Ed Coan was simply a freak of nature. His proportions and built are perfectly suited for powerlifting. Defo one of my favourites for the way in which he executed his lifts- always perfect form.
One of my faves is Kirk Karowski- one of the most intense fellas ever. Long clip but worth a look.
Some of his figures are a tad depressing though, 110kg military press/180kg raw bench at 17 and 90kg. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCxc2GR3u3E&feature=fvw
(Check out the 4:45 minute mark for 1000lbs/455kg x2 in training)
Going back some, Jon Cole was probably my favourite 'early' lifter. 2300lbs+ (with either no equipment or terrible equipment by today's standards)@ 283lbs. I can't think of any current lifters who could touch that?
Don Reinhoudt also totalled 2400lbs+ pretty much unequipped. He was heavy though lol.
Makes me ask, with all the 'developments' in terms of training, diet, nutrition, supplements and 'chemistry', has the standard really improved at all?
Of course there are stand out lifts, Andy Bolton's 1000lb deadlift for example, but there were guys squatting 800-900lbs unequipped or with little equipment 30 years ago, and some benching 650+ unequipped.
Have we really improved or just complicated things further and giving the illusion of progession through more equipment?
post edited by badboy007 - 2009/07/30 01:12:56