The great thing about athletes is that they come in all shapes and sizes, and they happen to just be a bit stronger and better at everything than the rest of us. What about the athletes that happen to be just a bit stronger and better than the average athlete though?
I’ve found a few people who are nearly superhuman in their size, strength, or ability. Check out these athletes and prepare to be humbled.
John is a young gun, a football player who is in the middle of his athletic career. A small, budding flower of a man, right? John stands a solid 7 foot senior defensive lineman who tips the scale at 440 pounds. While he hasn’t signed yet, he obviously has plenty of D1 interest. Scholarships are waiting…as long as he’s able to drop a pound or 20. The California raised prospect grew 5″ between sixth grade and ninth. Not sure if kids are growing bigger than they use to? This should be proof enough.
This young guy played football in college like most big guys tend to, but he eventually found his calling in the weight room. Since, he has become a member of the well known WestSide Barbell Club, and is quickly gaining on the heels of the top powerlifters. Oh, he’s also 6’7″ and just shy of 400 lbs. He had a clean pull of 905 lbs in the previous year, and is easily pulling 960+ from low pins. Chris makes normal people look like children, and children look like little nuggets. Which he’d probably eat, because he’s a big guy and eats a lot. He’s superhuman mostly because he’ll probably top powerlifter lists in the next couple of years, which would make his ascent into greatness a decently quick jaunt in comparison.
Brian Shaw has represented the U.S. in the World’s Strongest Man competitions quite a bit, and he’s proven his worth time and again, especially after winning the 2015 World’s Strongest Man. The 6’8″, 430 lb giant has won 3 titles in total, making him one of the best in history. To make it clear how strong he is, he managed a 985 lb deadlift. That means this man can nearly lift most cars. With competition events like “fridge carry” and “block/key toss”, one can only imagine how much of Shaw’s makeup is pure strength and brute power.
This lass is on the list because she has the superhuman ability to be arguably the best female athlete in history. Yes, thats history. Serena has more titles than most individual athletes, almost completing a calendar year Grand Slam record. She makes winning championships seem like a thing she just wakes up and does, and while her and her sister’s name has become synonymous with tennis, she is continuing on to collect the most prize money of any female tennis player, and to rack up more wins and championships than other athletes in any sport you choose.
While his boxing career wasn’t necessarily the longest, Gogea (d. 1936) made history by being the tallest professional boxer and the tallest Romanian in history. He’s giant stature was utilized well in the circus where he spent years touring Europe. His boxing record was 10-1-1, which is impressive for the 7’4″, 330 lb Heavyweight boxer. But with a reach of almost 91″, it may not be that impressive after all.
Konishiki is known for being the first non-Japanese born wrestler to reach the second highest rank in the sport of Sumo Wrestling. This is called Ozeki. More than likely one of the things that helped the Hawaiian born wrestler is his massive 606 lbs of absolute strength (and other things…). Nicknamed “The Dump Truck”, Konishiki won various championships and awards, also being the first non-Japanese grand champion. Considering that the typical Sumo diet consists of 20,000 calories, its easy to see how he got the name.
Robert is superhuman because his legs are probably 18x (exaggeration, barely) bigger than yours. Robert is a German track cyclist who has made sprint work his specialty. He’s a talented and winning cyclist, but while I’m sure he would prefer to be known for his record, most people recognize his lower body before they recognize his name. At a mere 5’9″, his 200 lb physique is almost entirely compromised of his quads, which you can see below. And you thought you had a hard time finding jeans cause you “squat”.
This gentleman made the list because he has superhuman lung capacity, which makes his freakishly fast ascents up snowcapped mountains possible. While the measly average athlete has a V02 max average in the 50’s, KJ has a recorded max of 92. One of the highest ever recorded. Which makes sense, since he’s actually the best ultra marathon runner in the entire world. If that’s not superhuman, I’m not quite sure what is.