The 11 Strongest Women of All Time

Aneta Florczyk

She is not a very big girl at all in comparison to some bodybuilders and powerlifters but her accomplishments are astonishing.

She was born in Poland in 1982. At the age of 18 she became a European Champion in powerlifting. As a first Polish athlete she has broken the barrier of 500 kg in powerlifting.

Since 2002 she started competing in strongwoman contests. Only a year later she won the World’s strongest woman in Zambia and in 2004 – Europe’s Strongest Woman in Ireland. Later, she was World’s Champion (World’s Strongest Woman in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2008.

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According to the Guinness World Records she has won the competition more times than any other woman in history. She also holds a Guinness World Record in lifting up 12 adult men overhead in two minutes.

Tatiana Kashirina

She was born in 1991 and is a Russian weightlifting champion.

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Tatiana won the world championship four times (2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015) in the category +75. She won the silver medal at the 2012 London summer Olympics in the +75 category with a total of 332 kg and the world record in a snatch – 151kg.

She holds the clean and jerk world record of 193 kg as well as the snatch world record of 155 kg and total world record of 348 kg. She also holds all three world records in the junior +75 kg class.

It should be said that she served a suspension for doping from 2008 to 2010. For the same reasons she was not allowed to participate in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Robin Coleman (Helga)

Robin Coleman, born 1974, has a diverse fitness background including a history in both figure and strongwoman competitions. Robin appeared as Helga (one of the stars) of NBC’s American Gladiators.

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Robin competed in the inaugural World’s Strongest Woman in Zambia, Africa in 2001, where she placed third. She was remembered for the car squat challenge where the competitors had to squat a car as many times as possible. She completed 15 reps while others couldn’t lift it even once. Jill Mills was the closest to her score with 8 reps.

Heini Koivuniemi

Heini Koivuniemi – born in 1973 – is a Finnish strongwoman competitor who achieved numerous podium finishes at the World’s Strongest Woman contest.



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Heini holds a Guinness world record for throwing a beer keg for height. She threw a 12.3 kg (27 pounds) beer keg over a bar at a height of 3.46 meters (11 ft 4.2 in)

Becca Swanson

Becca Swanson – born November 1972 in Nebraska) is an American bodybuilder, powerlifter, pro wrestler and a strongwoman who is often referred to as “The strongest woman on the Planet”.

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She currently holds several powerlifting world records for women, including the heaviest squat (854.3 pounds which is about 387 kg), heaviest deadlift (683.4 pounds which is about 310 kg), heaviest bench press (600.8 pounds which is about 272 kg) and heaviest total lift.  She can lift approximately four times her bodyweight.

Jan Todd

Jan Todd – born 1952 in Pennsylvania – got into the sport of powerlifting in 1973 after marrying her husband, Dr. Jerry Todd, who was a powerlifter and United States’ first powerlifter champion.

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Two years later she broke the 49 years old Guinness record in the two hand deadlift of 394.5 pounds (about 179 kg) in the first competition. The subsequent year she exceeded the 400 pounds barrier with a deadlift of 412 pounds (almost 187 kg). She was the first woman to total over 1200 pounds (about 544 kg) in the three powerlifts (squat, bench and deadlift).

She was once named the strongest woman in the world by the “Sports Illustrated”

Jill Mills

Jill Mills – born 1972 – is an American world champion powerlifter and world champion strongwoman.

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From pioneer to strength sports legend, Jill Mills’ competitive career has spanned nearly twenty years. Growing up in a time when muscular women were highly criticized, negatively judged, and an unpopular sight, Jill considered them to be beautiful. It was a physical perfection she desired and managed to obtain.

Her most notable accomplishment in the strongwoman competition has actually been winning the World’s Strongest Woman contests in 2001 and 2002, and finishing third in 2005.

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