Quite a “Bar-Belle

Quite a “Bar-Belle

Bar”Belle” Norma Wieland lifts some interesting train-wheel weights at Yaco’s Gym in downtown Detroit, Circa 1945. Of course, something as nifty as a train-wheel barbell would have to come from Detroit. There is just something about the look and feel of unique...

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Gord Venables ~ The Overhead Squat

Gord Venables ~ The Overhead Squat

A look at one of the original “York Gang” Gord Venables as he demonstrates the overhead squat, a movement you will have to master if you want to become an Olympic Weightlifter. At the 1944 Sr. Nationals, Gord finished third with a 710 pound total (behind Ellwood...

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Bomb Lifting

Bomb Lifting

When you don’t have a weight set, you have to get creative. As these troops, circa WWII demonstrate, you can get just as strong lifting bombs as you can lifting barbells. These bombs weight 100 lbs. Now that’s explosive lifting ~ Literally!

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Tom Burrows and Lt. Col. Dean

Tom Burrows and Lt. Col. Dean

Tom Burrows “The King of Clubs” took it upon himself to spread the gospel of Indian club swinging far and wide. Here he and Lt. Col. Dean perform at the London Homeopathic Hospital on May 3rd, 1913.

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Georges Theurillat

Georges Theurillat

Here the little-known french weightlifter Georges Theurillat performs a support (?) with an excellent globe garbell weighing in at 360 French Livres. That’s roughly 388 pounds. Note the sand-pit floor (which was more forgiving to the globe barbells if dropped) and the...

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Nino’s Cannon

Nino’s Cannon

We’ve covered Nino before (here, here, and here. One thing is for sure, Nino always made things interesting. Here he is just about to backlift a 1150 kg cannon!

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Jean Baillargeon’s Bridge

Jean Baillargeon’s Bridge

Jean Baillargeon was one of famed Brothers Baillargeon, (and perhaps the strongest of them all, which is really saying something.) Looks to be about 230 pounds on the bar. It is unclear whether he pulled the weight over, bounced it off his belly or chest, or if the...

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Lancaster’s Handstand

Lancaster’s Handstand

Here’s Burt Lancaster — yes THAT Burt Lancaster, the movie star — doing a handstand in his suit coat and penny loafers soon after he arrived in New York from Italy aboard the SS Liberté. This shot was from December, 1951. Lancaster developed an interest in acrobatics...

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Darwin Canova

Darwin Canova

Darwin Canova, was a tremendous lifter from Allentown, Pennsylvania, who never got his proper due. In 1928, lifting for the Milo Bar Bell club, at Durner’s Physical Culture Studio in Philadelphia, PA, Canova set a world’s record with a one-arm clean and jerk of 143...

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Peary Rader and The Magic Circle

Peary Rader and The Magic Circle

THE MAGIC CIRCLE– FOR MAGIC RESULTS – The most satisfactory device yet found for doing quarter, half and full squats — for doing Hise Shoulder Shrugs and other heavy poundage exercises where weight is held on shoulders. It has made squatting a pleasure by removing the...

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