Fat or Fit? Bert Assirati, World’s Strongest Man.

by Eric Shalit on October 30, 2009

Bert Assirati, world's strongest man.

We’re impressed by feats of physical strength and skill here. While roaming the vast universe of the web, I came across this photo set. It’s one of my favorites (c.1938). This is Bernardo (Bert) Asserati (1908–1990), who in addition to being a long-distance cyclist, was an English professional wrestler who became a multiple time British Heavyweight Champion. Assirati was one of the strongest and toughest wrestlers around. He was known for displaying various feats of strength, including setting a British record in 1938 by lying on his back, and pulling over at arms length a 200 lb. barbell. At a very stocky 5′ 7″ and 240 lbs, Assirati was one of the heaviest men to perform the iron cross!

Bert Assirati’s 1938 Feats of Strength

  • Could lay on his back on the floor, and pull over at arms length a 200 lb.
    barbell, to set a British record.
  • Could squat 800 lbs. unofficial World record.
  • Could squat with one leg with a 200 lbs. barbell on his shoulders.
  • Could squat continuously for half an hour while supporting 235 lbs.
  • Could perform three one arm pull-ups, at bodyweight of 240 lbs.
  • Could hold a one-hand stand when weighing 266 lbs.
  • Could do a crucifix on the rings when weighing 266 lbs.
  • Could do a military press of 160 lbs. with one arm.
  • Could perform a back somersault while holding a 56 lb. block weight in each hand.
  • Could perform back somersaults, or flip-flaps, while weighing 266 lbs.
  • Long distance cyclist.
  • Champion strand puller.
  • Could carry a piano a long distance on his back.
  • Could carry a telegraph pole a long distance on his back.

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