♪♪♪ – Paul Anderson was
an amazing man. He ran a youth home
here in Vidalia, and he dedicated his life
to look after other people and give back
to the community. He really was
a phenomenal guy. [ doorbell rings ] – Hi.
– How you doing? I’m Robert. – Hi, Robert. I’m Glenda. I met Paul when I was still
a senior in high school, and what he determined
that day was that he liked my legs. [ laughter ] I’d like to show you
Paul’s memorabilia room. Many of these he got when he was serving
as Goodwill Ambassador. – That is so cool.
– That’s something else. – And this is, I’m assuming,
the Olympic gold medal? – That’s the Olympic
gold medal, yes. – Wow. 1956. – He is the very last American to win in the super heavyweight
division for America, the gold medals. I found these in a drawer– – Right.
– …after I married him, and it wasn’t that he
didn’t treasure those, but that was not
his glory. – He was humble.
– Yes. – It’s like
the opposite of Brian. He’s got only half the medals,
and they’re twice as prominent. [ laughter ]
– Oh, my gosh. – One time,
to publicize the home, Paul made a 500-mile ride. Rode all the way
to Omaha, Nebraska. – It’s hard for me
to grasp that because his legs were,
like, this big. Well, let me make it
more interesting. He had on flip-flops.
[ laughter ] – That’s commendable.
– That is. – That might be his greatest
feat right there. – It might be. – Y’all want to see where
my dad used to work out? – Yes.
– Yeah, I’d love that. – Okay.
– [ laughs ] Oh, it’s a little dungeon, huh?
– Yes, it is. You have to come in backward,
so keep your head down. – [ laughs ]
– Wow. – Being big is a challenge that’s hard to identify with
for most people. – This is gonna be
interesting. – Always tight, cramped, hot, you know, ducking your head
through doors or just being stared at
by everyone all the time. I always feel like
I’m in a fishing bowl and people are trying
to tap on the glass to see what I’ll do,
you know? – So Paul Anderson truly
must have been 5’9″– – Yeah.
– …to be able to train down here,
because I’m 6’8″, and I’m having to duck down just to move around in here.
– Yeah. – Today, everybody
goes to the gym. Back when Paul Anderson
was doing all this, there were no gyms. – These are the ones
he used, right? – Yep.
– Oh, my God. Do you know what those are? – I have to see those plates. Wow. That is insane. – Why? Is it just because
they were Paul’s or because they’re…
– These are original York deep-dish plates, probably
from around the 1950s. – Oh, so Nick used to train
with them, then? – Yeah. Mm-hmm.
– Yes? – I actually did used to lift with those kind
of York plates. I’m that old. – The fact that these were
Paul Anderson’s, and there are very,
very few of them out there, essentially, it’s priceless. – This is Brian excited. – I collect old-time
strength equipment. That’s like finding a Mickey Mantle rookie card
in your basement and not really knowing
what you actually have. – Ladies first, Brian.
[ chuckles ] – Squeeze back down here.
This is– This is the real feat
before the feat, right? ♪♪♪ – The other day,
we saw those original York barbell
deep-dish plates. So today I want to attempt
the gold standard of pinch-grip strength. So these are 45 pounds apiece, so total 90 pounds. And the grip-strength feat
with these is to match them up
face-to-face, so smooth side out. Match them up like that.
– Yeah. – And then squeeze them
hard enough to lift them
with one hand. There have only been
five men in history that have accomplished
this feat with one hand. More people have been
on the moon than lifted these plates. – Literally,
that’s the difficulty level. – [ bleep ] I thought I’d try it first, just to gauge it
and, you know, give him some idea
how tough it is. – Give it a good squeeze. – [ grunting, whistling ] Ah!
– All right. [ plates clank ]
[laughs] – Does that count?
Does that count? – Not a full lift,
but you broke it up, yeah. – Oh, my God.
– That’s awesome. – I’m not trying that again.
You could–You– This is your record, man.
I don’t want it. I didn’t quite do it,
so now I was interested to see if Brian
can do this. Okay, Brian, you ready? We’re in Paul Anderson’s
basement. You’ve got two 1950s 45-pound York plates.
– Yeah. – Only five people
on the planet have done this. In your own time, buddy. ♪♪♪ – [ grunts ] – [ sputters ] [ laughs ]
Bloody hell, Brian. That was so easy. – I thought that would
actually be harder. – To see Brian do
that feat of strength, it wasn’t a shock to me
at all. Left, for good measure. You know, just another day
in the life for Brian. I’ll have another
go at it for you. – Yeah, yeah.
– But then, when Brian did it, it put the fire in me
to go back and try again. [ exhaling ] [ grunts ]
– Nice! – [ bleep ] Aah!
– [ laughs ] – I honestly can’t believe
I did that. – That lift counts.
– Thanks, buddy. Brian became the sixth man
to pick up these plates, and then I became
the seventh. – So that’s history, man.
That’s neat. You know, me and Brian
have become a part of a small little family
in the grip world, which I was
super pumped about. – Dude, that was–
– I’m happy with that. – That was sick. Seriously. – I’m happy with that.

The Strongest Man in History: Paul Anderson’s Medals | Exclusive | History

100 thoughts on “The Strongest Man in History: Paul Anderson’s Medals | Exclusive | History

  • August 7, 2019 at 9:54 am
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    I am in my mid 40`s and all I use is York Plates

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  • August 7, 2019 at 10:33 pm
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    This is like a jojo plot

    4 men trying to get stronger than their idol and defeat him

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  • August 8, 2019 at 12:03 pm
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    that woman must have felt to be the safest woman in the universe!

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  • August 8, 2019 at 5:54 pm
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    I’m only 6’.05” even I can identify with the big problem

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  • August 9, 2019 at 4:27 pm
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    Good to see these young guys pay homage to Paul Anderson.

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  • August 9, 2019 at 10:34 pm
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    Anyone else read the title as "Paul Anderson's Meals?"

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  • August 10, 2019 at 1:57 am
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    Ayyeee I have the same Adidas pants

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  • August 10, 2019 at 7:38 am
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    "You'll learn the truth when you reach the basement"
    (Weebs will understand)

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  • August 10, 2019 at 11:37 am
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    The Life Of Brian: Episode 22 – Picking Plates

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  • August 11, 2019 at 6:30 am
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    Back in the mid 70's in High School we had plates like those. What is interesting is that our team(s) were consistently one of the best in the area and yet we had probably the worst lifting gym of all the local High Schools. What we did have was organization, and good coaches that understood the necessity of weight training and off seasoning conditioning and not laying under an air conditioner all summer long.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 3:27 am
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    2:35 amazing how he manipulates this plate like its a basket of bread lol

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  • August 12, 2019 at 12:01 pm
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    The thing is a rock climber could do the grip test easy then these guys

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  • August 13, 2019 at 12:24 am
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    Sooo cool to meet Paul's wife and daughter, and get to go in his basement!

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  • August 14, 2019 at 8:20 am
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    For men with so much testosterone in one small room, you'd think they'd be not as mild-mannered as they are here. Seems kinda weird

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  • August 14, 2019 at 8:45 am
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    Probably a few dozens of men have lifted those plates, just not on camera.

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  • August 14, 2019 at 8:23 pm
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    That's a gilf right there little buddy.. Yee Yee!

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  • August 14, 2019 at 8:29 pm
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    You wouldn't want these guys to grab u by the throat that's for sure

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  • August 14, 2019 at 8:34 pm
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    Brian had advantage as he is taller so his hands are bigger. still amazing only 7 lifted that adding them 2

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  • August 15, 2019 at 7:25 pm
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    Look at the shine 2:24

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  • August 16, 2019 at 1:15 am
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    "I'm that old" I love nick

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  • August 16, 2019 at 11:55 am
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    I wonder if the original 5 used chalk? That is almost like cheating. As everyone knows chalk adds tons of grip.

    Edit: I just tried some 25 pound plates with and without chalk, chalk makes a HUGE difference. Way easier, so I wonder how many of the guys could do it without chalk?

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  • August 16, 2019 at 12:27 pm
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    Love these guys

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  • August 16, 2019 at 1:56 pm
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    Mayweather can ko this dude

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  • August 17, 2019 at 1:22 pm
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    I love these guys so much. I hope to meet them one day. True warriors in their craft 💯💯

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  • August 19, 2019 at 2:56 am
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    My high school weight room uses those same plates.

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  • August 19, 2019 at 8:04 am
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    "He liked my legs"
    The most stilted awkward worst acted "hahhahahhahahah"

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  • August 19, 2019 at 12:51 pm
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    Back in MY day, the History Channel use to be the WW2 and modern marvel channel. Not some panzies frolicking around lifting heavy things and putting them back down.

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  • August 21, 2019 at 7:36 pm
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    Fake weights

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  • August 21, 2019 at 10:48 pm
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    I had to chalk up before I typed this comment.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 1:12 am
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    I’m related to Paul

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  • August 23, 2019 at 9:09 pm
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    Eddies accent is awesome

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  • August 24, 2019 at 7:54 am
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    Brian’s not human

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  • August 25, 2019 at 2:47 am
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    Hey bro lets go lift a building

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  • August 25, 2019 at 6:20 pm
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    Brian before lifting anything 'only 5 men in the history have done this ' and then does it like eating a piece of cake

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  • August 26, 2019 at 4:25 am
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    checks clock 6:30AM

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  • August 26, 2019 at 8:02 am
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    love Brian and Ed's banter

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  • August 28, 2019 at 12:36 pm
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    This is American pickers lol

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  • August 28, 2019 at 7:13 pm
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    For some reason from Brian explaining the weights it felt like an episode of pawn stars

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  • August 28, 2019 at 9:03 pm
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    I love these guys, but you can't say something is the gold standard of grip strength if only 5 people have done it. That doesn't sound standard at all

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  • August 28, 2019 at 9:42 pm
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    I swear Eddie and Brian are insanely strong

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  • August 29, 2019 at 1:16 am
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    Come on tho!!!!

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  • August 30, 2019 at 1:30 am
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    I made it to the double 10# plates. Tried the 25's, nope

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  • August 30, 2019 at 1:35 am
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    Love this show. I'm from Georgia and also over 50 …used to train with plates like that back in HS days. Paul Anderson is a legend and I'm finally planning to visit his home later this year.

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  • August 31, 2019 at 8:19 am
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    Im 17 and i can dead lift 319

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  • August 31, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    Brian picked up the combined 45 lb weights like he was picking up a little kid

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  • August 31, 2019 at 1:31 pm
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    B.S does have an advantage because his hands are bigger & allows him to grip better. P.A hands were smaller & still did it!

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  • August 31, 2019 at 1:36 pm
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    Cant be the only one that thought brain had a sombrero on the thumbnail

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  • August 31, 2019 at 3:40 pm
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    Thor ha silly americans

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  • September 1, 2019 at 3:42 am
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    Where's Nick?

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  • September 1, 2019 at 5:12 am
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    We have those plates at my school gym

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  • September 1, 2019 at 8:55 am
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    4:24 its so funny how Eddie Sits on the chair

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  • September 1, 2019 at 5:06 pm
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    Don’t you love it when brain goes only 5 people in the world has lift this and he does it with ease every time

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  • September 2, 2019 at 2:11 am
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    I thought they were 25lbs compared to them😂

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  • September 2, 2019 at 6:06 am
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    I just love this show.

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  • September 2, 2019 at 6:08 am
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    3:09 the glare from Brian’s head 🍑😂😂😂😂

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  • September 2, 2019 at 11:13 am
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    The real question is how they got the camera crew in that basement too LOL

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  • September 2, 2019 at 12:42 pm
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    Well thats 7 people in history

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  • September 2, 2019 at 10:38 pm
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    How old is Paul Andersons Wife

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  • September 3, 2019 at 2:19 am
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    He ride his bike to my house actually lmao btw i live in omaha neb

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  • September 3, 2019 at 10:51 pm
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    Paul Anderson's daughter has a fine butt. Only get to see it for a second.

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  • September 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    2:40 your weaknesses is not an excuse its a complement !!! 💪👴🐱‍👓 🤸‍♂️🏋️‍♂️🤹‍♂️ !!! heckyeaaah💢💥☣☢☣☢💥

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  • September 4, 2019 at 1:45 pm
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    What a great video! Entertaining, with the pinch grip contest, but by far going to his house, his family and his workout area was the high point for me.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:51 pm
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    Conclusion don’t challenge Eddie

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  • September 6, 2019 at 3:44 am
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    Brian looks so happy!

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  • September 6, 2019 at 3:47 am
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    almost an unfair advantage for brian since his hands are so much bigger than Eddie's

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  • September 6, 2019 at 7:45 am
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    They could've just sat down and slid down the stairs😂

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  • September 6, 2019 at 4:41 pm
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    Is there anything big shawn cant do godamn hes a beast🕵🔥💪💪💪

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  • September 7, 2019 at 2:51 am
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    Does anyone else see gow huge brian rly is

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  • September 7, 2019 at 5:40 am
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    Bro Brian runs out of breath when he talks 😂

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  • September 7, 2019 at 7:50 am
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    I am strong…m just not tall enough

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  • September 7, 2019 at 9:53 am
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    My high school has those plates

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  • September 7, 2019 at 1:54 pm
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    John Pall Sigmarsson:
    "There is no reason to be alive if you can't do deadlift!!"
    Didn't Sigmarsson beat Anderson in the end when it came to lifts?

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  • September 7, 2019 at 4:09 pm
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    It seems that every time Brian says that no one or very few people in history have ever done a certain thing he goes and does it while making it look effortless

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  • September 7, 2019 at 4:55 pm
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    this is your formula. less script, less takes, more of the guys just doin their thing, naturally

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  • September 7, 2019 at 10:01 pm
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    BEFORE crazy stacks of peds existed. His numbers would be way higher this day an age

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  • September 7, 2019 at 10:15 pm
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    i have two of those Olympic plates, bench and bar

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  • September 8, 2019 at 4:17 am
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    Wow watching these guys do this makes me realize that if you want to get a good work out get a guy who’s stronger than you to make fun of you.

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  • September 8, 2019 at 11:49 am
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    Nobody:

    Nick: Im old

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  • September 8, 2019 at 5:27 pm
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    7 men now

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  • September 8, 2019 at 6:03 pm
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    Absolutely love how competitive these guys are!

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  • September 8, 2019 at 9:10 pm
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    Really want to see Hafthor get into that basement ish space

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  • September 8, 2019 at 11:55 pm
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    They have nonstrous hands.

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  • September 9, 2019 at 12:35 am
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    “Very old”

    Puts chalk on it

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  • September 9, 2019 at 4:04 am
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    Can they crush a skull with their bare hands?

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  • September 9, 2019 at 4:06 am
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    I had a question but I figured out the answer so I'm editing this comment to this

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  • September 9, 2019 at 6:54 am
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    GA boy, baby! Represent 💪🏻👊🏻 My high school had those York plates. Not sure if they’re still around.

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  • September 9, 2019 at 9:04 pm
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    all 4 of these men raped Paul Anderson's widow before they left that house

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  • September 9, 2019 at 9:38 pm
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    Yay!! Omaha, Nebraska!! Go Big Red!

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  • September 9, 2019 at 11:33 pm
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    This felt like a pawn stars episode. “These 1950s York plates” “they’re priceless” I was waiting for someone to say “holy grail of something”

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  • September 10, 2019 at 11:32 am
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    Happy Strong Man, Happy Me.

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  • September 10, 2019 at 6:35 pm
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    💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽

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  • September 10, 2019 at 8:08 pm
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    What it's like to be stronger than literally everyone. Lift two 45 pound plates back to back like it's a kitten and follow with, "I thought it would be tougher."

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  • September 11, 2019 at 1:10 am
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    I now understand why they have the don’t try this at home disclaimer at the beginning. They make it look so easy I feel like I can do it, and I don’t even work out!

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  • September 11, 2019 at 7:53 pm
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    We have to find things brian can't do

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  • September 11, 2019 at 11:52 pm
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    I wonder how fast they would be in 100m it's hard to run when you're although Braun stroman can move pretty good

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  • September 11, 2019 at 11:58 pm
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    only 5 people in history have lifted it well now 7 but would that kind of says how out of shape our world is

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  • September 12, 2019 at 1:38 am
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    I'm sure plenty of rock climbers have the grip strength to do this, just not everything else..

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  • September 12, 2019 at 4:30 am
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    So who were the other 5 that lifted those plates?

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  • September 12, 2019 at 4:35 am
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    Nick “I’m hungry let’s get something to eat “

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