Saturday, December 29, 2012
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Friday, November 5, 2010
grippers made by Tetting.The idea of using the thinner handle is so you work harder to get a complete handles touching close. Next to the end is a
revolving handles custom gripper. This is a gripper with handles mounted on bearings and is difficult to hold tightly let alone close. Last is also a Tetting original E which is much harder to close than the # 3 by IronMind. This long 8 " handle is secured in a wooden post and used by doing negatives .You close if by using your body weight.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Saxon was a strongman performing in Europe in the 1890's. On February 26, 1898, he appeared on stage performing his feat of lifting a huge barbell with one arm (as seen in the photo below) and announced that "...even the Great Sandow would not be able to lift it!
Unknown to Saxon, Sandow was in the audience. Sandow stood up and accepted the challenge and came onstage. Saxon lifted the barbell first, then stepped back to give Sandow his turn. Sandow, in his haste, did not balance the bar properly and the barbell toppled. Sandow demanded another try, and this time, he balanced the bar, lifting it overhead without effort. Sandow was not immediately declared the winner, however. It took 4 years for the debate to be settled.
It wasn't until 1902 that Sandow was finally declared the official winner and strongest of the two. Saxon wrote a book in 1910 entitled "The Textbook of Weight-Lifting". Saxon was very strong. His record lifts were - bent press: 370 lbs.* - snatch: 195 lbs. - military press: 252 lbs. - two hands anyhow (powerlift): 448 lbs.
Saxon served in World War I and apparently suffered greatly from malnutrition during the conflict. He attempted to carry on his strongman act at the end of the war, but this was almost impossible in his weakened condition. He never really recovered from the deprivations of the war, and grew weaker with unsuspected tuberculosis. It was because of this that he became an easy prey to pneumonia. Arthur Saxon eventually died from complications on August 6, 1921. He was only 43 years of age.
*There are reports that Saxon actually performed the bent press with 385 lbs. before witnesses.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
If you are like me, and enjoy feats of strength, look no further than the modern day "Old Time" strongmen out there performing today. Guys like Slim "Hammerman" Farman, Dennis Rogers, Greg Matonick, "Irish Anvil" Tom Kelly, Pat "Human Vise" Povilaitis, etc.
I recently got the 336 P.O.F. Rogers / Povilaitis DVD, and its awesome to say the least. The Slim DVD set is next on my list, and I cant wait to watch it.
(Photo by David Landau - (c) 2008)
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
For those who haven't seen the latest Muscle Museum Forum, here is photo of one of Muscle Museum's latest acquisitions. It's a French barbell from the late 1800's we believe. Story is that it was brought to New Orleans around turn of the last century. No one seems to be able to recall ever seeing this tear-drop shape of bell before.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
My friend Rich "Army" Maguire and Ageless Strength have just finished production of an instructional DVD to assist in instruction should you get the fever and want to learn The Fundamentals of light or Heavy Club Swinging. Check it out here!!
Friday, December 14, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
(Born Walter Joseph Lyons) - 1894 -1965
He later saw the strongman 'Dr Gordon' at Fitzgerald Bros' Circus, read about ancient Greece and built himself up by taking correspondence courses in physical culture.
Apprenticed to a blacksmith for five years, Lyons followed that trade and won repute as a circus strongman. Please go here to read the rest of the article!
Monday, August 6, 2007
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
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Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Sunday, June 3, 2007
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
The centerpiece of the central, skylighted gallery of the York Barbell Hall of Fame is the 7-foot Travis dumbbell weighing more than 1600 pounds, named for the man who made it famous, Warren Lincoln Travis. Travis weighed only 180 pounds at his zenith between 1906-1909, but his strongman exploits included lifting various weights up to more than 3,000 pounds in the harness, and back lifts of people and objects. The National Police Gazette recognized Travis in 1907 as the "strongest man in the world," and his elaborate metal belt proclaiming this pronouncement is displayed in the museum.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Monday, April 16, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
A nice old barbell and dumbbell set. My friend Carl Linich said its probably a Anthony Barker Barbell, and set of Jowett dumbells. The Barbell weighs 38 pounds when empty, and the ends can be unscrewed and filled with sand to add weight. The dumbbells weigh 14 pounds each.
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
Monday, March 5, 2007
Hard to hide something that big !!
(Follow up post): Joe Roark (IronHistory.com) has tracked down the Bell and the owner, and the report is that the bell is now at his farm awaiting a place of honor at a community receational center
to be built. (In process). "Good" news for sure!!
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
The Schaffron Dumbbell was created by and lifted by Harry Schaffron, a vaudevillian strongman who designed his own weights for the stage. Note the thick handle, showing that Schaffron knew the secret behind Thomas Inch's famous dumbbell.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Tony Massimo poses with some Milo Barbells, Dumbbells and Kettlebells. Massimo wrote his own book called "Modern Hercules" (Iron Fact) - The first barbell manufacturer in the United States, Milo Barbell Company was established in 1902 by Alan Calvert and purchased by Bob Hoffman in 1935.