A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article about the Ferocious Strength of Tigers! Since Tigers are my Favourite Animals of all time, I figured it was an awesome idea to write a article about them and to show my love and respect to them as well, and so I did! Now however, is the time to give recognition and respect to my second favourite Animal of all time, and that’s none other then the Mighty Gorilla!
Although I said that in my humble opinion the Tiger is the Definitive KING of the Jungle, and I still stand firm and strong behind that claim and I always will! However, I do want to talk about the Mighty Gorilla and its Phenomenal Strength as well! So let’s break it down and talk about the Phenomenal Strength of the Gorilla!
It’s for a very good reason that a lot of well-known Strength Fanatics in the Physical Cutlure game are huge fans and love the Gorilla! It’s a fascinating animal, no doubt about that! What’s even more fascinating about the Gorilla then almost any other animal out there, is the fact that it resembles the Human Being a lot in the way it’s Build. Although the Gorilla has very large and long Arms & in particular FOREARMS and relatively short legs, it does have 5 fingers on his hands and feet like Human Beings and also has a face that resembles that of a Human Being. In other words, it has a head in the shape almost identical to that of a Human Being, it has 2 eyes, a nose, a jaw and even teeth that also resembles, once again, that of a Human Being, except for the 4 Sharp Teeth that resembles a Tiger more!
So you see, the Gorilla has a lot in common with the Human, more then we would like to admit. But the really phenomenal and enormous difference between even the STRONGEST Human Beings on the planet and a Gorilla, is the PURE, BRUTE, RAW & TOTAL Strength the Gorilla possesses on a pound for pound basis. It has been said and calculated (although not offically confirmed) that a Silverback Gorilla is at least 20 times stronger then 20 Strong men! Now If you would take the STRONGEST men in the world and combine their Strength together against that of a Silverback Gorilla, yeah then you’ll definitely need less men to compare against the Phenomenal Strength the Silverback Gorilla possesses. But not much, as a matter of fact, I think that the Gorilla can easily take 5-8 of the Strongest men in the world on a pound for pound basis, break both their arms & legs in a blink of an eye and rip their heads off in a split second! That is, if you really got him pissed off and angry as hell! Wich would be a very bad idea and I don’t recommend you do that… EVER!
Lets look at the simple scientific facts and studies that have been done in the past on Chimpanzees! What you can clearly see and find out about the Strength on a pound for pound basis of Primates, and especially of the Gorilla, is this: It’s PHENOMENAL & INCREDIBLE! The experiment was conducted in the Bronx in 1924, in that study the Biologist by the name of John Bauman, conducted a study where he compared the Strength of the Chimpanzee on a pound for pound basis to that of a Human Being on a pound for pound basis. Long story short:
They measured the Pulling Strength of a Male Chimp that weighted 165 pounds against that of a man that weighted the same. They tested the Pulling Strength of Both the Man & the Chimpanzee on a Pulling Machine called the Dynamometer. What happened then was astounding! Picture this for a second: The man who had every advantages in his favour could pull on the Dynamometer however he saw fit and with every possible advantages and best leverage he could get on that Pulling device. Yet, he ONLY pulled a measly 150+ pounds & his maximum pull was at 200 pounds, he pulled that after a couple of tries.
Now also picture this, although the Chimpanzee and the dude weighted the same, the Chimpanzee still pulled a WHOPPPING 847 pounds! Yup, that’s right, he pulled almost 5 times more then the “Strong” dude who pulled only 200 pounds. NOT to talk sh*t about the Strength of Human Beings, because, in my opinion, ONLY The Strongest people on the planet can pull as much as the Chimpanzee or come even close to that!
Add to the fact that the Chimpanzee didn’t know exactly what to do, and also didn’t have a clue what the hell was going on. But the study had to be done, so they let the Chimpanzee Pull that Dynamometer from BEHIND his bars in the Zoo. Which means that the Chimpanzee had a very BAD leverage and all the disadvantages in the world that he could get at that moment. YET, he pulled a Tremendous 847 pounds! That’s insane in my opinion and that shows you how Incredibly & phenomenaly Strong Primates can be. And this Chimpanzee was being held in captivity in the Zoo his whole life, just imagine what he could have pulled if he came straight out of the Jungle and had never been in captivity in the first place.
And as a matter of fact, the studies showed and the Biologist speculated that the 847 pounds that the Chimpanzee pulled on the Dynamometer wasn’t even his FULL Strength and nowhere near his maximum. That’s freaking insane! To show you that this is TRUE, they also let a Female Chimpanzee pull that Pulling Device and guess what she got? Indeed! Even more then the Male Chimp, but then again, the Male Chimp didn’t even know what was going on, and I think that if he had known exactly what was going on and had put a lot more effort into that pull, that he could have easily Pulled in the 1500+ pounds range and above!
I’m saying this because at that experiment back in 1924, the Fermale Chimp pulled an even higher amount then the Male Chimp, she pulled an Phenomenal 1260 pounds! Most people can’t even fathom that kind of Pulling Strength & Power, let alone fathom that a Small Chimp can have that kind of Pulling Strenght & Might in 1 arm!
And remember, we’re talking about 2 Chimps held in captivity from birth. Now once again, imagine what 2 Chimps from the Wild that come straight out of the Jungle could have done and still can do! Some frightening thoughts if you ask me! One thing’s for sure, you DON’T want to get into a fight with a Chimp… EVER, period!
If a Chimp possesses that much Incredible Pulling Strength, then just imagine what kind of Pulling Strength the Gorilla Possesses! An INSANE amount of Pulling Strength! I know that much! I could give yet another example of one more Mighty & Super Strong Primate, but since this article is about the Phenomenal Strength of Gorillas, I’ll make it as short as possible! Just to let you know how strong other primates are as well!
For example: On one occasion, in a zoo, there was a Log that fell into the exhibit of an Orangutan! The Log was heavy as hell, because even 4 or 5 Humans in the zoo that worked there could NOT budge it off the ground. It was that heavy (or those zoo keepers/workers were that WEAK, you tell me?!). However, when the Orangutan was annoyed with it and wanted some quite peace and just had it up to here with that Log. He picked it up with one arm and threw the Log in the air a couple of feet in the other direction! That’s right! He lifted that log with only 1 Arm, as if it weighted nothing.
That’s yet another awesome example of their Phenomenal Super Strength! And once again, this Orangutan wasn’t an Orangutan from the wild or the Jungle for that matter. It was an Orangutan held in captivity from birth! Yet the Primates in captivity STILL show some Legendary, Ferocious & Insane Feats of Strength on a regular basis! Now picture their Wild counterparts and how much STRONGER they are then the “weaker” captivity Zoo counterparts and you’re starting to get the idea of their Huge & Enormous Strength on a pound for pound basis!
Ok, so let’s get back to the Gorilla. Everybody knows how Phenomenally Strong Gorillas are! As a matter of fact, they’re a lot Stronger on a pound for pound basis then any other Primate out there! They’re the strongest Primate alive today, but also one of the most peaceful ones. You won’t find a Gorilla attacking another animal, unless it absolutely has to or has no choice! But most of the time it’s for self defense & not for attacking, stalking, hunting or killing! It doesn’t do any of that because it’s a vegeterian! That’s right! Let’s blow that myth out of the water right here, right now! You can become VERY STRONG on a Vegetarian diet, I do it myself and I know a lot of other super strong people that do the exact same thing! Besides, in the wild it works pretty freaking good! Just look at the Gorilla for example, and ALL the other Primates as well for that matter! Super Tough & Strong on nothing but plants!
The Gorilla is the BEST of the BEST animal out there (and also compared to Human Athletes/Trainees!) that can Climb & Jump in the air from Tree Branch to Tree Branch! Especially when you consider the amount of weight it has to carry with it and the height it has compared to other Very Strong Primates!
Brachiating at that weight and at that size is nothing short of Amazing! If you consider how much a Full Grown Silverback Gorilla weights on average and the height it has, which is up to 6 feet tall and it weights somewhere between 300-500 pounds… on AVERAGE! I would like to see a human being of 300-500 pounds Climb in Tree’s, Hang from 1 Arm easily for long periods of time or Brachiating from Tree Branch to Tree Branch like the Gorilla does so easily! Again, this won’t happen and is not possible for a human being, period!
I’d say that you’de be very lucky if you can even get a 150-170 pounds Rock Climber who can manage to do what the Gorilla does in the Trees! I double dare you, you won’t find even 1 in the world who can do what the Gorilla does, no freaking chance! That’s not to say that the Rock Climbers aren’t Super Strong for their bodyweight and on a pound for pound basis, because they most definitely are! The truth is that they’re one of the strongest athletes in the world when it comes to pound for pound bodyweight Pulling strength and efficiency in their Upperbody!
But even their Phenomenal Pulling Strength can not compare to that of a Gorilla! Although a Gorilla weights at least 4 times more then they do!
And speaking of Brachiating & Climbing! The Gorilla is taught as a young Animal to Climb up in trees, hang in trees with 1 arm or 2 arms and also how to Brachiate (Swing) from one Tree Branch to the other! This is very important for a Young Gorilla (or any other Young Primate!) to learn when it’s still very young! It’s crucial for survival in the Wild and without those specific skills the Gorilla won’t make it very far on his or her own when it grows up and becomes an adult. This is the Brutal & Hardcore reality of the Survival of the Fittest in the Wild/Jungle! It’s Kill or Be Killed, Do or Die, Be the Hunter or become the Hunted!
Like I said before, the Gorilla is not a very aggressive or Ferocious Animal from the inside, but don’t let that fool you. The Gorilla is definitely not a sucker or weakling neither, don’t you ever mistake the kindness & peacefulness of a Gorilla for weakness! More then a dozen people have made that mistake, only to have their limbs crushed & broken by the Gorillas who “they” though wouldn’t harm a fly. Even when they did come close to them, damn did those fools and idiots learn the hard way! The simple fact of the matter is that you don’t mess with the Gorilla! Especially not when it’s a WILD Gorilla That has mastered the Skill he had to Master from his birth and has learned how to survive in the Rough & Dangerous Jungle!
It’s been said that the Orangutan can easily Crush a Corcodile/Aligator with his Super Strong GRIP Strength! If that’s the truth (and I Highely believe it is!), then the Gorilla can do it even more easily then the Orangutan can! Because the GRIP strength of the Gorilla is even Stronger and More Powerful then that of the Orangutan! Like I said before, the Gorilla is the strongest Primate alive in the world.
If you’re still not convinced about the Super Strength of the Gorilla and especially their Phenomenal GRIP Strength, then I suggest you watch the video below of a Silverback Gorilla easily ripping up an Banana Tree without even trying. That’s easy peasy for them, no big deal! They do it daily without even breaking a sweat. If a Human being (even a Super Strong one) would attempt to do the exact same thing, then he or she would need to summon up all the strength that they have in themselves and Push very Hard to being able to do that! As for the Gorilla, it’s just another day in the Jungle! They do this for a living!
And to show you that the video is legit and real, here it is:
That’s not to say that we can’t Train and mimic the way the Gorilla moves and benefit from doing so. We could Train and move like they do in their natural habitat and thus get a lot stronger and benefit from it! Although we’re not exactly the same as a Gorilla in the way we walk or the way our bodies are build, and let’s not forget that Gorillas are born with a ton more Natural Strength then us Humans. But that’s not to say that we shouldn’t do what they do and mimic their moves to get some Percentage of their Super Phenomenal Strength!
It’s very unlikely that you’ll ever be as STRONG as a Gorilla, no matter how Hard & Ferociously you train, it’s just not gonna happen. But you could get at least 4 times stronger, if not more then the average people out there! And if you aren’t already at least 4 times stronger then the average man, then you’re most Definitely doing something wrong in your training.
That’s it for now, I’ll have another article about Gorillas coming in the future!
In Strength & Health!
P.S. There are 3 species of Gorillas in the world, those are the: Eastern Lowland Gorillas, the Western Lowland Gorillas and the Mountain Gorillas! All of them found in different areas of Africa!