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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.

Kimon Voyages: Strength and Health Magazine June, 1945

Kimon Voyages on the cover if the June, 1945 issue of Strength and Health Magazine. Kimon once squatted 200 pounds for 100 reps straight - and it certainly shows here. He had won the Jr. Mr. America title just a few years before, in 1942.

Alyce Yarick's Squatting Feat

Here's a strength feat you probably didn't know about: Alyce Yarick, wife of Ed Yarick (of Yarick's Gym fame) once performed 105 consecutive squats with 115 pounds -- not many people can do that! This feat occured at one of her husband's variety shows.

You Can Bench Press 400 lbs. by "Big" Bill Anton

Readers of the classic Iron Man Magazine will no doubt remember this ad, it ran there for years. After years of searching, we finally located a copy of "Big" Bill's bench press course and most likely post it in The Iron League. The 13th man in the world to bench press over 400 pounds can't be wrong!

Breitbart's Muscle Builder

In addition to his training courses and strength performances, Siegmund Breitbart also created some of his own training equipment. To work on his steel scrolling he devised this "muscle builder" apparatus, a series of flexible pieces of steel with a handle on either end. This setup allowed for a number of unique training movements similar to traditional steel bending as well as the ability to adjust resistance by adding or subtracting bands.

Mike Dayton Holds Back a Hot Rod

"Think of the outcome you want and
firmly believe in your ability to achieve it."
Strongman/Bodybuilder Mike Dayton holds back a Hot Rod for the "That's Incredible!" TV show. He could also break a regulation pair of handcuffs, broke baseball bats over his leg, bent coins and performed The Hangman's Drop. Dayton was big on the power of the mind and attributed this training to his ability to perform all of these amazing feats. He even put out a course on the subject back in the 1970's entitled "Chi Mind Control" (which is all but impossible to find.)
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