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Bent Press
John Y. Smith and His Unique Barbell

John Y. Smith and His Unique Barbell

Gotta love some of the unique and usual weights that many of the strongmen found to lift. Here’s a rare shot of the great Oldtime strongman John Y. Smith as he shoulders an unusual barbell, in his later years. Smith was a very good bent-presser (with a lift of 275...

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Charles MacMahon’s Bent-Press

Charles MacMahon’s Bent-Press

A classic shot of the great Charles MacMahon bent-pressing an excellent 14-inch exhibition bell at the Milo Bar Bell Company show room, circa 1916. In the original publication of this photograph, MacMahon’s tricep impressive development was highlighted — an almost...

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371 Pounds Overhead with One Hand!

371 Pounds Overhead with One Hand!

Arthur Saxon has a legitimate claim for the greatest strength feat of all time with his bent press of 371 pounds (he was said to have unofficially done 385 pounds.) Either way, it’s a tremendous feat, to lift more weight overhead with one hand than most people can...

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Chuck Ahrens and Bert Elliott

Chuck Ahrens and Bert Elliott

A couple west coast weightlifting legends: Chuck Ahrens (left) and Bert Elliott (right) Ahrens was a man of mysterious strength who could easily press a pair of 165. lb. dumbbells. Elliott was a champion weightlifter who specialized on the bent press. At their feet is...

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Tag:
Bent Press
John Y. Smith and His Unique Barbell

John Y. Smith and His Unique Barbell

Gotta love some of the unique and usual weights that many of the strongmen found to lift. Here’s a rare shot of the great Oldtime strongman John Y. Smith as he shoulders an unusual barbell, in his later years. Smith was a very good bent-presser (with a lift of 275...

read more
Charles MacMahon’s Bent-Press

Charles MacMahon’s Bent-Press

A classic shot of the great Charles MacMahon bent-pressing an excellent 14-inch exhibition bell at the Milo Bar Bell Company show room, circa 1916. In the original publication of this photograph, MacMahon’s tricep impressive development was highlighted — an almost...

read more
371 Pounds Overhead with One Hand!

371 Pounds Overhead with One Hand!

Arthur Saxon has a legitimate claim for the greatest strength feat of all time with his bent press of 371 pounds (he was said to have unofficially done 385 pounds.) Either way, it’s a tremendous feat, to lift more weight overhead with one hand than most people can...

read more
Chuck Ahrens and Bert Elliott

Chuck Ahrens and Bert Elliott

A couple west coast weightlifting legends: Chuck Ahrens (left) and Bert Elliott (right) Ahrens was a man of mysterious strength who could easily press a pair of 165. lb. dumbbells. Elliott was a champion weightlifter who specialized on the bent press. At their feet is...

read more