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Dennis is a pretty good rock climber himself. He did a lot of that when he was on his 'vision quest' post college. Probably has a lot to do with his grip strength and brutal gut wrench (and the pull ups as well).

Yeah, like that. I like it but it was work, those guy make it look easy. My kid,and strong girls in general are also really good.Girls because they naturally use more legs than upper body.

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Many years ago, I saw Mark Johnson, a member of the 1980 Greco-Roman Olympic team and two-time NCAA runnerup at Michigan, curl 250 pounds for 10 reps,using only a slight back bend. He weighed about 195 at the time and the national magazine Strength & Health printed a story about Mark doing that. Also, Mike Chapman, the guy who writes books about wrestling and who created WIN magazine and the Dan Hodge Trophy, bench pressed 330 pounds while on his neck in a wrestler's bridge. (He could do 440 on a flat bench at the time, weighting 205). Chapman said he was inspired to do the wrestler's bridge lift after reading a story of George Hackenschmidt, known as The Russian Lion, doing that back in 1910.

 

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I think Jake Herbert has done 50 pullups on line. Granted, pales compared to the bull**** 100 pullup stories on here, but Jake was a big guy and actually did it :D

 

Also...how can one not  be impressed with a 133 pound guy bench pressing 285 pounds?

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I've seen 50 year old men do 50+ in a row. I've seen women do 20+ in a row. I have no trouble believing a world class lower weight athlete could do 100 in a row.

 

I don't think insane strength and athleticism is required to be a world class wrestler, but people are capable of crazy things if they work at it.

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I think Jake Herbert has done 50 pullups on line. Granted, pales compared to the bull**** 100 pullup stories on here, but Jake was a big guy and actually did it :D

 

Also...how can one not  be impressed with a 133 pound guy bench pressing 285 pounds

Hmmm. If a 133 lber can bench 285, hitting a baseball must be more difficult than bench pressing heavy weight

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regarding 100 strict pull-ups. I recently saw video of Jim Gruenwald doing 100. As others have noted he is freaky strong on this type of strength movement, but his 100 were far from strict. so 100 strict pull ups is still a little out there for me to comprehend.

 

strong as hell, great wrestler, no doubt

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regarding 100 strict pull-ups. I recently saw video of Jim Gruenwald doing 100. As others have noted he is freaky strong on this type of strength movement, but his 100 were far from strict. so 100 strict pull ups is still a little out there for me to comprehend.

 

strong as hell, great wrestler, no doubt

 

Any relation to Wally Gruenwald? Wrestled him in JH and he was strong as an ox.

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Most athletes carry half their body weight in their upper body (normal sedentary people carry more in their lower body). Imagining redistributing 1/4 of your body weight from your lower body to your upper body and you have Robles’s upper body. For a 125 lber, that’s 30+ lbs, and likely more (40+) since Robles’s only leg was atrophied due to his condition. He had the upper body of a jacked 165-174 lber. I’m not sure that’s enough to overcome his disability (probably not), but a couple of guys I know who wrestled him said they’d never experienced anything close to grip strength and torque on top like his, even in practice when they’d roll around with middleweights to get in work with heavier guys. One of the guys was pretty jacked himself and looks sort of like Tomasello.

 

I can believe he can do 200 pull-ups.

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Pretty sure Gruenwald could do 100 plus pull ups. He could also do one arm hanging pull ups.... not bracing the arm but literally hanging. Some people just have a talent for such things.

 

Yep, I never found one arm pull ups to be a problem. The look on people's face when you pull them out is priceless. I have heard plenty of times that Gruenwald could do a ton of pull ups. I want to see what he's doing. Everyone seems to have a different definition of what a proper pull up is. The "correct form" varies greatly from one person to the next. This is true for both one and two handed pull ups. I've seen people count pull ups that I would never count.

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Yep, I never found one arm pull ups to be a problem. The look on people's face when you pull them out is priceless. I have heard plenty of times that Gruenwald could do a ton of pull ups. I want to see what he's doing. Everyone seems to have a different definition of what a proper pull up is. The "correct form" varies greatly from one person to the next. This is true for both one and two handed pull ups. I've seen people count pull ups that I would never count.

Well for one arm pull ups, while bracing the arm, I can do more then 2 arm. Especially when I am heavy. 1 arm from a hanging position, other arm at your side is part strength and part physiology. I had world class strength but could only ever get two of those. A proper pull up for records is over hand, a slight pause at the bottom, chin over, no legs or hips involved. In other words no cheats.

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One arm pullups (no bracing with the other arm) from a true dead hang are ridiculously tough. I would bet only two or three of our national team members could do even one. I know JB can do one (but just one). He has a huge upper body with massive arms and tiny legs. Maybe one of the lighter guys like Gilman can do one too.

 

SIXTEEN in a row with a single arm like Gruenwald did is preposterous, downright freakish right up there with a 1000 lb squat and 700 lb raw bench in terms of impressiveness. As I said, if Brinzer wasn’t who he is, I would immediately cal BS. That has to be a world record or damn close.

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For that matter, I watched Dave and Jeff Alexander, a pair of twins on my junior high team, each break 100 pull-ups with good form.  They were serious gymnasts, and I think they each weighed around 70 at the time.

I could see this. I want to see the form on Gruenwald's one-handers. I can't tell how impressive that is unless I see how they're done. If he can do 16 while fully extending his arm between each real, I would definitely have to tip my hat to him.

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