The Tale of the First 1,000lb Bench Press

When I was a child, I was fascinated by feats of strength. Weaned on episodes of World’s Strongest Man and superhero cartoons from an early age, I was, and continue to be, curious about the limits of human strength and endurance. The past two decades of strongman, powerlifting, weightlifting, bodybuilding and CrossFit have reiterated this fascination, as well my belief that we’re still searching for the peak of human strength and endurance.

We have not hit the limits of human strength but, we have, I believe, reached the limits of human athleticism. Gone are the days when John Grimek could simultaneously compete in bodybuilding and Olympic weightlifting.

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