Carl Busch

Carl Busch

Another look at Carl Busch as he performs a Crucifix lift with a pair of German Kettlebells. At one time Busch had an act where he wrestled a bull (Busch always won.)

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Gregory Paradise

Gregory Paradise

The great strongman Gregory Paradise, from Hudson New Hampshire, could perform a middle finger chin up with either arm. Paradise weighed around 120 lbs. and is also one of the few men in history to bent press double bodyweight (he could bent-press over 250 lbs....

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Chuck Vinci

Chuck Vinci

Chuck Vinci was another great olympic weightlifter from York, Pennsylvania. Though he stood only 4’11” and weighed 123 pounds, he could clean & jerk well over 300 pounds and snatch 220+. Vinci was a Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist (1956 and 1960), Seven-time world...

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Alfons Dobiczek

Alfons Dobiczek

Alfons Dobiczek, from Ruda Slaska, Poland, won the Polish light-heavyweight lifting championships once and came in second on two other occasions. Here he is around 1920 with a selection of his training equipment.

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Franz Föttinger

Franz Föttinger

In 1896, amateur strength specialist Franz Föttinger of Vienna performed a remarkable feat. He had two large wooden blocks attached to each other with a cord. The lower block also had some additional weights attached to it. On the top of the upper block, an ordinary...

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Henri Ferrari

Henri Ferrari

French Weightlifter Henri Ferri is all smiles as he sets a new 82 kg one-arm record lift at the Japy Gymnasium in Paris, circa 1945. How many lifters do you know of who can put bodyweight overhead with one arm? Ferrari was a 9-time French Champion and set 28 French...

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Karl Norberg

Karl Norberg

Here’s another amazing feat by Karl Norberg (The Mighty Norseman). Karl is not only lifting a deep-dish 45-pound York Barbell plate by the hub, but also performing a muscle-out with it at chest height. That’s basically TWO World-Class feats performed at the same time....

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Mr. Gordon Cumming

Mr. Gordon Cumming

Here we find Mr. Gordon Cumming, a real swash-buckler type who had many adventures hunting and trapping wild game in Africa and India. Somewhere along the way during his travels he learned how to expertly swing the heavy Indian clubs. In fact, on a trip back to London...

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Milo Steinborn’s Orange Avenue Gym

Milo Steinborn’s Orange Avenue Gym

Henry “Milo” Steinborn was a 5’8″ 205 lb German wrestler and strongman who became the first man to ever squat 500 lbs. In fact, his world record squat of 553 lbs. (set during the 1920’s) would not be officially bested until the early 1950’s by Doug Hepburn. It was...

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Clash of the Titans: Grimek vs. Stanko

Clash of the Titans: Grimek vs. Stanko

What would happen if two of the greatest strength athletes in history went head to head? Whether bodybuilding, Olympic lifting or unusual feats of strength, I would say the match up between John Grimek and Steve Stanko is pretty evenly matched. Only history knows the...

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