Dennis Rogers entered high school at 4’ 11” and 79 pounds. Sick of being bullied, he began gobbling protein and other supplements and lifted weights to gain size and strength. But despite his efforts, by the time he reached his junior year he tipped the scales at a mere 88 pounds.
At the time Dennis’ family was in the business of making canvas boat covers. One of Dennis’ jobs was to assist his father in moving the large canvas rolls from the street to the workshop at the top of a steep hill behind their home. Dennis recalls. “I would pull the roll to the end of the station wagon's tailgate. My father would grab the other end, and we would walk up the hill to the workshop. One particular day, I grabbed the roll, pulled it to the end, and put it on my shoulder. I asked my Dad if he had it - since I was in the front, facing up hill and couldn’t see him. Dad answered 'uh-huh' -so I began walking up the hill.” It turns out Dennis' dad was busy and never heard his question. Dennis had carried the heavy canvas roll up the hill by himself. At that moment, Dennis thought, “Wow! I'm strong!”
Until that point, Dennis had lived his own life with limits. He was limited by his size and feelings of self-doubt. From that moment forward, Dennis took control of his situation, training with a new perspective. Lifting weights soon gave way to arm-wrestling competitions, and Dennis captured the East Coast Arm Wrestling Championship. He followed that with 10 state and two national championships as well as the U.S. Open and the World Arm-Wrestling Championship.
Dennis soon began successful attempts at feats of sheer strength. In 1991, through the influence of Vic Boff, John Brookfield and Slim the Hammer Man, and the legend of the Mighty Atom, Dennis began routinely performing as a strongman. Just a short time later he started to realize significant accomplishments in that field as well.
In 1993, he stopped two US Air Force T-34 Aircraft (285 horsepower each) from taking off, earning him "The Association of Oldetime Barbell and Strongmen Highest Achievement Award." In 1995, Dennis successfully prevented four Harley Davidson Motorcycles from moving at full throttle for 12 seconds. In 1998, he bent a ½ inch thick, 17.25 inch long steel bar around his neck into a "U" shape. In 2001, he bent an 8 inch adjustable wrench into the shape of an "S" – another incredible feat that he performed on multiple occasions. He has broken official police handcuffs, easily tears thick phonebooks vertically using only two fingers and can drive a nail with one blow of his fist through a frying griddle and 2” thick board- at the same time. And these are just a handful of his incredible feats of strength. Lest we forget his one arm curl of 98 pounds x 10 reps performed at a bodyweight of 148 pounds! Former Association of Oldetime Barbell and Strongmen President Vic Boff stated, “Considering the history of physical culture and the great strong men related to that history, Dennis Rogers without a doubt is one of the strongest strength athletes ever in the realm of human strength.”
The young man everyone made fun of in school now garners worldwide attention. He has performed live at over 1800 venues and appeared on many top television shows around the world, including Oprah, the Late Show with David Letterman, Germany’s Galileo and Canada’s Mike Bullard Show, to name a few. His performances have been witnessed by a minimum of 300 million people in 156 countries, making him the most seen strength performer in history.
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