The Phenomenal Strength of Gorillas!

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article about the Ferocious Strength of Tigers! Since Tigers are my Favourite Animals out there, 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 out there, and that’s none other than the Mighty Gorilla! 

Although I said that in my honest 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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

Matti Marzel!

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!

P.P.S. Oh yeah, and the last awesome thing that I want to mention over here, is that you could definitely train like a Gorilla in a major way, and even develop some of its phenomenal strength and incredible power as well, big time! I know, my friends, I speak from nothing but personal experiences when it comes down to this, period.

And the best course out there, by far that goes into all of this, and then some, is the LEGIT and damn good course about Animal Training and Animal Movements in particular by my good friend and fellow comrade in Physical Culture: Eddie Baran!

His awesome and LEGIT course, in which the Gorilla walking and running exercise is featured as well, is called: Animal Kingdom Conditioning! And the title says it ALL, as it’s truly about conditioning and strengthening your entire body like the Ferocious Animals do in the Animal Kingdom, from head to toe!

Here’s the link to that phenomenal, next level and awesome product… Check it out!

Animal Kingdom Conditioning

Trust me, if you’re really inspired, motivated and psyched the hell up by the thought of training like a Gorilla—And training like a whole lot more animals as well on top of that… Then by all means, do yourself a huge favor and get this course ASAP!

Here it is once again. Have at it and enjoy!

Animal Kingdom Conditioning

Salute, out for now!


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The Phenomenal Strength of Gorillas! — 28 Comments

  1. I wonder if we humans traded physical srength for increased intellect? It’s dumb how we’re related to apes yet not on the same level in strength anymore.

    A creative way to commit suicide would be pissing a Gorilla off!

    • @Tomas: Yo Tomas, Yeah man I wonder the same to tell you the truth, and the answer to that, that seems the most logic is: HELL YEAH! Unfortunately for the rest of the population of Human Beings… MOST of them are neither Intelligent OR Strong! So that defeats all the so-called purpose of the Human beings “increased intellect”! Yeah go figure… Most Human beings talk about HOW Strength doesn’t make you Smarter, wiser, more intelligent or more intellectual… but WE know better!

      As a matter of FACT, Exercise has been shown & proven by scientists to increase life-span, QUALITY of life and also makes you smarter, wiser, more intelligent and more intellectual! It’s a win-win-win situation if you ask me!

      And yeah man, the Strength of Gorillas will NOT be matched by any average Human beings that never train… that’s a fucking no-brainer, I know. But I think that ONLY the Strongest & Most Conditioned Human beings alive can even come close to the pound for pound Strength of the Gorilla… if they’re very lucky! Which 9 out of 10 times they WON’T be… hands down!

      But we sure as hell can close the gap as much as possible when it comes down to the Strength they posses, we will most likely never posses the Strength Gorillas posses, especially the Silver Backs, but nontheless, it can be made smaller and we can at least build some of their Strength & Might by mimic what they do and maneuver like they do as well! Food for thought right here!

      Yeah man I agree, pissing off a Gorilla is one of the dumbest and most idiotic ideas a person can come up with, unless, like you said, he’s suicidal!

      • Reading that article was painful, your writing style and random capitalisation of words is dreadful. You then go on to say that strength makes you smarter. Well if that is the case (which it isn’t at all- you moron) than you must be as strong as you are smart!

  2. Hey i was wondering if i could use the cartoon gorilla bending the barbell picture … would there be any copy right issues?

  3. Sorry I don’t remember where I read it, but it was a reputable source, maybe National Geographic, that a particular leopard, maybe 180 pounds, killed six gorillas (on separate occasions). I read at some other source a gorilla could lift 4,700 pounds overhead. The leopard account was likely correct, but the gorilla strength notion had to be subjective. A leopard and a mountain lion are very close in size/strength/athleticism. I once bathed a small kitten to remove fleas. I was shocked. It took all my strength in both hands to control the small cat. Most naturalists concur that by percent, the strongest animal is the wolverine. Of course, it has seldom over 60 pounds of size but can “handle” logs so heavy a man would find it difficult to budge them. Two unique humans might have bare handed beat a gorilla–Maximinus Thrax and Thomas Topham, read about them on Google. I do mean, beat them with raw strength.

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  5. well idont know, everybody seems to forget very simple facts that pass before them
    the gorilla here didnt use its pure raw arm power. it held the banana plant , pulled with its body weight effortlessly, and then used its canines to rip the plant to smaller thickness and then brought it down. that is simple physics.
    as with the animal face off charts, never in their video about gorillas did those guys show a gorilla breaking a bamboo pole in half with pure armpower. they simply seemed to bypass the fact that the gorilla used its canines to bite down on the bamboo before pulling the bamboo to 2 pieces.
    the only legit record i can believe is that of the gorillas strength shown in animal planets extreme strength. i think those scientists seem to calculate the data before coming to conclusions. the gorilla stood in the 8th position, grizzly bear in 10th position and the tiger in 4th. google the video title if u wanna see it

  6. Well said fella! I have studied gorillas for a few years now and I base my training on the way they move, I even do push ups on my knuckles, but thre way they do it, hard as hell 2 do! Yet they can run and jump like that….amazing but that way of training has definatly produced some quick results! Wanna get big n strong like a gorilla? Then copy the gorilla haha well, you will never reach their strength but at least you try! Kl man.

  7. As an undergraduate physics student I learned that the enormous strength of primates has more to do with where their tendons attach to their bones than with their actual muscle strength. Humans are designed to walk up right and to perform high endurance activities such as running long distances (something a properly trained human can do better than pretty much any animal on the planet of comparable size). High endurance require high efficiency more than high strength…so our tendons tend to be set closer to our joints to conserve energy and increase balance. A primate doesn’t really need endurance or balance so they tend to have their tendons set much further from their joints giving them much better leverage. It isn’t that their muscles are so much stronger…a highly trained athlete of comparable mass probably has muscles just as strong… but humans aren’t built to transfer their strength into motion as well as a primate.

    • Apes also have a physically more robust body than humans with much more of their bodily energy able to go towards muscle strength because of their puny brains. The human brain uses up 40% of our body’s energy, which leaves us weak in comparison to the apes. For an animal to have the strength of an ape but the intelligence of a human would require so much energy that the animal would have to spend all day eating and only small populations of said animal would be achievable.

  8. There are a lot of inaccuracies in this article. According to the testiment of the author as witness of the male chimp who`s pull registered 847 lbs, stated that the chimp pulled as hard as he could, and was holding onto a door with his left hand, for stability. the chimp accomplished that pull with one hand.

    The female chimp, however, pulled with both hands, and also had her feet braced at the time. That translates into a one-handed pull of 630 lbs.

    Gorillas are strong, but nowhere near as strong as 20 strong men. A chimp has been shown to have the strength of from 2-4 men. A gorilla only has a muscle mass of some 37% (confirmed), slightly less than that of the average man. However, 60% of that muscle is located in the upper body. There is no way a gorilla is capable of the strength most people claim. They are just far-fetched estimates. A more reliable figure would be a strength of 5-8 average men.

    • No, at least 12 men. You’ve got to understand that their ligament construction, tendon, bone and muscle density is different to humans, pound for pound they’re much stronger. Add to that the massive size difference and massive muscle composition and you have a huge disparity.

      All the tests they perform have the animals not really using their full strength in a focused effort.

      • David, it`s less than 12 men. I understand all how strong their ligaments, tendons, ect are. But, the average gorilla has a muscle mass similar and/or slightly less than that of the average human. I know because i have a study where the actual muscle mass of these animals was measured. It`s 37%, which is equal to, and/or slightly less than that of a person. The average male gorilla weighs about 340 lbs or so. Roughly twice the size of a man. If all things were equal (which it is not), they would be twice as strong. However, i have an extensive study upon the strength of chimps, where the animals used their full potential (you could see the strain in their faces and bodies), and they were 2-4 times stronger than similar sized men. A gorilla will not be proportionately stronger than a chimp, so the strength of these animals should be roughly 4-6 times that of a man.

  9. Iv been researching danny andramini and his hypothesis of neanderthals, he is a non specific “independent scientist” meaning no credential. but he has a very interesting hypothesis indeed. i neep a great primeape expert to relay me their fresh thought on this matter. i have prover mr andramini mistaken once or twice but the more i look into the subject the more i find out he was on to something. more understanding will soon find neanderthals a closer yet more cognative relative to the gorilla than humans and the nature of gorillas may help resolve what made Neanderthal man extinct

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  11. Dude you are awesome!!! I am the largest fan of gorillas that has ever existed, exists, or will exist. I have always known gorillas were insanely strong,however that was mind blowing. I would like to thank you for that wonderful article and allowing me to better understand the sheer awesomeness of gorillas.

  12. Žydrūnas Savickas is as tall and heavy as silverback. Gorillas don’t climb trees often and I bet this guy could hang from a tree or climb one too. I am not saying that he is stronger, but I don’t think he is far behind.

    If you compare pound for pound a chimp and a strongest person, he won’t be far behind :)

    • Thanks a lot for the props on the article, man… I definitely appreciate it! Yeah, I hear ya on the tree being torn the fuck up, that shit was fucking awesome and FEROCIOUS as hell indeed—Or in other words: GORILLA Strength, Power & Might!

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