By: Peter Black, Special Correspondent
Dennis Rogers was just 4’ 11” and 79 pounds when he entered high school. Sick of being bullied, he began gobbling protein and other supplements and lifted weights to gain size and strength. Despite his efforts, by the time he reached his junior year he tipped the scales at a mere 88 pounds. But it wasn’t long before Dennis realized that it isn’t the size of the man that dictates his strength.
Previous to that point, Dennis had lived his life with self-imposed limits. Fear and doubt had dictated his path, but with a new perspective came great change. Soon he discovered that he was particularly good at arm-wrestling, so he began to take on anybody he could in his hometown to practice and test his newfound strength. After he graduated from high school he decided he was ready for the public arenas. On November 8, 1975, just one day shy of his 18th birthday, Dennis captured the East Coast Arm Wrestling Championship (for his weight) in Baltimore Maryland. From that point on he won some 60 awards in arm-sports, including 10 State and two National Championships, as well as the U.S. Open and the World Arm-Wrestling Championship.
Dennis retired from arm-wrestling in the late 1980’s with a new focus to test his overall strength. Soon he found success at performing feats of the old vaudeville strongmen, such as Eugene Sandow, Sigmund Brietbart and the Mighty Atom. By 1991, he had developed a whole repertoire of feats and after a successful appearance at the annual dinner of the Association of Oldetime Barbell and Strongmen he was established as a performing strongman.
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