en Kurt Saxon <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" width="520" height="600" /></p> <div class="blog2">Among the members of the Saxon Trio it was Arthur who got most of the spotlight but the other members were quite strong in their own right. Kurt Saxon for example, could bent-press over 300 pounds at a bodyweight of only 170. His exceptional muscularity is evident even in this old photo.</div> Mon, 22 May 2017 20:18:24 +0000 jtwood 1508 at Three Wrestlers <p><img src="" width="520" height="498" /></p> <div class="blog2">A Trio of early wrestlers, from left to right: Paul Pons, Raoul "Le Boucher" (The Butcher) Musson and Ivan Shemyakin. This rare shot was most likely taken at "<em>Le tournoi annue de lutta de la Ceinture d'or</em>" held at the Folies-Bergere in 1904. </div> Tue, 09 May 2017 06:43:26 +0000 jtwood 1507 at Pierre Bonnes, 1903 <p><img src="" width="520" height="337" /></p> <div class="blog2">Pierre Bonnes was a great French strongman and weightlifter who was at his best in the late 1800s and early 1900s. In 1898, he set the "official" world record in the One Arm Snatch with a lift of 85.5 kilos. He bested this lift on several other occasions albeit under unofficial conditions. Here's how Bonnes looked after winning the "World Strength Championship" in 1903. (Bonnes won again in 1905.)</div> Tue, 09 May 2017 06:20:24 +0000 jtwood 1506 at Jack Hayes <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" width="400" height="592" /></p> <div class="blog2">Jack Hayes, of the famed Camberwell Weight-Lifting Club, was one of W.A. Pullum's top students. Hayes was the 8-stone Amateur Champion of Great Britain from 1914 through 1920, and again in 1925. </div> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 03:01:10 +0000 jtwood 1505 at Extreme Neck Strength III <p><img src="" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="520" height="673" /></p> <div class="blog2">Here's another one for the "don't try this at home" file" Strongman Saxon Brown lets a motorcycle and rider drive across his throat! This was in 1934 when Saxon was trying to drum up a little interest for his Winter Tour. Does this qualify as a feat of strength? I don't know, but I'd definitely want to see his show so it had the intended result.</div> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 23:45:08 +0000 jtwood 1504 at Gustave Empain <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" width="520" height="590" /></p> <div class="blog2">Gustave Empain the Belgian weightlifter, finished third at the 1903 World Weightlifting Championships, behind Francois Lancoud and Heinrich Schneidereit. Empain's greatest feat, however, was a Muscle Out of 76 pounds, which he did in front of Professor Desbonnet at the Weightlifting Club of France. After retiring from competition, Empain opened a bar in his hometown of Charleroi, Belgium. </div> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:51:21 +0000 jtwood 1503 at Young Louis Cyr <p><img src="" width="520" height="702" /></p> <div class="blog2"> A look at a young Louis Cyr taking a huge Globe Dumbbell for a ride. Cyr was 18 years of age at the time. This rare engraving is from a Quebec newspaper from the late 1800s. Cyr had just defeated David Michaud, the Canadian champion. It was with this very dumbbell that Cyr set many of his strongman records.&nbsp; </div> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:38:05 +0000 jtwood 1502 at Physical Training in Ancient Turkey <p><img src="" width="520" height="404" /></p> <div class="blog2">The gymnastic exercises of the students of Mekteb-i Sultani, taken in Istanbul, Turkey, circa 1879. Note the use of large globe dumbbells, ring weights, kettlebells and the high bar for gymnastics.</div> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 03:52:37 +0000 jtwood 1501 at Romulus <p><img src="" width="520" height="600" /></p> <div class="blog2">The stage name of the Italian Strongman Cosimo Molino was "Romulus," of course, he had a partner "Remus," their names a call back to the mythical founders of Rome. Romulus stood 5'3" and weighed only 167 pounds and it was said that he has a 25 inch thigh. At ne time, he was easily one of the strongest men of all time, not pound-for-pound, but all time as in 1892, he performed a single-arm push of a 109 lb. dumbbell for 22 repetitions! He performed many other impressive feats with heavy dumbbells. Romulus was a student of professor Attila.</div> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 03:28:32 +0000 jtwood 1500 at Ewald Redam - The Golden Man from Dresden <p><img src="" width="520" height="533" /></p> <div class="blog2">Check out one of the few known images of Ewald Redam, known as "The Golden Man from Dresden" whose physique was ahead of its time. The above image was taken, around 1920... his leg development was unheralded, and this was about three decades before the squat rack was ever common place. For a while, Redam traveled and performed with a troupe of other strength athletes but this was cut short by WWI. Redam was the model for several famous statues. </div> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:39:19 +0000 jtwood 1499 at