Gustav Fristensky

Posted on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 by John Wood
Gustav Fristensky Bohemian Hercules
Physique-wise, Gustav Fristensky was said by many to be as impressive as Sandow but since he was not as well known, did not get his due. Regardless, Fristensky was certainly an exemplary strength athlete as both his lifts and wrestling achievements show. The above image is from the cover of a book written about Fristensky’s life and exploits which was published in 1970.
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Gustav Fristensky ~ The Bohemian Hercules

Posted on Monday, April 9th, 2012 by John Wood
Gustav Fristensky Bohemian Hercules
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.

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