Sunday (March 25th) would have been the 91st birthday for bodyweight strength legend Jasper Benincasa. He sadly left this world on January 6th, 2012. Fortunately, Brad Johnson has done his part to help keep Jasper’s memory alive. He created the tribute video below.
The video is well worth a look whether you know of Jasper or not. Not only were his exercise feats tremendous, he achieved such status long before the modern era of supplementation and drug use.
As for how he trained, Jasper addressed the topic in a past interview:
“My training was very haphazard. I’d train as often as I could. I was a construction worker and I would chin on the scaffolding after I was already tired from work. I would do alternate one arm chins down the length of the scaffolding and then turn and work my way back.”
As you can see, Jasper didn’t rely on any of the fancy plans that you’ll see marketed today. He worked hard and remained consistent. It’s amazing what the human body can achieve when you work hard regularly and never give up. Jasper was even said to have done a one arm chin-up at age 89!
Happy birthday and RIP