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Kettlebells
Strongman Wrist Straps

Strongman Wrist Straps

If you are going to run off to the circus and be a strongman, you also have to look the part. In addition to barbells, dumbbells and kettlebells you could also get these nifty wrist straps from The Milo Barbell Company. Of course, these wrist straps also came free...

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Sig Klein ~ Kettlebells!

Sig Klein ~ Kettlebells!

Sig Klein was talkin’ kettlebell training decades ago. He had kettlebells in his gym… he featured kettlebells in his training courses… he wrote articles about kettlebells in Strength and Health… Yet you don’t hear ol’ Sig’s name pop up much in modern kettlebell...

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German Kettlebell Jugglers

German Kettlebell Jugglers

A rare look at a team of German kettlebell jugglers. German kettlebells were notable because of their square r-off handle which were more conducive to throwing and catching.

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Hans Steyrer: The Bavarian Hercules

Hans Steyrer: The Bavarian Hercules

“The Bavarian Hercules” Hans Steyrer is shown here with his signature lift: a one-finger lift of a heavy stone block, usually 500 pounds or more, combined with a muscle-out of a 50-pound kettlebell. Either one of these feats would be impressive by themselves, but...

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Block Weights!

Block Weights!

The oldtime strongmen lifted just about any weight they could get their hands on. Shown here is a block weight, an obvious precursor to the kettlebell. Block weights (also sometimes referred to as scale weights) were originally used for measurement purposes though...

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Mighty Lundin Carries 1365 Pounds!

Mighty Lundin Carries 1365 Pounds!

Hjelmar Lundi, Swedish strongman and wrestler, is shown here in the act of carrying 1365 pounds of mostly human weight from one end of the stage to the other, a feat he performed every night as he thrilled audiences from coast to coast. Supporting feats were always...

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The Atlanta Police Department Gym, 1936

The Atlanta Police Department Gym, 1936

Here’s a look into the (extremely well-stocked) Atlanta Police Department Gym, circa 1936. The Atlanta PD was clearly a BIG fan of kettlebell training at this time – I count eight of them in this picture, plus a pair of block weights. This gym was under the personal...

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Jack Dempsey ~ Kettlebells

Jack Dempsey ~ Kettlebells

Here’s a rare shot of Jack Dempsey hitting the speed bag in Chicago for an exhibition match vs. “Kingfish” Levinsky, in February of 1932 (the match did not go well.) There’s hundreds of training shots of Jack Dempsey in various gyms all over the country during his...

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Madame Yucca

Madame Yucca

Mary Anna Carson was known as Madame Yucca in various circuses in the late 1800's. One of relative few performing strong women, Yucca was also billed as "The Female Sandow," "The Female Samson," or "The Female Hercules" -- take your pick. Yucca was, however, the real...

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The Fred Medart MFG Co.

The Fred Medart MFG Co.

Starting in 1875 and throughout the first half of the 20th century, The Fred Medart MFG Co. in St. Louis, Missouri was the place to get lockers, benches, basketball hoops, balance beams, wall pulleys, boxing rings, climbing ladders, climbing ropes and anything else...

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Tag:
Kettlebells
Strongman Wrist Straps

Strongman Wrist Straps

If you are going to run off to the circus and be a strongman, you also have to look the part. In addition to barbells, dumbbells and kettlebells you could also get these nifty wrist straps from The Milo Barbell Company. Of course, these wrist straps also came free...

read more
Sig Klein ~ Kettlebells!

Sig Klein ~ Kettlebells!

Sig Klein was talkin’ kettlebell training decades ago. He had kettlebells in his gym… he featured kettlebells in his training courses… he wrote articles about kettlebells in Strength and Health… Yet you don’t hear ol’ Sig’s name pop up much in modern kettlebell...

read more
German Kettlebell Jugglers

German Kettlebell Jugglers

A rare look at a team of German kettlebell jugglers. German kettlebells were notable because of their square r-off handle which were more conducive to throwing and catching.

read more
Hans Steyrer: The Bavarian Hercules

Hans Steyrer: The Bavarian Hercules

“The Bavarian Hercules” Hans Steyrer is shown here with his signature lift: a one-finger lift of a heavy stone block, usually 500 pounds or more, combined with a muscle-out of a 50-pound kettlebell. Either one of these feats would be impressive by themselves, but...

read more
Block Weights!

Block Weights!

The oldtime strongmen lifted just about any weight they could get their hands on. Shown here is a block weight, an obvious precursor to the kettlebell. Block weights (also sometimes referred to as scale weights) were originally used for measurement purposes though...

read more
Mighty Lundin Carries 1365 Pounds!

Mighty Lundin Carries 1365 Pounds!

Hjelmar Lundi, Swedish strongman and wrestler, is shown here in the act of carrying 1365 pounds of mostly human weight from one end of the stage to the other, a feat he performed every night as he thrilled audiences from coast to coast. Supporting feats were always...

read more
The Atlanta Police Department Gym, 1936

The Atlanta Police Department Gym, 1936

Here’s a look into the (extremely well-stocked) Atlanta Police Department Gym, circa 1936. The Atlanta PD was clearly a BIG fan of kettlebell training at this time – I count eight of them in this picture, plus a pair of block weights. This gym was under the personal...

read more
Jack Dempsey ~ Kettlebells

Jack Dempsey ~ Kettlebells

Here’s a rare shot of Jack Dempsey hitting the speed bag in Chicago for an exhibition match vs. “Kingfish” Levinsky, in February of 1932 (the match did not go well.) There’s hundreds of training shots of Jack Dempsey in various gyms all over the country during his...

read more
Madame Yucca

Madame Yucca

Mary Anna Carson was known as Madame Yucca in various circuses in the late 1800's. One of relative few performing strong women, Yucca was also billed as "The Female Sandow," "The Female Samson," or "The Female Hercules" -- take your pick. Yucca was, however, the real...

read more
The Fred Medart MFG Co.

The Fred Medart MFG Co.

Starting in 1875 and throughout the first half of the 20th century, The Fred Medart MFG Co. in St. Louis, Missouri was the place to get lockers, benches, basketball hoops, balance beams, wall pulleys, boxing rings, climbing ladders, climbing ropes and anything else...

read more