http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blog/new-blog/feed en Jaan Talts http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-01/19-1126-jaan-talts <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/jaan_talts_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="426" width="440" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Jaan Talts was an Estonian weightlifter who competed for the Soviet Union in the late 60's and early 1970's. Talts won Olympic Gold (Munich, 1972) and Silver (Mexico City, 1968) and set 43 world records in his career. Hard to tell but this may be his winning clean and jerk at the 1972 USSR Championships. Dig that awesome Russian weight set! </p> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 21:21:12 +0000 jtwood 1126 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com The Iron Neck of Charles Highfield http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-01/19-1125-iron-neck-charles-highfield <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/charles_highfield_neck_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="528" width="397" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">We have featured young Charles Highfield <strong><a href="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2013-05/20-661-charles-highfield-boy-samson">before</a></strong> but here he is one more time with an even more remarkable feat: here the Coventry lad, only 14 years old at the time, is supporting the full weight of his father on his throat! ~ I'm certainly impressed.</p> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 21:03:28 +0000 jtwood 1125 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Hackenschmidt's Bridge http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-01/19-1124-hackenschmidts-bridge <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/resize/george_hackenschmidt_wrestlersbridge_oldtimestrongman-520x317.jpg" width="520" height="317" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">A look at George Hackenschmidt demonstrating perfect form in the wrestler's bridge around 1910. This exercise has obvious merit for wrestlers but can be an awesome method for developing neck and upper-back strength. Bridging will also strengthen the spine and may even make you slightly taller so it's a good one to have in your bag of tricks.&nbsp; </p> George Hackenschmidt Neck Bridge The Wrestler's Bridge Wrestler's Bridge Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:14:44 +0000 jtwood 1124 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Squat! http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-01/19-1123-squat <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/johndavis_squat_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="429" width="500" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Why was John Davis a multi-time World champion and record holder? One reason was that he took his squatting seriously. In fact, heavy squats have built the foundation of some of the greatest strength athletes in history. Here's a look at the great John Davis squatting at Ed Yarick's Gym in Oakland, California in the 50's. That's 400 lbs. and he makes it look easy. No monkey business there, just pure power development. I don't generally recommend squatting with a board under the heels but it seems to work for John Davis, who was Twice Olympic Weightlifting Champion (1948 and 1952) and Six Time Senior World Weightlifting Champion (1938, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951). </p> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:51:03 +0000 jtwood 1123 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com The Rasso Trio http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-01/19-1122-rasso-trio <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/the_rasso_trio_oldtimestrongman.png" height="308" width="520" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">A look at one of the later iterations of "<a href="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/category/topics/rasso-trio">The Rasso Trio</a>" consisting of Heinrich Herzog, Godefroy Nordmann and Jacob Bauer. (Nordmann was an original member). They were active in the mid to late 1890's as indicated by their quite impressive forearm development. </p> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:29:21 +0000 jtwood 1122 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Fred Rollon http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-01/18-1121-fred-rollon <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/fred_rollon_chest_expanders_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="403" width="520" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Many old timers built powerful bodies with Chest Expanders, and of them, Fred Rollon was the greatest. While many strongmen frowned upon Chest Expanders as a means of testing strength, prefering weights instead, Rollon was never beaten at cable pulling. For sheer muscular separation in the upper body, no one has yet surpassed Rollon. In fact, he was often called "The Human Anatomy Chart." A look at this photo has started many bodybuilders and young trainees into more vigorous training with Chest Expanders and other strength cables.</p> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 04:57:39 +0000 jtwood 1121 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com MacFadden's Muscle Builder, July, 1926 http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-01/18-1120-macfaddens-muscle-builder-july-1926 <p><img style="display: block; border: 1px solid black; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/musclebuiler_1926_daredevil_kunizo_oldtimestrongman_02.jpg" height="671" width="510" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Here's one NOT to try at home: Daredevil Kurizo hangs precariously by his fingertips off a building ledge in New York City (looks like about twenty stories up.) This was the cover of the July, 1926 issue of Bernarr MacFadden's <em>Muscle Builder </em>magazine (also the very last issue.) </p> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 04:49:55 +0000 jtwood 1120 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Mickey Hargitay and Jayne Mansfield http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-12/31-1119-mickey-hargitay-and-jayne-mansfield <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/mickeyhargitay_jaynemansfield_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="600" width="481" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;"> One bodybuilder who "made good" was Mickey Hargitay, who married the famous blonde bombshell Jayne Mansfield in 1958. Hargitay rose through the ranks in the AAU Mr. America contests in the early fifties before winning the NABBA Mr. Universe title in 1955. He trained at Bob Higgins' Gym in Indianapolis, Indiana and in York, PA on occasion. Hargitay appeared on the cover of a number of strength magazines throughout his career and at some point and unbeknownst to just about everyone, he had his own <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2013-09/26-733-hargitays-health-glow">signature line of weights.</a></strong></span> Mickey and Jayne's daughter Mariska became a big star on the show Law &amp; Order: Special Victims Unit and you'll see her on TV just about every night of the week. </p> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 21:20:48 +0000 jtwood 1119 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com You Can Build 20" Arms by Gene Mozee http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-12/31-1118-you-can-build-20-arms-gene-mozee <p><img src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/you_can_build_20inch_arms_gene_mozee_oldtimestrongman.jpg" style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" height="550" width="349" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">For about fifty years, you couldn't open up a muscle magazine and not find Gene Mozee's name. He got his start as Editor-in-Chief of the Walt Marcyan's Physical Power Magazine. Mozee noticed that better pictures would do a more effective job of illustrating training articles and so he began to study photography. It wasn't long before he was one of the premier bodybuilding photographers in the country. <br><br>Mozee also authored thousands of training articles and courses including this one You Can Build 20" Arms which came out in the early 70's. If you are lucky enough to have a copy, Mozee's 10 minute arm routine is a great quick mass builder. It might even put an inch on your arm in one month!</p> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 20:59:13 +0000 jtwood 1118 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Professor Dufrane, The Human Anvil http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-12/31-1117-professor-dufrane-human-anvil <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/professor_dufrane%29human_anvil_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="650" width="447" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Unfortunately, not much is known about Professor Dufrane, otherwise known as "The Human Anvil." From what we can piece together he performed in circuses and carnivals in the 1890's in the New York area. At least part of his act involved supporting a large rock on his chest while an assistant hit it with a hammer, a classic feat of strength and an apt choice given his moniker. Look closely at his feet and you'll see a bent horseshoe. Prof Dufrane appears to be in fine shape. Other than that, his getup certainly looks pretty interesting.</p> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 20:33:23 +0000 jtwood 1117 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com