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Classic Polish Globe Weights

Great equipment practically begs to be used and I would say that would definitely be the case here. These classic Globe Barbells, Dumbbells, Kettlebells and Blockweights from a century ago can be found in a Polish Museum.

Unknown Indian Club Swinger

We unfortunately don't know much about this club swingin' gent but this picture was probably taken in the late 1800's. He does have some snappy duds and an excellent mustache though.

Renald and Rudy

"Renald and Rudy" were one of the premier handbalancing acts of the vaudeville age. For almost three decades, they traveled all over the country and later appeared on several television shows performing their incredible handbalancing skills. Here they are showing off a bit at the original Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, CA in the early 1950's.

The Reg Park Muscle Builder

The Reg Park Muscle Builder! You got a 10-strand cable outfit ... a wall pulley attachment ... a headstrap ... foot stirrups ... two hand grips ... a mighty chest exercises ... a rowing machine ... and some free courses which gave instructions on how to uses it all. All in all, a pretty sweet deal. Who knows how many youngsters got started on the road to health and strength with this setup? Quite a few, I bet.

Sandow's Health & Strength Cocoa

These days, a lot of folks recommend a big glass of chocolate milk as the best post-workout drink for muscle growth. Perhaps ol' Sandow was on to something a hundred years ago when he came out with his own Health and Strength Cocoa.

Barus' Spike

Here's a spike bent into a loop by the great strongman Milo Barus. Is there anyone today who could do this?

Josef Strassberger

As a super-heavyweight, the great German Weightlifter Josef Strassberger won the Gold Medal at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympc Games. He came back four years later to beat his winning total although by the 1932 Los Angeles Games it was only good enough for Bronze. Strassberger set six World Records during his career including his best press of 300 pounds which he accomplished in 1935.

Paul Trappen

The German strongman and weightlifter Paul Trappen's name isn't mentioned very often but it certainly should be. At the 1913 German weightlifting Championships, Trappen defeated both Karl Moerke and Hermann Goerner to win the heavyweight title. Some of Trappen's best lifts were a 320 pound Clean and Jerk, 215 pounds in the one hand clean and jerk and 183 pounds in the one arm press.

All impressive marks but the lift which he should be remembered best for is his harness lift of a pair of oxen totaling 5225 pounds - that would make his performance the greatest ever recorded in that particular lift.

Trappen also performed for the Barnum and Bailey Circus and did some wrestling in addition to feats of strength.
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Albert Maes' Strong Neck

Albert Maes, Belgian weightlifter and strongman shows his stuff with this VERY impressive feat: a combionation of handbalancing and platform lifting. Considering that's got to be close to half a ton, being supported, that's a pretty strong neck.

Paul Anderson's Bench Press Machine

Paul Anderson was ahead of his time in several branches of training. Case in point: in order to specialize on the bench press, he devised this unique machine. Note the many levels of adjustability and the fact that it did not require a spotter, all excellent "reasons" for the machine to exist in the first place.
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