Jack Dempsey

Posted on Thursday, November 29th, 2018 by John Wood
Jack Dempsey wasn’t a bodybuilder — but he probably could have been. This rare shot, taken after a training session in the early 1920’s, shows what kinds of shape he was in. Anyone would probably think twice about stepping into the ring after seeing that!

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Al Gerard

Posted on Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 by John Wood
Over three decades ago, Al Gerard, an engineer and Powerlifter from North Carolina invented a piece of training equipment that would change strength training forever. His “Gerard Trap Bar” allowed trainees to train their legs without overtraining the lower-back.

The Trap Bar has become the piece of equipment for every gym. Al was able to deadlift over 725 pounds using his invention. Here’s a look at Al and the quite impressive results of heavy Trap Bar Training.

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Gennady Ivanchenko

Posted on Saturday, August 20th, 2011 by John Wood
Gennady Ivanchenko, the great Russian weightlifter, was the first light-heavyweight lifter ever to surpass the 500 kg total. This famous shot, taken by Tommy Kono, shows Ivanchenko doing snatch pulls at a training session prior to the 1971 Sr. European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria (where Ivanchenko, unsurprisingly, took gold).  You can probably see why Ivanchenko’s nickname was “The Robot.”