Yes, that’s a genuine Louisville Slugger. Do NOT try this one at home! Pat “The Human Vise” Povilaitis is a trained professional, plus he is a little crazy which helps with feats like this. Needless to say, extreme levels of neck strength are also a must.
Here’s a Human Chain” feat of a whole different sort. That’s “The Amazing Samson” Alexander Zass suspended in mid-air while also lifting a 500-pound iron girder in his teeth. That’s a pretty awesome feat no matter how you slice it, one that we have never seen equaled before or since.
On May 8th, 1896, the great Canadian strongman Louis Cyr performed several amazing feats of strength, among them lifting and shouldering a 433 lb. barrel with one hand. The barrel was filled with a mixture of water and sand and the feat took place at Saint-Louis Hall in Chicago, Illinois.
We specialize in bringing you content that you won’t find anywhere else, and here’s a great example: pictured above you’ll find Great Beckett “The Five-Plank Marvel.” How did he get this nickname? His act consisted of hammering a large nail through (count’em) five thick wooden planks… then pulling out the nail with his teeth. Needless to say, the strength of neck, jaw, gums and teeth required for this performance is prodigious.
Edward W. Goodman was a Los Angeles attorney who also liked to lift a few weights… so much so that he became the Amateur Champion of Southern California. Over the course of an afternoon he broke seven of the British amateur lifting records. As shown here, he could also climb a tree with a 75-pound kettlebell hanging from each arm — not a bad feat. Goodman was featured prominently in the literature for Alan Calvert’s MILO Barbell Company since his all of his impressive development came solely from regular barbell training.
The great British strongman Thomas Inch graces the cover of the October 26th, 1907 issue of Health and Strength Magazine with his latest feat: holding a loft a bicycle and its rider. These old Health and Strength mags are all but impossible to find, luckily, we just came across a few of them…