Andersson’s most famous feats of strength were to drive an eight inch long nail through a planks of wood up to four inches thick with his bare hand as well as to bend and then straighten out horseshoes with his bare hands — both of which you can see above. It was said that in the early 20th century, Andersson set a world record in “teeth lifting” of 224.5 kg — he lifted a horse attached to a harness from a platform.
With the above picture, his show bill stated the following:
— Now THAT’S a show I want to see!
Also notable is the “wrist machine” on the right — a piece of equipment that used to be found in every boxing gym in the land but has all but disappeared today.
No longer did the Strangler need training partners to practice on — of course, now with the ability to train with added resistance, his headlock became even more powerful. Strangler Lewis and Billy Sandow eventually created a series of exercises for different muscle groups which could be performed with this unique device.
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Something else that should stand out is the quality of their physiques — talk about “functional muscle” — this is fairly typical development for those who regularly practice hand-balancing work.