Who is Franco Columbu?
Franco Columbu is an Italian actor, author, former champion bodybuilder, powerlifter, amateur boxer, chiropractor and World’s Strongest Man competitor.
Columbu was born in Sardinia, Italy on August 7, 1941.
He grew up with a strong work ethic which he learned as a young shepherd and farmer in Ollalai, in the primitive inland mountain region of Sardinia.
In 1977, he was fifth in the inaugural World’s Strongest Man behind four giants who each outweighed him by around 100 pounds.
Pound for pound, Columbu may have been the strongest bodybuilder of all time.
In 1981, Franco won the Mr. Olympia title.
Franco today in 2016 is 75 years old.
Franco Columbu Deadlift
The Franco Columbu Deadlift can inspire you to work harder.
Check out his powerlifting world record of a 750 Lbs / 340.2 kg deadlift.
In some training sessions he was reported to have lifted over 780 Lbs / 353.8 kg.
Franco Columbu Height
How tall is Franco Columbu?
Just 5 feet 5 inches, 164 centimeters in height.
In fact, what is most remarkable about his powerlifting records, is his height.
You might think that it is difficult for a person of shorter stature to deadlift 750 pounds and over.
Yet, he achieved these deadlifts at a bodyweight of 185 Lbs / 83.9 kg and a height of 5 ft 5 inches (164 cm).
Columbu was much shorter than most of his bodybuilding competitors, but that did not prevent him from achieving widespread success.
What are his Titles?
Franco Columbu’s Titles Won in Powerlifting:
Champion of Italy, Germany and Europe
Columbu’s World Records in Powerlifting:
Bench Press 525 lbs.
Squat 655 lbs.
Deadlift 750 lbs.
Franco Columbu Workout Routine
- 1. WIde-grip chins:* 5 sets of 10 reps
- 2. Seated cable rows: 4 sets of 8 reps
- 3. T-bar rows: 4 sets of 8 reps
- 4. Barbell rows: 4 sets of 8 reps
- 5. Deadlifts: 4 set of 6-10 reps
- Source Credit: http://www.flexonline.com/training/back/even-stronger-they-look-franco-columbu
“Train each body part twice a week, as hard and relentless as possible each time.
Every second week, I’d dead-lift after my leg routine.
My deadlift workout was 300 for five reps, 400 for five reps, 500 for five reps, 600 for two or three reps, 650 for one rep and 700 for one rep.”
Franco Columbu Diet
- 3 eggs
- 1 piece fruit
- Large glass of orange juice
- Yogurt with milk and granola cereal
- Mineral water with a vitamin and mineral supplement
- Fresh vegetable with oil and vinegar dressing
- Cooked vegetable
- Protein, fish, chicken, lamb or liver
- Wine or mineral water
- Cheese and fresh fruit
- Same as lunch
Franco Columbu Terminator
Franco appeared as the Future Terminator in the original movie, The Terminator. In his scene, he infiltrates a resistance bunker, and kills numerous resistance fighters, civilians, and even the bunker’s guard dogs. – source credit: wikia.com.
Franco has had roles in other films such as Conan the Barbarian, Last Action Hero, andRed Sonja, all of which also featured Arnold Schwarzenegger, his good friend.
Franco Columbu as the Future Terminator
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Deadlifting a Car – Franco Columbu Strength
Watch Franco Deadlift 727 pounds in Rare Footage
Franco Columbu Posters and More
If you are under 200 pounds, you too can build a stronger deadlift.
With the right training and nutrition, you can break the 200 pound deadlift threshold and more.
If you are about 5 foot 5 inches, that does not mean you cannot become a major international star.
You have to train and fuel your body with good food.
Let the Franco Columbu deadlift record of 750 pounds inspire you to build a stronger body.
You can do it!
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