http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blog/new-blog/feed en Montana's "Black Lion" Gives Full Credit to STRONGFORTISM for His Marvelous Strength http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-08/26-994-montanas-black-lion-gives-full-credit-strongfortism-his-marvelous-stre <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/montana_black_lion_strongfortism_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="759" width="520" /></p> <div style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;"> <p>Another fantastic "oldtime muscle course" advertisement: in 1927, Fred Van Norstran gambled the price of a stamp, and sent away for the famed Lionel Strongfort "Strongfortism" course... a short time later he ended up as Montana's strongest man. Not only that, but his daughter, Pearl, who watched her father engage in these physical training lessons, eventually followed suit and learned to perform amazing feats of strength in her own right.</p> <p style="font-family: Georgia,Times New Roman,Times,serif; font-size: 16px; text-align: center;">"If you seek great muscular strength or just plain good health, STRONGFORTISM will show you the way!"</p> </div> Lionel Strongfort Strongfortism Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:54:32 +0000 jtwood 994 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com P.A. Linebarger http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-08/25-993-pa-linebarger <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/pa_linebarger_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="300" width="520" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Hang on to your hat because what follows is strongman tale like no other: Above you'll see Mr. P.A. Linebarger, late of San Francisco, California, bending a steel bar in his teeth. Suth a feat is, of course, not an uncommon site amongst strongmen, especially the Vaudeville-type, which Linebarger was... but this image was not actually intended to showcase muscular strength, but instead the fact that Linebarger could now continue to perform this feat thanks to the nifty new set of false teeth fashioned for him by the highly unusual dentist <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Painless_Parker" target="_blank">"Painless" Parker</a></strong></span>! Also, check out the forearms, pretty impressive.&nbsp; </p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 03:00:51 +0000 jtwood 993 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Fred Lony and his 22 Chairs http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-08/25-992-fred-lony-and-his-22-chairs <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/fred_lony_latvia_22chairs_oldtimestrongman_02.jpg" height="600" width="441" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">One of the featured attractions at Tom Arnold's London Circus during the 1950's was Fred Lony, of Latvia, and his 22 chairs.&nbsp; As shown in the rather amazing image above, Mr. Lony could balance all 22 chairs in his mouth at once ~ a pretty awesome feat in more ways than one. FYI: each chair weighed nine pounds.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:36:15 +0000 jtwood 992 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Freddy Ortiz http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-08/25-991-freddy-ortiz <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/mr_america_freddie_ortiz_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="609" width="448" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Freddy Ortiz is proof that someone doesn't have to be a giant to be physically impressive.&nbsp; He was was just over five feet tall but sported one of the best upper bodies in the business, maybe even ever. Freddy, seen above on the cover of the November, 1965 cover of Mr. America magazine finished in the top three of every content he ever entered, taking first in the short class of the 1962 IFBB Mr. Universe and the 1963 and 1964 IFBB Mr. America and 1966 IFBB Mr. Eastern America bodybuilding contests. Freddy often trained at Vince's Gym.<br><br>Incidently, in this issue, you'll find the article "Secrets of Arm Wrestling" by Mac Batchelor.</p> Cover Freddy Ortiz IFBB IFBB Mr. America IFBB Mr. Universe Mac Batchelor Magazine Cover Weider Magazine Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:02:22 +0000 jtwood 991 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Ricardo Nelson, Acclaimed "The World's Strongest Man" Postcard http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-08/25-990-ricardo-nelson-acclaimed-worlds-strongest-man-postcard <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/ricardo_nelson_steelbending_oldtimestrongman_02.png" height="608" width="450" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Ricardo "The Swedish Lion" makes his <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2012-05/17-526-ricardo-hardtack-nelson-swedish-lion" target="_blank">second appearance</a></span></strong> in our blog, on this occasion, we have an extremely rare postcard showcasing a few of his unique feats of strength: bending a horseshoe in his teeth, scrolling a long steel bar around his leg and breaking a thick rope with leg power alone.</p> Ricardo Nelson Steel Bars Steel Bending Swedish Strongman The Swedish Lion Tue, 26 Aug 2014 01:13:48 +0000 jtwood 990 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com The Human Vise's Engine Block http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-08/25-989-human-vises-engine-block <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/humanvise_engineblock_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="683" width="520" /></p> <p style="line-height: normal; font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Many Oldtime Strongmen were famous for their Challenge Weights which bared their names and were representative of their greatest feats of strength. Pat "The Human Vise" Povilaitis has several unique pieces of equipment which he uses in his strength performance among them this customised engine block, which he may, for example, lift with his head while also bending a nail or horseshoe. </p> Challenge Weight Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:53:28 +0000 jtwood 989 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Harold Ansorge http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-08/25-988-harold-ansorge <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/harold_ansorge_card_tearing_oldtimestrongman.png" height="638" width="520" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;"> Harold Ansorge, from Grand Rapids, Michigan, was a master of many different strength feats, among them, tearing a quarter-sized hole from a deck of cards. unsurprisingly, Ansorge was big a proponent of grip and forearm training.</p> Harold Ansorge Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:39:30 +0000 jtwood 988 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Armand Tanny's Favorite Exercise http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-08/22-987-armand-tannys-favorite-exercise <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/armand_tanny_clean_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="347" width="520" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Armand Tanny (brother of Vic Tanny) was a very successful bodybuilder in the late 40's and 50's, and a regular at the original Santa Monica Muscle Beach scene. Tanny competed in many major bodybuilding contests and won the Pro-Mr. America in 1950. His favorite exercise was: the one-arm barbell clean. Armand lifted 250 lbs. in the rare shot above, and reported doing 280 lbs. in practice. The one-arm barbell clean is a rugged lift that will definitely build plenty of back strength, especially when done "heavy."&nbsp;</p> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 00:13:26 +0000 jtwood 987 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Jack Walsh http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-08/22-986-jack-walsh <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/jack_walsh_dumbbell_lifting_oldtimestrongman.png" height="590" width="520" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;"> Jack Walsh from Trenton, New Jersey, is the strongest man you've never heard of. Over his career he performed all kinds of crazy strength feats, including lifting elephants, towing trains and letting trucks run over his body. At a bodyweight of 190 pounds, he even broke Louis Cyr's backlift record. Anyhow, here's Jack Walsh jerking a 230-pound dumbbell overhead -- That's damn strong! Do you know anybody that can jerk more than bodyweight overhead with one arm?</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 23:48:08 +0000 jtwood 986 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Isaac "Ike" Berger http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-08/22-985-isaac-ike-berger <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/ike_berger_weightlifter_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="419" width="520" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Ike Berger is one of America's most successful Olympic Weightlifters -- he was the first featherweight in history to lift more than 800 pounds and the first to press double body weight.<br><br> Over Ike's career he was the owner of 23 world weightlifting records, a 12-time United States national titleholder, 2-time World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist at the 1956 Games in Melbourne Australia (along with two more Silver medals at the next two Olympic Games.)<br><br> At the 1964 Tokyo Olympic games, he estabilished a record of 152.5 kg (336-1/2 lbs.) in the jerk, at a bodyweight of only 130 pounds (59 kg). This lift bettered the world record by 11 lbs., and made Ike pound-for-pound the strongest man in the world, a record that stood for nine years.<br><br> Ike Berger was elected to the United States Weightlifter's Hall of Fame in 1965.</p> 1956 1956 Olympic Games Ike Berger Olympic Weightlifter Olympic Weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting History Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:00:27 +0000 jtwood 985 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com