End of thread...he's got an IFBB pro card = Strongest Pro Bodybuilder
Heaviest raw total, ever + pro bodybuilder, so yeah, he's the winner.
Franco NEVER benched 450 for reps at 185, sorry. He'd have been pinned to the bench with that poundage at that bodyweight.
Ray Mentzer NEVER hit even one half-decent rep with nine anything.
Platz told me his best with 315 was one set of 51 reps. With only three or four weeks to go before one mid-'80s Mr. Olympia, he squatted 635 for 12.
He said at his best, even on a relatively shitty day, he could always manage 10 with 600.
Levrone could press quite a lot, yeah, but a display of extreme strength on one lift does not equal strongest ever
Mike Francois was capable of some crazy numbers. If he had chosen to powerlift, he'd have totaled VERY high.
Coleman was VERY strong, any way you slice it.
Eddie Robinson was extremely gifted towards moving monster poundage. Benched a comp-legal 600 at 19, I believe. His squatting weights were very high, as well. His physique was very powerfully built.
Gaspari squatted with some nutty weight before he shot to the top of the ranks, from what I understand.
Eddie Ellwood (spelling?) of England could pull like a bastard.