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Month: May 2024
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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Nino’s Cannon

Nino’s Cannon

We’ve covered Nino before (here, here, and here. One thing is for sure, Nino always made things interesting. Here he is just about to backlift a 1150 kg cannon!

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Jean Baillargeon’s Bridge

Jean Baillargeon’s Bridge

Jean Baillargeon was one of famed Brothers Baillargeon, (and perhaps the strongest of them all, which is really saying something.) Looks to be about 230 pounds on the bar. It is unclear whether he pulled the weight over, bounced it off his belly or chest, or if the...

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Lancaster’s Handstand

Lancaster’s Handstand

Here’s Burt Lancaster — yes THAT Burt Lancaster, the movie star — doing a handstand in his suit coat and penny loafers soon after he arrived in New York from Italy aboard the SS Liberté. This shot was from December, 1951. Lancaster developed an interest in acrobatics...

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Darwin Canova

Darwin Canova

Darwin Canova, was a tremendous lifter from Allentown, Pennsylvania, who never got his proper due. In 1928, lifting for the Milo Bar Bell club, at Durner’s Physical Culture Studio in Philadelphia, PA, Canova set a world’s record with a one-arm clean and jerk of 143...

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Peary Rader and The Magic Circle

Peary Rader and The Magic Circle

THE MAGIC CIRCLE– FOR MAGIC RESULTS – The most satisfactory device yet found for doing quarter, half and full squats — for doing Hise Shoulder Shrugs and other heavy poundage exercises where weight is held on shoulders. It has made squatting a pleasure by removing the...

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Aaron Molyneaux Hewlett

Aaron Molyneaux Hewlett

Aaron Molyneaux Hewlett was the first African American on the Harvard University staff and the director and curator of the Harvard Gymnasium from 1859 to 1871. He also taught gymnastics, boxing and the use of dumbbells. Hewlett is pictured here with the tools of his...

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Gust Lessis: Another Smashing Feat

Gust Lessis: Another Smashing Feat

Around 1925 or so, the Greek Strongman and wrestler Gust Lessis, wanted a shot at the lightweight boxing crown (which was held by Paul “The Astoria Assassin” Berlenbach at the time.) In order to show that he was worthy of such an opportunity he gave a demonstration of...

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Stanless Steel

Stanless Steel

Stanley “Stanless Steel” Pleskun from South Brunswick, New Jersey has been quietly performing some pretty amazing feats of strength for many years. He can lift over 600 pounds with one finger, break chains, drive nails, lever sledge hammers and, incredibly, bend a...

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Archive:
Month: May 2024
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...

read more
Nino’s Cannon

Nino’s Cannon

We’ve covered Nino before (here, here, and here. One thing is for sure, Nino always made things interesting. Here he is just about to backlift a 1150 kg cannon!

read more
Jean Baillargeon’s Bridge

Jean Baillargeon’s Bridge

Jean Baillargeon was one of famed Brothers Baillargeon, (and perhaps the strongest of them all, which is really saying something.) Looks to be about 230 pounds on the bar. It is unclear whether he pulled the weight over, bounced it off his belly or chest, or if the...

read more
Lancaster’s Handstand

Lancaster’s Handstand

Here’s Burt Lancaster — yes THAT Burt Lancaster, the movie star — doing a handstand in his suit coat and penny loafers soon after he arrived in New York from Italy aboard the SS Liberté. This shot was from December, 1951. Lancaster developed an interest in acrobatics...

read more
Darwin Canova

Darwin Canova

Darwin Canova, was a tremendous lifter from Allentown, Pennsylvania, who never got his proper due. In 1928, lifting for the Milo Bar Bell club, at Durner’s Physical Culture Studio in Philadelphia, PA, Canova set a world’s record with a one-arm clean and jerk of 143...

read more
Peary Rader and The Magic Circle

Peary Rader and The Magic Circle

THE MAGIC CIRCLE– FOR MAGIC RESULTS – The most satisfactory device yet found for doing quarter, half and full squats — for doing Hise Shoulder Shrugs and other heavy poundage exercises where weight is held on shoulders. It has made squatting a pleasure by removing the...

read more
Aaron Molyneaux Hewlett

Aaron Molyneaux Hewlett

Aaron Molyneaux Hewlett was the first African American on the Harvard University staff and the director and curator of the Harvard Gymnasium from 1859 to 1871. He also taught gymnastics, boxing and the use of dumbbells. Hewlett is pictured here with the tools of his...

read more
Gust Lessis: Another Smashing Feat

Gust Lessis: Another Smashing Feat

Around 1925 or so, the Greek Strongman and wrestler Gust Lessis, wanted a shot at the lightweight boxing crown (which was held by Paul “The Astoria Assassin” Berlenbach at the time.) In order to show that he was worthy of such an opportunity he gave a demonstration of...

read more
Stanless Steel

Stanless Steel

Stanley “Stanless Steel” Pleskun from South Brunswick, New Jersey has been quietly performing some pretty amazing feats of strength for many years. He can lift over 600 pounds with one finger, break chains, drive nails, lever sledge hammers and, incredibly, bend a...

read more