http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blog/new-blog/feed en Muscle Training Illustrated, March, 1973 http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-09/01-997-muscle-training-illustrated-march-1973 <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/muscletrainingillustrated_ellingtondarden_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="530" width="400" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">A look at the March, 1973 issue of Muscle Training Illustrated featuring Ellington Darden on the cover. Just a few months before, Ell won the 1972 AAU Collegiate Mr. America title ~ and he is still going strong today! </p> Cover Ellington Darden Magazine Cover Muscle Training Illustrated Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:15:43 +0000 jtwood 997 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Charles Charlemont http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-09/01-996-charles-charlemont <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/charles_charlemont_savate_clubs_dumbbells_oldtimestrongman.png" height="603" width="400" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Joseph Charlemont essentially invented the french martial art of Savate. His son, Charles, shown above, continued his work, and codified this combat style into the form that is practiced today. Unsurprisingly, heavy club swinging and dumbbell training are just as effective today for combat training as they were around 1880, when the above picture was taken. </p> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:55:50 +0000 jtwood 996 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Ogden's Cigarettes 1901 Sandow Card http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-09/01-995-ogdens-cigarettes-1901-sandow-card <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/ogdens_cigarettes_eugen_sandow_1901.png" height="451" width="324" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Early cigarette manufacturers included a rigid piece of card stock in with their packs to keep the cigarettes from getting bent. They were just blank at first, but eventually, the American tobacco company Allen and Ginter started printing pictures on them in 1875. Other companies soon followed suit and "trading cards" were born. These cards featured many different subjects but sporting stars were a popular one. Above, you'll see Eugen Sandow from Ogden's Cigarettes 1901 set. </p> 1901 Eugen Sandow Trading Card Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:26:18 +0000 jtwood 995 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com 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. Such 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.</p> Painless Parker San Francisco California 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. This sweet piece o' kit weighs in at 275 pounds.</p> Challenge Weight Pat Povilaitis 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