The Bridge Press

Posted on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 by John Wood
The ‘bridge press’ was an early precursor to the modern bench press. In this case though, no bench required and the bar began on the abdomen and was heaved to begin the lift. The lift was also aptly referred to at times as “the belly toss.”

This was a favorite lift of Arthur Saxon and I’m sure it served him well in developing strength for his wrestling pursuits. Saxon’s record of 386 pounds was broken by Joe Nordquest with a lift of 388 pounds (shown above).

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Joe Nordquest, The Ashtabula Strongman

Posted on Monday, June 4th, 2012 by John Wood
Joe Norquest, the strongman from Ashtabula, Ohio, lifts a heavy globe barbell overhead.
One of the true unsung strongmen is undoubtedly Joe Nordquest from Ashtabula, Ohio. His name is rarely mentioned at the top of the list of all-time greats yet his strength feats would certainly rank him among them.

Joe Nordquest could jump from a table to the floor while maintaining a handstand position, curl 180 pounds and bent press 277-1/2 pounds. He could military press 124-1/4 pounds with one hand, an American record at the time and did a “bridge press” with 388 pounds (breaking Arthur Saxon’s record.) Keep in mind that he did all this and more on only one leg, having lost a limb in an accident as a boy. Joe’s brother Adolph was also an excellent strongman.