George Hackenshmidt drew a crowd while in training to face Frank Gotch for the second time, in Chicago in 1911. Hack is shown here building his neck strength with the the wrestler’s bridge. His training partners Dr. Benjamin Roller and Gus ‘Americus’ Schoenlein, look on.
The man known only as Kong, who claimed to have the world’s strongest neck, lifts 502 pounds. Another unusual feat of strength which he performed was having a partner smash bricks laying on his neck with a sledge hammer. Interestingly, “Kong” was also a vegetarian.