In order to show that he was worthy of such an opportunity he gave a demonstration of strength before his grappling matches: while supporting an 500-pound slab of concrete on his chest his manager smashed it to bits with a sledge hammer. Say what you will about supporting feats, but this one is still no walk in the park!
Another look at Gust Lessis doing the old human anvil feat. Gust performed this feat at Brighton Beach, New York on September 28, 1922. Forget the hammer blows for a second, just holding that rock in place like that is quite a feat in itself. I’d say that rock easily weighs 350 lbs. — likely more. Gust weighed around 185 pounds at the time.
Greek Strongman/Wrestler/Boxer Gust Lessis liked to psyche out his opponents by performing feats of strength. Here’s Gust bending an impressively thick steel bar in his mouth.
Around 1925 or so, the Greek Strongman and wrestler Gust Lessis, wanted a shot at the lightweight boxing crown (which was held by Paul “The Astoria Assassin” Berlenbach at the time.)