Jon Pritikin

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Jonathan Andrew Pritikin
Born (1973-02-26) February 26, 1973 (age 47)
Rockford, Illinois, United States
OccupationMotivational Speaker

Jon Pritikin (born February 26, 1973) is an American strongman and motivational speaker.

Early life and education[edit]

Pritikin, born in Rockford, Illinois to a Jewish family, had speech and learning disabilities as a child.[1] Placed in special education in first grade, he was bullied[2] and abused by schoolmates and neighborhood children, and has said he had no friends.[3]

In high school, a teacher worked with him on his speech impediment and academic problems, and he was finally accepted on academic probation to Bethany University in Scotts Valley, California.[4]


Since graduating, he has shared his anti-bullying message in the United States and around the world. He uses feats of strength as a tool to grab people's attention; he is the Guinness record holder for "the tightest circumference of two aluminum frying pans rolled together with his bare hands in less than 30 seconds".[4][5] In 1994 he started a non-profit organization, Feel the Power.[6] Since then he has spoken to more than 3 million people.[5]

Pritikin is also involved in an anti-steroid program known as S.W.A.T.S., which is an acronym for Sports With Alternatives to Steroids.[7]

Personal life[edit]

He and his wife Rhonda and their daughter Jaden live in Lodi, California.[8]


  1. ^ Socha, Evamarie (December 3, 2010). "Open eyes and minds". The Daily Item. Sunbury, Pennsylvania. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  2. ^ Moore, Mike (April 19, 2010). "Strength from within: Speaker shows off physical prowess, urges another kind". The Journal Times. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  3. ^ "Strength comes in many packages, students told". The Carmi Times. February 15, 2011. Archived from the original on July 24, 2012. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Niederberger, Mary (October 9, 2008). "Strongman urges end to bullying in schools". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Turnbull, Jessica (November 19, 2009). "Guinness record-holder tells students to be strong against bullies". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Archived from the original on November 27, 2009. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  6. ^ Urban, Kelly (September 2, 2009). "Bodybuilder urges kids to build character". The Tribune Democrat. Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  7. ^ "Testimonials". Archived from the original on December 30, 2010. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  8. ^ Brian DeNeal (February 4, 2011). "Jon Pritikin to bring anti-bullying message to area schools". The Daily Register. Harrisburg, Illinois. Retrieved February 5, 2012.

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