Charles Rigoulot

Charles Rigoulot

Charles Rigoulot made this most interesting cover of the December, 1934 issue of the French magazine Je Sais Tout. Rigoulot was a well-known figure at the time. After having won the Gold Medal at the 1924 Olympics, Rigoulot turned professional in 1932 and performed as...

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Aloysius Marx

Aloysius Marx

Aloysius Marx was born in Germany in 1862 and came to America to seek fame and fortune in the earl 1880’s. Marx’s career started with a bang — literally — in 1884 when he was drafted into an impromptu slugging match with John L. Sullivan. Marx lasted 55 seconds with...

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Henry Cooper’s Bridge

Henry Cooper’s Bridge

British Heavyweight Boxer Bert Cooper is shown here doing neck bridges during a workout in December of 1960. Less than a week later, Cooper defeated Alex Miteff on points after 10 rounds at Wembley Arena. You’ll find other boxers similarly training their necks here...

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Sandbag Training

Sandbag Training

Wrestlers and Sandbag training have a long tradition. Here Denis McNamara, British wrestler (and policeman), is shown doing lunges or carries with a good size sandbag on September 23, 1964 while in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics which would take place a few weeks...

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Frank Gotch

Frank Gotch

Frank Gotch defeated George Hackenschmidt twice, and the likes of Tom Jenkins, Benjamin Roller, and Stanislaus Zbyszko on his way to holding the Heavyweight Championship longer than any man before or since. It was Gotch’s technique that made him a Champion (Gotch’s...

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Tommy Price Swings The Clubs

Tommy Price Swings The Clubs

We know that Indian Club swinging is beneficial for a variety of sporting events, but here’s one that we haven’t touched on before: motorcycle racing. September 23, 1950 was the date that this photo was snapped and this fellow is Tommy Price, British Speedway rider...

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Gust Lessis “A Smashing Feat”

Gust Lessis “A Smashing Feat”

Another look at Gust Lessis doing the old human anvil feat. Gust performed this feat at Brighton Beach, New York on September 28, 1922. Forget the hammer blows for a second, just holding that rock in place like that is quite a feat in itself. I’d say that rock easily...

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Sons of Samson – Volume 1. by David Webster

Sons of Samson – Volume 1. by David Webster

In 1993, noted strength historian David Webster published the first volume of his “Sons of Samson” series – a delightful compendium of famous (and little-known) strongmen through the ages, their stats, and their feats. It was a truly remarkable undertaking and a...

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Steve Justa Goes for a Stroll

Steve Justa Goes for a Stroll

Walking with weights on your back can be a tremendous method for building overall body strength. Here, Nebraska strongman Steve Justa goes for a jaunt — like it’s no big deal — with his custom-made “barrel” yoke loaded to around 800 pounds.

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Denny Dase

Denny Dase

Denny Dase was one of the greatest football players to ever come out of Cincinnati, Ohio where he was an All-State and All American center at Central High School. Dase went to the University of Arizona with high hopes but his playing career ended when he slipped in...

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