http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blog/new-blog/feed/rss.xml en Francois Lancoud http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-11/26-1080-francois-lancoud <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/francois_lancoud_oldtimestrongman.png" height="649" width="520" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;"> The Swiss Weightlifter and Strongman Francois Lancoud became the second World Weightlifting Champion on October 5th, 1903, at an event held at the Moulin Rouge in Paris, France. Among his winning lifts were a snatch of 231-1/2 lbs. and a clean &amp; jerk of 292 lbs. The German strongman Heinrich Schneidereit finished second and the Belgian lifter Gustave Empain finishing third.</p> 1903 1903 World Weightlifting Championship Francois Lancoud Gustave Empain Heinrich Schneidereit Swiss Strongman Thu, 27 Nov 2014 04:44:26 +0000 jtwood 1080 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Kettlebells for 'Different' Development by Sig Klein http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-11/26-1079-kettlebells-different-development-sig-klein <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/kettlebells_sig_klein_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="600" width="448"></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">I've seen it written that kettlebells were completely unknown in the US until the late 90's but that's not exactly true... I wouldn't say that they were tremendously popular, but people have certainly known about kettlebells on these shores and trained with them for many years prior. Sig Klein was always big fan of kettlebells and discussed them often in his articles and courses. To give you one example, this article, "Kettlebells for 'Different' Development" appeared in Strength and Health magazine in the late 1950's. </p> German Kettlebells Kettklebells Kettlebell History Sig Klein Thu, 27 Nov 2014 01:31:48 +0000 jtwood 1079 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Stefan Siatkowski - The Man of Iron http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-11/21-1077-stefan-siatkowski-man-iron <p><img alt="Stefan Siatkowski - The Man of Iron" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/stefan_siatkowski_samson_steel_bending_oldtimestrongman_02.jpg" style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" height="360" width="520" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Stefan Siatkowski a.k.a Samson a.k.a "The Man of Iron" was a Polish Strongman who excelled in bar bending, nail bending, steel scrolling and anything else that involved bending metal. He was active as late as the 1960's.</p> Steel Bending Steel Scrolling Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:25:45 +0000 jtwood 1077 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com The Hammer Man's Hammers http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-11/21-1076-hammer-mans-hammers <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="The Hammer Man&#039;s Hammers" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/slim_the_hammermans_hammer_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="630" width="434" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Took this shot a few years back at a special dinner honoring <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2013-06/19-682-slim-hammer-man" target="_blank" title="Slim The Hammer Man">Slim the Hammer Man</a></strong></span>. That's Slim's Challenge Ax on the left followed by his two sledge hammers with their distinctive markings on the handles and chromed weights. They are sitting on Slim's special oak carrying case. If those hammers could talk I bet they could tell some stories...</p> Sledge Hammer Sledge Hammers Slim The Hammer Man Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:03:06 +0000 jtwood 1076 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Eugene "Tiny" Walsh http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-11/19-1075-eugene-tiny-walsh <p><img style="display: block; border: 1px solid black;" alt="Eugene &amp;quot;Tiny&amp;quot; Walsh" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/eugene_tiny_walsh_squat_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="425" width="520" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Here's something you don't see every day ~ a REAL squat! Here, Eugene "Tiny" Walsh goes all the way to the floor and back with 550 pounds wearing a "super suit" consisting of a t-shirt, shorts and penny loafers. It was reported that Tiny also made 600 pounds in this style. Also of note is the Jackson weight set.</p> Squat Thu, 20 Nov 2014 01:47:23 +0000 jtwood 1075 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com The Weaver Stick http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-11/19-1074-weaver-stick <p><img alt="The Weaver Stick" style="display: block;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/resize/weaver_stick_oldtimestrongman_04-500x559.png" width="500" height="559" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">The great strength author George Weaver came up with a unique strength challenge which now bears his name: The Weaver Stick.<br><br> You can easily make your own with a broom stick. An "official" weaver stick is exactly 42 inches long with the challenge being to grasp the end of it, no closer than 5-1/2 inches from the opposite end, and lift a weight from the floor or a platform, all the while keeping the stick perfectly level.<br><br> A lift of 5-7 pounds in this manner is exceptional. The great weight lifting champion John Davis for example, could lift 8 pounds, while John Grimek set the modern record with 11 pounds.</p> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 01:18:52 +0000 jtwood 1074 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Primo Carnera and His Globe Barbell http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-11/19-1073-primo-carnera-and-his-globe-barbell <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/primo_carnera_globe_barbell_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="653" width="450"></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">You may know that "The Preem" Primo Carnera was the Heavyweight boxing Champion of the world from 1933-1934 but you probably didn't know that he was also a performing strongman as well. He achieved a one-hand snatch of 220 pounds and could clean and jerk over 300 ~ pretty good for someone who was 6'6".</p> Primo Carnera Wed, 19 Nov 2014 06:07:37 +0000 jtwood 1073 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Chuck Sipes Lifts His Truck http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-11/19-1072-chuck-sipes-lifts-his-truck <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/chuck_sipes_benchpress_truck_oldtimestrongman.png" height="509" width="520"></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;"> Chuck Sipes won the 1959 IFBB Mr. America, 1960 IFBB Mr. Universe and the 1968 Mr. World Bodybuilding titles, but unlike most physique stars, Chuck's muscles weren't just for show, he could also perform many incredible feats of strength as well.<br><br> As Chuck was training to accomplish a 600 pound(!) bench press, he used to train using a variety of techniques involving heavy supports and negatives -- he even had a special handle welded to the underside of his pickup truck which he used to lift and support the whole affair.<br><br> As he is shown doing here, Sipes would first lift the pickup truck as high as he could with his arms then wedge his legs underneath. In the top position, Chuck estimated that he was supporting 1600 pounds.</p> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 05:40:19 +0000 jtwood 1072 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Tom Tyler http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-11/16-1071-tom-tyler <p><img src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/tom_tyler_weightlifting_1928_olympics_oldtimestrongman.jpg" style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" height="556" width="446" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Tom Tyler, late of Hollywood, California, was the 1928 AAU Heavyweight lifting champion and first American to clean &amp; jerk 300 pounds in an AAU competition. Here's a rare shot of Tyler at the 1928 Olympic weightlifting tryouts. Believe it or not, this is <em>that</em> Tom Tyler, western movie star and Captain Marvel fame. </p> 1928 1928 Olympic Games Los Angeles California Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Olympic Weightlifter Olympic Weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting History Sun, 16 Nov 2014 08:30:54 +0000 jtwood 1071 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com The Viking Barbell Company http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-11/13-1070-viking-barbell-company <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/resize/viking_barbell_company_bawla_oldtimestrongman-400x608.jpg" width="400" height="608" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Here's a nifty advertisement for the Viking Barbell Company, circa 1947. Viking barbells were the official outfitters of the British Amateur Weight-Lifters Association (BAWLA) for many years and you'd always see them in the action shots in Vigour and Health and Strength magazines. <br><br>We've never had the pleasure of seeing any Viking weights in person, but they certainly always looked good in the magazines. Look closely at this ad, besides the barbells, you'll find two dumbbells, a swingbell and a pair of iron boots.</p> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:24:20 +0000 jtwood 1070 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com