“It’s working your delts, your tris, your plaps, all your major chest muscle groups. “

Comedians Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher, under the extremely fake names of Chop and Steele, came up with a plan: invent a charity, invent a strongman tour, invent an appearance on America’s Got Talent, and send a ton of PR emails boasting their fake accomplishments to morning news shows.

They’d be glad to come on your show, demonstrate their feats of strength, and promote their tour and charitable organization, “Give Thanks for Strengths.” Would you like some incredible strongman feats on your morning TV show?

Image via Found Footage Fest on YouTube.

Despite having no real evidence of any strength accomplishments, local morning news shows have a lot of airtime to fill, and Pickett and Prueher managed to book appearances on programs in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Bismark, North Dakota, and Allentown, Pennsylvania. One of them emailed the day after their appearance asking for credentials. Too late, buddy.

The feats of strength they displayed were nothing short of awe-inspiring. For their stupidity and pointlessness.

Then again, we’re quite certain that Hafthor Bjornsson and Zydrunas Savickas have never tested how many wicker baskets they can crush in a minute…

Image via Found Footage Fest on YouTube.

… or how many times they can strike a tyre with a baseball bat…

Image via Found Footage Fest on YouTube.

… or how many times they can open and close the legs of a guy doing a handstand…

Image via Found Footage Fest on YouTube.

… so hey, maybe Chop and Steele do outrank every other strongman in these movements.

Pruett and Prueher are hosts of the Found Footage Festival, an event that “showcases footage from videos that were found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters across the country.”

The fake strongmen’s real strength is messing with morning news shows — their company is best known for pulling a similar prank in 2010 with yo-yo master Kenny Strasser who is, in fact, god-awful at yo-yo tricks.

Anyway, if you ask us, we’re hoping to see a lot more basket crushing for speed at next year’s Arnold.

Featured image via Found Footage Fest on YouTube.


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Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of different kinds of things, but his passion for health ultimately led him to cover it full time.Shanghai was where he managed to publish his first health related article (it was on managing diarrhea), he then went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before he finished his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and headed to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.Nick’s interest in health kind of comes from an existential angle: how are we meant to live? How do we reach our potential? Does the body influence the mind? (Believe it or not, his politics Master’s focused on religion.)Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.