September 23, 2015
Here's a rare and pretty nifty advertisement for Professor Attila's Studio of Physical Culture from 1903.  Not many people have seen this one.
September 17, 2015
Here's an ad for the York Barbell Company from 1934 making it a very early one. Notice Bob Hoffman -- with hair! -- and the famous picture of Wally Zagursky and Tony Terlazzo getting in a quick workout with York equipment in BoHo's backyard on Lightner's Hill in north York.
September 8, 2015
The great French lifter Alexandre' Maspoli was born in Lyons in 1875 and was an amateur champion an astounding 19 years in a row (1901 to 1920). He won a Bronze Medal at the 1906 Olympic Games. He also competed in the long jump in the 1906 games but did not place. Maspoli's greatest lifts include a right hand snatch of 207-1/2 pounds, a two-dumbbell clean and press of 231-3/4 pounds, and a two-dumbbell jerk of 298 pounds. Maspoli was also a successful sculptor - a true Renaissance man.
September 8, 2015
People often say there's nothing new under the sun but I would disagree. Case in point, here's a unique training idea from a muscle magazine from about 20 years ago that I have never seen before or since. These "Iron Teardrops" slipped on your barbell just like plates and moved around while you lifted, adding a whole new dimension to standard lifts. A few years back, I called the number listed on the ad just to see what would happen. A woman answered the phone and told me that yes, it was her brother which came up with the idea for the Iron Tear Drops but he was not home at the moment. She took down my address and said she would send some info but I never did hear from them. Anyone out there ever get to train with these?
September 8, 2015
Here's Joe Weider, The 'Master Blaster' himself lifting a pretty awesome globe barbell at a weightlifter gathering in Montreal sometime in the 1930's. The only weight stated was "over 200 pounds."
September 6, 2015
Here's a rare shot of the great Bulgarian wrestling champion, Nikola Petroff and, like most wrestlers of the day, Petroff was impressive from a physique standpoint as well. Petroff became the World Greco-Roman champion in 1900 by defeating Paul Pons. Over his 25 year career, Petroff only suffered defeat once, and it was at the hands of Marijan Matijevic.
September 6, 2015
A look at the September, 1965 issue of Mr. America magazine with the great Don Howorth on the cover. Howorth was well known for having some of the broadest shoulders in the business and has an article on shoulder training is this very issue. Fittingly, a couple years later, Howorth won the 1967 IFBB Mr. America contest
September 3, 2015
One of the most famous grip feats of all time is to deadlift the Thomas Inch Challenge Dumbbell. Replicas were not available until the mid-1990's so if you wanted to lift it, you had to either travel to the original, or have your own Inch dumbbell cast, and that is exactly what the great Australian grip master Bruce White did. It took him five years of training to finally accomplish lifting his 172-pound dumbbell. Keep in mind that Bruce White was only 148 pounds at the time, the lightest man to ever do so - a simply phenomenal feat of grip strength.
September 2, 2015
Here's a rare look at the great Argentinian weightlifter Humberto Selvetti on the cover of the February, 1952 issue of 'El Grafico' magazine (also published in Argentina.). A few months later, Selvetti would win the Super-heavyweight bronze medal at the Helsinki Olympics with a 432.5kg total.
September 2, 2015
George Jagendorfer demonstrates one of the many ways that he lifted a horse while performing for Hengler's Circus in the 1890's. You have to have a pretty strong set of choppers for this one.
September 1, 2015
A look at Dimotrios Tofalos lifting an excellent globe barbell... this is thought to be taken sometime in 1906 when Tofalos was training for what would later become known as the 'Intercalated Games.' Tofalos won the "two arm lifting event" with a successful effort with 142.5 KG on his third attempt.

September, 2015