en Paul Von Boeckmann: Chest Expansion Specialist <p><img src="" width="520" height="745" /></p> <div class="blog2">Paul Von Boeckmann was a strongman from New York City toward the end of the 19th century. Over time, he developed a unique system of chest expansion methods which allowed him to build "the largest and most powerful lungs in the world" according to his advertisements.<br><br>Above, the strap around his chest is the same length in both pictures. He was able to inflate and deflate his chest to an incredible degree: an 11-1/2 inch difference. His lung capacity was listed at an astounding 410 cubic inches.</div> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:12:51 +0000 jtwood 1424 at The 1946 U.S. World Weightlifting Team <p><img src="" width="520" height="395" /></p> <div class="blog2">A look at most of the 1946 U.S. World Weightlifting Team left to right: John Davis, Emerick Ishikawa, Frank Spellman, John Terpak, Stan Stanczyk, and coach Bob Hoffman. (not pictured: Frank Kay)<br><br>This was the first team to lift against the Russians. Davis and Stanczyk both won Gold, Terpak and Kay took Silver and Spellman took Bronze. The Russians entered ten lifters to only six from the US but the US came back with the team championship.</div> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:05:44 +0000 jtwood 1423 at Reg Park in a Suit... <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" width="411" height="500" /></p> <div class="blog2">Three-time Mr. Universe Reg Park in a suit... still looking as big as life.</div> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:26:13 +0000 jtwood 1422 at Jack LaLanne <img src="" width="520" height="360" /><div class="blog2"> Jack LaLanne once did 1033 pushups in one hour, swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman's Wharf while handcuffed and towing a fleet of boats, and starred in the longest running fitness show in the history of television. Here's Jack as a young man working on his one-arm chins.</div> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:17:28 +0000 jtwood 1421 at Baillargeon's Backlift <p><img src="" width="520" height="403" /></p> <div class="blog2">Here's a rare shot of Adrian Baillargeon (of the great <a href="">Baillargeon Brothers</a>) performing a backlift of well over 3000 pounds.</div> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:59:17 +0000 jtwood 1420 at The Hip Lift <p><img src="" width="520" height="600" /></p> <div class="blog2">One of the most interesting training techniques of the Oldtime Strongmen is to use short-range movements with very heavy weights. This not only gives a super workout for the muscles, but strengthens the tendons, ligaments and bones and also gives the psychological boost of being able to lift far above what you would normally be able to.<br><br> Here's John Grimek, training his legs by performing a Hip Lift with what looks like 600 lbs. or so. To find out more about how Grimek trained, you'll want to pick up a copy of the Mark Berry Bar Bell Courses (which features this famous picture on the cover). </div> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:43:42 +0000 jtwood 1419 at Archie Vanderpool in Action <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" width="520" height="294" /></p> <div class="blog2">Here, the mysterious Archie Vanderpool performs a pretty unusual feat of supporting strength... With his back against a stone wall, Archie braced his legs against a car driven at full throttle for 52 seconds. -- The tires were worn to ribbons!</div> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:23:53 +0000 jtwood 1418 at John Y. Smith and His Unique Barbell <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" width="500" height="560" /></p> <div class="blog2">Gotta love some of the unique and usual weights that many of the strongmen found to lift. Here's a rare shot of the great Oldtime strongman John Y. Smith as he shoulders an unusual barbell, in his later years. <br><br> Smith was a very good bent-presser (with a lift of 275 lbs. at a bodyweight of just 160 lbs.) so that is probably what he is getting ready to do.</div> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:44:09 +0000 jtwood 1417 at Power Vol.1 No.1 <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" width="405" height="600" /></p> <div class="blog2">POWER magazine, was noted bodybuilder Barton Horvath's foray into magazine publishing. Above is Volume 1, Number 1 featuring Ray Moldonado on the cover -- (it was one only issue ever put out.) </div> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:35:03 +0000 jtwood 1416 at Syd Strachan Lifts The Dinnie Stones <p><img src="" width="500" height="749" /></p> <div class="blog2">Syd Strachan, of Aberdeenshire, is among the few strength athletes to successfully lift The Dinnie Stones. Syd was six feet tall and weighed just under 200 lbs. when he lifted the stones which weighed just over 700 pounds combined. Syd actually successfully lifted the stones on two different occasions, once in 1971, and later in 1973</div> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 18:17:01 +0000 jtwood 1415 at