Born in Pascagoula Mississippi, Joe Ladnier rocketed straight to the top of powerlifting in short order. A teenage phenomenon and later a legendary senior powerlifter, Joe Ladnier was simply put massive. He is one of the few powerlifters who also successfully competed in bodybuilding at a high level. Unlike today's bodybuilders, Joe had lots of strength evidenced by best recorded lifts of a 960 pound squat, a 628 pound bench, a deadlift of 832 pounds and a total of 2160 pounds. He was the first man ever to beat the 2100 pound barrier in 220 pound class. Joe Ladnier worked for Larry Pacifico and trained with him for many years. American Strength Legends and World Strength Legends proudly presents a profile of the legendary Joe Ladnier.