Health & Physique

Health & Physique

In order to promote the GOOD Barbell company, Harry Good made a smart move in the late 1930’s and started publishing his own magazine. The cover of Issue 1, No. 1 of “Health & Physique, which came out in July of 1938, is shown above featuring Harry and his two...

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Secrets of Strong Man Feats by Ottley R. Coulter

Secrets of Strong Man Feats by Ottley R. Coulter

Ottley R. Coulter wrote this interesting course in 1942. In it, he covers many classical feats of strength: how to rip a newspaper in half, card tearing, nail driving,how to break rocks with your fist(!), spike bending etc. All those are interesting, but to me, the...

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The Green Cross Man

The Green Cross Man

Before he was Darth Vader but after he was a champion bodybuilder and strength athlete, David Prowse was Green Cross Man! The Green Cross Code is a brand created by The National Road Safety Committee (now the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, RoSPA) to...

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Manuel Egreja

Manuel Egreja

Manuel Egreja was a strength enthusiast from Portugal who was featured with his excellent selection of gear in an issue of Professor Desbonnet’s “La Culture Physique” in 1904. Interestingly, well over a century later, you still don’t need much more than what is...

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Ricardo Nelson at the Rialto

Ricardo Nelson at the Rialto

Here’s one from the deep archives, an advertisement from “The Swedish Lion” Ricardo Nelson’s engagement at the Rialto Theatre in Ironwood, Michigan on November 24 and 25, 1925. “The Swedish Lion, the Samson of Modern Times, the strongest man living. Ricardo Nelson has...

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Musclebound Weightlifters

Musclebound Weightlifters

For much of the 20th century, one of the biggest “knocks” on weightlifting is that should an individual dare to lift barbells and dumbbells, etc, that his muscles would become so big and so strong that they would lose all flexibility and coordination. This belief...

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Gust Lessis and His Cannon

Gust Lessis and His Cannon

Gust Lessis, who we have covered several times on this blog, had an incredibly colorful career as a vaudeville strongman, wrestler and boxer. Very much to his credit, Lessis was constantly featured in the newspapers performing unusual feats of strength. Here' s a rare...

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Clyde Emrich

Clyde Emrich

Here’s a classic shot of Clyde Emrich’s opening press of 292 lbs. at the 1955 World Championships held in Munich, Germany. It was the only press that Clyde made that day, getting subsequently turned down twice for 303 lbs. Clyde finished the day with a 427.5 kg total...

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The Vaughn Automatic Arm Developer

The Vaughn Automatic Arm Developer

Here’s one from way, way, way back in the day. You’d find the Vaughn Automatic Arm developer advertised in STRENGTH magazine and Bernarr MacFadden’s Physical Culture magazine throughout the 1920’s. An interesting concept for sure, you started out with the weight...

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Isometric Rack Training for The Press

Isometric Rack Training for The Press

Isometric training, especially on a properly designed rack, is a highly underrated exercise. Here Bob Bednarski shows two ways for training the press on a model W.W. York Isometric rack, positioning the bar first at chin level, and then following that up be...

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