Chris Cormier is undoubtedly one of the best bodybuilders to have never won the Olympia. He got to third place twice, as well as second place as the Arnold Classic six years consecutively. He achieved great fame because of his strong, wide-looking, powerful frame.
His strength records are nothing short of amazing. He managed to do two reps with 525lb on the incline-press and 405lb for 12 reps. Plus, he did 30 reps of 1200lb leg presses as well as 10 reps of 900lb reverse hack squats. That placed him in the top 5 bodybuilders with the strongest legs.
The last entry is, of course, not surprising. Ronnie Coleman achieved practically all the things one could achieve in bodybuilding. He managed to win the most coveted prize in bodybuilding Mr. Olympia an unbelievable eight times and he did it by weighing 300lb. This made him the embodiment of a complete bodybuilder, both strong and powerful.
Compared to the majority of the people that found their place on our list, Coleman wasn’t strong in one area only. He was powerful in every aspect, even managing to lift a literal ton on the leg press for 10 reps. Another great feat of his is that he managed to bench 200lb dumbbells for 12 reps.
In the course of his career, he has trained with a relatively moderate weight, but he has also relentlessly pushed the boundaries of his body by lifting heavy weight. He squatted 765lbs for 4 reps and 800lbs for 2 reps. Overall, he is without a doubt, the strongest bodybuilder that has ever lived.
There’s this myth circulating among the general population stating that bodybuilders are not as strong as they look and all that size is due to s******s and nothing else. Though the s*****d part may be partially true, the truth is that the majority of bodybuilders are indeed very strong people, at least compared to the average Joe. They may not be as strong as powerlifters since their goal is not to lift the heaviest amount of weight, however, they are strong enough to lift relatively heavy weights which causes their body to grow.