Zydrunas Savickas was born on July 15, 1975 in Birzai, Lithuania. As a child he was stronger and taller than his most of his classmates and after watching a strongman contest on TV in 1989, he decided to try to become a professional strongman. At age 16 he entered his first strongman contest and, although he did not win, he beat a number of adult competitors in the contest. During his teenage years he also began to train in Powerlifting (starting at age 13) and in only his second contest he set new Lithuanian records. For several years he competed in both sports, totaling over 2200 pounds to win the silver medal in the IPF World Powerlifting Championships in 2000.
Zydrunas’ powerlifting career was cut short when he suffered a double knee injury in a strongman contest in 2001. Although some felt he could never lift again, Zydrunas continued training, focusing primarily on strongman contests. Now, Zydrunas is considered by nearly everyone to be the strongest man in the world, as he is a six-time winner of the Arnold Strongman Classic (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008), and a three-time winner of the TWI World’s Strongest Man Contest.
Hometown: Vilnius, Lithuania
Height: 190.5 cm/6’3’’
Weight: 182 kg/400 lbs
Chest: 150 cm/59.1 inches
Biceps: 55 cm/21.7 inches
Thigh: 115 cm/45.3 inches
Calf: 55 cm/21.7 inches
Neck: 55 cm/21.7 inches
Family: Zydrunas is married to Jurgita.
Second Place TWI World’s Strongest Man, 2013
First Place Arnold Strongman Classic in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008
First Place Arnold Strongman Classic Europe, 2012
First Place TWI World’s Strongest Man Winner, 2009, 2010, and 2012
First Place Fortissimus, 2009
Fourteen-time Champion Lithuania’s Strongest Man, 1998-00, 2002, and 2004-2013
First Place Strongman Champions League, 2008 & 2012
First Place IFSA Strongman World Championship, 2006
First Place IFSA Strongman World Championship, 2005
Second Place TWI World’s Strongest Man, 2002, 2003 and 2004
Records held in Strongman Events outside the Arnold
Log lift: 222.5 kilos/ 490.5 pounds.
Axle Press: 212 kilos/467.4 pounds
Apollon’s Axle: 166 kilos/366 pounds x 8 clean & press each rep
Giant Barbell Deadlift Reps: 320 kilos/705.5 pounds x 10
22 kilos/48.5 pounds Medicine Ball: 17 feet in height
Ring of Stones: 25.65 seconds
Hummer Tire Deadlift: 462 kilos/1018.52 pounds
Heavy yoke: 500 kilos/1102.3 pounds for 7.5 seconds