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Paul Holloway's One Arm Chin-Up

It is estimated that not more than one person in a hundred thousand can perform a chin-up with one hand. Here, Paul Holloway, one of the lesser-known members of the York Weightlifting team, shows the three stages of the feat. Notice he is chinning himself with only two fingers — he was actually able to chin himself using only one finger with ease, but had to use two for this series in order to hold himself still long enough to obtain the pictures.

In the October, 1937 Issue of Strength and Health Magazine Holloway outlines his exact training in detail: a series of progressive chin-up exercises until he was able to reach his goal, a training approach that should really come as no surprise...

Indian Clubs for Baseball

Indian Clubs for Baseball

We have long been saying that adding Indian Clubs into your workout would be a smart choice for every athlete and here's yet another example of why: The March, 15, 1934 edition of the Ludington (MI) Daily News contains an interesting feature on the pre-season regimen of the Western State Teachers College Baseball team. Their coach at the time, Judson Hyames, had his players engage in extensive Indian club training before their began their heavy throwing. According to the article, Hyames believed that Indian club work help build wrist suppleness, strength and flexibility.

Hyames certainly knew what he was talking about since the Western State team was undefeated for two years prior (and would go on to finish 14-1 that season.) Hyames was 166-62-2 as a head coach and the baseball field at what is now known as Western Michigan University is named in his honor. If you are looking for an edge on the diamond, it would certainly be a good idea to add some Indian club swinging into the mix.

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Wheelbarrow Lifting

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How's this for an "odd" object lift? Stan Rothwell, the great British All-Arounder trains with a wheelbarrow in the late 1940's. His point for doing so was to show that you can still get in a great workout even if you don't have a weight set -- an important thing to still keep in mind today.

Alfred Danks: "The Chest Expander as a Strength Builder"

Alfred Danks

"A well-known strongman, world's record holder and ex-world's champion weight lifter has put it on record on several occasions that he never trains for a record lift without a strong chest expander.

He has given full credit to this type of chest expander, and I am quoting him here in order to endorse what I am about to say from my own experience...

"With but little training I have made records on the "dumbbell swing," the "single handed press," the "Crucifix" and on some special feats of my own. I wish to make it quite clear that not only my muscular development but my great strength as a weightlifter and strongman was obtained solely by the use of the chest expander."

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Ferdinand Renier

Ferdinand Renier was a Belgian weightlifter who competed in the featherweight class at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Olympic Games. He Clean and Jerked 105kg, Snatched 77.5 kg. and Military Pressed 72.5 kg. for a 255 kg. total (good for a tie for 12th place.)

Steve Reeves' Hack Squat Machine

Steve Reeves trained in York, Pennsylvania for the 1950 Mr. Universe contest. While there, they devised this unique "hack squat" machine for Reeves to train on (this was actually an old hip lift /platform lifting apparatus used in decades before at the Milo Barbell Company.) Reeves used this exercise exclusively to work his legs that time (and went on to win the 1950 Mr. Universe contest and beat Reg Park!) (Also note the Strength and Health covers on the wall.)

Irvin "Zabo" Koszewski

Here's Irvin "Zabo" Koszewski (and his famous abs) on the cover of the March, 1966 issue of Mr. America Magazine. Zabo started competing in bodybuilding contests in 1948 and was still going strong when this magazine came out, in fact, he went on to finish second (to Frank Zane) in the Medium class at the 1967 IFBB Mr. America.

The Nautilus Infi-Metric Bench Press

The Infi-Metric was an interesting training concept which was pioneered by Arthur Jones. It involved pitting the strength of two body parts against each other. In the case of the Infi-Metric Bench Press machine shown here, as trainee pressed up one handle, the opposite handle lowered. This allowed one to train in a negative fashion in a very safe and productive manner. Because of the angles involved, it was also possible to get a stronger contraction in the chest muscles. Those who used this style of training correctly got great results, eventually becoming so strong that they bent the steel of the movement arm!

John Grimek's Bodybuilding Contest History

Here's John Grimek showing his winning form and hardware after taking first in the 1948 Mr. Universe contest (defeating Steve Reeves in the process!) Most bodybuilders are lucky to win one contest in their careers but Grimek finished first in EVERY contest he ever entered. Here's a look at the full list:

1939 - York Perfect Man
1940 - AAU Mr. America
1941 - AAU Mr. America
1946 - Most Muscular Man in America
1948 - NABBA - Mr. Universe
1949 - Mr. USA

After winning the AAU Mr. America contest for the second year in a row, they passed a rule that one could not enter it again once they won - the powers that be figured that if they didn't take this step, Grimek would just keep on winning them.

Josef Manger

Josef Manger was a great German heavyweight lifter during the 1930's He burst on the scene with a Silver medal at the 1934 European championships following that up with a Gold medal in that contest a year later. From there, he also won gold at the 1936 Olympic games held in Berlin, Germany and the 1937 and 1938 World Championships. Manger was a six-time lifting champion of Germany and set 20 World records over the course of his career (although only 11 were recognized as official.) At the 1936 Olympics, Manger totalled an Olympic Record 410 kg. (132.5 kg pres, 122.5 kg snatch and 155 kg C&J)

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