How Much Could A Bodybuilding Gorilla Bench Press?

How Much Could A Bodybuilding Gorilla Bench Press?

The bench press is considered a hallmark of
all powerlifters, and a true test of your raw, physical strength. With some light training, pretty much any
human is able to bench press their own weight, but what about a full-grown male silverback
gorilla? How much would a wild gorilla really bench
if they were trained to do so? Mountain gorillas are pound for pound, one
of the strongest animals in the world. In fact a ranking looking at animal strength
versus body weight found that the top four strongest animals in the world were, in order:
number one, the dung beetle which can lift weight up to one thousand times its own body
weight. That would be the equivalent of the average
human picking up a small building and chucking it over their shoulder. At number two is the rhinoceros beetle, that
can grow to six inches and carry weight up to 850 times its own body weight- that would
be the equivalent of a human carrying a train passenger car! At number three is the leaf cutter ant, which
can carry weight up to 50 times its own body weight, or the equivalent of a human carrying
a not-quite adult hippopotamus. At number four is the gorilla, capable of
carrying objects up to 10 times their own body weight. Gorillas need all this strength too in order
to defend their group of younger males, females, and babies from wandering predators or other
males looking to take over a group for themselves. While rare, fights between big silverbacks
are vicious, and often end in death or severe injury to one or both of the animals. Because of their massive strength, it’s perhaps
surprising then to discover that gorillas actually prefer not to fight, and actively
engage in threatening displays and false charges to scare away competitors. After all, even if you were a big, bad silverback
in charge, you probably would rather find a more diplomatic solution to a problem than
going toe to toe with another gorilla that has almost as much strength as you. With great power comes great responsibility,
but also an extremely high risk of death or injury, and gorillas simply rather not risk
it most of the time. In fact, gorillas are amongst some of the
most peaceful primates, next to bonobos, though they have suffered a maligned reputation around
the world thanks to their fearsome displays and massive size. In truth, a wild gorilla would prefer to avoid
a confrontation with you, and if he did charge it’s almost certainly going to be a false
charge meant to scare you away. Outside of zoos where animals can be extremely
depressed or stressed by their living situation, wild gorillas have only ever been recorded
attacking humans who were actively hunting them or when in fear of being harmed by the
human. But let’s say that we wanted to train a gorilla
to go for the world record in bench pressing- well actually a gorilla would easily be able
to beat the world record even without training, but let’s say we wanted to find out what the
maximum power of a gorilla would be. Because they use their arms for walking around,
climbing, punching poachers in the face, and pulling down thick tree branches so they can
munch on leaves and fruits, gorillas have seriously more developed arms than humans
do. Their upper body strength is around six times
greater than the average human, so breaking that record is no problem for even the weakest
gorilla. But what would the maximum a gorilla be able
to lift be? Right now the world record for a raw bench
press is 739.6 lbs (335.5 kg), set by American Julius Maddox. This isn’t the greatest weight ever bench
pressed, as those numbers were accomplished with the help of a bench shirt. A bench shirt is a shirt of extremely rigid
fabric or materials that artificially moves certain muscles into better positioning, allowing
for more lifting potential, and we’re not interested in having our gorilla cheat, he’s
going to do things the all-natural way. Also a lot of those record holders for non-raw
presses were never drug tested, and once more, we’re not going to let our gorilla cheat his
way to glory. At one of his latest weigh-ins Julius weighed
a whopping 449.5 pounds (204 kg), meaning that he was able to bench press 164% of his
body weight. Assuming that with training, a gorilla could
match the level of physical fitness Julius has, that means that the average male gorilla,
which weighs 430 lbs (195 kg) would be able to bench press a whopping 4,242 lbs (1924
kgs). The largest gorilla on record was an animal
shot in 1938 who weighed in at 483 lbs (219 kg), and if he had been trained to power lift
instead of being shot by idiots, he would’ve been able to lift an incredible 4,753 lbs
(2,156 kg). That is a serious amount of lifting potential,
and a trained powerlifter gorilla would definitely come in handy when moving day comes around. A Stalin era scientist once dreamt of creating
an army of genetically engineered human-gorilla hybrid soldiers, who would have the strength
of a gorilla and the intelligence of a man. For us though, we think this scientist was
in the wrong business, because if we used the power of genetic engineering for evil,
we would definitely create a moving company made up of hybrid human-gorillas who could
effortlessly lift furniture over their head. Moving would be a snap, and because they aren’t
really people you could, much like the average American worker, deny them health insurance
or benefits of any sort while literally paying them bananas! Do you think we could ever train a gorilla
to be a powerlifter? How much do you think a hulked-out gorilla
would be able to lift? Are you an unemployed geneticist with few
if any moral scruples looking for an exciting business opportunity? Let us know in the comments! And if you enjoyed this video don’t forget
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  • Bvccf Bhg

    I can bench press 285lb. Am 16 years old

  • i'm bloozoh

    Harambe has entered the chat
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  • Dragon Lex

    I mean if you teach one that exercising is fun from childhood, and teach him doing so, + making sure he lifts things that are weighted correctly. Than yeah, i think its possible. Just with the teaching from childhood part can become a pain if he won't like it no matter what.

  • Setup Boy

    Yes I am. So you better give me a job or I will trust me I will turn you into a fish

  • Samuele Bincoletto

    I always asked myself something like that, thanks infographics show.

  • Jiren chillin in the comment section

    4:30 This is not evil, this is an advancement

  • Get Grappled

    Larry Wheels Has Entered The Chat

  • The Art of Mastery

    Me: trying to sleep
    Also me: sees this video
    My brain: Hmmm thats an interesting question let's think about it for the whole night🤦🏻‍♂️

  • Renamon 565

    Seeing how we can teach gorillas sign language i think we can teach then to bench press

  • ItsWilbur

    Me and my friends argued about this for days

  • Daniel Couchman

    What's that in kg?

  • {VG} Hex

    Is it weird that I'm 12 and watch this stuff?

  • Kingfish Gaming


  • demorris byrd

    Finally, the question we've all been dying to know.

  • Jordy 229

    Well, more than I can

  • Just Some Bigfoot With Internet Access

    Pfffft, they probably couldn't bench as much as us sasquatches can

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  • todor nikolov

    @The Infographics Show

    hey iam big fa but its really anoying whne u say how utch gorila can bench pres but only in the american simetrical system i mean is this video only for americans??????? cant u jsut say how mutch kilograms i mean u are bigh chanel and u never tell thing in meters an in kilometers or in kilograms always jsut the pounds is this just so u can force it(the pounds) into peoples heads??? cuz i really like ur videos but if u gona tell us how mutch it can lift up tell so all can understand not only the mented americans we all know u are big nationalist with the first man on moon or the thing that u "win ww1 and 2" wich u didnt u didnt do anything actualy in both wors russia did most of it and the british so yea please say it in kilos cuz here in europe alot of people actualy dont like americans just beacouse you are so anoying with thsi nationalist thing i mean in france even there are places where its only for french people and americans are bann (and i am not french and i went there and they let me wich american wont do mainly because alot of the pople actualy hate americans as korean deas or chinees or russians and last thing to tell u this isnt a hate comment

  • Meme Bro

    Infographics: How much could a bodybuilding gorilla lift?
    Me at 3am: I don’t need sleep I need answers.

  • Potato Flamingo

    Do u even lift bro

  • Aaron heiner

    Are you an unemployed geneticist 😂😂😂😂😂 I love this guy's commentary

  • Hcaelb Xorolc

    give the gorilla roids and a bench suit

  • Balša Krivokapić

    can't bench press more than Larry Wheels

  • DanDaMaN95cov

    4:11 Anyone else thinking of the Vigoroth's in the Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire openings.

  • Important man Commenting

    If I had a cool hyper intelligent gorilla for a friend he would spot me at the gym, work security at my house party’s chill with me at the beach and pick up babes. But I guess that wasn’t the question

  • derek d

    the other day you were talking about drinking your own p€€, but my question is, what about drinking others?, lets say yours Infographics Show?

    comment will get lost

  • Sedrique Ewing

    So Kong should be able to manhandle Godzilla then 🤔

  • Minecraft Gamer201

    6 year old me when I bring all grocery to the house in one shot


  • FlyBarlP P

    Amazon: I' take your entire stock

  • Julian Bonfiglio

    Someone send this to joe rogan

  • Aryan Zagros

    IP man vs Gorilla

  • Ifteekhar Khan

    Jocko can lift 10k on the bench press

  • Argonaut *

    Bet you'll choose Winston after watching this video

  • Alessandro P.

    Yeah cool, but the metric system is better.

  • Diego Cazares

    When u realize a untrained gorilla is stronger than a trained bodybuilder.


  • imlee888

    The vanilla gorilla benched over 700 lbs

  • Kizmiraz

    Julius’s Bench was raw no bench shirt


    why is it in freedom units -.-

  • imlee888

    Carrying weight is way different than full range of motion movements, a yolk carry done by a human is probably a better comparison

  • Naturenerd1000

    Epic Gorillas can Pick up 10 times their body weight! That's insane!

  • MJC Imps 42

    Absolutely nobody:
    Literally not one single person:

    The Infographics Show:

  • bmav007

    I am always disappointed when people erroneously claim bugs to be the strongest living things relative to their size. Did you know that if humans were the size of Ants (and had the same bone and muscle structure that we currently do to scale) we would be 80 times stronger than they are? People always forget that gravity has a less of an effect on smaller and lighter creatures, so they are amazed by the size of the objects they can lift. However, if we were that size we would be also able to lift objects much larger than ourselves and even leap great distances relative to our size. On Animal planets "most extreme" series, a tiger beetle was listed as the fastest animal because it could run "300 scale miles per hour" if it were the size of a human. However, the claim is loaded and false because the increased weight of the beetle and gravity's exponentially greater effect on it would slow it down drastically if it were human-sized!

  • Rick Sanchez

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  • imlee888

    Thankful and impressed by the correct information on powerlifting. Extremely glad that geared lifting and raw was differentiated. While Julius has the highest total bench, there are much higher %of bodyweight bench presses

  • TheChef

    Gorilla video?

    Me: ok. I’ll watch

  • Jonathan Perry

    I know one could bench-press me and then step me into and use me as barbells

  • Tony T

    What about squats?

  • Tafadzwa Mtize


  • HikeLikesKFC

    Inforgrafics show this beetle is the strongest animal in the world meanwhile

    Me imagine me stomping on it

  • Latrell R

    Most of this video was shots being fired😭

  • Caelin Thacker

    A question I have wondered many times, also a conversation I plan on having with Joe Rogan one day

  • Conor Whelan

    Video starts at 3:00 no need to thank me

  • куlэ тнэ gамэг

    who asks this

  • matthew gonano

    Infographics is watching too much joe Rogan podcasts.

  • grent trel

    Kg please 😉

  • Guivensthecar guy


  • Philippe

    How does infographics show come up with subjects that I didn't know I needed to learn about?

  • Sho Vásquez

    That was a dark end hahaha

  • Ishaq Tayab

    What if pandas could bench press?

  • Ruben Heymans

    can you add metric measurements next time, thanks

  • Ishaq Tayab

    And yet a tiger who can only bench press twice its body weight can easily defeat this brute

  • Your FBI Agent

    4,753 lbs

    Go outside

  • wrestlingconnoisseur

    An ape with the body weight to lift that much would become rather awkward and unwieldly, I would think.

  • tortured soul

    Fantastic animal

  • Evan Glasgold Powerlifting

    Yes, bench shirts are illegitimate

  • Eric Russell

    I dont consider a bug as an animal but mkay

  • vito galic

    I love the videos about gorillas and their strength and I want to see more of these videos

  • //CurbyMac

    178 comments and not one Harambe reference tut tut tut


    The infographics show is like that one type of kid in class that asks the most random questions and the teacher provides an entertaining answer

  • nobbs play

    Poachers need to be killed

  • Ryan Blank

    Joe rogan wants to know your location

  • Ryan Mann

    He literally meant an actual gorilla, thought it was another term for someone who one works upper body, like chicken legs (people who ignore leg muscles)

  • Niklas Ahrens

    Topics that are relevant to know as a human it's absolutely necessary to know this

  • Burst

    Paying them just bananas!? You guys really evil!

  • Jorge Barton

    Use the metric system plz 😘

  • Jhon Franco

    They ask the hard hitting questions 🤔

  • legitamigo 308

    What if we can train a gorilla to fight?

  • Deven Mellor

    George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher could bench press with his neck. If you don't know who that is, Google him. He's all neck and a phenomenal frontman of the band Cannibal Corpse.

  • chevreuil illuminatie

    your video subject are impresive

  • Gilbert Arroyo

    “If he would’ve been trained to powerlift instead of being shot by idiots” 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • World War II historian

    I have a challenge wear all WWI uniform for 4 week but don't think you're girlfriend gonna get away with it she gotta wear World War 1 uniform and eat the same food as soldiers eat in the trenches yes I am evil

  • Masterkhat

    You guys are like the wish version of in a nutshell

  • davidpp99

    The Infographics: How much can a gorilla bench press?

  • Mikyl-Sean Vonlydick

    "Joe Rogan" Wants to know your location!

  • Katherine


  • Alexander Ramos

    I must say the bits of satire were an excellent surprise.

  • Yee Yee


  • fire

    The fbi wants to know your location

  • Gintoki Kintoki

    Those insects are not doing bench press 1k time more than their body weights are they?

  • Jeremy Smith

    It’s a movie about that last scenario with the hybrid animal people working, but instead of it being Gorillas it was Horse people, I think it’s called Sorry to Bother You starring Lakeight Stanfield 🤔

  • 2 sided Playz

    Can you do the predator vs the terminator next?

  • Stephen Kummer

    anyone see the movie, sorry to bother you??

  • Lezlie Mackeral

    Nah the strongest pound for pound would be the female woman. She can pick up your house, car, kids , furnature, dogs and walk away with them.

  • Óscar Martínez austin

    I just want to hug one, idk why but it seems chill

  • Samiul Hussain

    I cant bench press at all but can do quite alot of weight on my deadlift for my age

  • El Alien con SWAG

    Harambe could have been a bodybuilder 🙁

  • sorenhb127

    2155.92453 kilograms

  • sorenhb127

    2155.92453 kilograms for those of us who use KG

  • DDSol Mr Burns

    Next video: "How much could King Kong bench?"

  • OneDerscore One

    your powerlifting facts were wrong

    maddox did 739.5 raw and then (more recently but still before the upload date) 744 raw.

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