Watch This Man Perform a Pistol Squat With a 100-Pound Plate On Top Of 3 Vertical Dumbbells!
The musclemorphosis.com is one of the hardest exercises known to man.
Devote Wilson can do multiple reps of the exercise—while holding a 100-pound weight plate and standing on three vertical dumbbells.
Sound impossible? Check out Wilson performing the feat below on his popular Instagram feed.
The 20-year-old from Junction City, Kansas can also leap out of a 4-foot pool backward and land standing. He can jump on top of 12 3-inch Olympic weight plates with a 315-pound barbell on his back. He can do musclemorphosis.com on two medicine balls. And he can jump over his Ford Focus.
Wilson has always been athletic. In 8th grade, he had a 28-inch vertical jump. By the time he was in high school, it was 41.5 inches. In college, 44. (For perspective, the top player in this year’s NFL combine only jumped 41.5 inches.)
But he’s never had any coaching in speed or gymnastics. “I’m self taught,” he says. “If I see someone doing a trick, I watch it and mimic it.” He usually only has to try it once to get it right.
Of course, a lot of his superhuman ability comes down to genetics. “He has a massive power to weight ratio, which means he can generate a lot of force very quickly,” explains Dean Somerset, C.S.C.S., an exercise physiologist in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. “Much of this could be muscle fiber type related, but it could also be that he has a much stronger nervous system sending a bigger impulse to the muscles to cause a stronger and faster contraction.”
Wilson also has an extremely stable joint structure to handle the fast force generation. “If the joint isn't stable enough to handle that force production, the individual can get injured,” says Somerset. “He's in a great situation where he has the joints to do the work needed so he can generate those big power outputs.”
Somerset’s right: Wilson’s body can handle the fitness feats his Instagram followers love so much. He’s only been injured once, and that was when he was going for a dunk on the basketball court—something he has done a thousand times. His only mistake: wearing lifting shoes to do it.
“I can do all this crazy stuff and not get hurt, and then I do something normal and get hurt,” Wilson says. “I’m supposed to do crazy stuff.”
While Wilson can thank his parents for their genes, he can’t rule out smart and aggressive training, either, says Somerset. Wilson trains Monday through Saturday at the gym, and uses Sunday for yoga.
He lives and breathes fitness, and wants to show off his athleticism. In fact, these crazy fitness tricks all started because he couldn’t do what he loves: play football.
Wilson says he’s been overlooked on the football field his whole life. He was on his high school’s team, but he was benched the majority of the time. So that meant he had no films to show college recruiters.
When he got to the University of Kansas, he convinced the coach to let him try out as a walk on. But at that point, there was only 3 days of pre-season practice left, and Wilson wasn’t able to get all the eligibility paper work ready to go. He was released.
That’s when he started posting to Instagram. “Instead of letting it get me down, I realized I could do something about it,” he says. “I’m going to do a bunch of stuff that he won’t see the average person doing.”
Now, Wilson’s gearing up for his first season of football at Fort Scott Community College where he will be playing safety. Between his insane pool jumps, car jumps, pistol squats, back flips, and handstands, his Instagram followers might get to see him making insane tackles, too.