http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blog/new-blog/feed en The Jackson Trio http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-08/20-979-jackson-trio <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/jackson_trio_acrobats_empire_state_building_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="776" width="520" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">... Easily one of the most amazing photographs ever taken. Jarley Smith, Jewell Waddek, and Jimmy "Muscles" Jackson were known professionally as the "Jackson Trio" as they traveled the country performing on the Vaudeville circuit.<br><br> On August 21st, 1934, with the newsreel cameras rolling, the Jackson Trio balanced precariously on a ledge of the Paramount building overlooking Times Square while this famous picture was taken. When in New York, the trio always trained at Sig Klein's Gym!</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:52:17 +0000 jtwood 979 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Bert Goodrich, The First Mr. America, Trained With Kettlebells http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-08/20-978-bert-goodrich-first-mr-america-trained-kettlebells <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/resize/bert_goodrich_mr_america_kettlebells_oldtimestrongman-350x573.png" width="350" height="573" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Among the many strength athletes who have trained with kettlebells is the very first AAU Mr. America winner (1939( Bert Goodrich. Each of these interesting kettlebells weighed 56 pounds, and he used them primarily for shoulder work.</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:41:51 +0000 jtwood 978 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com The Famous Rolandow Dumbbell http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-08/20-977-famous-rolandow-dumbbell <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/the_rolandow_dumbbell.png" height="579" width="520" /></p> <div style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;"> The Rolandow Dumbbell has a very interesting history. It was originally cast by the McLoughlin Iron Foundry in Brooklyn, New York in 1896 at the request of Warren Lincoln Travis who wanted to use it in his act. <br><br> The dumbbell was supposed to be 200 lbs. but came out of the mold just over it at 209 lbs.<br><br> A few years went by and fellow strongman G.W. Rolandow offered to purchase it from Travis, on the condition that Travis deliver the bell himself.<br><br> Travis grabbed the bell, hopped on the nearest street car, transfered twice and carried the bell two city blocks and up two flights of steps to Rolandow's office.<br><br> Rolandow then stated that unless he could lift the dumbbell, there would be no sale. And with that, we walked over to it, hefted it to his shoulder and commenced to bent-press it no less than seven times!<br><br> After several decades, Rolandow closed his gym and his famous dumbbell eventually became acquired by Sig Klein who featured it as a challenge weight in his own facility.<br><br> If someone could succeed in bent-pressing the Rolandow Dumbbell, Klein put their name on an Honor Roll, here's how it looked:<br><br> <div style="width: 230px; margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; border-width: thin; position: relative;"> <p>(1) G.W. Rolandow<br> (2) John Grimek<br> (3) Bob Hoffman<br> (4) Wally Zagurski<br> (5) John Davis<br> (6) Jack Kent<br> (7) Frank Bates<br> (8) Bob Harley<br> (9) Siegmund Klein<br> (10) Aurele Velleux<br> (11) George Hobby<br> (12) Elwood Holbrook</p> <p style="position: absolute; top: 0px; right: 0px;"> 1900<br> 1934<br> 1936<br> 1936<br> 1936<br> 1937<br> 1937<br> 1937<br> 1939<br> 1939<br> 1940<br> 1941</p> </div> The current whereabouts of the Rolandow Dumbbell are unknown. </div> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:07:20 +0000 jtwood 977 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Mac Batchelor http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-08/20-976-mac-batchelor <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/mac_batcheor_oldtimestrongman_02.png" height="680" width="500" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 50px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;"> "I was in L.A. about ten years ago. I went into one of the gyms and asked about a man named Mac Batchelor. They told me how to find the tavern where he worked and that night I drove over to see him. <br><br> The tavern was full of thirsty customers, but there was no doubt who was Batchelor. He weighed about 330 and most of it was muscle. I climbed up on a bar stool and introduced myself.<br><br> "Tell me Mac, "I said, "You still the world's best arm wrestler?"<br><br> He laughed. "I think so." He propped an arm like an elephant's leg up on the bar.<br><br> "Wanta try?"<br style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px;"><br> I looked at the arm. "No Thanks."<br><br> He looked surprised. "No? How come?"<br><br> Mac, I'll tell ya, I said. "You might break my arm and I don't think my insurance would cover it."<br><br> He smiled broadly. "You know," he said, "you're one of the very few people who ever walked in here and didn't think they could beat me.<br><br> "Good grief," I said," I ain't too bright, but I'm not crazy. I tell you what I would like, though. I'd like to see some of those strength feats of yours I've heard about."<br><br> "Sure," he said. "Here." He reached under the bar and brought out four bottle caps. He jammed one between each finger on his right hand and held his hand out. "Watch." He squeezed lightly and the four caps crumpled like Kleenex..."<br><br> - from "Grip and Forearm Development" in <a href="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/products/complete-keys-progress-john-mccallum" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>The Complete Keys to Progress by John McCallum</strong></span></a> </p> Bending Bending Feat John McCallum Mac Batchelor The Complete Keys to Progress Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:37:38 +0000 jtwood 976 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Three Swingbell Exercises http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-08/19-975-three-swingbell-exercises <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/swingbell_exercises_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="402" width="520" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">The <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-03/20-856-swingbell" target="_blank">Swingbell</a></span></strong> is a bit like the combination of a barbell and a medicine ball. Here's three different swingbell exercises with some interesting possibilities: Left to right: Ex. No. 1, Rotating upper body while holding the swingbell overhead ... Ex. No. 2, Forward Raise ... Ex. No. 3, Swinging Exercise from side to side. </p> Swingbell Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:41:06 +0000 jtwood 975 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Arthur Dandurand http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-08/19-974-arthur-dandurand <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/arthur_dandurand_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="630" width="402" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">To say that the French Canadian Strongman Arthur Dandurand was gifted in the forearm department would be an understatement. He not only was able to deadlift over 550 pounds with one arm but also achieved a rectangular fix with 177½ pounds - an all-time record! Keep in mind that Dandurand only weighed about 180 pounds. </p> Arthur Dandurand Canadian Strongman Forearm Development Forearm Strength Grip and Forearm Development The Rectangular Fix Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:56:50 +0000 jtwood 974 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com The Osman Trio http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-08/19-973-osman-trio <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/the_osman_trio_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="390" width="500" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Three great strongmen formed the act known as the Osman Trio. From left to right: Wilhelm Turck was a butcher by trade who became the World's Weightlifting Champion in 1898. He could perform a two-hands anyhow dumbbell lift of 279 1/4 pounds: 140 lb. DB in right hand, 139 1/4 lb. DB in left hand. Georges Jagendorfer was a very popular strongman who performed with Cooke's Circus.&nbsp; Franz Stahr was one of the first strongmen to lift 200 pounds overhead with one hand.The trio often used elaborate stage weights and costumes in their performances around Europe. </p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:41:31 +0000 jtwood 973 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Grimek The Handbalancer http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-08/19-972-grimek-handbalancer <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/john_grimek_handbalancing_oldtimestrongman_02.jpg" height="607" width="400" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">You can count John Grimek among the many great strength stars who were also expert handbalancers. There were periods of time in his life when Grimek didn't have access to barbells and dumbbells and regular handbalancing practice allowed him to still get in a great workout just about anywhere. <br><br>Handbalancing is certainly a worthwhile skill to practice for every strength athlete. The increased shoulder stability helps build pressing power. You sure won't find a handbalancer who isn't impressive in either strength or muscular development. </p> Hand Balancing Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:55:02 +0000 jtwood 972 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Monotosh Roy http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-08/19-971-monotosh-roy <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/monotosh_roy_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="499" width="500" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Monotosh Roy was a highly respected strongman, bodybuilder and physical culture practitioner in his native India. He was famed for his tremendous muscularity and won his class in the 1951 Mr. Universe Contest, the first Asian to do so which made him a local celebrity. As a strongman, he was particularly good at traditional strength feats such as bending steel.</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:05:01 +0000 jtwood 971 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com "Starke" Arvid Andersson http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-08/19-970-starke-arvid-andersson <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/starke_arvid_andersson_oldtimestrongman.png" height="677" width="498"></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: double solid; border-width: thick thin;">Arvid Andersson was a Champion Swedish strongman who put up some very impressive numbers at the turn of the century. He got his start lifting horses in the circusm and once he moves on to more conventional weights, quickly set the world record in the Clean &amp; Jerk with a lift of 328 lbs on November 7th, 1906. <br><br>Professor Desbonnet, was the judge, and was highly impressed with the lift. Andersson's nickname soon became "Starke Arvid" or Strong Arvid. Like many strongmen of the time he was also a wrestler, and held the Swedish Heavyweight Championship for many years. After he retired from wrestling and lifting contests, "Starke Arvid" moved back to Stockholm and opened a café.</p> Clean and Jerk Professor Desbonnet Stockholm Sweden Swedish Strongman Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:57:43 +0000 jtwood 970 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com