How did the Oldtime Strongmen build such incredible strength and power?...and more importantly, if you knew what they
knew and trained like they trained, could you become just as
We certainly believe so...
The secrets of the Strongmen of ages past will live on through you... Some people say there are no "secrets," they say that phenomenal strength feats are just a matter of hard work and dedication...
If that were correct, the ability to perform Super Human Strength feats would be a common thing... but that is obviously not the case.
Do you know even the first place to begin if you wanted to learn how to correctly perform the bent press? How about the right sized nail to drive a nail through a 2-inch thick board with nothing but your bare hand?
How about the finer points of power rack work?
...or heavy partials?
...the one-arm snatch?
...the bridge press?
...phone book tearing?
...the Human Link?
...the two-hands anyhow?
...tendon and ligament training?
If you want to accomplish these amazing feats and train with these "lost" exercises, it will require specialized training knowledge - knowledge that can't be found just anywhere...but it can be found here.
At the turn of the century Arthur Saxon bent-pressed 371 pounds with one arm -- that's more than most people can lift with two Heck, that's more than most people can squat! .. and the most interesting thing is that Saxon's training techniques work just as well today as they did back then.
This is the place where oldtime strength still reigns supreme... where the techniques and the spirit of the past still lives on.
Have a look around... we've got a tremendous selection of oldtime strength books and training courses, consisting of original courses, high-quality modern reprints as well as newer publications which have passed the test -- all of which should have a place in your personal strength library.
There's nothing like learning the exact training methods directly from the strongest men who ever lived... Our selection of training guides and reprints goes back to the early 1900s. Looking to oufit your gym with some classic training equipment?
Check out our oldtime strongman equipment page to see what we have available. This sure aint the stuff you'll find at your local gym.
We've also got footage of some classic strongmen in action in our DVD section ...and if you need some new training threads for your workouts, check out our Apparel Page -- everyone needs at least a few good t-shirts to train in and you won't find these anywhere else either.
Our feeling that strength training is not just something you "do," but a way of life. If "Real Strength" is your thing, this is the place where you will learn more about it than anywhere else.
William Boone's 1937 Training Program
During the 1930's and 40's, William Boone became a power house while training by himself in his back yard in Shreveport, Louisiana with nothing more than a rusty weight set . Here's a look at one of the routines that led to his tremendous results:
Club Swinging: An Ancient Restorative Art for the Modern Martial Artist
If you want to be a strongman, there's no question that you need to lift heavy weights -- but did you know there are benefits to lifting light weights as well? Join Dr. Ed Thomas here as he introduces you to the wonderful world of Indian Club Swinging:
John Y. Smith: The Man With 'Iron Claw' Hands
John Y. Smith won the 'New England's Strongest Man' contest at 60 years of age and was said to have hands that resembled Iron Claws because of some of the exercises he did. Check this out for more info:
"The Iron" by Henry Rollins
"I believe that the definition of definition is reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. Completely. When I was young I had no sense of myself. All I was, was a product of all the fear and humiliation I suffered. Fear of my parents. The humiliation of teachers calling me "garbage can" and telling me I'd be mowing lawns for a living. And the very real terror of my fellow students. I was threatened and beaten up for the color of my skin and my size. I was skinny and clumsy, and when others would tease me I didn't run home crying, wondering why..."