Paul Anderson’s Silver Dollar Squat: The Strongest Man in History (Season 1) | History

Paul Anderson’s Silver Dollar Squat: The Strongest Man in History (Season 1) | History

Yeah! EDDIE HALL: Let’s go, Obie. As soon as you picked
it up, you were shaking like a dog having a [bleep]. NICK BEST: I’m not
looking forward to this. This is going to be rough. BRIAN SHAW: Oh, wow. That’s way bigger than I
thought it was going to be. BRIAN SHAW: Yeah, totally. We want to investigate
the $15,000 silver dollar squat that Paul Anderson
did at the Mapes Casino. If we were to fill the boxes
completely filled with coins– what did it come out to? 4,209 pounds. Wow. There’s absolutely
no way that thing was all the way of silver dollars. EDDIE HALL: So we knew
there must have been a fake wall, then,
for those coins to come all the way to the top. BRIAN SHAW: Based
on our calculations, the actual setup that he
squatted was 720 pounds. Come on. Yeah! Let’s go, Obie. Pull! Stay where you are. Stay where you are. Let’s go, Obie. BRIAN SHAW: Picking up the
squat setup for the first time was pretty crazy. It was shaking, so
trying to stay stable was a very hard thing to do. Let’s go, Obie. You got this. Let’s go. Up. Good. Down. Set yourself. Set yourself. Big breath. Come on, Obie. And up! Easy. Great job, Obie. That a boy. Awesome, man. The boxes are so awkward,
it works our whole core. It was so wobbly. Oh, my god. It was the hardest squat
at that weight I’ve ever had in my entire life. EDDIE HALL: The squat
itself was a scary set up. It really was. Let’s go! Nothing. Nothing. Because we had all our weight
in the front of the boxes. Ease into it. Don’t jerk it up. Good. Down. Rack clear. As soon as you picked
it up, you were shaking like a dog having a [bleep]. Get up! Good squat. Rack. Rack! Good job. [shouting] It was just such
a scary thing to do. It’s like squatting
during an earthquake. The only way I can describe it. Let’s get this done, then. Come on. It’s only weight. I’m not looking forward to this. This is going to be rough. Come on. Nice and easy. Gentle into it. Come on. Good. Good! Stay where you are. Find the balance. Find the balance.
– I’ve got it. Come on. Come on. Let’s go, Nick! Sound it off. You’ve got it. You’ve got it. Easy. [shouting] [bleep] No, no, no. Do this. Do this. We’re good.
We’re good. Drop it. OK, drop it, drop it, drop it. I lost my balance squatting
the coins due to the bar being whippy.
– You’re all right? Everything OK? Yeah, I just gotta get
these knee rests off. Yeah, just breathe. That was probably the shakiest
bar I’ve ever put on my back. I couldn’t stay stable with it. And as I started to squat
down, I just lost it forwards. There was nothing
I could do, and it just slammed me right down. Do you want to
do it again, or no? I wouldn’t, man. That scared me, bro. And honestly, I
almost hurt myself trying to pick that up off you. Yeah. You don’t have
anything to prove, man. Yeah, but I’ve got
to prove it to me. It’s up to you, Nick. I want it. You want it. I want it. All right, buddy. All right. I can’t believe he’s
about to do this again. That doesn’t seem smart to me. Focus. Let’s go. Tight, tight. Come on. Step up. Let’s go! Plant your feet
and don’t move them. Do not move.
– Come on. Let’s go.
Come on, Nick. You’re right where
you need to be, Nick. Let’s go.
Come on! Ease into it. East into it. There.
Good. Free. Your weight. Go. And up! Good push. That a boy. All right. That’s better. Let me get some. Coming up with that, and
coming back and getting it was definitely one of the best
feelings I ever got in my life. I’m really glad I did this. I mean, I love
Paul Anderson, so– You do realize that Paul
Anderson was 24 years old when he did this lift, right? And so you are more
than double his age, which is a feat in itself, man. Yeah, that’s awesome, man. Well done, buddy. Really, really good. Thanks, guy. Yeah. Aw, come here, bro. Yeah. Come on, bud. Group hug. Bring it in.


  1. The most what I like about them is their bonding with each other. The mutual respect which they have got is rare to see among many competitors 🙂

  2. I like how they always say there is no way that someone could've done that whenever their trying to do something like how do you know

  3. If you have approximately $14,580 in quarters at home…you too can try this! Best of luck (more on getting that many quarters).

  4. I like that for this show they don't just calculate the weight and use normal weights, they actually try to recreate the original lift. Like this one, the barrel lift and the carousel one. It's a lot of work to make it "accurate" and is (unfortunately) surprising to see from History channel today.

  5. Nick doesn't typically move the same kind of weight as the other three but it's worth noting that he's almost 20 years older than Robert and Eddie. 720 lb squats at 50 aren't easy.

  6. Ahh strong man tears. The uncontrollable urge to cry after getting a big amount of weight off the bar. Been there you feel good real good after

  7. With all due respect, DON'T HURT YOURSELF IT'S NOT WORTH IT. Im a weaightlifter and im living with a lower back injury, it's bin hunting me for almost 40 years.

  8. These guys are so great, I love seeing how much they support each other it is quite refreshing these days. I'd like to buy them a beer and hang out

  9. This is awesome!!! Nick is an amazing guy! They all are! Those words from Nick and when he got emotional you could just see how much it meant to him to overcome. Truly remarkable

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