strength legend Jasper Benincasa

MARCH 25, 1921 – JANUARY 6, 2012

Jasper did a 1-arm chin-up at age-89. Not bad.

… His two most extreme accomplishments were doing one chin with a 265 lb man held between his legs, and a C.T.I. (Close to Impossible – arms parallel to the ground while holding a bar with his hands) from a horizontal bar …

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Close to impossible? :)


#1 TCO on 02.04.12 at 9:29 am

Some debate as to if CTI was held (not saying it was not).

#2 Alex on 02.04.12 at 3:46 pm

the CTI where the peoples are talking about is little different (the body is before the bar, the angle between arms and body is 90° and the body is orthogonal to the floor….my father who is a teacher of physics did some operations…so with his body features he has to generate a grip tension of about 14000-15000 Newton…he doubts seriously about this skill…so am i

#3 wordsmith on 02.04.12 at 6:38 pm

I too am curious to know whether this was actually held or not.

I used to do straight-arm waist-ups in over grip and bent-arm waist-ups in under grip.

#4 Jim Bathurst on 02.08.12 at 8:35 pm

Correction – Jasper did a one arm chin-up at age 89 years old. NOT on the day he died (when he was 90 years old).

As far as the CTI goes, I’ve put an analysis on my website of the two photos of the CTI. I think it’s a hold.

#5 coach Rick on 02.08.12 at 11:02 pm

Thanks, Jim. I’ll correct the age.

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