Being able to leap across tall buildings in a single bound may seem like something straight out of a comic book, but after a look at these true super strength stories you'll start to question what's real and what's not. These are people who have truly superhuman strength. A lot of them managed to summon it in moments of crisis, a phenomenon often referred to as "hysterical" strength. This is an amazing process where stress and adrenaline allow us to access part of our strength we wouldn't be able to in, say, a workout. But some of these people have such a natural strength all the time that their mere existence seems to defy logic. They manage to do things that seem, to us mere mortals, truly out of this world.
These are true stories of superhuman strength, from toddlers to grandmothers, and they'll put any of you with delusions of grandeur after your last CrossFit session in your place. If you've ever complained about being sore after a day at the gym, read on and prepared to be embarrassed.
Having a neck 24 inches in circumference certainly might make your head stronger than the average person, but it definitely doesn’t explain how this happened. John Evans, the "Head Balancer," already had a lot of world records under his belt for balancing things on his head. You know, things like piles of bricks, a washing machine, other people. Normal stuff. But in May 1999, he went bigger - way bigger. On his head, with no hands, he balanced a gutted Mini Cooper - yup, the car - on his head for 33 seconds. A car. It weighed 352 pounds.
Sakinat Khanapiyeva hasn’t had one climactic moment of strength induced by adrenaline or fear - her entire life has been filled with mind-boggling strength. She first discovered her heroic abilities when she was 10 years old and was able to move a container of grain that weighed 661 pounds. Or, like, the weight of four grown men. As a 10-year-old girl. But it didn’t stop there: into her seventis, she could still rip a phone book in half, twist two-inch steel rods, and lift a 52-pound dumbbell while standing on a bed of nails. Oh, and break a horseshoe in half.
While a lot of stories involving moving cars in moments of crisis, Yang Jinlong decided to pull a van full of people for fun. The kicker: he was seven years old. Jinlong—again, at seven years old—managed to pull a van that weighed 1.85 tons. It's one of many astonishing strength exercises he’s been doing since childhood. The reason behind his super strength? Well, he had one simple answer: “I’m fat!” There must be more to it than that, right?
Dean Karnazes is a runner who puts Forrest Gump to shame. Though you may be impressed that he ran 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 consecutive days, there’s a single feat that’s even more striking. On October 12, 2005, Karnazes set out on the most epic run that ever epic-ed. He ran 350 miles without stopping. That ended up being a full 80 hours and 44 minutes of running on no sleep. It’s enough not only to make you believe in superhuman strength but in an iron will as well.