http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blog/new-blog/feed en The One-Arm Expander Press http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-12/18-1103-one-arm-expander-press <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/earle_liederman_expanders_oldtimestrongma_02%20%282%29.jpg" height="802" width="520" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Earle E. Liederman was a big fan of <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/products/chest-expanders" target="_blank">chest expander</a> </strong></span>training, and featured chest expanders prominently in his courses. This was certainly with good reason. You won't find a better movement for building shoulder mass and strength than the one-arm expander press shown here.</p> Chest Expander Training Chest Expanders Earle E. Liederman Rubber Chest Expander Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:26:13 +0000 jtwood 1103 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Universal Bodybuilding Program Ad http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-12/18-1102-universal-bodybuilding-program-ad <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/universal_bodybuilding_course_oldtimestrongman_02.jpg" height="725" width="526" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">A look at an advertisement for Morris Mitchell's Universal Bodybuilding Course circa, 1975. Who knows how many youngesters saved up their allowance and sent away for thise program? Whatever the exact number was, it was high, and anyone who used the course always reported great results. Unforunately this 12-lesson course is all but out of print and copies are extremely hard to come by.&nbsp; Also of note, their base of operations was Dearborn, Michigan, not too far from here.</p> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:04:53 +0000 jtwood 1102 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Hepburn Backlifts The Canucks http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-12/18-1101-hepburn-backlifts-canucks <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/doug_hepburn_backlift_vancouver_canucks_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="671" width="500" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">December 30th, 1958 was the date when Doug Hepburn backlifted six members of the Vancouver Canucks hockey team just for kicks. The weight was estimated at 1500 pounds which makes this a pretty easy one as far as backlifts go. </p> Doug Hepburn Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:41:23 +0000 jtwood 1101 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Farmer Burns on the Wrestler's Bridge http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-12/18-1100-farmer-burns-wrestlers-bridge <p><img style="display: block; margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/farmer_burns_bridge_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="454" width="234" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;"><em>"I wish to impress upon all my students the great value of physical training connected with the bridge exercise. I want you to practice bridging every day, for you can find nothing that will develop the neck and back muscles to such an extent as bridging will do. </em><br><br><em>You already realize the importance of a very strong neck and it is entirely up to you to have a wonderful neck or not, depending entirely on the amount of study, and time of practice that you give the subject. A strong, well-developed neck is not only valuable to health and your personal athletic appearance, but important in wrestling as well."</em><br><br> ~ Farmer Burns, 1912 </p> Farmer Burns Neck Bridge Neck Development Neck Exercise Neck Strength Neck Training The Wrestler's Bridge Wrestler's Bridge Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:30:56 +0000 jtwood 1100 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com The Apollon Wheels Arrive http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-12/17-1099-apollon-wheels-arrive <p><img src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/apollon%20_wheels_1930_oldtimestrongman.jpg" style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" height="427" width="520"></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">It is fairly common knowledge that on March 3, 1930 Charles Rigoulot attempted, (and of course, subsequently lifted) the famed rail car wheels of Apollon. You probably haven't seen this one though: on the morning of the attempt, the wheels were delivered to the Voltaire Gymnasium from the museum where it normally resided. Here's a rare shot of the crew of workmen getting the wheels off the truck and they sure don't look too thrilled about it... Look closely and you'll see that they delivered more than the wheels that day. </p> Apollon Apollon Wheels Paris France Thick Bar Voltaire Gymnasium Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:42:58 +0000 jtwood 1099 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com The La Seyne-sur-Mer Athletic Club http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-12/17-1098-la-seyne-sur-mer-athletic-club <p><img src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/la-seyne-sur-mer_athletic_club_oldtimestrongman.jpg" style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" height="462" width="520"></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">A look at the few, but hardy, members of the La Seyne-sur-Mer athletic clubs, circa 1906. La Seyne-sur-Mer is a port town located in south eastern France, and like most all French strongmen, they have an excellent array of training equipment: globe dumbbells, barbells and ring weights. </p> French Block Weights French Strength Athletes French Strongman French Weightlifting Club Globe Barbell Globe Barbells Globe Dumbbell Globe Dumbbells Group Shot Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:28:27 +0000 jtwood 1098 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Jackie Coogan's Club Swinging http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-12/17-1097-jackie-coogans-club-swinging <p><img src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/jackie_coogan_indian_clubs_oldtimestrongman.jpg" style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" height="473" width="401" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Jackie Coogan was one of the first kid movie stars. He appeared in several movies with Charlie Chaplin and many more throughout the 20's.&nbsp; This rare shot, taken in 1924 when he was around ten years old, shows young Mr. Coogan was also a fan of <a href="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/products/classic-wooden-indian-clubs" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Indian club swinging</strong></span></a>, which is an ideal method of physical training for youngsters. Believe it or not, this young man with the Prince Valiant haircut grew up to be Uncle Fester on the Addam's family a couple decades later. </p> Indian Clubs Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:58:03 +0000 jtwood 1097 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Roy Smith's Hip Lift http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-12/16-1096-roy-smiths-hip-lift <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: NaNpx; margin-right: NaNpx; border: 1px solid black;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/roy_smith_hip_lift_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="348" width="520" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Roy Smith Jr., from New York City, was an ardent Milo Barbell system pupil and "barbell man." His favorite movement was the Jefferson lift, and steady practice of this lift gave him tremendous lower body strength. Here, Mr. Smith is just about to perform a "hip-lift" of 2250 pounds with this train car axle, a weight he succeeded in lifting a full inch off the ground. You can read more about Mr. Smith in <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/products/alan-calvert-collection">Super Strength</a></strong></span> by Alan Calvert. </p> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 03:55:33 +0000 jtwood 1096 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Walter Imahara http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-12/16-1095-walter-imahara <p><img style="display: block; border: 1px solid black; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/walter_imahara_snatch_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="517" width="373" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Walter Imahara started training in the Army and turned into one of America's finest Olympic weightlifters. He won six National championships in the featherweight class (1962-63, 1965-68). Imahara&nbsp; made the fantastic 210 pound low squat snatch shown above on his way to winning the featherweight class at 1959 Jr. Nationals held in Cleveland, Ohio, May 2nd and 3rd of that year.</p> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:57:13 +0000 jtwood 1095 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com Members of the New York Turn Verein http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2014-12/11-1094-members-new-york-turn-verein <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/sites/default/files/new_york_turnvereins_oldtimestrongman.jpg" height="369" width="520" /></p> <p style="font-weight: bold; background-color: #ffffff; padding: 20px; border-style: solid; border-width: thin;">Members of the New York Turn Verein, circa 1902 and a selection of their dumbbells, barbells and Indian clubs. At the time, the New York chapter was one of the largest in the country with over 2200 members. </p> 1902 Indian Clubs New York Fri, 12 Dec 2014 02:32:00 +0000 jtwood 1094 at http://www.oldtimestrongman.com