http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blog/new-blog/feed/rss.xml en The McKeever Twins http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-10/20-1051-mckeever-twins <p><img style="display: block; border: 1px solid black; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/physical_power_mckeever_twins_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="664" width="450" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">A look at The McKeever Twins on the cover of the September/October 1960 issue of Walt Marcyan's Physical Power Magazine. At the University of Southern California, The McKeever twins, Mike and Marlin were the first twins to achieve All-American status (Mike as a guard and Marlin as a linebacker.) The McKeever twins were notably some of the earliest great football playerswho also also were outspokenly involved in weight training, a rarity at the time since it was usually frowned uponby many coaches. Consequently, they were also featured regularly in Ironman, Strength and Health and obviously Physical Power magazines.&nbsp; </p> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:54:14 +0000 jtwood 1051 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Revas The Strongman http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-10/20-1050-revas-strongman <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/revas_the_strongman.jpg" height="388" width="520" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">A look at Revas, the strongman - we unfortunately don't know much about him other than he liked to break chains by flexing his arm and had a truly excellent mustache. His forearm is also pretty impressive, and looks almost as big as his flexed bicep - this is indicative of most lifters from the 1890's due to their training with non-rotating barbells, so we can at least narrow down a time frame somewhat.</p> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:24:22 +0000 jtwood 1050 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Jack "The Comet" Henderson http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-10/20-1049-jack-comet-henderson <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/jack_henderson_chest_expander_oldtimestrongman_02.jpg" height="600" width="405" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">I though <a href="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2013-02/08-630-mr-john">this guy</a> had an impressive <a href="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/products/chest-expanders">chest expander</a> but someone else came along and upped the ante and put him to shame. Jack "The Comet" Henderson was a Dutch strongman who performed on the Vaudeville circuit in the 1920's.</p> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:59:25 +0000 jtwood 1049 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Paul Anderson The Boxer http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-10/20-1048-paul-anderson-boxer <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/paul_anderson_boxer_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="311" width="520" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">After retiring from weightlifting, the great Paul Anderson took up professional boxing. The above shot was from his April, 1960 debut bout against Italian boxer Atillio Tondo. Anderson was able to floor his opponent three times but didn't have the wind to go the distance and the fight was stopped in the third round. Anderson's boxing career only lasted a few more fights, and his with overall record ending up 2 wins (both by KO) and 2 losses.</p> 1960 Boxer Boxing Paul Anderson Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:51:23 +0000 jtwood 1048 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Gittleson Boards http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-10/20-1047-gittleson-boards <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: NaNpx; margin-right: NaNpx; border: 1px solid black;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/mike_gittleson_michigan_boards_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="393" width="520" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Any University of Michigan football player from the last fifteen years will break down and cry at the sight of this picture. Needless to say, physical conditioning is a big part of the game of football and one of the 'top secret' conditioning tools that we used to use can be seen here. Think of it as a portable, one-man version of the traditional wooden sled.<br><br> We called 'em "Boards" and they were one of Mike Gittleson's evil creations. We used to push these boards up and down the field 2 minutes on/1 minute off for about 45 minutes or so (although that was only about half the workout.) The friction of the field turf or grass made this "extra fun" and one hell of a conditioning workout. </p> Mike Gittleson UNiversity of Michigan Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:53:19 +0000 jtwood 1047 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com George Challard, The Man With The Iron Neck http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-10/20-1046-george-challard-man-iron-neck <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/george_challard_london_strongman.jpg" height="635" width="500" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">We have featured many unusual feats of neck strength in our blog and here is another very impressive one to add to the mix: George Challard was a laborer from the Woolwich borough of London who possessed an unusual level of neck strength, as you can see shown here, letting a friend bend a stout piece of iron 'round his throat. Don't try this one at home, folks. </p> London England Neck Strength Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:33:19 +0000 jtwood 1046 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Strength & Health Magazine, July, 1958 http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-10/16-1045-strength-health-magazine-july-1958 <p><img src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/strength_and_health_1958_oldtimestrongman.jpg" style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" height="565" width="430" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">A look at the cover of the July, 1958 issue of Strength &amp; Health magazine featuring Chuck Vinci on the cover. If you didn't kno9w any better, you might think Chuck was a bodybuilder. He probably would have placed pretty high in just about any physique contest he entered but Chuck was actually one of America's greatest Olympic weightlifters and was at his peak right at this time. Chuck had just won the gold medal in the bantamweight class at the 1956 Olympics and a few years later would go on to have another gold medal winning performance at the 1960 Rome Olympics. Chuck is a pretty good example of how just focusing on multi-joint lifts and whole-body strength will certainly "do a body good."</p> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:21:16 +0000 jtwood 1045 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com The Baranoff Gladiators http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-10/16-1044-baranoff-gladiators <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/baranoff_gladiators_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="700" width="319" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">The Baranoff Gladiators were a group of German acrobats who headlined several circuses in the 1920's and 30's. Above you'll see a rare photo of their most amazing feat taken in Berlin around 1927. A conservative estimate of the amount of weight supported on the neck of bridging bottom man would be 500 lbs. Having done both bridging feats and handbalancing, I can tell you that this one is as impressive as they come. </p> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:44:51 +0000 jtwood 1044 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Charles G. Jefferson http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-10/16-1043-charles-g-jefferson <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/charles_jefferson_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="667" width="371" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">You've hear dof the Jefferson Lift? Well meet Mr. Jefferson. Charles G. Jefferson once partially deadlifted 1571-1/2 pounds with this special apparatus. Needless to say, all that heavy partial deadlifting did wonders for his grip strength. At a bodyweight of 170 pounds, Jefferson could also lift a 176 lb. anvil by the horn.</p> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:18:36 +0000 jtwood 1043 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Charles Poire http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-10/16-1042-charles-poire <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/charles_poire_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="600" width="425" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;"> The great French strongman Charles Poire was most famous for his heavy presses, jerks and curling ability. His upper arm development was also second to none. In the late 19th century Poire was said to have the best arms in France.&nbsp; Poire also only tipped the scales at around 200 lbs, providing yet another example that one can be very impressive without a tremendous bodyweight. </p> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:41:52 +0000 jtwood 1042 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com