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Kimon Voyages: Strength and Health Magazine June, 1945

Kimon Voyages on the cover if the June, 1945 issue of Strength and Health Magazine. Kimon once squatted 200 pounds for 100 reps straight - and it certainly shows here. He had won the Jr. Mr. America title just a few years before, in 1942.

Alyce Yarick's Squatting Feat

Here's a strength feat you probably didn't know about: Alyce Yarick, wife of Ed Yarick (of Yarick's Gym fame) once performed 105 consecutive squats with 115 pounds -- not many people can do that! This feat occured at one of her husband's variety shows.

You Can Bench Press 400 lbs. by "Big" Bill Anton

Readers of the classic Iron Man Magazine will no doubt remember this ad, it ran there for years. After years of searching, we finally located a copy of "Big" Bill's bench press course and most likely post it in The Iron League. The 13th man in the world to bench press over 400 pounds can't be wrong!

Breitbart's Muscle Builder

In addition to his training courses and strength performances, Siegmund Breitbart also created some of his own training equipment. To work on his steel scrolling he devised this "muscle builder" apparatus, a series of flexible pieces of steel with a handle on either end. This setup allowed for a number of unique training movements similar to traditional steel bending as well as the ability to adjust resistance by adding or subtracting bands.

Mike Dayton Holds Back a Hot Rod

"Think of the outcome you want and
firmly believe in your ability to achieve it."
Strongman/Bodybuilder Mike Dayton holds back a Hot Rod for the "That's Incredible!" TV show. He could also break a regulation pair of handcuffs, broke baseball bats over his leg, bent coins and performed The Hangman's Drop. Dayton was big on the power of the mind and attributed this training to his ability to perform all of these amazing feats. He even put out a course on the subject back in the 1970's entitled "Chi Mind Control" (which is all but impossible to find.)

Wrestling for Boxers

How do you train when you want to be in the meanest possible shape? The answer is invariably "Like a wrestler" which is exactly what boxing champ Jim Jeffries used to do in his training camps. There's nothing better for buiding strength of mind AND strength of body. Jeffries' wrestling coach? None other than Farmer Burns.

1941 AAU Mr. America Results

Final Placing:

1. John Grimek
2. Jules Bacon
3. Frank Leight
4. Elwood Holbrook
5. Ludwig Schusterich
6. Terry Robinson
- Paul Como
- Johnny Davis
- Roland Essmaker
- Melvin Kahn
- Constantine Kosiras
- Tommy O'Hare
- Joseph Peters
- Steve Stern
- Kimon Voyages
- Elmer Witmer
- Harold Woomer

Most Muscular:
Ludwig Schusterich

Best Chest:
Frank Leight

Best Back:
Johnny Davis

Best Abdominals:
Melvin Kahn

Best Arms:
Elwood Holbrook

The 1941 AAU Mr. America contest is notable since it was the second time it was won by John Grimek - the first and last time any man won it twice. The next year they changed the rule so that someone could only win it once -- figuring (probably rightly so) that Grimek would keep winning the contest indefinitely.

The contest was held at the Arena Sports Palace in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 24, 1941 in conjunction with the AAU Senior National Weight Lifting Championship (which several of the Mr. America competitors also competed in as well.)

Above: John Grimek on the cover of the August, 1941 issue of Strength and Health.

Paramount Barbells

York was always the standard as far as quality Olympic barbell sets... but Muscletown was a long way for some folks to travel. Out on the West coast, a lot of people got their start with Paramount barbells and plates.

Levering The Gama Club

To my knowledge, I am the only man in the world to accomplish this feat: a picture perfect to-the-nose-and-back lever of the Gama Club. The "Gama Club" is a modern representation of the trophy from traditional Indian wrestling called a Gurz, which can be seen here. No idea about the original, but the 'Gama Club' pictured above weighs 32 pounds with a 1-1/2 inch thick handle.

It's a little shorter than a regulation sledge hammer but a lot heavier. Like I said, a lot of strong people have attempted to do this but no one so far has been able to... I think the Hammer Man would be proud.

The Mighty Atom's Shoes

... Speaking of shoes, here's a pair which used to belong to The Mighty Atom. These currently reside in Slim the Hammerman's Dungeon Gym. -- If you're lucky and know a few people who know a few people you may actually get to see them in person someday... Otherwise, if you show up uninvited at the Hammerman's place you can expect a size-16 boot print on your forehead.
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