Author:
John Wood
The Claw!

The Claw!

The year was 1967 and a mild-mannered and soft-spoken fellow from Nebraska, Jim Raschke, was trying to break into the wrestling business. Like many wrestlers who are starting out, Raschke was still trying to figure out what kind of wrestler he would be… Fortune was...

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WWII War Club Swinging

WWII War Club Swinging

During WWII, it was necessary to devise new techniques for getting large groups of new soldiers into combat-ready shape FAST. One of the methods that was created was “The Strength Course” — a series of eight different types of exercises, each performed for a period of...

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The Q.V.P.C.C.

The Q.V.P.C.C.

The only identifier on this photo is Q.V.P.C.C — the last three letters in the abbreviation likely stands for “Physical Culture Club” but no idea about the Q.V. part (Quo Vadis? Queen Victoria? Something Valley?) — We’ll probably never know for sure. The George F....

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Pavel Chechin

Pavel Chechin

Pavel Mitrofanovich Chechin, lifting with the famed Lokomotiv Sport club, was the light-heavyweight (82.5 kg) class weightlifting champion of the USSR in 1937 with a 357.5 kg. total (107.5+102.5+147.5). Born in the city of what was then-known as Dnepropetrovsk,...

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The Mark Eden Bust Developer

The Mark Eden Bust Developer

The Mark Eden Bust Developer is a fascinating but oft-forgotten chapter in strength training (and advertising and mail/order) history. The Mark Eden Bust Developer was advertised in women’s magazines throughout the 1960’s and 70’s and it was said that they sold...

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Are You a One-Date Dick?

Are You a One-Date Dick?

Charles Atlas is well-known for using the “The Insult That Made a Man out of Mac” cartoon to make his training course a best seller but he wasn’t the only strongman to use cartoons in his ads. Here’s one that you probably never saw before: “Are You a One-Date Dick?”...

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How To Make Your Own Home Gym by George F. Jowett

How To Make Your Own Home Gym by George F. Jowett

George F. Jowett was well ahead of his time with this unique course from the early 1950’s. At the time having your own home gym was a pretty radical idea but today is commonplace. The value of your own home gym, of course, has not changed — it would be an excellent...

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Dennis Rogers’ “Hammer” Curl

Dennis Rogers’ “Hammer” Curl

Typically you can train with sledge hammers in two ways: levering, or using them to smash a truck tire, but here’s an innovative feat done by Dennis Rogers, the Grandmaster Strongman. Here Dennis Preacher Curls two loaded-up sledge hammers with a total weight of 82...

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The Great Circus Mystery

The Great Circus Mystery

The Great Circus Mystery was a 1925 American adventure film serial starring Joe Bonomo in a role that couldn’t have been too much of a stretch for him: Welles ‘Red’ Landow, a circus strongman. We have bits and pieces of some details from newspaper clippings and press...

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Author:
John Wood
The Claw!

The Claw!

The year was 1967 and a mild-mannered and soft-spoken fellow from Nebraska, Jim Raschke, was trying to break into the wrestling business. Like many wrestlers who are starting out, Raschke was still trying to figure out what kind of wrestler he would be… Fortune was...

read more
WWII War Club Swinging

WWII War Club Swinging

During WWII, it was necessary to devise new techniques for getting large groups of new soldiers into combat-ready shape FAST. One of the methods that was created was “The Strength Course” — a series of eight different types of exercises, each performed for a period of...

read more
The Q.V.P.C.C.

The Q.V.P.C.C.

The only identifier on this photo is Q.V.P.C.C — the last three letters in the abbreviation likely stands for “Physical Culture Club” but no idea about the Q.V. part (Quo Vadis? Queen Victoria? Something Valley?) — We’ll probably never know for sure. The George F....

read more
Pavel Chechin

Pavel Chechin

Pavel Mitrofanovich Chechin, lifting with the famed Lokomotiv Sport club, was the light-heavyweight (82.5 kg) class weightlifting champion of the USSR in 1937 with a 357.5 kg. total (107.5+102.5+147.5). Born in the city of what was then-known as Dnepropetrovsk,...

read more
The Mark Eden Bust Developer

The Mark Eden Bust Developer

The Mark Eden Bust Developer is a fascinating but oft-forgotten chapter in strength training (and advertising and mail/order) history. The Mark Eden Bust Developer was advertised in women’s magazines throughout the 1960’s and 70’s and it was said that they sold...

read more
Are You a One-Date Dick?

Are You a One-Date Dick?

Charles Atlas is well-known for using the “The Insult That Made a Man out of Mac” cartoon to make his training course a best seller but he wasn’t the only strongman to use cartoons in his ads. Here’s one that you probably never saw before: “Are You a One-Date Dick?”...

read more
How To Make Your Own Home Gym by George F. Jowett

How To Make Your Own Home Gym by George F. Jowett

George F. Jowett was well ahead of his time with this unique course from the early 1950’s. At the time having your own home gym was a pretty radical idea but today is commonplace. The value of your own home gym, of course, has not changed — it would be an excellent...

read more
Dennis Rogers’ “Hammer” Curl

Dennis Rogers’ “Hammer” Curl

Typically you can train with sledge hammers in two ways: levering, or using them to smash a truck tire, but here’s an innovative feat done by Dennis Rogers, the Grandmaster Strongman. Here Dennis Preacher Curls two loaded-up sledge hammers with a total weight of 82...

read more
The Great Circus Mystery

The Great Circus Mystery

The Great Circus Mystery was a 1925 American adventure film serial starring Joe Bonomo in a role that couldn’t have been too much of a stretch for him: Welles ‘Red’ Landow, a circus strongman. We have bits and pieces of some details from newspaper clippings and press...

read more