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Human potential today almost seems limitless with some of the feats of strength that are being performed. Be it by athletes, powerlifters, strong man competitors, or the like, it just seems like people are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible further and further. Here are 7 awesome feats of strength.
The UK’s Eddie Hall is known for his feats of strength and especially for his deadlifting. He sent shockwaves through the strong man world when he pulled 465kg (1023lbs) at the Arnold’s Classic Expo in early 2016. Video of Arnold quickly rushing to Eddie to congratulate him quickly circulated through training forums and social media.
Little did anyone know that only a few short months later that summer, Eddie would become the first man ever to deadlift 500kg (1102lbs). There’s always “that guy” who claims it’s not an “official” lift as Eddie used straps, but when you’re pulling that much weight, does it really matter?
If it’s “official” feats of strength you want, Ray Williams is your man. Williams has been tearing up the powerlifting world in recent months and years, pushing strength boundaries in “raw” competitions to all new heights. At a USAPL event in October 2016, Ray broke his own IPF record by squatting 1005lbs raw.
American Brian Shaw is known for being not only a behemoth of a man at 6’8” and 420lbs, but also now being a 4x World’s Strongest Man winner. He’s also won the Arnold Strongman Classic twice, as well as several Strongman Super Series events. His feats of strength include a 441lbs log lift and a 1140lbs Hummer Tire Strongman Deadlift.
However, not to be known for only strength, one of Shaw’s most impressive performances was deciding to play around on a Concept 2 rower one day at Mark Bell’s SuperTraining gym. A few minutes later and on a whim, he set an unofficial world record by rowing 100m in only 12.8 seconds.
Speaking of deadlifts and the World’s Strongest Man, one of the most impressive feats of strength, as well as will and determination, was Whit Baskin’s Car Deadlift Hold in 1999. While other competitors were only getting holds in the 40-50 seconds range, a 21-year old Baskin held on for a record 2:11 in his rookie year as a pro strong man competitor.
Showing that pro athletes are just as strong and capable as pro lifters, two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year JJ Watt jumped onto a 61” box. This is even more impressive when you consider that Watt is 6’5” and weighs 290lbs.
Not all strength records are held by the big boys. Maibam Itomba Meitei, a gymnast from India, garnered a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records by performing 16 consecutive pullups using only his pinky fingers.
Considered by many to be the best strong man competitor ever, Zyndrunas Savickas has won every single major strong man competition in the world including being a 4x World’s Strongest Man winner, winning 10 Arnold Strongman competitions, being crowned Europe’s Strongest Man 3x, as well as being multi-time IFSA champion. “Big Z” has many world records to his credit, including a 228kg (502lbs) log press at the 2015 Arnold’s Classic Rio in front of the man himself.
Maybe the most mind-boggling thing about these feats of strength is that most have happened in only the last couple to few years. If they’re any indication, all new records will continue to be set, and the limits of human performance will continue to be heightened.