At an exhibition in Paris, in the year 1905, ‘The Luxembourg Hercules’ John Grunn Marx bent and broke three horseshoes in the span of 2 minutes and 15 seconds. One of these horseshoes is shown above. Marx was descended from a long line of blacksmiths and was famed for his grip and forearm strength. More of Marx’s strength feats will be covered in subsequent posts.
If you’re a “free-weight” guy, don’t be afraid of machines – there are several that can benefit your routine greatly when used correctly. Here’s one of them, and one of the best leg workouts you’ll ever get: The Hammer Strength H-Squat Machine.
Use one if you can find it, or get one for your home gym, but only if you happen to have a lot of room — this one’s over 10 feet tall!
This is what 45-pound barbell plates looked like way back in the day. If you have some, count yourself lucky, they started disappearing in the 1960’s when The York Barbell Company came out with a more streamlined plate (they could only fit so many of these on a bar with guys like Wilbur Miller around). Two great grip strength challenges either to lift one of these plates by the hub or pinch grip a pair of them. You’ve got a pretty strong pair of mitts if you can do either (or both.)
The 11 stone British Amateur Weightlifting Champion of 1913, T.W. Clarke is shown here on the cover of the February, 1933 issue of Strength and Health Magazine (Making this is the third issue ever.) Clarke was famed for his arm development — 15-1/4 inches – which was quite impressive for a man of his size and weight class. Clarke trained at the Camberwell Weightlifting Club and was coached by “The Wizard of Weightlifting” W.A. Pullum.