You’ve probably never tried to pull your pickup truck – like, really pull it, with your hands and a rope. For most people, it would be unfathomable to even attempt such a feat. Yet for one incredibly strong ten-year-old, lifting pickup trucks is just a part of his journey to maintaining the title of “World’s Strongest Kid.” After winning the title, he was invited to be on TV, where he pulled two pickup trucks. What motivated him to start pulling trucks?
Who is the World’s Strongest Kid?
His name is Bo Jensen, and he is currently the World’s Strongest Kid. Earlier in 2021, Jensen broke records at a power-lifting event in Nebraska, according to 13 ABC. Jensen’s goal was to break every power-lifting record in his age group. Once he’d won the title of World’s Strongest Kid, he was invited to be a guest on Steve Harvey’s show. It was there that he pulled his first pickup truck, a Chevy Silverado. Later, he pulled two pickup trucks, totaling more than 10,000 pounds.
Jensen says that he started powerlifting during the Covid pandemic, as an alternative to playing video games. He quickly became very good at it, and continued to train and enter into contests where he could test his strength.
How heavy is a Chevy Silverado?
A 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 has a curb weight of 4,490 pounds up to 5,240 pounds. Of course, as you go up in truck size, you’ll also go up in weight. For example, the 2022 Chevy Silverado 3500 weighs between 6,231 and 7,064 pounds. And to think that the World’s Strongest Kid can pull that.
In order to pull a pickup truck like the Chevy Silverado, powerlifters have to do a whole lot of preparation. There are whole strength and conditioning plans for those dedicated to the pursuit of pulling a pickup truck. These plans include exercises like squats, sled drags, and sprints. Of course, you could always just pull a compact pickup truck, and then you could probably do less conditioning.
Can a human pull a car?
The World’s Strongest Kid can pull a truck, but not a regular person? It certainly isn’t easy to pull a car, though the people that do it train heavily for it. Still, it isn’t unheard of for people who haven’t spent months training to suddenly find the strength to lift a vehicle off of a person. It’s not entirely understood how humans find the strength to do these incredible feats of strength in the moment, but it’s widely accepted that humans can find superhuman strength in an emergency.
Still, it’s a bit different than those who train to pull trucks and lift really heavy things. A great deal of preparation goes into training to do something like pull a pickup truck. It’s certainly not something to be taken lightly, and should only be undertaken after speaking with your doctor (especially if the lifter is a child).
Will Bo Jensen be able to continue to hang onto his title of the World’s Strongest Kid? If he continues to train and dedicate himself to it, it’s certainly possible that he’ll keep his title. Who knows? Maybe next time, he’ll pull three Chevy Silverados.