Who is Franco Columbu?
Franco Columbu is an Italian actor, author, former champion bodybuilder, powerlifter, amateur boxer, doctor of chiropractic (Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles) and World Strongest Man Competition contestant.
Columbu was born in Sardinia, Italy on August 7, 1941.
He grew up in the primitive inland mountain region of Sardinia, Italy. As a young shepherd and farmer in Ollalai he learned the great value of a strong work ethic.
He started his athletic career as a boxer and attained world wide success as a bodybuilder and powerlifter.
In 1977, he took fifth place in the inaugural World Strongest Man Competition. Despite the fact that his competitors outweighed him by over 100 pounds.
Pound for pound, he is among the strongest men and strongest bodybuilders of all time. Because of his incredible strength, Dr. Franco Columbu was nicknamed the ‘Sardinia Strongman'.
Franco won the title of Mr. Olympia in 1976 and 1981.
Franco’s age today in 2018 is 77 years old.
Franco Columbu Deadlift Records & More
Franco’s deadlift can inspire you to work harder. He knew the powerful benefits of deadlifts and became a world class powerlifter. Check out his powerlifting world record of a 750 Lbs / 340.2 kg deadlift.
In some training sessions he lifted over 780 Lbs / 353.8 kg. Read here about 5 Powerful Franco Columbu Workout Tips You Can Use Today
If you want more deadlifting motivation, check out the Incredible Lamar Gant Deadlift. Lamar Gant achieved the greatest pound for pound deadlift in history.
In the first World’s Strongest Man Competition held in 1977, Franco led his other competitors in the “refrigerator race”. This race required the contestants to race downhill while carrying a full sized fridge on their back. He stumbled and dislocated his leg 3.3 seconds into the race with the refrigerator strapped on his back. He sued the event planners and received $1 million in compensation for his horrifying injury which took years to recover from.
Watch The 1977 Refrigerator Race and What Happened to Franco on National Television
Can You Make a Hot Water Bottle Explode?
Believe it or not, he was so strong that he could cause a hot water bottle to explode.
In April 1979, the Guinness book of world records recorded Franco as having the greatest lung power in the world. In front of a live audience, he blew up a hot water bottle until it burst in just 55 seconds.
Watch Franco explode a hot water bottle:
Franco Columbu Height
How tall is Franco? Believe it or not, he is only 5 feet 5 inches, which is 164 centimeters in height. In fact, what is most remarkable about his powerlifting records, is his height.
At a height of 5 ft 5 inches (164 cm) he could deadlift 780 pounds. And believe it or not, all that Franco weighed was 185 pounds (83.9 kg). Even though Columbu was much shorter than his bodybuilding competitors, that did not prevent him from achieving widespread success.
Titles Won in Powerlifting:
Champion of Italy, Germany and Europe
Franco Columbu Powerlifting World Records:
Bench Press 525 lbs.
Squat 655 lbs.
and the Franco Columbu Deadlift of 750 pounds.
Franco’s 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: https://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 pounds for five deadlifts,
- 400 pounds for five reps,
- 500 pounds for five deadlift reps,
- 600 pounds for two or three reps,
- 650 pounds for one deadlift rep and
- 700 pounds for one rep.”
In the Movie “The 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.
He also appeared in other films such as Pumping Iron, Conan the Barbarian, Last Action Hero, and Red Sonja. Columbu and Schwarzenegger are legendary training partners who were encouraged to come to America by Joe Weider, the ‘Father of Bodybuilding'.
The Future Terminator
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Watch Franco Columbu deadlift a Car
Posters and Books
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 only 5 foot 5 inches or less, you can still become a major international star.
You have to fuel your body with good food and progressive strength training.
The Franco Columbu deadlift and more of his great success will inspire you to accomplish your own dreams. No matter where you begin!
Next, please read about Lamar Gant's inspiring powelifting achievements despite having scoliosis of the spine.