Posted on Monday, November 28th, 2016 by John Wood
There have been more than a few great strongmen who are not giants. A perfect example is Robert B. Snyder of Hagerstown, Maryland. As a boy he was inspired by the strongman from the Forepaugh & Sells circus and began training by lifting barrels and stones. He also taught himself hand balancing – something which he would become exceptionally good at.
At the age of 14 (weighing 116 pounds) Snyder lifted his first barbell — a MILO barbell owned by a local strongman. Shortly afterward, Snyder began following MILO barbell course #1 and showed tremendous improvement… so much so that he was featured in Bernarr MacFadden’s Physical Culture Magazine as well as Alan Calvert’s STRENGTH Magazine.
At his heaviest, Snyder weighed only 139 pounds yet was incredibly strong easily performing multiple one-arm chins with each hand as well as lifting poundages well above bodyweight. Above, Snyder performs the one-arm get up lift with a human weight.