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Denis Cyplenkov - Strongest Arms in History



* Regardless of lifters weight classes or type of barbell used. Heaviest Weight lifted WINS!

1. Denis Cyplenkov - 170 kg (375 lbs) - Ez Bar - (?) - Done for 2 reps!
2. Bill Kazmaier - 143 kg (315 lbs) - Straight Barbell ? - (1985) - Done for 12 or 15 reps!
3. Levan Saginashvili - 142 kg (312 lbs) - Ez Bar - (?) - Done for 3 reps!
4. Magnus Samuelsson - 140 kg (308 lbs) - Straight Barbell - (?) - Done for 4 reps!
5. Chuck Loesch - 140 kg (310 lbs) - Straight Barbell - (?)
6. Doug Hepburn - 136 kg (300 lbs) - Straight Barbell - (1959)
7. Kirill Sarychev - 132.5 kg (292 lbs) - Ez Bar - (2015) - Done for 6 reps!
8. Kyriakos Grizzly - 120 kg (264 lbs) - Ez Bar - (2021) - Done for 14 reps!
9. Leonidas Arkona - 120 kg (264 lbs) - Ez Bar - (2019)
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Let's use this forum to document the heaviest weights lifted on a barbell cheat curl and also include some stories regarding those strength legends with "Out Of This World" claims!


Let's begin with... 

Bill Kazmaier

Strength Legend Bill Kazmaier Curling Serious Weight

It is an Internet rumour that three time World's Strongest Man winner, champion powerlifter and general all round strength legend, has cheat curled 200 kg (440 lbs) back in 1985. He has also reportedly cheat curled 143 kg (315 lbs) for 12 or 15 reps. However, with no photos or video footage or witnesses, those so called records will need to remain a rumour. Kaz was known to be very strong in the arm department but without evidence, who really knows what he would have been capable of. As far as I'm aware, Kaz has never confirmed the 200 kg curl strength feat?

Moving on to Strongman...

Manfred Hoeberl

Strongman Manfred Hoeberl

Manfred built the World's Biggest Arms back in the 90's with a pumped measurement of 26" by Iron Historian Joe Roark.

Joe Roak Measuring Strongman Manfred Hoeberl's Arms at 26 Inches

In 1994, Manfred wrote a book entitled "10 Minutes to Massive Arms" detailing at the time, how he trained his arms to get them so big.

Manfred Hoeberl - 10 Minutes to Massive Arms


Within his book, he must have claimed that he could curl 200 kg (440 lbs) because a bodybuilding writer by the name of Steve Neece (RIP) challenged Manfred's claim and offered to pay Manfred $5,000 to prove it. Some sources claim it was really $10,000!! 

In an Interview back in 2012 (Jan 18) with Viking Strength, Manfred was asked how strong his arms were back in the 1990's when he possessed 25 Inch arms! Manfred's reply was...


"I curled close to 200 kg (440 lbs) and was busy training for a bet I had with a Bodybuilding Magazine to curl 200 kg on a barbell for $5000." ~ Manfred Hoeberl

I'm not sure what year Neece challenged Manfred to prove he was able of curling 200 kg but If Manfred did accept Neece's challenge, he may not have followed through with it due to tearing his bicep in 1997.


Manfred Hoeberl - Performing a Barbell Curl

If you're a Manfred Hoeberl fan check this video out...


Let's move on to Strongman... 

Magnus Samuelsson

Strongman Magnus Samuelsson - Strongest Arms in the World

1998 World's Strongest Man winner is known to have one of the strongest arms in the world including GRIP having officially closed a number 4 Captains of Crush Gripper. From his training DVD entitled "The World's Strongest Arms", Magnus cheat curled 140 kg (308 lbs) for 4 fairly strict reps. In an Interview with Ironmind back in 2010, Samuelsson stated...


"That his basic biceps routine has been the same for 20 years, built around barbell curls: 60 kg (132 lbs) x 15 reps, 80 kg (176 lbs) x 15 reps, 100 kg (220 lbs) x 15 reps, and if he feels good, back to 60 kg (132 lbs) x 15 reps." ~ Magnus Samuelsson

To make the reps more challenging and work his grip more during barbell curls he would let the bar roll as far down toward his fingertips as possible during reps, before bringing it back into his hand, curling his wrists, and then continuing the movement.

In case anyone ever wonders if Magnus ever tore his biceps...The answer is yes and both of them!

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