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On Saturday, May 21, 2016 Chris “Hairculese” Rider is bringing the Coney Island Strongman Workshop to Queen City Kettlebell, 2577 Duck Creek Road, Cincinnati, Ohio hosted by DJ Wittekind.

This hands on workshops schedule is:

9:00AM – 12:00PM instruction & application

12:00PM – 1:00PM  lunch break

1:00PM – 6:00PM instruction & application


Topics covered during the 8 hour program are:

• where to start
• training techniques
• how to train progressively
• what materials to use
• where to get materials
• body mechanics
• resistance training vs weight training
• auxiliary exercises
• feat of strength vs feat of technique


Traditional feats of strength that will be covered are:

• tearing a deck of playing cards
• short steel bending
• nail driving by hand
• horseshoe twisting
• braced bending
• phonebook tearing



Enrollment is limited, register now to secure your spot for only $599.00! This is a fraction of Chris’s one on one personal coaching rate. To register simply select the payment option you desire then click on “Installment Plan” button to pay securely through PayPal.

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DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS LIMITED OFFER!!! Workshop registration is limited to 7 adults 18 years and older in advance only , no walk ins. This ensures all attendees get one on one coaching time with Hairculese.

Hear what attendees of Chris “Hairculese” Rider’s “Coney Island Strongman Workshop” have to say about what they learn and why they keep coming back:

“Life altering”

Dr. Kathy Dooley MSc, DC, NKT

“This experience was beyond my expectations. My mind was blown by the feats of strength that Chris Rider performed, like bending a solid steel bar into a sculpture, (that’s called scrolling) ripping a deck of cards in half, then half again, and bending a crescent wrench! I was just as blown away by the feats of strength that I was, and am, able to accomplish when I listen to the coaching of Hairculese! This is an incredibly empowering experience and one I have been able to apply in other areas of my life. Suddenly challenges don’t seem very big when you know you can bend 6″ timber ties and rip a 900 page phone book. An experience and education I am looking forward to again!”

Elizabeth Acton, Coach, SFG

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“If you have a desire to learn feats of strength, I don’t think you can do better than Chris Rider.”

Mark Burnett, SFG


All sales are final, registrations are non-refundable. Participation in The Coney Island Strongman Workshop requires a waiver of liability and filming release to be agreed to and signed.  Copies of these forms may be requested by writing to .

Coney Island Strongman Student Spotlight


Are you considering whether you have what it takes to perform Olde Time Strength Feats? Let me share a secret with you. We are ALL capable of more than we give ourselves credit for. Here are a few of my students who have realized that they control how far they go. Lets take card tearing for an example, it doesn’t matter if you start at tearing one card or an entire deck. No matter where you start, it is first – a start. Secondly it gives you a point of reference for advancement. Jonathan Fernandez of Denver CO didn’t stop at his humble card tearing beginnings, he chose to view it as the first step on a training journey. Now he is not only one of the very best card tearers on the planet and a World Record Holder, I believe he is one of the best in history at that feat! Here is Jonathan in action doing what he does best, tearing top quality playing cards into three strips vertically! By the way…he completes this with apparent ease BEHIND HIS BACK!

Here is Chris “Wonder” Schoeck, who I co-star with in the Tribeca Film Festival Hit “Bending Steel”, doing just that at a film festival screening in historic Coney Island! Keep in mind that it’s not about size, it’s about the power of the mind – Schoeck stands 5’07” and weighs 151#!

How about “Ironman” John McGrath from  Waterford Ireland by way of Capetown South Africa. Here the Ironman splits the top seal of a full can of “pop” with a single blow of his fist!

Coach “Hairculese” in action as well. Pay attention to the quotes, not just the feat of strength. This feat was viewed as unattainable by many of the top authorities, but it’s not about accepting the limitations of others…it’s about discovering who YOU are.

Enjoy the journey! Onward!
– Chris “Hairculese” Rider