This also isn’t his only connection to strongman lore, Hack Miller’s father was the great strongman Sebastian Miller. The apple didn’t fall too far from the tree, in addition to giving some teammates a “lift” as shown above, “Hack” Miller could tear deck of cards and bend spikes just like his old man. He also used to wield a 47-ounce bat and occasionally used a bat weighing 65 ounces (which is utterly ridiculous, and wouldn’t even be legal today).
There have been few wrestlers since then who trained more seriously than Gotch… and he trained just like a wrestler should. Calisthenics, road work, and sparing gave Gotch a killer’s heart and an advantage in every single match. The “Old Farmer” Farmer Burns understood the game of wrestling better than anyone and trained his student to be the best.
As part of his traditional training, Singh was also an accomplished club swinger and his exploits were often reported in the sporting pages of the day. It was said that Singh swung a pair of nail-studded 45-pound clubs for an hour, he would swing his 79-pounders about fifty times without a break and his 100-pounder for 20 times. Swinging these heavy clubs gave Singh a substantial grip.