Vladimir “Dynamite” Turchinsky

Vladimir “Dynamite” Turchinsky

There are many strength athletes who have achieved all kinds of amazing things thata lot of people aren't aware of.  A perfect example is Vladimir "Dynamite" Turchinsky who was well known in his home country of Russia but rarely geta mentiion this side of the Volga....

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Anonymous Cannon Ball Catcher

Anonymous Cannon Ball Catcher

At first glance you might think those are globe dumbbells at this gent's feet, but upon closer inspection, you'll see that they are actually cannon balls of different sizes and weights. ...So we can conclude that this fellow either juggled them or caught them....

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Turkey and Sergio

Turkey and Sergio

Larry “Turkey” Gilmore shakes hands with Sergio Oliva, some time in 1970. “Turkey” was a lifter who happened to live in Deland, Florida and became friends with Arthur Jones in the early days of Nautilus. Among other things, Turkey helped Arthur build “The Blue...

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Functional Isometric Contraction Strength Builder

Functional Isometric Contraction Strength Builder

Here’s one from back in the day which is evidently making a comeback: the good old Functional Isometric Contraction Strength Builder. There were several different versions but they were basically all a flat piece of wood or metal, a handle, and a length of chain or...

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Alan Stephan, Mr. America!

Alan Stephan, Mr. America!

Surprisingly, few Mr. America title winners had their own training courses. Alan Stephan, the winner of the 1946 AAU Mr. America title was one who did. Here’s a nifty ad for his training course which ran in several magazines. As a side note, the 1946 Mr. America...

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Strongman Wrist Straps

Strongman Wrist Straps

If you are going to run off to the circus and be a strongman, you also have to look the part. In addition to barbells, dumbbells and kettlebells you could also get these nifty wrist straps from The Milo Barbell Company. Of course, these wrist straps also came free...

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George Hackenschmidt in 1902

George Hackenschmidt in 1902

1902 was a pretty good year for “The Russian Lion,”George Hackenschmidt. That year he won the European Greco-Roman wrestling championship and took 3rd place in the World weight lifting championships in Vienna, Austria. This rare picture was taken in January, 1902 and...

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The Russian Strongman Vsevolod Kherts

The Russian Strongman Vsevolod Kherts

The Royal Moscow Circus has performed on American shores for many years. If you caught their show from 1956 through 1967, you also probably got a chance to see Vsevolod Kherts lift some pretty amazing weights in entertaining ways. This pullover and press from a bridge...

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Super Strength by Alan Calvert

Super Strength by Alan Calvert

A rare magazine advertisement for ‘Super Strength’ by Alan Calvert from 1924 – which would be the same year the book was originally published. Despite the fact that this book was written a century ago, the training information is just as effective today. If you are a...

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Hemenway Gymnasium

Hemenway Gymnasium

The original Hemenway Gymnasium was the finest physical education facility ever created. It contained every manner of physical training equipment: climbing ladders, tumbling mats, climbing ropes, flying rings, barbells, dumbbells, indian clubs, medicine balls… even...

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