en Mike Dayton Holds Back a Hot Rod <p><img src="" height="341" width="520" /></p> <div class="blog2"> <div style="text-align: center;"> "Think of the outcome you want and <br>firmly believe in your ability to achieve it."</div> <div style="text-align: center;"></div> Strongman/Bodybuilder Mike Dayton holds back a Hot Rod for the "That's Incredible!" TV show. He could also break a regulation pair of handcuffs, broke baseball bats over his leg, bent coins and performed The Hangman's Drop. Dayton was big on the power of the mind and attributed this training to his ability to perform all of these amazing feats. He even put out a course on the subject back in the 1970's entitled "Chi Mind Control" (which is all but impossible to find.)</div> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:12:18 +0000 jtwood 1384 at Wrestling for Boxers <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" width="520" height="391" /></p> <div class="blog2">How do you train when you want to be in the meanest possible shape? The answer is invariably "Like a wrestler" which is exactly what boxing champ Jim Jeffries used to do in his training camps. There's nothing better for buiding strength of mind AND strength of body. Jeffries' wrestling coach? None other than Farmer Burns.</div> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 20:28:59 +0000 jtwood 1383 at 1941 AAU Mr. America Results <p><img src="" width="520" height="712" /></p> <div style="position: relative; height: 650px;" class="blog2"> <div style="width: 200px; height: 630px; float: right; padding-left: 20px; margin-left: 20px; border-left-style: dashed; border-left-width: thin; position: relative;"> Final Placing: <br><br> 1. John Grimek<br> 2. Jules Bacon<br> 3. Frank Leight<br> 4. Elwood Holbrook<br> 5. Ludwig Schusterich<br> 6. Terry Robinson<br> - Paul Como<br> - Johnny Davis<br> - Roland Essmaker<br> - Melvin Kahn<br> - Constantine Kosiras<br> - Tommy O'Hare<br> - Joseph Peters<br> - Steve Stern<br> - Kimon Voyages<br> - Elmer Witmer<br> - Harold Woomer<br> <br> Most Muscular:<br> Ludwig Schusterich<br><br> Best Chest:<br> Frank Leight<br><br> Best Back:<br> Johnny Davis<br><br> Best Abdominals:<br> Melvin Kahn<br><br> Best Arms:<br> Elwood Holbrook<br><br> </div> The 1941 AAU Mr. America contest is notable since it was the second time it was won by John Grimek - the first and last time any man won it twice. The next year they changed the rule so that someone could only win it once -- figuring (probably rightly so) that Grimek would keep winning the contest indefinitely.<br><br> The contest was held at the Arena Sports Palace in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 24, 1941 in conjunction with the AAU Senior National Weight Lifting Championship (which several of the Mr. America competitors also competed in as well.) <br><br>Above: John Grimek on the cover of the August, 1941 issue of Strength and Health.</div> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 14:10:31 +0000 jtwood 1382 at Paramount Barbells <p><img src="" width="520" height="263" /></p> <div class="blog2">York was always <em>the</em> standard as far as quality Olympic barbell sets... but Muscletown was a long way for some folks to travel. Out on the West coast, a lot of people got their start with Paramount barbells and plates. </div> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 18:59:21 +0000 jtwood 1381 at Levering The Gama Club <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" width="420" height="320" /></p> <div class="blog2">To my knowledge, I am the only man in the world to accomplish this feat: a picture perfect to-the-nose-and-back lever of the Gama Club. The "Gama Club" is a modern representation of the trophy from traditional Indian wrestling called a Gurz, which can be seen<a href=""> here</a>. No idea about the original, but the 'Gama Club' pictured above weighs 32 pounds with a 1-1/2 inch thick handle.<br><br> It's a little shorter than a regulation sledge hammer but a lot heavier. Like I said, a lot of strong people have attempted to do this but no one so far has been able to... I think the Hammer Man would be proud.</div> The Great Gama Tue, 12 Jul 2016 18:46:46 +0000 jtwood 1380 at The Mighty Atom's Shoes <p><img style="border: 1px solid black;" src="" width="520" height="391" /></p> <div class="blog2">... Speaking of shoes, here's a pair which used to belong to The Mighty Atom. These currently reside in <a href="">Slim the Hammerman's Dungeon Gym</a>. -- If you're lucky and know a few people who know a few people you may actually get to see them in person someday... Otherwise, if you show up uninvited at the Hammerman's place you can expect a size-16 boot print on your forehead.</div> The Mighty Atom Tue, 12 Jul 2016 18:39:45 +0000 jtwood 1379 at The 12th Man to lift "The Water Barrel" at Zuver's Hall of Fame Gym <p><img src="" width="520" height="670" /></p> <div class="blog2">It was on July 1st, 1968 that Dr. Ken Leisner became the 12th man to lift the Zuver's Gym "challenge" water barrel overhead. Nobody knows exactly how much the barrel weighed but it was somewhere in the neighborhood of 200-250 lbs. And, if you have done any barrel lifting, you know that it's a whole different deal than a barbell. If you ever get to talk to Dr. Ken, get him to tell you the story on how this came about. </div> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 18:06:17 +0000 jtwood 1377 at Henry Wittenberg <img src="" width="520" height="552" /><div class="blog2">New Jersey born Henry Wittenberg, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 91, was one of the greatest wrestlers who ever lived. Unbelievably, he never even wrestled until he got to college but by his Junior Year, he was doing very well in many prestigious tournaments. <br><br> After college, he entered eight AAU tournaments - and won all of them. In an era where many people inflate their numbers, Wittenberg legitimately won over 300 straight matches. He won a Gold medal at the 1948 London Olympics and came back to win Silver in 1952 at Helsinki. He doesn't have any World Championships to his credit because his employer, The New York Police Department, would not allow him the time off. <br><br> One of the notable things about Wittenberg is that he was one of the few athletes at the time who actively lifted weights. His coaches at the time forbade him to do so, but Wittenberg understood how important it was and would not hear of it. Hi coaches eventually gave in and allowed him to keep lifting weights so as long as he didn't let it be known. <br><br> Later on, Wittenberg wrote this book on Isometrics which has gone through five printings.</div> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 16:06:43 +0000 jtwood 1375 at The Nautilus Compound Leg Machine <p><img style="border: 1px solid black;" src="" width="520" height="457" /></p> <div class="blog2">The 'point' of any tool is to give yourself an advantage that could not otherwise be had... in this case, a machine which will allow a for the performance of a very specialized (and VERY effective) training technique: pre-exhaust.<br><br> The Nautilus compound Leg Machine combined a leg extension with a leg press, allowing a trainee to move from one exercise to the next in the quickest possible time -- and creating one of the most intense leg workouts ever devised. </div> Nautilus Machine Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:21:28 +0000 jtwood 1374 at Mighty Joe Young vs. 10 Strongmen <p><img src="" width="520" height="283" /></p> <div class="blog2">The 1949 film 'Mighty Joe Young' features a number of familiar faces. In a memorable scene, Mr. Joseph Young of Africa plays tug of war with 10 strongmen in a nightclub. The strongmen in question are played by Mac Batchelor and Primo Carnera and famous wrestlers 'Killer' Karl Davis, William 'Wee Willie' Davis, Henry Kulky, "Slammin" Sammy Menacker, Man Mountain Dean, Ivan Rasputin, Sammy Stein and 'The Swedish Angel' Phil Olafsson. (The strongmen never had a chance, Mighty Joe easily prevails, pulling them one by one into a pool of water.)</div> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:25:13 +0000 jtwood 1373 at