Sandbag Training

Sandbag Training

Wrestlers and Sandbag training have a long tradition. Here Denis McNamara, British wrestler (and policeman), is shown doing lunges or carries with a good size sandbag on September 23, 1964 while in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics which would take place a few weeks...

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Frank Gotch

Frank Gotch

Frank Gotch defeated George Hackenschmidt twice, and the likes of Tom Jenkins, Benjamin Roller, and Stanislaus Zbyszko on his way to holding the Heavyweight Championship longer than any man before or since. It was Gotch’s technique that made him a Champion (Gotch’s...

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Tommy Price Swings The Clubs

Tommy Price Swings The Clubs

We know that Indian Club swinging is beneficial for a variety of sporting events, but here’s one that we haven’t touched on before: motorcycle racing. September 23, 1950 was the date that this photo was snapped and this fellow is Tommy Price, British Speedway rider...

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Gust Lessis “A Smashing Feat”

Gust Lessis “A Smashing Feat”

Another look at Gust Lessis doing the old human anvil feat. Gust performed this feat at Brighton Beach, New York on September 28, 1922. Forget the hammer blows for a second, just holding that rock in place like that is quite a feat in itself. I’d say that rock easily...

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Sons of Samson – Volume 1. by David Webster

Sons of Samson – Volume 1. by David Webster

In 1993, noted strength historian David Webster published the first volume of his “Sons of Samson” series – a delightful compendium of famous (and little-known) strongmen through the ages, their stats, and their feats. It was a truly remarkable undertaking and a...

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Steve Justa Goes for a Stroll

Steve Justa Goes for a Stroll

Walking with weights on your back can be a tremendous method for building overall body strength. Here, Nebraska strongman Steve Justa goes for a jaunt — like it’s no big deal — with his custom-made “barrel” yoke loaded to around 800 pounds.

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Denny Dase

Denny Dase

Denny Dase was one of the greatest football players to ever come out of Cincinnati, Ohio where he was an All-State and All American center at Central High School. Dase went to the University of Arizona with high hopes but his playing career ended when he slipped in...

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Ernest Cadine (Dead)Lifts The Apollon Wheels

Ernest Cadine (Dead)Lifts The Apollon Wheels

Only a handful of legendary strength athletes were able to lift The Apollon Wheels overhead, but several strongmen were able to give it some air time in other ways. Here is a little-known shot that few people have seen of Ernest Cadine deadlifting the Apollon Wheels...

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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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