Author:
John Wood
Waldo Corthes

Waldo Corthes

Waldo Corthes, a German Variety entertainer, is shown here allowing a Volkswagen to run over his pillow-covered head. Many strongmen have been “run over” by a car but this one is a first. Corthes didn’t even blink and apparently suffered no ill effect. This feat took...

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Bruce Lee’s Dumbbells

Bruce Lee’s Dumbbells

Bruce Lee was a big fan of dumbbells for various forms of training. Here, Bruce is doing some jumping drills (on a trampoline which is out of the frame at the bottom) with some added dumbbell resistance. These dumbbells weigh eleven and a half pounds each and Bruce...

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Sig Klein’s Dumbbell Challenge

Sig Klein’s Dumbbell Challenge

Sig Klein liked to call the two-dumbbell clean and press “THE ONE BEST EXERCISE” because it was so simple but also incredibly effective for building upper-body strength and power. Klein suggested to begin this exercise with 20 pounds less than your two-arm press and...

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Samson Champagne’s Rack Pull

Samson Champagne’s Rack Pull

Another rather incredibly feat by Quebec strongman Claude “Samson” Champagne, (who we have featured previously.) Count up all that weight and you’ll arrive at a total of 1369 pounds for a three-inch “rack pull” — or what at one time might have been called a hand and...

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Abraham Charité

Abraham Charité

Abraham “Bram” Charité was a Dutch weightlifter who won a Bronze medal at the 1948 Summer Olympic Games in London, England with a 412.5 kg total. (127.5 kg press, 125 kg snatch, 160 kg c&j) As of the time of this writing, Charité’s Bronze remains the last Olympic...

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Camille Pedeboscq

Camille Pedeboscq

Unfortunately, most of the details of Camille Pedeboscq’s career are lost in time, the old postcard that we have only indicates that he was the strand pulling champion of Europe and a likely guess for the time frame would be the early 1900’s. Just so it’s clear what...

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The 1920 French Olympic Weightlifting Team

The 1920 French Olympic Weightlifting Team

A look at the 1920 French Olympic Weightlifting team. Ten weightlifters, two in each weight class, represented France at the 1920 Antwerp Olympic Games. From left to right: Joseph Duchateau (Heavyweight), Maurice Devene (Light-Heavyweight), Henri Gance (Middleweight),...

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Pierre Bonnes

Pierre Bonnes

Another look at the great French strongman and wrestler Pierre Bonnes. Bonnes is thought to be the first man who snatched 250 lbs. in the “split” style. Many noted strong men of the day ridiculed this style of lifting but it would eventually some become the norm and...

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Old Gym Scene

Old Gym Scene

We highlight many famous strongmen but it is also our goal to preserve the not-so-famous moments in Iron History as well. We have no information on the above image, looks to be a gym some time in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s — and everyone is sporting an excellent...

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Giovanni Raicevich

Giovanni Raicevich

Behold this great promotional poster for the Italian wrestler Giovanni Raicevich. In November of 1907, Raiceich won his first world championship by beating the French champion Laurent le Beaucairois in a tournament held in Paris at the Folies Bergere.

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Author:
John Wood
Waldo Corthes

Waldo Corthes

Waldo Corthes, a German Variety entertainer, is shown here allowing a Volkswagen to run over his pillow-covered head. Many strongmen have been “run over” by a car but this one is a first. Corthes didn’t even blink and apparently suffered no ill effect. This feat took...

read more
Bruce Lee’s Dumbbells

Bruce Lee’s Dumbbells

Bruce Lee was a big fan of dumbbells for various forms of training. Here, Bruce is doing some jumping drills (on a trampoline which is out of the frame at the bottom) with some added dumbbell resistance. These dumbbells weigh eleven and a half pounds each and Bruce...

read more
Sig Klein’s Dumbbell Challenge

Sig Klein’s Dumbbell Challenge

Sig Klein liked to call the two-dumbbell clean and press “THE ONE BEST EXERCISE” because it was so simple but also incredibly effective for building upper-body strength and power. Klein suggested to begin this exercise with 20 pounds less than your two-arm press and...

read more
Samson Champagne’s Rack Pull

Samson Champagne’s Rack Pull

Another rather incredibly feat by Quebec strongman Claude “Samson” Champagne, (who we have featured previously.) Count up all that weight and you’ll arrive at a total of 1369 pounds for a three-inch “rack pull” — or what at one time might have been called a hand and...

read more
Abraham Charité

Abraham Charité

Abraham “Bram” Charité was a Dutch weightlifter who won a Bronze medal at the 1948 Summer Olympic Games in London, England with a 412.5 kg total. (127.5 kg press, 125 kg snatch, 160 kg c&j) As of the time of this writing, Charité’s Bronze remains the last Olympic...

read more
Camille Pedeboscq

Camille Pedeboscq

Unfortunately, most of the details of Camille Pedeboscq’s career are lost in time, the old postcard that we have only indicates that he was the strand pulling champion of Europe and a likely guess for the time frame would be the early 1900’s. Just so it’s clear what...

read more
The 1920 French Olympic Weightlifting Team

The 1920 French Olympic Weightlifting Team

A look at the 1920 French Olympic Weightlifting team. Ten weightlifters, two in each weight class, represented France at the 1920 Antwerp Olympic Games. From left to right: Joseph Duchateau (Heavyweight), Maurice Devene (Light-Heavyweight), Henri Gance (Middleweight),...

read more
Pierre Bonnes

Pierre Bonnes

Another look at the great French strongman and wrestler Pierre Bonnes. Bonnes is thought to be the first man who snatched 250 lbs. in the “split” style. Many noted strong men of the day ridiculed this style of lifting but it would eventually some become the norm and...

read more
Old Gym Scene

Old Gym Scene

We highlight many famous strongmen but it is also our goal to preserve the not-so-famous moments in Iron History as well. We have no information on the above image, looks to be a gym some time in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s — and everyone is sporting an excellent...

read more
Giovanni Raicevich

Giovanni Raicevich

Behold this great promotional poster for the Italian wrestler Giovanni Raicevich. In November of 1907, Raiceich won his first world championship by beating the French champion Laurent le Beaucairois in a tournament held in Paris at the Folies Bergere.

read more