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Want To Pull A Firetruck With Your Hair? How to Make Your Hair Stronger, Guest post by a guy who has done it

Note from Josh: Logan is one of my best friends and I have seen his hair in action. Believe it. He is also a crazy person and I recommend you not stare directly at him, lest you go blind from the crazy.

by Logan Christopher

I have strong hair. Not the kind of strong they talk about in Pantene Pro-V commercials. I’m not even sure what you would call my kind of strong. Today I’m going to teach you how to make your hair stronger, although we might not want strong hair for the same reasons.

I’ve pulled numerous vehicles by my hair. Here is my personal best pulling a 8,800+ lb. antique firetruck.

Before we talk about how to develop your own strong hair I suppose a few words about why I started doing this are in order.

When I got serious about strength training I started looking into the old time strongmen. One book in particular really got my started. That was The Spiritual Journey of Joseph L. Greenstein aka The Mighty Atom. Along with all the amazing feats of strength the Atom did one involved pulling vehicles by his hair.

(In fact, one two separate occasions he stopped airplanes from taking off by his hair a feat I’m not likely to replicate. Read the book to find out why.)

My friend and I tried this stunt one day and found out we could do it. From that time its been a matter of pulling further distances and heavier vehicles.

Contrary to popular opinion the hair is not the part you need to worry about. It’s like the bed of nails trick. If you laid on a single nail you would be punctured. With all of them closely space the load is evenly spread and you can safely lie on nails. A hair by itself would rip out or break. All of the hair joined together is quite strong like a rope.

The hard part is the neck strength required for pulling. And also the driving power. With the firetruck above not only was it the heaviest vehicle I had ever pulled by my hair but the heaviest vehicle I had ever pulled period. You may notice at the very end of the video I almost fall over as I nearly blacked out. It was intense.

What this feat also takes is a high pain tolerance. My guess is you already assumed that. I do not recommend anyone try this. But if for some reason you are interested just start small and work your way up.

So what do I do to strengthen my hair? Not much. As mentioned the hair isn’t the real point. I do take care of my hair only washing it about once a week. Too much and I think you could make your hair weaker rather than stronger. Secondly, I use a natural shampoo. I try not to put chemicals in my body nor on the outside as much as possible.

Strengthening the neck is important. For that I mainly do my own variations of bridging exercises.

Couple that with belief that you can do it, the same progression you’d use in any strength training, and you too can have hair strong enough to pull vehicles.

Oh yeah, and its needs to be long too 🙂

About The Author

As you can tell Logan Christopher is into all manner of feats of strength, the more “normal” ones as well as the bizarre. You can find plenty more on his site. Click to find more on building a strong neck with bridging exercises.

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  • Chris B October 26, 2010, 12:53 pm

    Saw this video a while ago and I am still impressed.
    Reminds me of a family I used to work with on the Clyde Beatty Cole Bros. circus:
    Lousy video quality, but you get the idea. (grin)

    • Logan Christopher October 26, 2010, 5:09 pm

      While my hair could probably take that I think I would pass out from getting too dizzy.

    • Josh Hanagarne October 27, 2010, 4:24 pm


      • Chris B October 27, 2010, 5:01 pm

        Yeah – and I didn’t even show you the part where she juggles fire clubs 20ft in the air while hanging there! Mom and all 3 daughters did/do their act in various circuses.

        Logan – I wish more people would look at the old-time strong man stuff like you do. Strength work is a LOT more interesting when you are working toward skills like theirs and circus performers than just pushing iron. I assume you would have no trouble with circus-style headstands – no hands.

        • Logan Christopher October 27, 2010, 6:14 pm

          I agree. If I had to run on a treadmill for a hour like most people think it takes for fitness I wouldn’t do it either.

          Haven’t mastered the hands free headstand yet but I plan too at some point in the future.