Ever wondered who is the strongest man in the world?

You may have seen many strong men capable of lifting massive weights, but who are the world’s top 25 strongest men as of 2022?

What distinguishes them from the crowd?

Prepare to learn amazing facts about the world’s strongest people.

1. Tom Stoltman

Tom Stoltman, a British professional strongman competitor and the two-time defending World’s Strongest Man and Britain’s Strongest Man, was born on May 30, 1994. Stoltman, known as “The Albatross” because of his long arms, is renowned for his skills with the Atlas Stones, the most difficult strongman competition.

Nationality British
Age 28
Height 6’9″, 205 cm
Weight 631 lbs, 286 kg
Titles 2022 World’s Strongest Man2022 Britain’s Strongest Man2021 World’s Strongest Man2021 Britain’s Strongest Man
World Record 631 lbs, 286 kg Atlas Stone

2. Oleksii Novikov

Oleksii Novikov, a trained strongman from Ukraine born on 11 February 1996. After Vasyl Virastyuk, who won in 2004, he was the second Ukrainian to win the World’s Strongest Man competition in 2020. Despite being in the Ukrainian military, he was crowned Europe’s Strongest Man in 2022.

Nationality

Ukrainian

Age

26

Height

6’1″, 185 cm

Weight

298 lbs, 135 kg

Titles

2022 Europe’s Strongest Man

2022 Strongman Classic

2021 Strongman Classic

2021 World’s Ultimate Strongman

2020 World’s Strongest Man

World Record

542.3 lbs, 246 kg Flintstone Barbel

3. Martins Licis – pic

Martins Licis, a professional strongman who is of Latvian and American descent, was born on September 2, 1990, notable for taking first place in the 2022 Arnold Strongman Classic and winning the 2019 World’s Strongest Man contest.

Picture Via ltimatestrongman.tv

Nationality

Latvian

Age

31

Height

6’3″, 190 cm

Weight

355 lbs, 161 kg

Titles

2022 Arnold Strongman Classic

2021 Rogue Invitational

2020 Arnold Pro Strongman World Series USA

2019 World’s Strongest Man

2019 Arnold Pro Strongman World Series USA

World Record

300 lbs, 136 kg Thor’s Hammer

4. Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson

Thor, commonly known as Hafór Jlus Björnsson, is an Icelandic professional strongman. He was born on November 26, 1988. He owns several championship titles from various strength federations, including many world records, and is the first and only person to have won the Arnold Strongman Classic, Europe’s Strongest Man, and the World’s Strongest Man in the same year.

Nationality

Icelandic

Age

33

Height

6’9″, 205 cm

Weight

452 lbs, 205 kg

Titles

2020 Arnold Strongman Classic

2020 Iceland’s Strongest Man

2019 Arnold Strongman Classic

2019 Europe’s Strongest Man

2019 Iceland’s Strongest Man

2018 World’s Strongest Man

2012 Eastfjord Strongman Championships

World Record

1,105 lbs, 501 kg deadlift

5. Brian Shaw

Brian Shaw, a professional strongman competitor from the United States, was born on February 26, 1982. Winner of the World’s Strongest Man events in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2016, he made history in 2011 by being the first person to win both the Arnold Strongman Classic and the World’s Strongest Man competitions in the same year. He repeated this accomplishment in 2015.

Picture Via fitnessvolt.com

Nationality

American

Age

40

Height

6’8″, 203 cm

Weight

440 lbs, 200 kg

Titles

2017 Arnold Strongman Classic

2017 Arnold Australia

2016 World’s Strongest Man

2016 Arnold Europe

2015 World’s Strongest Man

2015 Arnold Strongman Classic

2015 Arnold Australia

World Record

975.5 lbs, 442.5 kg deadlift

6. JF Caron

Jean-François Caron, a Canadian strongman and powerlifter, was born on June 29, 1982. He is a native of Canada’s Les Hauteurs, Quebec. Caron has participated in the World’s Strongest Man competition eleven times. He has won Canada’s Strongest Man nine times in a row, which is a record.

Picture Via barbend.com

Nationality

Canadian

Age

40

Height

6’3″, 191 cm

Weight

342 lbs,155 kg

Titles

2019 Canada’s Strongest Man

2018 Canada’s Strongest Man

2017 Canada’s Strongest Man

2016 Canada’s Strongest Man

2015 Canada’s Strongest Man

World Record

1,202 lbs, 545.2 kg The Hummer Tire Deadlift

7. Travis Ortmayer

American professional Strongman athlete Travis Ortmayer was born on August 9, 1981 in Cypress, Texas. Due to his several world records in the Atlas Stone competition, he is known as the Texas Stoneman.

Picture via chi.us

Nationality

American

Age

40

Height

6’2″, 190 cm

Weight

299 lbs, 136 kg

Titles

2011 America’s Strongest Man

2009 Germany FIBO

2009 Viking Power Challenge

2009 Germany FIBO

2008 Madison Square Garden

2008 All-American Strongman Challenge

World Record

Lifting 5 Atlas stones and throw them over a obstacle

8. Mikhail Shivlyakov

Mikhail Shivlyakov was born on April 30, 1980.  He is a former Russian Marine who is now active in strongman competitions. He served in the marines, the Black Sea Fleet, and the Baltic Fleet between 1998 and 2000. After leaving the service, he started powerlifting.

Picture Via nitter.net

Nationality

Russian

Age

42

Height

6’1″, 190 cm

Weight

310 lbs, 140 kg

Titles

2018 Africa Arnold Strongman Pro Series

World Record

961.215 lbs, 436 kg deadlift

9. Konstantine Janashia

Konstantine Janashia, a pro-strongman Georgian was born on August 30, 1990. Janashia, who represented Georgia for the first time in the World’s Strongest Man final in 2016, finished fourth.

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Nationality

Georgian

Age

31

Height

6’5″, 196 cm

Weight

375 lbs, 170 kg

Titles

2014 Georgia’s Strongest Man

2013 Georgia’s Strongest Man

2012 Georgia’s Strongest Man

2011 Georgia’s Strongest Man

2010 Georgia’s Strongest Man

Personal Record

880 lbs, 400 kg deadlift

10. Terry Hollands

Terry Hollands, a former British strongman competitor, was born on June 6, 1979. He won England’s and Britain’s Strongest Man. He also won the silver (2010) and bronze (2017) medals at Europe’s Strongest Man, as well as the bronze medal twice at the World’s Strongest Man (in 2007 and 2011). His participation in 89 international competitions over a period of 17 years makes him one of the strongest man in the world. In addition, Terry is renowned for his car pulling.

Picture Via rxrealm.com

Nationality

British

Age

43

Height

6’6″, 199 cm

Weight

430 lbs, 195 kg

Titles

2019 Masters World’s Strongest Man

2011 LA Fitexpo All American challenge

Britain’s Strongest Man

2010 Ireland tie with Zydrunas Savickas

2010 Overall Champion

World Record

408 lbs, 185 kg Log Lift

11. Zydrunas Savickas

Zydrunas Savickas, a professional strongman and powerlifter from Lithuania, was born on July 15, 1975. He is widely regarded as the greatest strength athlete of all time due to his numerous championship victories in all the international strongman contests and his longevity in the sport.

Nationality

Lithuanian

Age

46

Height

6’3″, 191 cm

Weight

375 lbs, 170 kg

Titles

2014 World’s Strongest Man

2012 Spain Arnold Strongman Classic-Europe

2010 World’s Strongest Man

2009 World’s Strongest Man

World Record

523 kg, 1,155 lbs deadlift

12. Luke Stoltman

Luke Stoltman, a Scottish professional strongman competitor, was born on November 22, 1984. He won Scotland’s Strongest Man five times, and Europe’s Strongest Man in 2021. Luke is a renowned shoulder powerhouse who presently owns the British Log Press record.

Picture via therecenttimes.com

Nationality

British

Age

37

Height

6’3″, 191 cm

Weight

350 lbs, 160 kg

Titles

2021 Europe’s Strongest Man

2021 Giants Live Finals Glasgow

2019 Scotland’s Strongest Man

2018 Scotland’s Strongest Man

2017 Scotland’s Strongest Man

Personal Record

926 lbs, 420 kg deadlift

13. Adam Bishop

Professional strongman Adam Bishop, born on 7 January 1989, was a previous champion of the Britain’s Strongest Man competition. Despite weighing over 300 pounds, Bishop describes himself in the media as “one of the tiny men” in the sport. Bishop has also participated in skeleton bobsleigh and rugby, where he was a winger.

Picture Via telegraph.co.uk

Nationality

British

Age

33

Height

6’3″, 191 cm

Weight

320 lbs, 145 kg

Titles

2020 Britain’s Strongest Man

World Record

1,000 lbs, 453.5 kg deadlift

14. Maxime Boudreault

Maxime Boudreault, a professional strongman competitor from northern Ontario, was born on September 21, 1991. He finished third in the Sacramento, California, edition of the World’s Strongest Man competition in 2021 and took first place in Iceland’s first Magns Ver Magnsson Strongman Classic.

Picture Via muscleinsider.com

Nationality

Canadian

Age

30

Height

6’3″, 192 cm

Weight

331 lbs, 150 kg

Titles

2021 Magnús Ver Magnússon Strongman Classic

Personal record

705 lbs, 320 kg deadlift

15. Janne Virtanen

Janne Virtanen, a former strongman from Finland who was born on November 16, 1969, earned the title of World’s Strongest Man in 2000. He came in second in 1999 and third in 2001. His other titles include the Finland’s Strongest Man, which he won four times, the Helsinki Grand Prix, and the Turkey Grand Prix in Istanbul in 2002. He declared his retirement after failing to make the World’s Strongest Man final for the second time in a row in 2007, but he returned for the competition’s third qualifying round in 2008.

Picture Via strongmanarchives.com

Nationality

Finnish

Age

52

Height

6’5″, 196 cm

Weight

176 lbs, 80 kg

Titles

2008 World Team Championships

2001 Finland’s Strongest Man

2000 Finland’s Strongest Man

2000 World’s Strongest Man

2000 World Strongman Challenge

Personal record

804 lbs, 365 kg deadlift

16. Bill Kazmaier

Bill Kazmaier, an American who was a former powerlifting, strongman, and professional wrestling world champion, was born on December 30, 1953. He won two International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Championships, three World’s Strongest Man championships, and multiple powerlifting and strongman world records throughout the 1970s and 1980s. By matching and surpassing the extraordinary and varied feats of strength of well-known strongmen of the 20th century, Kazmaier rose to fame in the 1980s with his assertion that he was “the strongest man who ever lived.” He is regarded by many as one of the finest strength competition competitors of all time.

Picture Via en.wikipedia.org

Nationality

American

Age

68

Height

6’2″, 188 cm

Weight

326 lbs, 148 kg

Titles

1982 World’s Strongest Man

1981 World’s Strongest Man

1980 World’s Strongest Man

World record

914.9 lbs, 415 kg raw deadlift

17. Evan Singleton

Evan Singleton, born on October 9 1990, better known by his ring moniker T-Rex. He is an American strongman competitor and former professional wrestler. Singleton defeated Oleksii Novikov, the 2020 World’s Strongest Man, to win the Giants Live 2021 World Open in Manchester, England in August 2021. Singleton joined World Wrestling Entertainment when he was 18 and wrestled as “Adam Mercer.”

Picture Via barbend.com
Nationality American
Age 31
Height 6’6″, 198 cm
Weight 253 lbs, 115kg
Titles 2021 Giants Live World Open2021 Arnold UK2019 North American Open
World record 825 lbs, 374 kg deadlift

18. Mariusz Pudzianowski

Mariusz Zbigniew Pudzianowski, also known as “Pudzian” and “Dominator,” was born on February 7, 1977. He is a Polish businessman, former strongman contestant, and active mixed martial artist. He is regarded by many as one of the best strength athletes of all time, with a record 70% international winning percentage during his strongman career. Pudzianowski earned five World’s Strongest Man championships throughout his career, which is the most ever. He also received two second-place finishes in 2006 and 2009. Pudzianowski made his mixed martial arts debut in 2009. In the KSW Heavyweight rankings, he is presently placed third.

Picture Via mmafighting.com

Nationality

Polish

Age

45

Height

6’1″, 190 cm

Weight

256 lbs, 116 kg

Titles

2009 Europe’s Strongest Man

2008 World’s Strongest Man

2008 Europe’s Strongest Man

2007 World’s Strongest Man

2007 Europe’s Strongest Man

Personal record

915 lbs, 415 kg deadlift

19. Derek Poundstone

Born on September 28, 1981, in Woodbridge, Connecticut, Derek Poundstone is a former pro strongman athlete from the United States who finished in second place at the 2008 World’s Strongest Man competition. In addition to being a police sergeant with the Naugatuck, Connecticut Police Department, Derek Poundstone formerly owned and leased a gym and an apartment building.

Picture Via en.wikipedia.org

Nationality

American

Age

40

Height

6’1″, 190 cm

Weight

320 lbs, 145 kg

Titles

2010 Mohegan Sun Grand Prix

2009 Mohegan Sun Grand Prix

2008 Mohegan Sun Grand Prix

Personal record

910 lbs, 413 kg deadlift

20. Manfred Hoeberl

Born on May 12, 1964, Manfred Hoeberl is an Austrian former powerlifter and strongman who was renowned for having the biggest arms in the world in the early to mid-1990s. Hoeberl and Arnold Schwarzenegger, a legend in the world of bodybuilding and a former governor of California, were born in the same town.

Picture Via pl.wikipedia.org

Nationality

Austrian

Age

58

Height

6’4″, 193 cm

Weight

N/A

Titles

1994 Europe’s Strongest Man

1994 European Muscle Power Championships

1993 European Muscle Power Championships

1993 Europe’s Strongest Man

Personal record

860 lbs, 390 kg deadlift

21. Ab Wolders

Ab Wolders, a former strongman and world-champion powerlifter from the Netherlands, was born on June 10th, 1951. He finished in second place after Jamie Reeves in 1989 and Jón Páll Sigmarsson in 1984 in the World’s Strongest Man competition. He placed third in the 1986 World’s Strongest Man competition, fourth in 1988, first in the 1987 Europe’s Strongest Man competition, and twice was the strongest man in the Netherlands. Ab won the 125 kg division in the 1984 IPF World Powerlifting Championships.

Picture Via junglekey.nl

Nationality

Dutch

Age

71

Height

6’0″, 183 cm

Weight

276 lbs, 125 kg

Titles

1987 Europe’s Strongest Man

1985 Strongest man of the Netherlands

1984 Strongest man of the Netherlands

Personal record

275 lbs, 125 kg powerlift

22. Svend Karlsen

Svend Viking Karlsen, a former strongman, powerlifter, and IFBB professional bodybuilder from Norway, was born on October 6, 1967. During tournaments, he is well known for yelling his catchphrase, “Viking Power!”

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Nationality

Norwegian

Age

54

Height

6’2”, 188 cm

Weight

320 lbs, 145 kg

Titles

2006 Norway’s Strongest Man

2005 IFSA Nordic Championships

2005 Norway’s Strongest Man

2003 Norway’s Strongest Man

World record

408 lbs, 185 kg log lift

23. Ted van der Parre

Ted van der Parre, a former strongman from the Netherlands, was born on September 21, 1955. He finished fourth in 1991 and first in 1992 in the World’s Strongest Man competition. He also competed in 1994 but had to withdraw after the second event due to a calf injury, finishing eighth. Van der Parre had the lowest WSM BMI of 35 and was the tallest contestant in the competition’s history. In 1991, 1992, and 1994, he was the winner of the Netherlands Strongest Man competition.

Picture Via pzc.nl

Nationality

Dutch

Age

66

Height

6’10”, 209cm

Weight

350 lbs, 160 kg

Titles

1994 Strongest man of the Netherlands 1992 World’s Strongest Man

1992 Strongest man of the Netherlands

1991 Strongest man of the Netherlands

World record

Tallest person to win the World’s Strongest Man championship

24. Ilkka Nummisto

From the middle of the 1960s through the middle of the 1970s, Ilkka Nummisto, a Finnish sprint canoeist, raced. He passed away on June 29, 2019. He participated in four Summer Olympics and finished fifth in the K-4 1000 m race in Mexico City in 1968, which was his best performance. After his Olympic career was over, Nummisto competed in the World’s Strongest Man competition five times between 1986 and 1992, finishing third in 1990, a personal best. In The World’s Strongest Man in 1986, he was the first person to lift all five McGlashen stones, followed by Geoff Capes and Jon Pall Sigmarson. Ilkka was also three times the strongest man in Finland.

Picture Via iltalehti.fi

Nationality

Finnish

Age

75

Height

6’1”, 186 cm

Weight

322 lbs, 146 kg

Titles

1992 Finland’s Strongest Man

1991 Finland’s Strongest Man

1990 Finland’s Strongest Man

World record

Lifitng all 5 Mcglashen Stones

25. Magnús Ver Magnússon

Magns Ver Magnsson, an Icelandic former powerlifter and strongman competitor, was born on April 23, 1963. He was the World’s Strongest Man four times, taking the title in 1991, 1994, 1995, and 1996. In 1984, Magnus started powerlifting. He took home a silver at the junior world and European championships in 1985.

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Nationality

Icelandic

Age

59

Height

6’1”, 190 cm

Weight

300 lbs, 136 kg

Titles

1999 World’s Strongest Man

1995 World’s Strongest Man

1994 World’s Strongest Man

1991 World’s Strongest Man

Personal record

964.5 lbs, 437.5 kg deadlift

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