Sayed Nosseir

Sayed Nosseir

Here we have the great Egyptian weightlifter Sayed Nosseir deadlifting what looks to be about 400 lbs. at a festival in Berlin in 1935. Nosseir won the Gold Medal in the light-heavyweight class at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympic games with a 355 kg total (Press: 100 kg. —...

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Joe Louis ~ Pushups

Joe Louis ~ Pushups

In 1942, the great boxer Joe Louis enlisted into the U.S. Army and was sent to Fort Riley, Kansas for 13 weeks of basic training. Here he performs pushups with fellow troopers at the Cavalry Replacement Training Center on July 13, 1942. Louis was a member of a horse...

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“The Tipton Slasher” Benny Yanger

“The Tipton Slasher” Benny Yanger

“The Tipton Slasher” Benny Yanger gets in a workout with the wall pulley at an oldtime Chicago gym circa 1906. Note the small dumbbell which has been added to the weight stack. Like most boxers of that era, Benny was also fond of throwing the medicine ball around to...

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Leopold Gasseau

Leopold Gasseau

Leopold Gasseau was the weightlifting champion of Northern France in the early 1900’s. He was particularly noted for his gripping power, of note of the Régnier and Collins dynamometers on the wall behind him. Gasseau set three official amateur record with these...

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Quite a “Bar-Belle

Quite a “Bar-Belle

Bar”Belle” Norma Wieland lifts some interesting train-wheel weights at Yaco’s Gym in downtown Detroit, Circa 1945. Of course, something as nifty as a train-wheel barbell would have to come from Detroit. There is just something about the look and feel of unique...

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Gord Venables ~ The Overhead Squat

Gord Venables ~ The Overhead Squat

A look at one of the original “York Gang” Gord Venables as he demonstrates the overhead squat, a movement you will have to master if you want to become an Olympic Weightlifter. At the 1944 Sr. Nationals, Gord finished third with a 710 pound total (behind Ellwood...

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Bomb Lifting

Bomb Lifting

When you don’t have a weight set, you have to get creative. As these troops, circa WWII demonstrate, you can get just as strong lifting bombs as you can lifting barbells. These bombs weight 100 lbs. Now that’s explosive lifting ~ Literally!

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Tom Burrows and Lt. Col. Dean

Tom Burrows and Lt. Col. Dean

Tom Burrows “The King of Clubs” took it upon himself to spread the gospel of Indian club swinging far and wide. Here he and Lt. Col. Dean perform at the London Homeopathic Hospital on May 3rd, 1913.

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Georges Theurillat

Georges Theurillat

Here the little-known french weightlifter Georges Theurillat performs a support (?) with an excellent globe garbell weighing in at 360 French Livres. That’s roughly 388 pounds. Note the sand-pit floor (which was more forgiving to the globe barbells if dropped) and the...

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