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Dennis Rogers

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.  Stat tuned...

Strongfort's "Human Bridge" Act

Strongfort's "Human Bridge" Act

An Amazing Feat of Strength

"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."

- The New York Times, February 12, 1910.

Bob Jones

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,  it sure couldn't have been many folks.

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John McWilliams - "Mr. Arms"

Some of the most impressive arms of all time belonged to Mr. John McWilliams. He happened to have a pretty good head start in the arms department thanks to Mother Nature, but what also helped McWilliams stretch the tape was a focus on basic exercises. That, and because he drank plenty of water... since muscle tissue is composed of mostly water, he belioeved thatglugging down that H20 went directly to his arms! While this belief is a little simplistic, drinking enough water IS a good idea (most people don't get enough and no doubt actually DID contribute to his impressive results.

Gus Hill and His Famous Performing Indian Clubs

Another look at Gus Hill and his famous performing Indian Clubs. Hill's clubs were always large and impressive due to the theatrical natrure of his swinging.  While they were most certainly not as heavy as they looked, Hill's prowess with the clubs and range of different combinations was still quite impressive.

Professor Gilman Low - The World's Champion Endurance Back Lifter

In 1907, Professor Gilman Low established the phenomenal record of one million-six-thousand (1,006,000) pounds in thirty five minutes and four seconds -- interestingly, this was after a period of training on one meal a day and less. Low's record was accomplished by backlifting 1000 pounds 1,006 times in thirty five minutes and thirty four seconds. Immediately following, Low set an additional record by lifting 2000 lbs. forty four times in four minutes. As far as we know, these records still stand.

Frank E. Miller

Frank E. Miller was the physical director of the Young Men's Christian Association of Dallas, Texas in the late ninteeth and early twentieth century. In 1900, MIller wrote an excellent training guide for indian club swinging entitled "Indian Club-Swinging: One, Two, and Three Club Juggling." Due to his club work, Miller was unsurprisingly also an expert fencer and golfer.

Terlazzo's Inverted Press

One of the exercises that the great Tony Terlazzo used to improve his standing press was what he called "the inverted press" - essentially a handstand press on top of two boxes to increase the range of motion. Terlazzo was a 13-time Weightlifting national Champion, something to think about if you're working on your press too.

Dave's Gym - South Bend, Indiana

Dave Bjoraas, (pictured far right) the legendary "Dave" of Dave's Gym and Dave's Barbell Club of South Bend, Indiana... for many years the center of strength activity in the Mid-Western United States. Dave's Gym in South Bend, Indiana produced many Iron Game champions: 1956 Mr. America Ray Schaefer trained there. So did Junior. Mr. America Doug Lindzy (pro-wrestling's original "Doug Gilbert"). Dave's Barbell Club Weight-lifting team produced champions like Winston Binney and Mike Burgener. And, most importantly, many of the top football players on Notre Dame's great Irish teams trained with Dave. Dave's Gym... one of the top gyms ever... Dave Bjoraas, a fine man and a giant in the world of weights.

Karl Moerke Lifts a Firetruck

A look at the great German strongman Karl Moerke lifting a firetruck said to weigh four thousand pounds. As we have been exploring, there is a great deal more to heavy supporting lifts than many have thought...

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