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Strongman Training


Strongman Training

Here are some amazing strength training videos from some of the worlds strongest men. The weight they can handle and the power the can generate is simply amazing…

Mariusz Pudzianowski shoulder training

Svend Karlsen and Mariusz Pudzianowski strongman training

Who is Mariusz Pudzianowski?

Mariusz Pudzianowski (born on February 7, 1977 in Biała Rawska, Poland) is a leading strongman competitor. He is sometimes known by the nicknames Pudzian, Dominator, Super Mariusz (Super Mario), Pyton (Python) and Duży Pyton (Big Python).

Strongman career

Mariusz began training strength sports at age 13½, in December, 1990. Mariusz cites his key strength supplement as malted milk.

On May 1, 1999 Mariusz entered his first Strongman competition, which was held in Płock, Poland. He achieved his first major success at the international level in 2000 when he finished fourth in his first World’s Strongest Man competition. He returned to win the WSM contest in 2002, and retained his title in 2003 by the largest margin ever achieved in the competition. In March, 2004 he also became the Strongman Super Series World Champion. He initially finished third in the WSM contest in 2004, but was later disqualified after testing positive for an illegal performance enhancer. He was forced to return his prize money, stripped of the IFSA points from the event, and received a one year ban from competition. Pudzianowski did not dispute his banned substance violation and waived his right to have his stool sample verified. He then returned to win the title for a third time in 2005.

In the 2006 World’s Strongest Man contest, he came second to the American Phil Pfister, the first American to win the championship since 1982. Pudzianowski led the competition until the final event, where Pfister completed a "come-from-behind" victory,( putting the last and heaviest stone in place less than one second ahead of Marius), having finished the first event in last place.

Pudzianowski won first place in the 2007 World’s Strongest Man, joining Jón Páll Sigmarsson and Magnús Ver Magnússon as four-time winners.


Mariusz maintains his agility, conditioning, and general physical preparedness through other athletic endeavors. He is a practicioner of Kyokushin karate (fourth kyu), which he has been practicing since the age of 11. He was also a competitive boxer for seven years, three of which were spent in the Kosedowski League. Mariusz is a favorite in every strongman competition he enters, having been defeated only twice in Poland through 2002, with his worst placing being a respectable second.

Pudzianowski’s father was also a large weightlifter and winner of the Polish weightlifting championship in his youth. When he saw his son’s size and potential at a young age, he began to give him advice in weightlifting. This relationship continues today, as Mariusz has revealed that his father continues to coach him in his training.

Unlike some strongmen, Mariusz retains a very low body fat percentage which helps him with his speed and endurance.

Following the example of bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger, he intends to pursue acting after his strongman career.

Strongman world records

* The clock
* The parallel stairs (carrying 3 weights on the stairs)
* Lumberman’s Walk (carrying 180 kg block)
* Tire Flip (8 turns)
* The Farmer’s Walk with 125 kg in each hand
* Combined competition (embarking of sacks and run with an anvil)
* Car Deadlift


* Height 186 cm (6′ 1")[2]
* Weight 132 kg (291 lb)
* BMI: 38.4
* Chest 148 cm (58 in)
* Nape 54 cm (21 in)
* Waist 92 cm (36 in)
* Thigh 80 cm (31 in)
* Biceps 56 cm (22 in)
* Forearm 45 cm (18 in)
* Shoe size 45

Personal bests

* Bench press – 295kg (649lbs)
* Squat – 380kg (836lbs)
* Deadlift – 415kg (913lbs)


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