http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blog/new-blog/feed en The Arm of Apollon http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-08/28-1216-arm-apollon <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/apollonsarm_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="606" width="520" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">In case you might be wondering why the great Apollon was known as a true 'King of Strength' and could eaily lift weights that others couldn't even budge, here's a pretty clear illustration. On the left, the forearm of an early professional wrestler named Wolff which measured 16-3/8ths inches in circumference. Apollon's arm, on the right, measured over twenty inches around but even more impressive was his massive forearm which appears even bigger than Mr. Wolff's upper arm. </p> Apollon Forearm Development Grip and Forearm Development Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:53:52 +0000 jtwood 1216 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Billie Miske http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-08/27-1215-billie-miske <p><img style="display: block; border: 2px solid black; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/billiemiske_medicineball_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="576" width="500" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Here's a classic shot of boxer Billie Miskie training with a medicine ball, circa 1920. Miskie was deep in training to face the great Jack Dempsey for the World's Heavyweight title in Benton Harbor, Michigan on September, 6th of that year (a fight Miskle lost by Knockout in the 3rd round, the only time he got knocked out in his entire career.) For you trivia buffs, this was the very first heavyweight title match that was ever broadcast on radio.&nbsp; Medicine ball training was always very popular with the oldtime boxers, and for very good reason. </p> Boxer Medicine Ball Medicine Ball Training Oldtime Boxer Thu, 27 Aug 2015 04:10:31 +0000 jtwood 1215 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Bruce Lee's grip Machine http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-08/25-1214-bruce-lees-grip-machine <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/resize/bruce_lee_gripmachine-400x552.jpg" width="400" height="552" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Bruce Lee was described by many as a "forearm fanatic" which makes perfect sense when one is devoted to the martial science - stronger wrists and forearms translate to harder punches and better grappling. This style of gripper is a simple design and has been around for decades, well before Bruce Lee came along, yet many people still know and refer to it as "The Bruce Lee Gripper." <br><br>This particular piece was made for Bruce by his friend George Lee (no relation) and he used it often. We have our own version of this type of grip machine available from time to time. This device actually brings quite a bit to the table, most importantly in our opinion, is to be able to train the crushing movement in different ranges of motion. much like one could use a power rack to improve various exercises</p> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 03:22:21 +0000 jtwood 1214 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Kettlebells in Iran, circa 1897 http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-08/25-1213-kettlebells-iran-circa-1897 <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/kettlebellsiniran_1897_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="657" width="512" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Kettlebells are thought by many people to be uniquely Russian. While there is no question that they have very strong roots there, kettlebells have a long tradition in other areas of the world as well. This rare picture was taken in Iran, circa 1897, showing these practitioners of 'Vaezesh-e Pahlavani' (Iranian Martial Arts) who obviously use them as a part of their training. The text offers no explanation as to why they are fastened together by ropes.<br><br> Also of note are the <em>Kaebade</em> (i.e. Iron Bows) at their feet. That unique training tool is swung from one shoulder to the other, building upper-body strength.</p> Kettlebell Kettlebell History Kettlebell Training Wed, 26 Aug 2015 03:01:53 +0000 jtwood 1213 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com 1901 Sandow Grip Dumbbell Poster http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-08/24-1212-1901-sandow-grip-dumbbell-poster <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/sandows_spring_grip_dumbbell_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="620" width="322" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2012-12/04-596-sandows-grip-dumb-bells">Sandow's Grip Dumbbells</a></span></strong> were one of the earliest pieces of commercial training equipment, and the most popular as well. Here we have a nifty advertising poster for them from 1901 that not many folks have seen before.</p> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:38:41 +0000 jtwood 1212 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Rekordnaia Stanga http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-08/19-1211-rekordnaia-stanga <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/rekordnaia_stanga_oldtimestrongman_russian_weightset_barbell.jpg" height="196" width="520" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">How about this thing of beauty? Known as Rekordnaia Stanga or 'World Record Barbell," these Russian sets were imported by Chester O. Teegarden's STRONG Barbell Company of Sacramento, California back in the 1960's and advertised for sale in Iron Man or Lifting News. They were steel with nickel plating and as you might guess, they were not cheap to bring over. Hard to say how many of these sets were ever sold but we know of at least one, <strong><a href="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/category/topics/pat-casey">Pat Casey</a> </strong>did a lot of lifting and set many records on one of <strong><a href="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/strength-articles/gymology-dan-pace">these beautiful sets.</a></strong> </p> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 03:09:03 +0000 jtwood 1211 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Giuseppe Lamberti http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-08/19-1210-giuseppe-lamberti <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/giuseppe_lamberti_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="683" width="360" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">A look at Giuseppe Lamberti, circa 1905. Unfortunately not much is known about this gent, but in the only resource we have for him he is listed at a wrestling champion. We have not been able to find any more details. Regardless, like most wrestlers of those days, his physical development was impressive, any modern bodybuilder would be happy to have a set of arms like his.</p> Early Wrestler Thu, 20 Aug 2015 02:38:22 +0000 jtwood 1210 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com John Davis and BAWLA Plates http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-08/14-1209-john-davis-and-bawla-plates <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/resize/johndavis_weightlifter_oldtimestrongman-520x741.jpg" width="520" height="741" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Here's a rare look at the great John Davis. Hard to tell were this shot is from though. This image was actually from a German tobacco card from 1952. If you take a close look, those are BAWLA (British Amateur Weight Lifting Association) Plates so it may be from the 1948 Olympics, held in London, where Davis took home the gold medal.&nbsp; Problem is, it doesn't match up to any other shots we have seen from that time period.&nbsp; Either way, another look at JD in action is always a good thing. </p> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:56:06 +0000 jtwood 1209 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com The Amazing Samson, Also a "Human Jack" http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-08/14-1208-amazing-samson-also-human-jack <p><img src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/amazingsamson_alexanderzass_liftcar_oldtimestrongman.jpg" style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" height="419" width="500" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">If you ever get a flat tire, you won't need a jack if "The Amazing Samson" Alexander Zass is on your friend list. This picture was taken around 1920. Cars were pretty heavy back then and there isn't much leverage to be had from this position, this is no small feat. </p> Alexander Zass Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:31:11 +0000 jtwood 1208 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com The Wrestler's Bridge http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-07/30-1207-wrestlers-bridge <p><a href="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/category/topics/wrestlers-bridge" target="_blank"><img style="display: block; border: 1px solid black; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/ewald_persson_wrestlersbridge_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="367" width="520" /></a></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/category/topics/wrestlers-bridge">The wrestler's bridge</a> </strong></span>is a fantastic exercise for building neck size and strength and here's a good look at why it is so named and practiced by grapplers. In a match, the neck can act as an extra 'limb' which, if strong enough, can keep the shoulders off the mat. Shown here is a Greco-Roman featherweight class match from the 1912 Stockholm Summer Olympics with Swedish wrestler Ewald Persson (bridging) vs. Norwegian champion Ragnvald Gullaksen. This match ended in a decision after 59 minutes, with Gullaksen taking the win. </p> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:01:50 +0000 jtwood 1207 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com