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CLUB SWINGING: An Ancient Restorative Art for the Modern Martial Artist by Dr. Ed Thomas


CLUB SWINGING: An Ancient Restorative Art for the Modern Martial Artist by Dr. Ed Thomas
The rediscovery and growing popularity of Indian Clubs may well be the decade's most interesting development concerning modern restorative and martial arts in American culture.   The story of their evolution, disappearance, and rediscovery in American society is intriguing, and the amazing effect of their practical application is relevant to any martial arts system. 
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Author: Dr. Ed Thomas

Hard Work On Basic Exercises by Bradley J. Steiner

...I happen to believe that Reg Park is the best example and single representative of what proper training with weights can do for a man. He's got everything: huge, almost superhuman muscles, the strength of the most powerful competitive lifter, and the perfect, well-balanced physique that one sees on Greek statues in museums.

Whether or not you agree that Park is the Greatest -- if you've seen him, then you've GOT to admit that he's good, to say the very least. OK. so who cares about my opinion anyway, and what in heck does this have to do with how you can get the Herculean build you're after? (More info...)
Author: Bradley J. Steiner

Gymology by Dan Pace

I've been pushing and pulling on iron for more than 60 years. Therefore I feel qualified as a gymologist (one who specializes in gyms of all kinds). 

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Paul Kelso's Memories of His York Big 12 Set

My Big 12 set arrived in 1953, when I was a junior in high school. It had all the gadgets: Iron Shoes, with straps similar to those found on roller skates of the day, kettlebell handles, wrist roller, neck harness, long bar, 2 dumbbell bars with chromed (or, at least, I think tinned) sleeves to put in between the plates for your hand grip. I don’t recall a long sleeve for the big bar. Four 25 lb. plates were included and an assortment of smaller, of course. You could make a "Swingbell." Remember that idea? Collars for all bars were drilled for a bolt and I even got a wrench with the set to use for tightening them. The wrench was immediately lost or purloined by my father for his tool box. I swiped his pliers. Keep reading  >>>

Author: Paul Kelso

Big 12 Memories

Big 12 Special Memories

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Barrel Lifting

Brooks Kubik Barrel Lifting

Many Oldtime Strongmen liked to lift kegs and barrels in order to build unusual strength. Not only were barrels fairly easy to find, (given many oldtimers' preference for lifting in the back of their favorite biergarten or tavern), but barrels could be easily adjusted to any strength level based on...  More info>>>

Author: John Wood

Dinosaur Training Testimonials

Dinosaur Training Testimonials

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Beck's Beer: The Real Story

Hans Beck was the winner of the German weightlifting Championships of 1895 and 1897, and the European Championship in 1896.

Standing but 66-1/2 inches, Beck weighed 242 pounds and was as rugged as they come.  More info >>>
Beck's Beer: The REAL Story
Author: Brooks Kubik

The One-Arm Dumbbell Press

In this short article, Brooks Kubik relates a bit about one of his favorite exercises: The One-Arm Dumbbell Press.

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William Boone's 1937 Training Program

William Boone was a tremendously powerful lifter in the 30's and 40's. He first achieved fame when reports were published of his astonishing gains on a program of heavy, high rep squats, which he was inspired to follow after reading about what a similar schedule did for his Herculean contemporary, Joseph Curtis Hise. 

If memory serves correctly, Boone gained something like 80-100 pounds on the squat program. (More info...)

Author: Brooks Kubik

John Y. Smith: The Man With Iron Claw Hands


John Y. Smith was a Boston area strongman who was famous for his grip and forearm development ( More Info... )



Author: John Wood

If I Had My Way by Tommy Kono

If I had my way, the weightlifting area would be treated like a "dojo" as the martial arts students would use their area and equipment for training.  The entire area would be treated with respect from the bar to the barbell plates, from the chalk box to the platform.  The barbell bars would never have the soles of a lifter's shoe get on it to move or spin it, no more than you would place your shoes on the table top. The bumper plates would never be tossed or stepped on.  (More Info...)

Author: Tommy Kono

The Iron by Henry Rollins


"I believe that the definition of definition is reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. Completely. When I was young I had no sense of myself. All I was, was a product of all the fear and humiliation I suffered. Fear of my parents. The humiliation of teachers calling me "garbage can" and telling me I'd be mowing lawns for a living. And the very real terror of my fellow students. I was threatened and beaten up for the color of my skin and my size. I was skinny and clumsy, and when others would tease me I didn't run home crying, wondering why. I knew all too well. I was there to be antagonized. In sports I was laughed at. A spaz. I was pretty good at boxing but only because the rage that filled my every waking moment made me wild and unpredictable. I fought with some strange fury. The other boys thought I was crazy.... (More info... )

Author: Henry Rollins

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