Sorry if you all have heard of these before but i coldn't resist posting some of these here for you guys and gals, some of this stuff is purely amazing. Post your thoughts.
Bulgarian Naim Suleimanov, all 4' 11", 123 pounds of him, set a world record of 376 pounds in the clean and jerk in 1984 soon after turning 16. He went on to win three Olympic gold medals, and surely would’ve won four had his country not boycotted the ’84 Games. But here’s the amazing part: After setting the record, he returned home and went right back to heavy training, doing seven 30- to 45-minute sessions a day, 6 days a week. In the sixth session on the third day, he jerked 402 pounds--beating his own world record by 26 pounds.
We’ve all heard that practice makes perfect. But what do you say when a lifter sets a world record in an exercise he rarely performs? That’s what happened in 1996, when Mark Henry (6' 3", 405) did a deep front squat with 770 pounds. Perhaps equally amazing: Henry is a drug-free lifter, and eschewed the squat suit, knee wraps, and belt typically worn by elite powerlifters when they attempt maximal lifts.
Blacksmith Gregg Ernst (5' 10", 320) "backlifted" 5,340 pounds in an exhibition in Nova Scotia in 1993. He crawled under and placed the flat of his back against a massive platform. Atop the platform were two small cars. He placed his hands on a wooden block and pushed up with the combined strength of his arms, shoulders, thighs, and hips. When the platform rose off the ground, Ernst had lifted more weight at one time than anyone before or since.
this one is completely amazing:
Dennis Rogers (5' 9", 168) probably has the strongest arms of any normal-sized guy who ever lived. An evangelist as well as a strongman and arm-wrestling champion, he can break police handcuffs, do a strict curl with a 100-pound dumbbell, and roll up a frying pan like an aluminum pie plate. But his greatest feat came in 2003, when he bent an 8-inch-long crescent wrench into an S with his bare hands. That’s "S," as in Superman.
(yeah i'd say so)
When 18-year-old Wylie Webster (5' 10", 200) entered the Texas State High School Regional Powerlifting meet in 1997, his coach wanted him to try 730, maybe 740 pounds--pretty ambitious, considering Webster’s personal record was 725. Instead, he deadlifted 800 pounds--four times his weight. No one who saw the lift could believe that a drug-free teenager could do such a thing, and the weights were counted several times to make sure they added up to eight bills. They did.
and finally ....
At the 1981 World’s Strongest Man contest, the competitors had to load a dozen 175-pound metal beer kegs into the back of a truck. The kegs were lined up 8 to 10 feet from the truck, and the strongmen would pick one up, run to the truck, heave it in, then grab the next and repeat. But that was too much trouble for Bill Kazmaier (6' 2", 325). Kaz grabbed the kegs one by one and threw them sideways into the truck while hardly moving his feet. This is still considered by many the greatest single feat of strength in the 25-year history of the competition.