http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blog/new-blog/feed en Dennis Rogers http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-04/15-1160-dennis-rogers <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/dennisrogers_steelbending_oldtimestrongman.png" height="512" width="520" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">At 5'6" and 168 pounds, Dennis Rogers does not fit the mold of the typical strongman but he can perform feats that have to be seen to be believed. Here he shows a steel bar that he has just bent into a pretzel shape. Dennis has many unique training methods and has agreed to share many of them with us.&nbsp; Stat tuned... </p> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 05:26:47 +0000 jtwood 1160 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Strongfort's "Human Bridge" Act http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-04/15-1159-strongforts-human-bridge-act <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/humanbridge_lionelstrongfort_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="269" width="520" /></p> <div style="background-color: #ffffff; width: 400px; padding: 20px; margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; border-style: double; border-width: thick;"> <p style="font-family: Georgia,Times New Roman,Times,serif; font-size: 18px; text-transform: uppercase; font-weight: bold; text-align: center;">Strongfort's "Human Bridge" Act</p> <p style="font-family: Georgia,Times New Roman,Times,serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: italic; text-align: center;">An Amazing Feat of Strength</p> <p style="font-family: Georgia,Times New Roman,Times,serif; text-align: justify;"><em>"The bridge, touring car and half-dozen passengers aggregate a weight of 7,000 pounds, or 3-1/2 tons. As the car crosses the bridge the latter "see-saws" Strongfort being compelled not only to support the weight, but also to resist the swaying tendency of the bridge. Finally, when the car has passed just beyond the center, tipping the balance the other way, the further end of the bridge pitches down to the final landing with a jar and crash which sends a shudder through the 6,000 or more spectators at the NEW YORK HIPPODROME. The momentum of this pitching downward is equal to more than twice the dead weight of the bridge and car, and the shock is beyond all human comprehension."</em></p> <p style="font-family: Georgia,Times New Roman,Times,serif; text-align: justify;">- The New York Times, February 12, 1910.</p> </div><br><br> Lionel Strongfort Strongfortism Wed, 15 Apr 2015 04:55:29 +0000 jtwood 1159 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Bob Jones http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-04/13-1158-bob-jones <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/bobjones_thumbstand_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="652" width="400" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Another look at the inimitable Bob Jones, hopping into his signature 'thumb-stand' at a moment's notice. I can't find my notes but I believe this was shot at a tv show. I don't believe anyone has ever duplicated this feat, If I'm wrong,&nbsp; it sure couldn't have been many folks.</p> Bob Jones Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:57:26 +0000 jtwood 1158 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com John McWilliams - "Mr. Arms" http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-04/13-1157-john-mcwilliams-mr-arms <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/johnmcwillaims_bigarms_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="585" width="520" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Some of the most impressive arms of all time belonged to Mr. John McWilliams. He happened to have a pretty good head start in the arms department thanks to Mother Nature, but what also helped McWilliams stretch the tape was a focus on basic exercises. That, and because he drank plenty of water... since muscle tissue is composed of mostly water, he belioeved thatglugging down that H20 went directly to his arms! While this belief is a little simplistic, drinking enough water IS a good idea (most people don't get enough and no doubt actually DID contribute to his impressive results.</p> Arm Development John McWilliams Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:26:32 +0000 jtwood 1157 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Gus Hill and His Famous Performing Indian Clubs http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-04/13-1156-gus-hill-and-his-famous-performing-indian-clubs <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/gushill_indianclubs_0345.png" height="502" width="315" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Another look at Gus Hill and his famous performing Indian Clubs. Hill's clubs were always large and impressive due to the theatrical natrure of his swinging.&nbsp; While they were most certainly not as heavy as they looked, Hill's prowess with the clubs and range of different combinations was still quite impressive. </p> Gus Hill Indian Club History Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:52:49 +0000 jtwood 1156 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Professor Gilman Low - The World's Champion Endurance Back Lifter http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-03/22-1153-professor-gilman-low-worlds-champion-endurance-back-lifter <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/gilman_low_backlift_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="617" width="520" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">In 1907, Professor Gilman Low established the phenomenal record of one million-six-thousand (1,006,000) pounds in thirty five minutes and four seconds -- interestingly, this was after a period of training on one meal a day and less. Low's record was accomplished by backlifting 1000 pounds 1,006 times in thirty five minutes and thirty four seconds. Immediately following, Low set an additional record by lifting 2000 lbs. forty four times in four minutes. As far as we know, these records still stand.</p> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 04:05:36 +0000 jtwood 1153 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Frank E. Miller http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-03/16-1152-frank-e-miller <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/frankemiller_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="600" width="409" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Frank E. Miller was the physical director of the Young Men's Christian Association of Dallas, Texas in the late ninteeth and early twentieth century. In 1900, MIller wrote an excellent training guide for indian club swinging entitled "<em>Indian Club-Swinging: One, Two, and Three Club Juggling</em>." Due to his club work, Miller was unsurprisingly also an expert fencer and golfer.</p> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 02:52:40 +0000 jtwood 1152 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Terlazzo's Inverted Press http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-03/11-1151-terlazzos-inverted-press <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/tony_terlazzo_invertedpress_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="600" width="340" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">One of the exercises that the great Tony Terlazzo used to improve his standing press was what he called "the inverted press" - essentially a handstand press on top of two boxes to increase the range of motion. Terlazzo was a 13-time Weightlifting national Champion, something to think about if you're working on your press too. </p> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 16:24:37 +0000 jtwood 1151 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Dave's Gym - South Bend, Indiana http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-03/11-1150-daves-gym-south-bend-indiana <p><img src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/davesgym_southbend_oldtimestrongman.jpg" style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" height="413" width="520" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Dave Bjoraas, (pictured far right) the legendary "Dave" of Dave's Gym and Dave's Barbell Club of South Bend, Indiana... for many years the center of strength activity in the Mid-Western United States. Dave's Gym in South Bend, Indiana produced many Iron Game champions: 1956 Mr. America Ray Schaefer trained there. So did Junior. Mr. America Doug Lindzy (pro-wrestling's original "Doug Gilbert"). Dave's Barbell Club Weight-lifting team produced champions like Winston Binney and Mike Burgener. And, most importantly, many of the top football players on Notre Dame's great Irish teams trained with Dave. Dave's Gym... one of the top gyms ever... Dave Bjoraas, a fine man and a giant in the world of weights.</p> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 16:11:25 +0000 jtwood 1150 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Karl Moerke Lifts a Firetruck http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-03/11-1149-karl-moerke-lifts-firetruck <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/karle_morke_firetruck_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="516" width="520" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">A look at the great German strongman <a href="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2011-12/03-437-german-strongman-karl-moerke">Karl Moerke</a> lifting a firetruck said to weigh four thousand pounds. As we have been exploring, there is a great deal more to heavy supporting lifts than many have thought...</p> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:45:40 +0000 jtwood 1149 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com