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.