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Armand Tanny's Favorite Exercise

Armand Tanny (brother of Vic Tanny) was a very successful bodybuilder in the late 40's and 50's, and a regular at the original Santa Monica Muscle Beach scene. Tanny competed in many major bodybuilding contests and won the Pro-Mr. America in 1950. His favorite exercise was: the one-arm barbell clean. Armand lifted 250 lbs. in the rare shot above, and reported doing 280 lbs. in practice. The one-arm barbell clean is a rugged lift that will definitely build plenty of back strength, especially when done "heavy." 

Jack Walsh

Jack Walsh from Trenton, New Jersey, is the strongest man you've never heard of. Over his career he performed all kinds of crazy strength feats, including lifting elephants, towing trains and letting trucks run over his body. At a bodyweight of 190 pounds, he even broke Louis Cyr's backlift record. Anyhow, here's Jack Walsh jerking a 230-pound dumbbell overhead -- That's damn strong! Do you know anybody that can jerk more than bodyweight overhead with one arm?

Isaac "Ike" Berger

Ike Berger is one of America's most successful Olympic Weightlifters -- he was the first featherweight in history to lift more than 800 pounds and the first to press double body weight.

Over Ike's career he was the owner of 23 world weightlifting records, a 12-time United States national titleholder, 2-time World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist at the 1956 Games in Melbourne Australia (along with two more Silver medals at the next two Olympic Games.)

At the 1964 Tokyo Olympic games, he estabilished a record of 152.5 kg (336-1/2 lbs.) in the jerk, at a bodyweight of only 130 pounds (59 kg). This lift bettered the world record by 11 lbs., and made Ike pound-for-pound the strongest man in the world, a record that stood for nine years.

Ike Berger was elected to the United States Weightlifter's Hall of Fame in 1965.

Michael Mayer

The strongmen of old worked on their overhead press much like modern trainees work on their benchpress. One such example is Michael Mayer, who, at a height of 5'6" and weight of 245 pounds, was one of the first men to press 300 pounds overhead. Unsurprisingly, Mayer was also exceptional at other feats of shoulder strength, he pressed a 150 lb. dumbbell with one arm while lashed to a post (just to keep it super strict) and could muscle out 112 lbs., which is still a record today.

Bert Elliott's Bent Press

When Bert Elliott shipped out with the Army during the Korean War, barbells were few and far between. What did Bert do? ...The next best thing, he grabbed some heavy rocks and kept right on training. Elliott was a terrific bent-presser, and practicing the lift with a boulder offered a whole new challenge, the center of balance had to be secured, only a fraction of an inch in either direction and the lift could not be completed.

Tags: bent-press

The Weider 'Double Tension' Krusher

Didn't everyone have one of these (or something like it) as a kid? According to the ad:

"This exerciser is SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED to quickly develop the powerful crushing muscles of the arms, chest, shoulders, back, grip and legs which ordinary apparatus does not reach. The secret is 'short range' action, an amazing muscle building principle which concentrates exercise tension in short movements, forcing new growth, power and muscularity into the body. Results are so dramatic that they can be seen in a few days. The patented 'variable tension' feature allows you to interchange springs and to set the exercise resistance at a strength which suits you best."

Better start saving your allowances and paper route money now...
Tags: Joe Weider

Saxon's Support

...Bone and sinew strength count for much in weight-lifting, and all the above points cannot be taken into consideration in considering a man's muscular measurements on paper, nor in studying photographs..."

          ~ Arthur Saxon, The Development of Physical Power

As we have been examining in our daily training tips, it would appear that heavy supporting movements may contribute in interesting ways to the development of muscular power.  It would apprear that Arthur Saxon would agree, here he is supporting a globe barbell and his two brothers with his arms and a plank-load of nine men with his legs.

Bernarr MacFadden: "Why Strength Spells Success"

Bernarr Macfadden: The Father of Physical Culture

Why Strength Spells Success

"You Must have strength of body.

You cannot have too much strength. The more you feel like a strong man the more you can achieve in the desired direction.

All successful men are, and have been, men of treme -ndous energy. Their achievements have been simply the expression of the vitality and nerve force which can no more be repressed than the power of an engine when it has once been liberated.

The average individual goes through life without living. In other words, he scarcely exists.

A vital man is at all times thoroughly alive. The forces of life seems to imbue every party of his organism with energy, activity and all characteristics opposed to things inanimate.

A vital man is naturally enthusiastic. He can hardly avoid being ambitious. And consequently Success, with all its splendid rewards, comes to such a man in abundance. Life to such a man should be resplendent with worthy achievements.

In other words, it is our first duty to be men, strong and splendid, health and perfect, if we are desirous of securing lifes most gratifying prizes.

Why not be alive, vital, vivacious? Why not be alert, keen, energetic, enthusiastic, ambitious, bubbling over with fiery ardor.

The possession of these vibratory forces proves ones physical development has closely app- roached perfection. To such vital individuals life opens up opportunities that are almost countless.

Do not be satisfied with existence. If life is worth anything, it is worth living in every sense of the word."

~ Bernarr Macfadden's Muscle Builder Magazine, October 1925

Extreme Neck Strength II

Don't try this one at home: Rudolpho Gulliano, the Italian Strongman, showcased his neck strength development by allowing a heavy produce cart to run back and forth across his adams's apple ~ doesn't look like it phased him a bit. 

Louis Martin

Louis Martin was an excellent British weightlifter who competed in the 1960 Rome and 1964 Tokyo olympic games, winning Bronze and Silver respectively. Martin won the 90kg Middle-Heavyweight class at the 1959 World Weightlifting Championships held in Warsaw, Poland. Above you'll see his winning Press of 303 lbs.

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