters, "World's Strongest Men" winners, entrants in the Arnold strongman, wrestlers, arm wrestlers, grip men, shot-putters and Scottish highland games athletes, among others, of the world's most amazing strong men from both the past and the present.
He added 23 men to the new edition.
Zydrunas Savickas' feats of strength make many think he's the world's strongest man of all time.
Learn about versatile Mikhail (Misha) Koklyaev's records in weightlifting, powerlifting, stongman and highland games that make many think he's the world's strongest man!
Derek Poundstone won the Arnold Strongman and Fortissimus over Savickas! How?
What feats did Benedikt (Benny) Magnusson do besides deadlift 1015 lb for a new world's raw record?
Konstantin Konstantinovs did a drug tested raw dead lift of 939 lb at 282 lb! What other strength feats did he do?
Learn about Denis Cyplenkov, the world champion arm wrestler known as "The Beast'.
Find out about gigantic Cleve Dean's arm wrestling and strongman feats! Sadly he passed away in 2011.
Andy Bolton is the first man to have deadlifted over 1000 lb. Find out more!
See bios on Brian Shaw and other strongmen.
+ All-time lists for Olympic lifts, power lifts (IPF, raw and others) and 56 lb weight over the bar marks (Scottish Highland Games); most lifts are 50 deep.
+ Superheavy champs for every world contest in Olympic lifting and IPF powerlifting.
+ 156 photos/drawings + 320 pages.
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Strength & Speed by Dale Harder--10th Edition
*Strength & Speed is a fun facts book like a combination of Guinness World Records and Ripley's Believe It Or Not. On the cover shown above is Mathias Steiner of GERMANY, weightlifting gold medalist, at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.
*Did you know that this book has world records in all strength or speed events for every age group from 5 to 100? Records and topics include weightlifting, powerlifting, track & field, exercise, strongman, Scottish Highland Games, grip strength (including Dinnie Stones, Inch Dumbbell, and Millennium Dumbbell), all-around weightlifting, acrobatics, adventure, exploring, animal feats, diving, baseball, basketball, football, golf, high diving, man vs. beast and many others. Example: 100m dash record for age 35-39 is 9.97 seconds at altitude by Linford Christie, GBR.
* Be impressed by bodyweight records in almost every event in weightlifting, powerlifting, track & field, exercise and highland games. Example: The lightest man to put the 16 lb shot over 70 feet is Rolf Ostereich, East Germany, with 72'8 at only 218 lb.
*Use tables to compare yourself with others your age in track & field. Example: the average man 20-34 can run 100 meters in 13.4 seconds compared to Usain Bolt's world record of 9.58 seconds.
*Look up the record progressions in all events in the three sports listed above. For example, see all the official amateur mile run records back to 1913, and pro mile run records (unofficial) back to 1770.
*Read about the most versatile athletes who starred in different sports.
*This book has 319 pages with over 120 photos and drawings.
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Sports Comparisons...You Can Compare Apples to Oranges
by Dale Harder (2nd edition)
This is a book that allows you to use decathlon type scoring tables to compare events within a sport and between sports. For example, in track & field an 8'0 (2.44m) high jump is worth 900 points and so is a 28'8 (8.73m) long jump. In weightlifting a 570 lb (259 kg) clean & jerk, and a 463 lb (210 kg) snatch are each also worth 900 points.
How did the author determine these point values? He set up tables from 0 to 1000 points with 1000 representing the theoretical ideal with current equipment and technology. The real baselines for each event are the 100 point marks and the 800 point marks and everything in between is interpolated and everything under 100 points and over 800 points is an extension of the tables. The 100 point mark represents what the average man (age 20-39, 5'9, 154 lb) can do.
The 100 point values were established from many research studies by people like David Willoughby (respected author of Super Athletes) although many of his studies were done by the 1960s and have been replaced by newer studies in some cases.
Marks at the 800 point level represent the all-time 100th best performer in that event as of March 27, 2005. For example in the high jump 7'7.25 (2.32m) was the mark of the 100th best performer and 7'7 was assigned 800 points. The average man, using the flop technique could do 4'8 (1.42m) and thus 4'8 was assigned 100 points. This is pretty much how it works in almost every event with a few exceptions; some sports such as Scottish Highland Games have fewer competitors than the major sports and a modified system was used in those cases.
Over 200 events from 32 sports are covered in this book of 132 pages. Explanations and footnotes accompany all of the tables. Sports included are: track & field; weightlifting; powerlifting; all-around lifting; highland games; Basque stone lifting; other stone lifting & carrying; farmer's walk; strongman; grip strength; pullups, pushups & situps; rope climbing; archery; baseball; basketball; bicycling; bowling; canoeing & kayaking: football (American); golf; hockey; mountaineering & rock climbing; rodeo; skiing; soccer (football); speed skating; swimming (pools); swimming (open water); tennis; triathlon and wrestling.
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Dale Harder's Strength & Speed Newsletter
This newsletter covers seven sports regularly: weightlifting; powerlifting; Scottish Highland Games; strongman; track & field (athletics); exercise feats (especially pullups and chinups)and grip feats. If something unusual or exotic happens in sports we often throw that in as well.
We publish a lot more records and lists that most other publications don't: age records, bodyweight records and height records to name a few. For example of an age 15 record: Jacko Gill NZL, 6'1.5, 192 lb, put the 16 lb shot 60'11.75 (18.57m); that is a mark that a grown man could be very proud of. At age 16 his weight was up to 220 lb and his 16 lb shot went up to 65'8 (20.01m),
As an example of a bodyweight record, Alexey Sorokin RUS in the 181.75 lb (82.5 kg) class at the IPF world championships in November 2010 squatted 837 lb (380 kg) which was over 4.63 times his bodyweight! Imagine.
For a height record, Jeremy Scott USA, 6'9, 200 lb, pole vaulted 19'1.25 (5.82m) to be the tallest man ever to vault over 19'.
We will cover unusual events such as the new Feats of Strength events, which will be contested at the Bay Area Senior Games on March 12, 2012 at Castro Valley, California. The regular competition is open to seniors age 50+ for both men and women. Entrants can enter from one to five events for $10 plus a $35 administration fee for BASG. The events are; pullups/chinups for reps; pullup/chinup for a 1-rep maximum (bodyweight + extra weight is added together); standing long jump; farmer's walk (different weights for different ages and genders); and the dynamometer hand strength test. Go to www.bayareaseniorgames.org to register. If you are younger than 50 contact us for doing possible exhibition events which still can be certified for record attempts. After the competition there may be some impromptu events such as one-arm or two-arm partial dead lifts, lifting the Weaver Stick, ripping phone books in half or other feats.
One of the many articles in the newsletter is described just below:
Greatest Athlete in the World by Clay Parker
Clay Parker of Monroe LA has written a series of articles about a hypothetical contest to determine who is the greatest athlete in the world. He selected 32 athletes from a variety of sports--American football, basketball, baseball, soccer, track & field, rugby, cricket, boxing, mixed martial arts, swimming, tennis, and many more. Each athlete was paired one-on-one in a fantasy matchup in 15 events over 5 days. Some of the 15 events were: American football combine; one-on-one tennis game to 6 points; 100 m swim; weightlifting-power lifting contest; 10 km (6.2 mile) cycling race; running combination with two races--100m and 1500m; gym test totaling pushups, pullups, parallel bar dips and squat thrusts over a one-minute time frame; and an obstacle course a la Superstars.
Clay used a panel of 11 expert judges to decide the winners of each matchup. The winners went on to challenge other winners in a round-robin type contest. We don't want to give away the final winner here but the results can be read about in his fascinating article in the June 2011 issue of Dale Harder's Strength & Speed Newsletter. More info below.
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Weighted Pullup Records
Steven Proto, age 29, a banker from Edmond, Oklahoma set three new world records in a pullup for maximum weight. This event adds your bodyweight plus extra weight lifted during the pullup. On April 23, 2011 at his home gym in Edmond OK, Steve weight 202.4 lb, did one complete pullup with 197.o lb extra for a total of 399.4 lb.
On April 28 at a weight of 205.2 lb and with an extra 196.8 lb did a complete pullup with 402.0 lb. We approved these records after seeing the video and witness statements as new Strength & Speed world records.
For world records with pullups and other exercises we require three witness statements, video proof from at least two different angles--one camera must show whether the chin clears the bar with another camera showing that they arms were fully extended before the rep. After the rep we need the camera to record both the weight of the athlete and the extra weight he lifted. All of these requirements were met to make this a new world record. To read more about these and other world records you might subscribe to Dale Harder's Strength and Speed Newsletter (details elsewhere on this website). To see the video of this and other Steven Proto records go to YouTube and look up "pullup 402 lb" and you will clearly see that this is a complete rep. The reason we also require witness statements is because we've seen all kinds of wizardry on tv to show impossible feats like someone kicking a football into a garbage can several times in a row from well over 50 yards.
Steven also has these unofficial Strength & Speed world records, also shown on YouTube: Pullups with 140 lb extra weight for 5 reps done on April 4, 2011 at a bw of 203.2 lb; pullups with 100 lb extra for 10 reps done on March 13, 2011 at a bw of 202.6 lb; pullups with 45 lb extra for 20 reps done in April, 2011. They're unofficial at this point only because they lack three witness statements. Steven is also a member of www.extremepullups and can be seen on that website as well as Damien Longley who is mentioned below.
Pullups Maximum Weight Male Age Records
Age Max. Athlete & Extra Wt. Birth Site Date BW
17 257 Joey Powell + 100 032488 GA 013006 157
19 258cx4 Dale Harder +50 032737 Oakland CA 0656 208
op 402.4 Steven Proto + 196.8 010582 Edmond OK 042811 205.2
35 313cx2 Dale Harder + 57 032737 Castro Valley CA 0772 256
70 309.4c Ed Kreusser + 90 112341 Corvallis OR 112341 219.4
75 244.6c Dale Harder + 14 032737 Castro Valley CA 070612 234.6
80 146x11 Sanford Werner 051231 Pasadena CA 060711 146
90 154x6 Moe Carson 090919 Palm DesertCA 052210 154
Key: Max. = bodyweight + extra weight used for one chinup or one pullup; c = chinup; Birth = birthdate; BW = bodyweight includes clothing
Pullups Maxim. Weight Female Age Records
Age Max. Athlete & Extra Wt. Birth Site Date BW
5 38x6 Wendy Harder 033071 Castro Valley CA 0676 38
9 51c Wendy Harder 033071 Castro Valley CA 0780 51
13 115x3c Hayley Gutierrez -- Laughlin NV 051712 111.8
15 114t Tori Allen -- YouTube 99 110.4
19 159 Kate Edgin + 15 102603 Castro Valley CA 83 144
op 217x7 Shana Jordan -- Colorado Springs 100110 213.3
40 189 Crystal West + 82.6 052865 Palm Desert CA 011010 106.4
50 158.4c Tami Lacy + 37.34 092757 Castro Valley CA 032811 121.0
55 100x8c Bonnie Burrow -- Van Nuys CA 061608 100
60 100x7c Bonnie Burrow -- Pasadena CA 060711 100
65 110.8c Sarah Schneider + 3.9 -- Pasadena CA 062312 107.4
Key: t = using only two fingers, 1 from each hand; bodyweight includes clothing
Pullup Records for Reps by Age Group (Men)
Age Reps Athlete & Ht. Birth Site Date BW
13 25 Michael Busch 91 Castro Valley CA 0504
14 31 Fred Saterfield 17 Jr. Olympics 31
16 35 Alec Weeks 92 YouTube 112608 125
17 47 Pavel Rudometkin RUS 5'8 94 YouTube 032811 145
19 33 Ronnie Ray 5'3 040842 YMCA Natl. 61 175
op 88* Burkhard Meier GER 5'9 072658 Riesa GER 030689 165
45+ 55 Heike Knabe GER 61 Riesa GER 031608
50+ 36 David Rusch 121159 Waukesha WI 051311 170
55+ 33 Bernd Schroeder GER 49 Riesa GER 031807
60+ 28* Kim Goodwin 5'9 061449 Sierra Madre CA 101511 154
70 + 14c Ed Kreusser 112341 Corvallis OR 123111 219
75+ 12c Bill Dodson 5'9 122835 Castro Valley CA 031212 154.6
80+ 11 Sanford Werner 5'8 051231 Sierra Madre CA 101511 146
90+ 6c Moe Carson 5'6 090919 Palm DesertCA 052210 150
Key: * = Only 88 or Meier's 95 were good; only 28 of Goodwin's 31 were good; op = open record for all ages; bodyweight includes clothing
Pullup Records for Reps by Age (Women)
Age Reps Athlete & Ht. Birth Site Date BW
6 15 Olga Galchenko RUS 073190 Penza RUS 031997
7 21 Katherine Weisenborn 85 Ellington IL 041993
9 15 Jennifer Nolte GER YouTube 87e
11 21 Courtney Rudometkin RUS 00 YouTube 0111
16 18 Elysse Hennewinkel Newton MS 04
19 20 Karyn Fogarty Spring Hills PA 00e
op 36 Crystal West 5'3 052865 Palm Desert CA 052610 104
40 36 Crystal West 5'3 052865 Palm Desert CA 052610 104
50 14c Tami Lacy 092757 Castro Valley CA 032811 121
55 8c Bonnie Burrow -- Van Nuys CA 061608 100
60 7c Bonnie Burrow -- Pasadena CA 060711 100
65 1c Sarah Schneider -- Pasadena CA 062312 107.4
Key: c= chinups; bodyweight includes clothing; e = estimate
Feats of Strength Meet on March 28, 2011 at Castro Valley, California. This meet was held as part of the Bay Area Senior Games of 2011 (entrants age 50 plus) with an extra performer, Damien Longley, age 26. Damien came all the way from Las Vegas, Nevada, to attempt a world record, by special permission of Dale Harder, the meet director. Damien made the record.
Damien did pullups for 18 reps with 45 lb in addition to his bodyweight of 172.0 at a height of 5'9. These reps were officiated by Dale Harder and video evidence from two angles was also carefully reviewed.
Tami Lacy , age 53, weight 121.0 lb, of Martinez, California, set two world records for women 50-54. She did 14 strict chinups and one chinup for maximum weight with 37.4 lb extra for a total of 158.4 lb .
In the farmer's walk please notice the details in the "Feats of Strength Results..." below for 50 meters with 3 turns. Each turn added about two seconds to the average competitor's time. Age group world records in the farmer's walk were set by all of these people: Fei-Mei Chou of Sunnyvale, CA; Diane Dominik of Castro Valley CA; Tami Lacy of Martinez CA; Dale Harder of Castro Valley CA; Ray Oster of Carson City, NV; David Chiasson of San Jose CA; Donald Watson of Walnut Creek or Danville, CA. Actual details are in the table below.
All-around age group world records were also set by the first six people above.
In addition, Ronald Rivera of Fremont CA and Damien Longley set all-around age group world records.
Other notable competitors were: Bill Weinstock of Sierra Madre CA (who also served as asst. meet director and chief videographer; Noah Baggett of Newark CA.