Weights which once belonged to strength legends are always interesting. Here is a great example: this ring weight (or maybe you could call it a kettlebell) was once owned by the great Estonian strongman and wrestler Georg Lurich. In case you are wondering, it weighs 34 kg, or about 75 pounds.
A look at the great Estonian strongman/wrestler Georg Lurich giving a few friends “a lift” in the wrestler’s bridge, sometime around 1910. As someone who has a little experience with bridging with additional (human) weight, I can tell you that this feat is as impressive as they come.
Czechoslovakian-born Gustav Fristensky was known professionally as “The Bohemian Hercules” — and he was aptly named. Fristensky once ran the 100 meter dash in 14 seconds, which isn’t bad, but consider that it was also while carrying an extra 90 kg in his hands. Fristensky was also very good at repetition lifting, having been able to jerk 176 pounds 26 times and 220 pounds 18 times.
Like many strongmen of the day he was also an exceptional wrestler (amateur and later pro). Fristensky’s coach was none other than the great Estonian strength athlete Georg Lurich.