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Muscle Builder Magazine #1

In August of 1953, Joe Weider began "Muscle Builder" magazine, featuring 1949 AAU Mr. America Jack Delinger on the cover. If you wanted to know how the great muscle champs of the day trained, this was the place to go, check out the roll call of contributors: Clancy Ross (Mr. America, Mr. USA), Floyd Page (Professional Mr. America), Steve Reeves (Mr. World, Mr. America), Alan Stephan (Mr. America), Leo Robert (America's Most Muscular Man), Ed Theriault (Mr. America, Mr. Canada, World's Best Developed Man) Juan Ferraro (Mr. Universe, Mr. Europe), Abe Goldberg (Mr. North America) ~ and many others!

Apollon vs. The Piano

Talk about "Odd Object Lifting!" The great Apollon's grand finale at the Reichshallen Theater in Berlin during the 1897 season was to walk across the stage carrying a piano (AND it's player!) on his mighty shoulder.

The Brothers Baillargeon

The Brothers Baillargeon are another entry in the long line of great strongmen from Quebec. From left to right: Charles, Paul, Adrien, Lionel, Jean and Antonio. They traveled the continent performing tremendous strength feats and all eventually became famous professional wrestlers.

Note the family crest on their uniforms: It featured the number "6" (representing all six brothers) a beaver, their name and a maple leaf logo.

The Amazing Samson's Harness Lift

"The Amazing Samson," Alexander Zass was a master of many different types of lifts. Here's the man making a harness lift of over a ton without even breaking a sweat. Harness lifting was always very popular with performing strongmen since they could be done with very heavy weights, and could use audience members as ballast.  Aside from the performance benefits, our research indicates that heavy supporting lifts may be a great contributor to greater overall body strength.

Tarzan, The Iron King

Tarzan, "The Iron Man" was a German strongman during the 1930's, and he had BY FAR the best outfit that we have seen yet.

Rodolfo Valentino

Rodolfo Valentino was was of the first movie heart throbs. As shown in this rare shot, his physique was certainly not developed by accident.

Thomas Inch Dumbbell REPLICAS

In the late 90's, the Staver Foundry of Virginia, Minnesota produced replicas of the famous Thomas Inch challenge dumbbell. These solid globe dumbbells weighed 172 pounds but the handle is slightly thicker (2.47" vs. 2-3/8" on the original.) 172 Pounds may not seem like much of a challenge to lift but the thick handle makes it nearly impossible.

Thousands of athletes have tried to lift the Inch Dumbbell but only a few have succeeded. You'll need a very strong grip if you want to add your name to the list. There IS a secret to lifting the Inch Dumbbells, something that we'll cover on another occasion...

(NOTE: we do not have Inch Dumbbell replicas for sale.)

Lou Thesz & Expander Training

Expander work has always been popular with wrestlers since they offer a workout that is both portable and effective. Here is the great champion Lou Thesz, the man who held the NWA Championship belt longer than anyone else is history, doing a couple curls with what looks like one of Roy Noe's Graduated Xercisors. This is a really fantastic exercise and the tension can be adjusted based on foot placement.

Ferdinand Le Bouche and Le Sadi Aperitif

Strongmen have long been featured in alcohol advertisements and posters, generally they are able to do things which makes a dramatic and memorable point which would certainly be the case here. In case you aren't a wine fan, an apéritif is an alcoholic beverage usually served before a meal to stimulate the appetite. Our man above, the famous french physical culturalist Ferdinand Le Bouche is shown here lifting a barrel full of 250 livres worth (about 270 pounds) of Le Sadi brand with his teeth. I'm sold.

Grimek's Support

You can add John Grimek's name to the list of strength stars who had included heavy supports in their training. Even with an extremely reasonable estimate of the bodyweight of the four "hangers on" and you are still looking at well over 700 pounds on his back -- no small feat.

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