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Paul Anderson – Strength Training Legend

Paul Anderson Training Neck Strength

Paul Anderson was a legendary strength athlete. Legendary may even be an understatement. His strength was off the charts.

I’ve actually discussed him on this blog several times before. I was always a big fan of Paul Anderson, not only because of his strength, but also his interest in homemade equipment. Paul Anderson was the king of homemade gear and low-tech training.

In previous entries, I’ve shared a brief video that highlighted his training style. Many of you may have seen the following video. If not, it is certainly worth a look.



Fortunately, I recently learned that the full documentary where that clip originates can now be seen on Youtube. The embedded player below contains all seven parts of the film.



I’ve always believed that one of the best learning tools is observation. When you come across a fellow athlete or coach who is successful, it is useful to simply observe them in action. You don’t necessarily need to copy what they do, but try to understand what were the keys to their success.

I like to think that everyone I meet knows something that I don’t know. I try to learn something from everyone. I apply this philosophy not only towards coaching but also life outside the gym. I am always interested in learning from and observing others. Therefore, when I come across almost two hours of footage about Paul Anderson’s life, I get pretty excited.

If you share my enthusiasm, you will surely enjoy the footage above.

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What a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. – Socrates

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5 Comments so far

  1. Base Basvic November 20th, 2013 12:34 pm

    Man. I wish I could have ambition like that–just for the little things.

  2. Farzan November 20th, 2013 1:19 pm

    I think the great gama was stronger.

  3. Stuart Young November 20th, 2013 2:02 pm

    That’s the first I’ve seen that video… holy s**t that guy could lift! Making some time to watch the full doc this weekend, looks really interesting.

    Makes you wonder what he’d be squatting if he had access to modern equipment!

  4. Johan November 21st, 2013 10:48 am

    Really liked Pauls homemade squat device in the garden with two barrels and a pipe :)

  5. Neal December 28th, 2013 7:26 am

    gahhhhhhhhhhhh. It’s my rest day………must not go to the gym, must not go to the gym.

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