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The Wrestler's Bridge

The wrestler's bridge is a fantastic exercise for building neck size and strength and here's a good look at why it is so named and practiced by grapplers. In a match, the neck can act as an extra 'limb' which, if strong enough, can keep the shoulders off the mat. Shown here is a Greco-Roman featherweight class match from the 1912 Stockholm Summer Olympics with Swedish wrestler Ewald Persson (bridging) vs. Norwegian champion Ragnvald Gullaksen. This match ended in a decision after 59 minutes, with Gullaksen taking the win.

Siegmund Breitbart Circus Poster

Here's one that no one has seen for a long time: a rare poster of Siegmund Breitbart from the Paris stop of his European Tour.  Breitbart is shown supporting a woman playing the piano, two horses and a crowd of people all on his chest.

Dimitrios N. Zeus

Unfortunately Dimitrios N. Zeus' story has been lost to the sands of time. The old postcard bearing his name says that he was the World's Strongest Man AND a film star. By his large, strong hands, looks like he also bent more than a bit of steel in his day.

Iron Samson's Wrist Roller

Here's an interesting one, courtesy of an extremely rare course by 'The Iron Samson' Alexander Zass. Many people like to do their wrist roller training standing straight up, which is certainly good, but using the wrist roller from a crouched position is a good one to try for a change of pace.

Miss Bliss

Here's a look at Miss Bliss, a French Strong woman from 1901. Don't know much else about her other than she has a strong set of choppers. It would be easy to think that this photo was faked but if you look closely, you'll see that her neck development would indicate that she has trained for and is actually performing this rather amazing feat. It's also worth noting that she has a larger and likely stronger neck than several football players I know.

Saul Hallap

Saul Hallap was a great Estonian weight lifter who set four world records and seven European records during his career. Hallup also competed in the 1924 Olympic games in Paris where he one-arm snatched 75kg, one-arm clean & jerked 95kg, pressed 90kg, two-hand snatched 90kgand two-hand clean & jerked 115kg, which was good for a 465kg total and a 9th place finish. After his weight lifting career, Hallap became a circus acrobat.

Heinrich Schneidereit in 1912

How about this shot of the great German lifter Heinrich Schneidereit and this awesome globe barbell? We believe this shot is from the 1912 German weightlifting championships where Schneidereit finished seconds to Heinrich Rondi. Karl Moerke finished third.

Vsevolod Kherts ~ Another Angle

[Join The Iron League! ] Another look at the great Russian Circus strongman Vsevolod Kherts and his incredible 300+ lb. neck bridging, this time, from another angle. And check out that nifty globe barbell rack in the background.

Cadine's Arms

[] Another look at the great Ernest Cadine, circa 1915, and I'd say further proof that impressive physical development is certainly possible without drugs. Cadine never downed a single protein shake yet you won't find a better set of arms, even a hundred years later.

Unknown Strongman #6

[] - Unfortunately this fellow's name is lost, which is unfortunate since this is one of the more impressive feats of strength that we have ever highlighted (and that is really saying something!) Even if we are pretty conservative with the bodyweights, that's got to be close to 900 pounds. Supporting feats always go over well because very heavy weights can be used but doing so in a full backbend is utterly ridiculous.

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