♪♪♪ – 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.