Franz Föttinger

Franz Föttinger

In 1896, amateur strength specialist Franz Föttinger of Vienna performed a remarkable feat. He had two large wooden blocks attached to each other with a cord. The lower block also had some additional weights attached to it. On the top of the upper block, an ordinary...

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Henri Ferrari

Henri Ferrari

French Weightlifter Henri Ferri is all smiles as he sets a new 82 kg one-arm record lift at the Japy Gymnasium in Paris, circa 1945. How many lifters do you know of who can put bodyweight overhead with one arm? Ferrari was a 9-time French Champion and set 28 French...

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Karl Norberg

Karl Norberg

Here’s another amazing feat by Karl Norberg (The Mighty Norseman). Karl is not only lifting a deep-dish 45-pound York Barbell plate by the hub, but also performing a muscle-out with it at chest height. That’s basically TWO World-Class feats performed at the same time....

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Mr. Gordon Cumming

Mr. Gordon Cumming

Here we find Mr. Gordon Cumming, a real swash-buckler type who had many adventures hunting and trapping wild game in Africa and India. Somewhere along the way during his travels he learned how to expertly swing the heavy Indian clubs. In fact, on a trip back to London...

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Milo Steinborn’s Orange Avenue Gym

Milo Steinborn’s Orange Avenue Gym

Henry “Milo” Steinborn was a 5’8″ 205 lb German wrestler and strongman who became the first man to ever squat 500 lbs. In fact, his world record squat of 553 lbs. (set during the 1920’s) would not be officially bested until the early 1950’s by Doug Hepburn. It was...

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Clash of the Titans: Grimek vs. Stanko

Clash of the Titans: Grimek vs. Stanko

What would happen if two of the greatest strength athletes in history went head to head? Whether bodybuilding, Olympic lifting or unusual feats of strength, I would say the match up between John Grimek and Steve Stanko is pretty evenly matched. Only history knows the...

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Captain Bob Anderson – Little Sampson

Captain Bob Anderson – Little Sampson

We managed to dig up more info on the fairly obscure strongman Captain Bob Anderson. Captain Bob got his first taste of fame as a Hollywood stuntman where he specialized in crashing planes. As as stuntman, his work appeared in a number of pictures in the early 1930’s...

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Harry Ekizian

Harry Ekizian

As a boy, Harry Ekizian escaped the Armenian Genocide. As if that wasn’t bad enough, a short time later he was sold as a slave to Arabs. After four years of hard labor, he escaped and eventually made his way to the United States and joined the Navy where he worked as...

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Iron Boots

Iron Boots

Iron Boots are just as effective today for the very same reaseons they were “back in the day”: they are extremely portable and allow you to do a variety of exercises that are all but impossible with any other form of equipment. Here’s an ad for Joe Weider’s Iron Boots...

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Theodore Lang’s Bridge

Theodore Lang’s Bridge

Here we have Mr. Theodore Lang of Macassar, Dutch Indies, showing his stuff circa 1930. It was said that two buddies and another 160 pounds of fully-loaded barbell totaled around 400 pounds which he held in a top-of-the-head bridge — not bad!

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