Chris Rider - Professional Strongman


Welcome to the official site of Chris Rider, a modern day performing Oldetime Strongman. You may be asking yourself what is an "Oldetime Strongman".

In the late 1800's and early 1900's there were popular carnival and vaudeville entertainers who would demonstrate incredible feats of strength. These strongmen of old would bend iron bars, twist horseshoes, tear telephone directories and decks of playing cards, lift various objects in odd ways (like with one finger), and many other awesome feats of strength.

Times change and so do the means of entertainment. Show-biz began to shift from live shows to families gathering around the radio, and eventually the movies and television. Vaudeville went by the way side as did the traveling carnivals and circuses where the strongmen would normally perform. The art of the traditional feats of strength shows had gone underground, into a sub culture if you will - out of the public eye.

Now, nearly 100 years later, the performing strongman is making a return to the entertainment world. Some of the things one can expect to see at a modern time exhibition are the rolling of frying pans into tube shapes, the bending of drop forged steel adjustable wrenches - steel spikes - and steel bars, twisting of forged steel horseshoes, tearing of plastic coated playing cards, ripping phonebooks from top to bottom, and many, many more unbelievable demonstrations of power.

For legitimate feats of strength being performed by one of the top traditional strongmen in the world today, you have come to the right place. Have a look around at the photo and video galleries. Read the bio and see the amazing transformation Chris has made in his life and the obstacles he has overcome to be declared one of the strongest men on the planet for the things he does.

Would you like to witness these things first hand? Would you like Chris to give his message of perseverance and overcoming the odds to your group or business? Chris is now accepting bookings, but don't delay as the calendar is filling fast. You won't want to miss this one of a kind show from a truly inspiring man.

Latest News

  • Chris Is in an article on the front page of the York Daily Record newspaper ~ Read article online...
  • Hear Chris' interview on the talk radio show "Sundays with Sonnewald", originally aired July 5, 2009.
  • Replication Not Required!
    Check out the May 2009 issue of "Robert Kennedy's MuscleMag" to see Strongman Chris Rider bending a horseshoe across Mike "The Machine" Bruce's throat. The article is on page 44 under Muscle Mail.
Hand bent steel wine racks, sculptures and fine art produced by Professional Strongman Chris Rider.

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