You know you are really doing something when you can accomplish world class feats without even thinking twice. Here’s the great Russian lifter Yuri Vlasov pressing around 250 lbs. from behind the neck wearing street clothes. Vlasov set thirty four world records over his career, seven of those were in the press, his best mark being 199kg, achieved in 1967 in Moscow.
Alberto Pigaiani was an Italian heavyweight weightlifter who competed in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne and 1960 Olympic games in Rome, finishing in third (452.5 kg total) and seventh place(450 kg total), respectively. Here he is on his way to a Bronze medal finish at the 1960 European Weightlifting Championships in Milan, Italy with a 374 lb. jerk .
A Trio of early wrestlers, from left to right: Paul Pons, Raoul “Le Boucher” (The Butcher) Musson and Ivan Shemyakin. This rare shot was most likely taken at “Le tournoi annue de lutta de la Ceinture d’or” held at the Folies-Bergere in 1904.
A rare shot of the lineup of heavyweight winners at the 1938 World Weightlifting Championships held in Vienna (Which was then a part of Germany.) From left to right Josef Manger of Germany (410 kg. total), Steve Stanko of the United States (397.5 kg. total) and Arnold Luhaar of Estonia (390 kg. total).
Here’s the Italian strongman Signor Cronos performing a harness lift of an automobile, circa 1925. Other than clearly not skipping leg day, unfortunately we don’t know anything else about him.
John Grimek demonstrates the overhead downward pull with a set of York chest expanders. This movement is STILL one of the very best back developers and can’t be done with a barbell or dumbbell. If you are lucky enough to have access to a good set of expanders, this move should be in your program. Grimek also may have done a few squats in his day, eh?…
Steve Reeves getting in a little arm work during the filming of one of his Hercules movies. Italian beauty, Sylva Koscina, looks on in amusement. She was Reeeves’ co-star in both Hercules (1958) and Hercules Unchained (1960).