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Pumping iron for a cause: Mighty Gonzales shows feats of strength at local gym during month-long Spring Break fund-raiser

March 8, 2010

Donating his muscles and almost super-hero strength for a local charitable cause, the Mighty Dave Gonzales is teaming up with Tiffany Kersten and her Hammerhead Beach Gym (3051 Estero Blvd.) to raise funds while showing daring and envious feats of power and endurance.

Every Friday, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., March, 12, March 19, March 26 and April 2, the mighty muscle man will perform dangerous feats of strength.

"I'm going for records with Ripley's Believe It or Not, and doing it for charity. It can get pretty crazy," the Mighty (David) Gonzales said. "After every event, the Hammerhead Gym will make a monetary contribution to their favorite charity. It's so great to work with the Hammerhead Beach Gym and Tiffany. She is such a delight and wonderful person, and I'll do everything I can to remain worthy of her and her gym."

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The Mighty David Gonzales is teaming up with Tiffany Kersten and her Hammerhead Beach Gym to present a strength-induced lift-off for charity. During the next several months, the Mighty Gonzales will show feats of strength at the gym while funds are donated to local charity. Photo by MELISSA SCHNEIDER.

Tiffany Kersten, owner of the Hammerhead Beach Gym, which has won multiple Best of the Beach awards, including the most recent Best Fitness Center of 2009, says she feels honored the Mighty David Gonzales chose her gym to lift for charity.

"I think it's a wonderful thing," she said. "He's chosen us before and I feel honored that he's chosen Hammerhead Gym again. Anyone that would like to come and watch is more than welcome. The more the better."

During his first day of strenuous charity-fund-raising (Friday, March 12), David will attack four stunts.

H "First, I will do the most push-ups in one hour with my feet elevated and hands on piles of broken glass," he said.

H "The second will consist of a timed movement, holding two 50-pound dumbbells behind my head, my feet held down, while on piles of broken glass. This kind of event has never been done before.

H "Another stunt I'll do that day will be push-ups with my hands on the glass while someone's sitting on my back.

H "And, if I'm up to it, someone will time me to see how long it takes me to do 1,000 stomach crunches, again while I'm lying on the glass. To the best of my knowledge, this has never been done before."

The Mighty Gonzales said he is the beer-keg-lifting champion of the world, a feat he accomplished at Fort Myers' Miracle Stadium last year, lifting a beer keg 1,000 times in three hours.

"Prior to that, the record was 972 in six hours. I sustained a rotator cup injury from that feat, but it was worth it," he said.

The daredevil muscle man was first introduced in his act during the Red, White and Boom festival in Cape Coral back in 1997, with 99.3-FM New Rock 99X. Since then, he has appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show three times, performed at the Hard Rock Caf in Orlando, which he said "was a blast," and has done numerous appearances throughout the area of Southwest Florida, including the Lani Kai and other spots on Fort Myers Beach.

Now returning back to the beach for this charitable feat, David's eager to hit the Hammerhead Gym.

"I've always loved Fort Myers Beach," he said. "I've always loved the people here the good vibes are just infectious."

During all of his feats of strength, including ripping phone books in half, pulling 20-ton trucks down the street, having concrete blocks broken over his head and groin with a sledgehammer, bending half-inch steel bars between his teeth and ripping license plates with his bare hands, David said he's (thankfully) never hurt himself too severely.

"I've been cut, scraped, bruised, lacerated, broken a couple teeth. It's rough, but believe it or not, I've never been injured enough to require serious medical treatment or a trip to the ER," he said.

"I invite all the people on the beach Spring Breakers, locals, visitors come on down to the Hammerhead Gym and cheer on the Mighty Gonzales," the strong man said. "Maybe bring a bottle of hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol, because I think im going to need it."

The Mighty Gonzales offers private parties and functions as well. For private shows, demonstrations and more, all represented by CL Model and Talent Agency, call 471-7660 or email



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