The Nautilus Pullover

The Nautilus Pullover

The Nautilus Pullover Machine was created by Arthur Jones to address one of the shortcomings of conventional training. In this case, the unavoidable situation where the strength of the hands and forearms gives out before the larger, stronger muscles of the torso. The...

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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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Card-Tearing as a Feat of Strength

Card-Tearing as a Feat of Strength

Card Tearing as a Feat of Strength made the cover of the December, 1906 issue of Bernarr MacFadden’s Physical Magazine. We’ll probably reproduce the accompanying article at some point. In the meantime, if you would like to learn the finer points on the traditional...

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Whipper Watson Dumbbell Handle

Whipper Watson Dumbbell Handle

Whipper Watson weight plates are pretty rare, but doubly so are the Whipper Watson dumbbell handles for said plates. Having his name cast in the handle served the double function of marking the brand but also the raised letters offered a more secure grip, similar to...

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Come Alive With The Magic of Isometrics!

Come Alive With The Magic of Isometrics!

When the Isometrics "Boom" hit back in the 1960's a lot of people tried to get into the act.  This ad, which appeared in a professional wrestling magazine in 1965, offered yet another version of an isometric exerciser -- although it wouldn't really be difficult to...

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The Daily Dozen by Walter Camp

The Daily Dozen by Walter Camp

In the early part of the 20th century, the first World War was brewing, and when it became obvious that America would have to start sending her sons "over there" there was a real question whether the potential troops would be physically up to it. One of the figures...

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The Strong Arm Method!

The Strong Arm Method!

Another look at Joe Weider’s “HELL-BENT FOR LEATHER N’ LEAD” manly bracelets. Wonder how many youngsters saved up their paper route money and sent away for a set of these? You don’t even have to train! All you do is put them on and wear them throughout the day and...

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Ammo-Can Barbell

Ammo-Can Barbell

Weight sets were hard to come by while stationed over seas.  Soldiers had to improvise if they wanted something to lift.  Hard to say if this snap is from Korea or Vietnam, but  this fellow looks to have fashioned a make-shift barbell out of a bar and a few ammo cans....

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