Karl Johan Von Eckenberg

Karl Johan Von Eckenberg

Karl Johan Von Eckenberg, aka “Herkules” Eckenberg is a strongman who takes it back to the oldschool perhaps more than anyone else that we have ever featured on this website. He was performing the unusual and amazing feats of strength pictured here in the early...

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The Original Dr. Ken Log Bar

The Original Dr. Ken Log Bar

Here’s a look at one of the original ideas behind Dr. Ken’s Log Bar — an actual log with handles cut into it. This “log” was patterned on an unusual parallel-handled bar used for pressing movements that Dr. Ken trained with down in Lake Helen, Florida when he worked...

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The King of Strength Reveals His Secret!

The King of Strength Reveals His Secret!

How about this awesome advertisement for Arthur Saxon's great book "The Development of Physical Power" which ran in Strength & Health magazine in the mid-1930's? In 1934, when this ad originally ran, you could order a copy for $1.00... adjusting for inflation,...

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Cpl. Robert Hamilton

Cpl. Robert Hamilton

Aint it funny how two of the most popular excuses for not training are “I don’t have time,” and “I don’t have any equipment”? Meanwhile, the old saying “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” still holds true, and case and point above we have Cpl. Robert Hamilton of the...

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Hercules Dansereau

Hercules Dansereau

There’s no shortage of strongmen in Canada, some you know well and some you do not. Here’s a fellow you haven’t heard of: Hercules Dansereau. He was a circus strongman for a number of years but later quit that life to become a street car conductor in Montreal. Here he...

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The Brothers Schemansky

The Brothers Schemansky

Here’s an impromptu shot you probably haven’t seen before: the “human barbell” is 215 pound Jerome Schemansky and the lifter is “little brother” Norb who, at the time, tipped the scales at only 200 pounds. This shot was taken at Yaco's Gym in Detroit, circa 1947. Norb...

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Risa Bey

Risa Bey

Risa Bey, the pride of Constantinople, performed all manner of strength arts, bodybuilding wrestling, gymnastics, and acrobatics in the late 19th century. Unfortunately, we know little else about Risa Bey other than a series of post cards which illustrated his...

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The Wrestler’s Bridge

The Wrestler’s Bridge

If you are going to be a wrestler, you have to have a strong neck. Bridging, as demonstrated here by Ukranian wrestler Ivan Fridrikhson well over a century ago, might just be the only thing preventing your shoulder from hitting the mat.

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Roger Weigèle

Roger Weigèle

Here's another strongman you probably haven't heard of: Roger Weigèle is well known in the diving community as the man who established the world famous Glénan International Diving Center on Saint-Nicolas Island in 1960. But before that, Roger got his start lifting...

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