http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blog/new-blog/feed en Atlas and Vulcana http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-04/30-1167-atlas-and-vulcana <p><img src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/atlas_and_vulcana_oldtimestrongman.jpg" style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" height="600" width="399" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">William Hedley Roberts, "Atlas" and Miriam Kate Williams "Vulcana" traveled the musical halls of Britain, Europe and Australia performing amazing feats of strength. Atlas weighed only 124 pounds and claimed to have beaten one of Louis Cyr's Records although the veracity of this claim is doubtful. Vulcana was the more impressive of the two, legitimately and officially performing a bent-press of 124½ pounds and an overhead lift with a 56 pound blockweight in each hand in front of Professor Desbonnet. The Professor was so impressed that he gave Vulcana a medal for her efforts. The Vulcana Women's Circus, still active today in Australia, is named in her honor.</p> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 18:35:21 +0000 jtwood 1167 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com The 1906 Rutgers University Gymnastics Team http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-04/30-1166-1906-rutgers-university-gymnastics-team <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/1906_rutgersgymnasticteam_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="622" width="500" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">A rare look at the 1906 Rutgers University Gymnastics Team. Captain and horizontal bar and flying rings expert Thomas Devan (class of '06) is sitting front and center. On the lower left and right sits club swinging experts Frank Morrison (class of '09) and Charles Thompson (class of '08). Morrison won the collegiate club-swinging championship in 1908.</p> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 17:20:54 +0000 jtwood 1166 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Desbonnet's Expander http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-04/27-1165-desbonnets-expander <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/desmonnet_expander_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="825" width="338" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">You can add Professor Desbonnet's name to the long list of strength champions who have used <strong><a href="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/products/chest-expanders">chest expanders</a></strong> to build size and strength. Expader training has always been popular, this pictures dates to 1891. This particular exercise, performing a 1-arm curl with one end of the expander underfoot, is one of the all-time best methods for building arm strength and why you'll find it in just about every expander course ever written.</p> Chest Expanders Professor Desbonnet Rubber Chest Expander Tue, 28 Apr 2015 03:40:09 +0000 jtwood 1165 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com The York Adjustable Crusher http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-04/27-1164-york-adjustable-crusher <p><img src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/york_crusher2_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="447" width="520" /></p> <p style="font-style: italic; font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">"The York Adjustable Crusher Body Developer is a new York feature and one that will provide novelty and diversion in your training. Being adjustable, its resistance can be increased or decreased to match the strength of any enthusiast. Muscles respond readily to this form of training because it is concentrated action. Employ as many springs as your strength will permit to complete the specified number of repetitions. In movements where one arm is exercised, be sure to repeat an equal number of repetitions with the opposite arm."</p> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 03:08:26 +0000 jtwood 1164 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com 35 lb. Reading Barbell Plate http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-04/27-1163-35-lb-reading-barbell-plate <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: NaNpx; margin-right: NaNpx;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/reading_barbell_plate_oldtimestrongman2.png" height="525" width="520" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">A closer look at a 35 lb.Reading Barbell Company plate. You don't see these around much any more and if you find any, you'd be pretty lucky. The Ready Barbell Company was led by Walter good of the famed Good Brothers and, according to old literature was once located at the intersection of First Avenue and Franklyn Street in West Reading, PA.</p> Barbell Plate Reading Pennsylvania The Reading Barbell Company Walter Good Tue, 28 Apr 2015 00:13:04 +0000 jtwood 1163 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com If a Snake Had Brains... http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-04/27-1162-if-snake-had-brains <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/liederman_advertisement_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="827" width="282" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">If a Snake Had Brains... <em>he would still be a snake</em>. Another great ad by Earl E. Liederman, circa 1924. </p> Earle E. Liederman Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:04:39 +0000 jtwood 1162 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com The Power Lockout Machine http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-04/27-1161-power-lockout-machine <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/powerlockoutmachine_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="600" width="397" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">In the early days, what we today call a power rack was referred to as a "Power Lockout Machine." All semantics aside, it was an apt name since it was used --you guessed it-- for strengthening lockouts and heavy partial portions of specific lifts. This idea has a great deal of merit, and few people use it today to the extent that they could especially given that racks are much more common and available. Above, Harvey McCune, middle-heavyweight lifting champion of El Paso, Texas works on improving his arm lock for the jerk. This idea was pioneered by Bob Peoples and also used a great deal by his friend Paul Anderson. </p> Power Rack Power Rack Training Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:46:05 +0000 jtwood 1161 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Dennis Rogers http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-04/15-1160-dennis-rogers <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/dennisrogers_steelbending_oldtimestrongman.png" height="512" width="520" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">At 5'6" and 168 pounds, Dennis Rogers does not fit the mold of the typical strongman but he can perform feats that have to be seen to be believed. Here he shows a steel bar that he has just bent into a pretzel shape. Dennis has many unique training methods and has agreed to share many of them with us.&nbsp; Stat tuned... </p> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 05:26:47 +0000 jtwood 1160 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Strongfort's "Human Bridge" Act http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-04/15-1159-strongforts-human-bridge-act <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/humanbridge_lionelstrongfort_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="269" width="520" /></p> <div style="background-color: #ffffff; width: 400px; padding: 20px; margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; border-style: double; border-width: thick;"> <p style="font-family: Georgia,Times New Roman,Times,serif; font-size: 18px; text-transform: uppercase; font-weight: bold; text-align: center;">Strongfort's "Human Bridge" Act</p> <p style="font-family: Georgia,Times New Roman,Times,serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: italic; text-align: center;">An Amazing Feat of Strength</p> <p style="font-family: Georgia,Times New Roman,Times,serif; text-align: justify;"><em>"The bridge, touring car and half-dozen passengers aggregate a weight of 7,000 pounds, or 3-1/2 tons. As the car crosses the bridge the latter "see-saws" Strongfort being compelled not only to support the weight, but also to resist the swaying tendency of the bridge. Finally, when the car has passed just beyond the center, tipping the balance the other way, the further end of the bridge pitches down to the final landing with a jar and crash which sends a shudder through the 6,000 or more spectators at the NEW YORK HIPPODROME. The momentum of this pitching downward is equal to more than twice the dead weight of the bridge and car, and the shock is beyond all human comprehension."</em></p> <p style="font-family: Georgia,Times New Roman,Times,serif; text-align: justify;">- The New York Times, February 12, 1910.</p> </div><br><br> Lionel Strongfort Strongfortism Wed, 15 Apr 2015 04:55:29 +0000 jtwood 1159 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Bob Jones http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2015-04/13-1158-bob-jones <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/bobjones_thumbstand_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="652" width="400" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Another look at the inimitable Bob Jones, hopping into his signature 'thumb-stand' at a moment's notice. I can't find my notes but I believe this was shot at a tv show. I don't believe anyone has ever duplicated this feat, If I'm wrong,&nbsp; it sure couldn't have been many folks.</p> Bob Jones Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:57:26 +0000 jtwood 1158 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com