September 21, 2016
Paul Von Boeckmann was a strongman from New York City toward the end of the 19th century. Over time, he developed a unique system of chest expansion methods which allowed him to build "the largest and most powerful lungs in the world" according to his advertisements.Above, the strap around his chest is the same length in both pictures. He was able to inflate and deflate his chest to an incredible degree: an 11-1/2 inch difference. His lung capacity was listed at an astounding 410 cubic inches.
September 21, 2016
A look at most of the 1946 U.S. World Weightlifting Team left to right: John Davis, Emerick Ishikawa, Frank Spellman, John Terpak, Stan Stanczyk, and coach Bob Hoffman. (not pictured: Frank Kay)This was the first team to lift against the Russians. Davis and Stanczyk both won Gold, Terpak and Kay took Silver and Spellman took Bronze. The Russians entered ten lifters to only six from the US but the US came back with the team championship.
September 20, 2016
Three-time Mr. Universe Reg Park in a suit... still looking as big as life.
September 20, 2016
Jack LaLanne once did 1033 pushups in one hour, swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman's Wharf while handcuffed and towing a fleet of boats, and starred in the longest running fitness show in the history of television. Here's Jack as a young man working on his one-arm chins.
September 20, 2016
Here's a rare shot of Adrian Baillargeon (of the great Baillargeon Brothers) performing a backlift of well over 3000 pounds.
September 20, 2016
One of the most interesting training techniques of the Oldtime Strongmen is to use short-range movements with very heavy weights. This not only gives a super workout for the muscles, but strengthens the tendons, ligaments and bones and also gives the psychological boost of being able to lift far above what you would normally be able to. Here's John Grimek, training his legs by performing a Hip Lift with what looks like 600 lbs. or so. To find out more about how Grimek trained, you'll want to pick up a copy of the Mark Berry Bar Bell Courses (which features this famous picture on the cover).
September 20, 2016
Here, the mysterious Archie Vanderpool performs a pretty unusual feat of supporting strength... With his back against a stone wall, Archie braced his legs against a car driven at full throttle for 52 seconds. -- The tires were worn to ribbons!
September 20, 2016
Gotta love some of the unique and usual weights that many of the strongmen found to lift. Here's a rare shot of the great Oldtime strongman John Y. Smith as he shoulders an unusual barbell, in his later years. Smith was a very good bent-presser (with a lift of 275 lbs. at a bodyweight of just 160 lbs.) so that is probably what he is getting ready to do.
September 20, 2016
POWER magazine, was noted bodybuilder Barton Horvath's foray into magazine publishing. Above is Volume 1, Number 1 featuring Ray Moldonado on the cover -- (it was one only issue ever put out.)
September 14, 2016
Syd Strachan, of Aberdeenshire, is among the few strength athletes to successfully lift The Dinnie Stones. Syd was six feet tall and weighed just under 200 lbs. when he lifted the stones which weighed just over 700 pounds combined. Syd actually successfully lifted the stones on two different occasions, once in 1971, and later in 1973
September 14, 2016
The swinging of "jori and gada" (heavy Indian clubs and maces) holds a special place in the ancient art of Kushti - (Traditional Indian Wrestling and Physical Culture Training.) In the akharas (wrestling gyms) these traditional implements are decorated in many unique ways. Some are painted with lively decorative patterns, others, used only by the most skilled masters, are studded with nails. Some of these decorative Indian clubs weigh as much as 35kg (about pounds.)
September 14, 2016
Milo of Crotona, who lived during the 6th century B.C., was the greatest of the ancient Greek Athletes. He was a six-time wrestling Champion in the ancient Olympic Games and his strength was legendary. Milo built his strength with an unusual method: Each day he would carry a new-born calf and, as the calf grew larger, so did Milo's strength. Eventually Milo was able to carry a full-grown bull the length The stamp above features Milo holding apart a split tree and was created in honor of the 1924 Olympic Games, held in Paris, France (where Charles Rigoulot won the heavyweight-class gold medal.)
September 14, 2016
Charles Rigoulot was one of France's greatest weightlifters and easily one of the strongest men of all time. He won a Gold medal at the 1924 Olympic Games, Cleaned and Jerked the famous Apollon Wheels and could snatch 255 pounds with one arm. After his weightlifting career, Rigoulot became a professional wrestler and race car driver. At 24 years of age, his measurements were as follows: Weight: 230 pounds Height: 5'7-3/4" Chest: 49" Waist: 37" Thighs: 27-1/2" Calf: 17-1/2" Neck: 18-1/2" Biceps: 17-1/2" Forearm: 14-1/2"

September, 2016