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Extreme Neck Strength III

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.

Gustave Empain

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.

Young Louis Cyr

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. 

Physical Training in Ancient Turkey

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.

Romulus

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.

Ewald Redam - The Golden Man from Dresden

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.

Ditka's Neck Training

It is important for football players to increase their neck strength in order to be better prepared to play the game. This was a fact not lot on "Da Bears" as shown by this rare training camp shot. Check out the guys bridging in the background, and yes, that's Mike Ditka himself doing a headstand. Look closely and you'll see that his whistle has fallen down around his face. If you have no other equipment available, a simple headstand like this can be an excellent method for building neck strength.

Ted Williams Barbell and Dumbbells Exercise Course

If you bought a 110 pound Ted Williams Weight Set from a Sears department store, this is the instructional booklet that you received along with it. Unsurprisingly, the exercises and programs are as basic as can be, but it would not be a stretch to say that a lot of people would benefit a whole lot more by following Ted's program than most "modern" training programs found these days.

Clarence Ross

Clarence Ross on the cover of the July, 1948 issue of 'Muscle Power' magazine. Clarence has just won the Mr. USA title (beating Steve Reeves!) Clarence was listed as the Associate editor of this publication and contributed several articles. Also of note is that Earle E. Liederman, now a real oldtimer, was the editor in chief.

Wellesley College Gymnasium, 1905

A look at the Wellesley College Gymnasium, circa 1905. This awesome facility was outfitted by A.G. Spalding & Bros. and consisted of 6 Counterbalanced Booms 42 Stall Bars and Benches, 35 Italian Hemp Climbing Ropes, 12 Rope Ladders, 3 Vaulting Boxes, 3 Vertical Window Ladders, and 12 Balance Beams.
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