Trudge rather than Nudge?

by on December 12, 2013 at 3:01 am in Medicine | Permalink

A Chinese factory worker says walking in huge iron shoes weighing more than 200kg each can cure back pain, but faces hefty competition in his bid to build the country’s heaviest footwear.

“I’ve been walking with iron shoes for seven years,” said Zhang Fuxing, before strapping two crudely welded iron blocks to his feet.

“After they reached 400kg, I felt very proud. Next spring I plan to add 50kg.”

Zhang took a deep breath before each wrenching step in the towering footwear, with every impact leaving him struggling for balance.

It took him more than a minute to take 10 paces, but he claims to walk up to 15 metres each day in the shoes, which he has gradually increased in weight, and touts them as a cure for back pain and hemorrhoids.

There is more here, including a photo, via the excellent Mark Thorson.  But wait, there is more:

Zhang believes his shoes to be the heaviest in China, but admits that competition from a number of other eccentrics renders his claim uncertain.

One of two Chinese iron shoe wearers to share a Guinness World Record for walking 10 metres backwards in heavyweight iron boots is Zhang Zhenghui from Changsha. According to a 2010 report by Xinhua news agency, he has gold-painted shoes weighing more than 200kg.

Lai Yingying, an entertainer from Fujian in the east, was shown by state broadcaster CCTV wearing shoes tipping the scales at a total of 300kg.

A runner, Liu Mei, took to exercising in metal footwear after growing bored of tying sandbags onto his trainers, the state-run China News Service reported, and challenged other exponents to compete for the title of “Iron Shoe King”.

1 Dirck December 12, 2013 at 8:38 am

Unless there is a misprint or my math is faulty, 200 kilograms is roughly 440 pounds . You cannot possibly walk around in shoes that weigh 440 pounds each .

2 john personna December 12, 2013 at 10:30 am

When you do, you may leave the temple. (seriously, this is like a kung fu movie.)

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4 david December 12, 2013 at 11:50 am

Possibly it is 100 kg per shoe.

5 JWatts December 12, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Plenty of people leg press 400 pounds. And he’s talking about walking 50 feet in them in a day.

6 Ryan Vann December 12, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Yes, but not very many people deadlift 440 pounds one legged.

7 Clifton December 13, 2013 at 1:51 am

The density of iron is about 7.9 g per cubic cm. That means that 200kg would be about a 29cm cube. A glance at the picture reveals that the shoes are not 200 kg. Perhaps 100kg though. That’s still enough to impress me.

8 Dan Weber December 12, 2013 at 8:39 am

That’s some pretty hardcore Legend of Zelda cosplay.

9 Ray Lopez December 12, 2013 at 8:56 am

Sounds like he is training for the Ironman competition.

10 Ryan Vann December 12, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Sounds like he is Ironman

11 Niklas Blanchard December 12, 2013 at 9:01 am

Seems to me like you could take other, less obtrusive, measures to strengthen your back muscles…

12 Ryan Vann December 12, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Pfft, like what?

13 Artimus December 12, 2013 at 9:11 am

I was skeptical of the actual weight myself. For a man that size deadlifting just 150 kilos would be a good show of strength, and he’s claiming to drag 200 kilos a leg.

14 Artimus December 12, 2013 at 9:19 am

Then again, I bet he has pretty good hangtime with the basketball!

15 Doug December 12, 2013 at 10:04 am

Watch the video, it’s significantly less range of motion than a deadlift. He basically lifts the show about a half an inch then moves it forward a few inches. A proper deadlift involves a good three feet even for a short lifter. Plus the top part of the lift (which this guy never even gets near), is definitely the hardest part of the lift.

16 Mm December 12, 2013 at 9:32 am

Extremely unlikely-660 lb shoes

17 Unsympathetic December 12, 2013 at 9:42 am

“It’s not strong muscles that make you able to walk like this, the power comes from internal organs,” he said, adding: “When you walk with your heart it will work.”

I like to let my heart pump oxygen to my muscles, but that’s just me. I wonder what other organs are responsible for entirely unrelated things in this guy’s mind.. Fly with your colon? Swim with your gallbladder? Run with your liver?

18 Doug December 12, 2013 at 11:18 am

My bench press has gone through the roof since I started lifting with my pancreas.

19 Brian Donohue December 12, 2013 at 9:50 am

C’mon people. Don’t judge these guys until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.

20 anon December 12, 2013 at 10:09 am

+1 LOL

Or at least 15 meters.

21 Norman Pfyster December 12, 2013 at 10:02 am

I’ll bet he can swim wearing concrete shoes, too.

22 Sam December 12, 2013 at 10:08 am

And here I thought hemorrhoids were produced by straining.

23 anon December 12, 2013 at 10:08 am

Just wait until these guys get into the longest / largest male enhancement competition.

We are doomed.

24 FC December 12, 2013 at 4:01 pm

As Ed Sullivan would say, that’s a really big shoe.

25 sunbomb December 13, 2013 at 11:46 am

And you know what they say about guys who have really big shoes……

They have really big feet. What?

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