Another post in Strongman Profile series has just been put up on Breaking Muscle.
Bob Peoples deadlifted 725lbs at 181lbs bodyweight and at the age of forty. This was back in the 1949, on his farm, with limited training equipment, and before the deadlift became popular. Although people have pulled more than him today, he is certainly one of the greatest of all time.
The interesting thing about Peoples is that his deadlift ran contrary to everything that is taught today. Not only did he round his back, but he blew the air out of his lungs before lifting. Why would he do such a thing? Bob studied the form of his lift by viewing himself in a mirror. It was this process over time that led him towards his unique and controversial style of lifting.