Author:
John Wood
Rigoulot’s Human Barbell

Rigoulot’s Human Barbell

After Charles Rigoulot’s competitive weightlifting career came to an end, he still found ways to use his great strength to his advantage. Rigoulot worked as a circus strongman, wrestled, and raced cars but he ended up having the most success in the theatre where his...

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Akio Hirai – The Strongest Man in Japan

Akio Hirai – The Strongest Man in Japan

It was at Osaka Station in April, 1935, that 34-year old Akio Hirai earned the right to call himself “The Strongest Man in Japan” by pulling a freight car loaded with 160 men a distance of 70 meters with a chain gripped in his teeth!

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Captain T.B. Bax

Captain T.B. Bax

Captain T.B. Bax of Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, set his first endurance Indian Club swinging record in 1895, swinging a pair of 2lb. 9oz. clubs for 26 hours, non-stop. Bax set his last (and all-time) endurance club record on December 10, 1913 swinging a pair of “light”...

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Romulus

Romulus

Cosimo Molino, aka Romulus, as you might have guessed if you know your Roman history, was one half of a duo with fellow Italian Strongman “Remus” Gaiacomo Zaffarina. Romulus, also sometimes billed as “The Sicilian Hercules,” stood only 5’3″ and weighed 167 pounds but...

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Nikolai Vahturov

Nikolai Vahturov

After graduating high school, Nikolai Vahturov worked as a cashier on a steam ship and was then drafted into the army, where, as luck would have it, he served along side Mitrofan, the brother of the famous wrestler Ivan Poddubny. Mitrofan talked so greatly of his...

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Mighty Muscles!

Mighty Muscles!

Gotta love those old muscle building course ads from the back of the comic books. This one is from 1958. Who wouldn’t want to send in their paper route money for the secrets to big muscles? By the way, the course that you would have received if you had done so is...

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Heinrich Schneidereit in 1912

Heinrich Schneidereit in 1912

How about this shot of the great German lifter Heinrich Schneidereit and this awesome globe barbell? We believe this shot is from the 1912 German weightlifting championships where Schneidereit finished second to Heinrich Rondi. Karl Moerke finished third.

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Jack Shanks Lifts The Dinnie Stones

Jack Shanks Lifts The Dinnie Stones

The year was 1972, and  Jack Shanks, a Belfast policeman, became the first man to lift the Dinnie Stones since Donald Dinnie himself, over a century before. Two important things should be noted about this historic lift: 1) Shanks weighed all of 180 lbs. and 2) Shanks...

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Jac Henderson

Jac Henderson

Vaudeville star Jac Henderson performs a back press with a prodigious chest expander which looks to be about 25 springs strong, circa 1929. No small feat. Nice job Jac!

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Fred Rollon

Fred Rollon

There's more to building super strength than just slingin' iron... The great German Strongman Fred Rollon, known as "The Human Anatomy Chart" developed his incredible condition primarily through training with chest expanders and rubber cables. Rollon was undefeated at...

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Author:
John Wood
Rigoulot’s Human Barbell

Rigoulot’s Human Barbell

After Charles Rigoulot’s competitive weightlifting career came to an end, he still found ways to use his great strength to his advantage. Rigoulot worked as a circus strongman, wrestled, and raced cars but he ended up having the most success in the theatre where his...

read more
Akio Hirai – The Strongest Man in Japan

Akio Hirai – The Strongest Man in Japan

It was at Osaka Station in April, 1935, that 34-year old Akio Hirai earned the right to call himself “The Strongest Man in Japan” by pulling a freight car loaded with 160 men a distance of 70 meters with a chain gripped in his teeth!

read more
Captain T.B. Bax

Captain T.B. Bax

Captain T.B. Bax of Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, set his first endurance Indian Club swinging record in 1895, swinging a pair of 2lb. 9oz. clubs for 26 hours, non-stop. Bax set his last (and all-time) endurance club record on December 10, 1913 swinging a pair of “light”...

read more
Romulus

Romulus

Cosimo Molino, aka Romulus, as you might have guessed if you know your Roman history, was one half of a duo with fellow Italian Strongman “Remus” Gaiacomo Zaffarina. Romulus, also sometimes billed as “The Sicilian Hercules,” stood only 5’3″ and weighed 167 pounds but...

read more
Nikolai Vahturov

Nikolai Vahturov

After graduating high school, Nikolai Vahturov worked as a cashier on a steam ship and was then drafted into the army, where, as luck would have it, he served along side Mitrofan, the brother of the famous wrestler Ivan Poddubny. Mitrofan talked so greatly of his...

read more
Mighty Muscles!

Mighty Muscles!

Gotta love those old muscle building course ads from the back of the comic books. This one is from 1958. Who wouldn’t want to send in their paper route money for the secrets to big muscles? By the way, the course that you would have received if you had done so is...

read more
Heinrich Schneidereit in 1912

Heinrich Schneidereit in 1912

How about this shot of the great German lifter Heinrich Schneidereit and this awesome globe barbell? We believe this shot is from the 1912 German weightlifting championships where Schneidereit finished second to Heinrich Rondi. Karl Moerke finished third.

read more
Jack Shanks Lifts The Dinnie Stones

Jack Shanks Lifts The Dinnie Stones

The year was 1972, and  Jack Shanks, a Belfast policeman, became the first man to lift the Dinnie Stones since Donald Dinnie himself, over a century before. Two important things should be noted about this historic lift: 1) Shanks weighed all of 180 lbs. and 2) Shanks...

read more
Jac Henderson

Jac Henderson

Vaudeville star Jac Henderson performs a back press with a prodigious chest expander which looks to be about 25 springs strong, circa 1929. No small feat. Nice job Jac!

read more
Fred Rollon

Fred Rollon

There's more to building super strength than just slingin' iron... The great German Strongman Fred Rollon, known as "The Human Anatomy Chart" developed his incredible condition primarily through training with chest expanders and rubber cables. Rollon was undefeated at...

read more