The George F. Jowett Collection

Posted on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 by John Wood
With George F. Jowett,
~ Follow His Methods! ~
The World-Famous JOWETT SYSTEM, which has proven itself with RESULTS for thousands upon thousands of pupils, can now be yours!

Years ago, a young boy was finally discharged from the hospital where he had suffered for most of his childhood — the result of an accident when only a few months old. He survived several major operations, then finally was told that nothing further could be done to save him so they sent him home…

George Jowett overcame a severe childhood illness to become one of the strongest men who ever lived. One of his greatest feats was to clean and press a 168-pound anvil — a phenomenal feat of grip strength!

…but they did did not know that in the heart of this sickly lad a belief had taken hold… a belief that he could rebuild his body and regain his lost health and strength through physical training. This belief so dominated the young man each night he quietly crept into the silence of the deserted forgotten attic of his home and there alone set to work the rebuilding of his puny, broken body.

This was the beginning of the climb of George F. Jowett from the deepest, darkest pit of physical weakness to the peak of physical success. The doctor’s thought that he would never even see the age of 15, yet at that age Jowett won the Junior International Gymnastics Championship, and he sure didn’t stop there… At 17, he traveled to France and returned as the World’s Welter Weight Wrestling Champion. That same year he also set the World’s Junior one arm press record of 224 lbs.– a mark which still remains unbroken.

These were the first of Jowett’s many records and achievements; he would go on to win scores more in the passing years… and with each accomplishment, his storehouse of knowledge grew ever larger as well… it is this wealth of knowledge and experience that he has put into the most wonderful physical development courses ever put before the public.

What took George F. Jowett years to learn he now teaches you within a few short sessions — faultlessly, faithfully and successfully — until you finally acquire the magnificent development and marvelous strength he is able to give you!

Strengthen Your Tendons and Ligaments!

Thousands of body-builders with strong-looking muscles are left wondering why they cannot equal the strength tests of others… and the simple reason is that their muscular ligaments and sinewy attachments are too weakly inserted to cooperate with and support the contractile power of their muscles.

The strength of your muscles depends as much upon the power of their muscular cables as upon the quality of muscular tissue. There should be exact balance between the two… but this is rarely the case. Strong muscles must have strong attachments.

Strength within the muscles is built from exercises that compel full extension and contraction of the muscular fibers. When the muscular tissue has benn developed it is absolutely necessary that the muscular ligaments also be powerfully increased so that they can support the muscles in all their movements of resistance. The George Jowett Training Syetem is especially adapted to the building of steel-like muscular cables.

The George F. Jowett Collection

George Jowett’s training courses have helped thousands upon thousands of trainees know the thrill of strength but as they were written almost a century ago, they are long out of print and original copies are VERY difficult to find in any condition… However, George Jowett’s secrets still live on today! The Jowett Collection consists of three of Jowett’s greatest training courses, now available in high-quality reprint editions for modern trainees to enjoy and benefit from.

Yes, you too can now get your hands on the original Jowett Institute 12-lesson mail order course, his most famous book The Key To Might and Muscle and his fantastic foream development course Molding a Mighty Grip. Detailed information on each title is as follows…

The Jowett Institute Course in Health, Muscle Building and Physical Perfection (1927)

This high-quality modern reprint edition of The Jowett Institute Course is reproduced faithfully from the original 1927 version. This course is intended to be undertaken over a period of six months. There are twelve lessons, with each lesson to be performed for two weeks. There is a review at week five and two more bonus lessons included at the end for further development.

Each lesson consists of three parts: a talk sheet, follwed by written details on the monthly exercises and finally photographs of said exercises which illustrate proper form and technique. The exercises consist primarily of bodyweight movements and dumbbell exercises. The step-by-step Instructions are easy to follow and very detailed – nothing is left to chance.

The Jowett Institute Course is perfect for beginner and advanced trainees alike. Trade paperback, 8-1/2-inches x 11-inches in size, over 100 rare photographs of the master, George F. Jowett in action!

The Key to Might and Muscle (1926)

You don’t have to be a strength fan to appreciate anything authored by George F. Jowett. His writing style and mastery of the written word is on par wiith any of the greatest writers throughout history in any topic…

Of course, since you ARE a strength fan, you can see that his skill with a barbell is as good as his skill with a pen… anything authored by Jowett makes you want to immediately run out and grab a barbell — and you sure can’t ask for anything better than that!

In his magnmum opus, The Key to Might and Muscle Jowett covers everything that any lifter would need to know to build great strength…

As you might expect, muscular development is discussed in great detail, but in “The Key” Jowett goes far beyond the typical training courses in that he teaches you how to develop every aspect of your body for super strength and power… with the highlights undoubtedly being his chapters on building tendon, ligament and bone strength – topics you rarely see discussed today (and easily worth the price alone.)

The Key to Might and Muscle was originally printed by the Milo Barbell Company in 1926 and this modern reprint edition remains true to the original publication. If you want to really know how the genuine Oldime Strongmen trained, this is your chance!

Trade paperback, 5-inches x 7-inches in size, 24 chapters, 294 pages, many illustrations

Classic Strength Photos!

In addition to the valuable training information, throughout The Key to Might and Muscle you will also find dozens of rare and classic photos of the strongest men in recorded history including: the great French Strongman Apollon, Britain’s Strongest Man Edward Aston, Professor Louis Attila, Ernest Cadine, William P. Caswell, Ottley R. Coulter, Louis Cyr, Sig Klein, Arthur Dandurand, Hector DeCarrie, Elliott, Giroux, Herman Goerner, George Jowett himself (of course!), Earle E. Liederman, Jim Londos, Charles MacMahon, Manger, Maxick, Angus McAskill, Karl Moerke, Bobby Pandour, Charles Rigoulot, Monte Saldo, Hermann and Arthur Saxon, Milo Steinborn, Warren Lincoln Travis, David P. Willoughby, and many more!

Molding a Mighty Grip (1930)

In 1930, George Jowett came out with some of his most popular training materials in the form of the “Molding” courses.

Each of these courses was devoted to one specific aspectof training: Molding a Mighty Arm, Molding a Mighty Chest, Molding Mighty Legs, Molding a Mighty Grip, Molding a Mighty Back and ending with Strongman Stunts Made Easy. Hundreds of thousands of these courses were sold all over the world during the Jowett Institute’s heyday.

While the rest of these booklets are currently out of print and very hard to come by, the most popular title: Molding a Mighty Grip is currently available from this website in a high-quality modern reprint format!

There’s no better person to teach you about grip and forearm strength from than George F. Jowett. He was a king in the grip department and well-known for his 8.25-inch wrists, 15.25-inch forearms, and 17.75-inch upper-arms. Jowett was a World Champion at wrist wrestling and among his legendary feats of grip strength was that of a single-handed clean and press of a 168-pound anvil!

Molding a Mighty Grip begins with Jowett’s remarks about many of the famous oldtime strongmen and their specialty feats of grip strength. After that, the course describes, in detail, many of Jowett’s favorite hand and forearm training exercises which range from very basic to the highly unusual and creative. The second half of the course is devoted to barrel lifting techniques, (a tremendously effective way to build forearm strength).

Booklet format, 8-1/2-inches x 11-inches in size, 15 pages on high quality stock, many illustrations.

Jowett’s Secrets Live On!

A popular saying back in the day was “Once a Jowett student… always a Jowett Student.”

George F. Jowett’s courses and training guides been responsible for thousands of people not just becoming stronger but building a strong and healthy lifestyle — something they carried on their entire lives.

Though his name is known only to a select few these days, Jowett’s spirit lives on…. and he still has a great deal to teach others. His courses and training guides can be used and enjoyed just as much today as when they originally appeared nearly a century ago. As a serious student of Strength, the George F. Jowett Collection should undoubtedly have a place of honor in your training library. You’ll find yourself flipping through them often, and always manage to read a new training tip that you missed before… If you truly want to learn all you can about Oldtime strength training, this is your chance!

Order now!The George F. Jowett Collection (3 Courses)
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The New Bodybuilding for Old-School Results by Ellington Darden

Posted on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 by John Wood
The NEW Bodybuilding
for Old-School Results
Eliminate confusion, develop confidence and gain bigger and stronger muscles – faster than ever before!
Arthur Jones, feeding one of his baby elephants. Note the machine gun with a banana clip – this guy means business.

The man looked like the Devil himself and then threatened to kill me less than 20 minutes after we met…

He lunged at me but I was too quick and dodged his advance but then with a quick move he grabbed me by the scruff of the neck…

“Look kid, the smartest and toughest men in the world have mustaches … I have one and your dad doesn’t!”… but I broke free from his grasp … then like a cat I jumped up on the windowsill, sprang through the air and got him right in his bad shoulder with a flying drop-kick…

So went my introduction to Arthur Jones and probably the only fight that Arthur ever lost … I was six years old at the time.

Arthur Jones was the roughest, toughest, meanest and smartest Iron Game pioneer who ever walked the Earth and the man who revolutionized strength training forever. His ideas influenced millions of people to start training in the most effective manner possible. Now these same ideas will help YOU build TWICE the strength in HALF the time.

Fast Forward A Decade…

Here, read this,” said my Dad as he handed me a thick folder full of Xeroxed sheets of paper.

I was fifteen years old — just a freshman in high school — and starting to get into strength training in a serious way. I was looking for the best way to get as big and as strong as I possibly could for the next football season.

So I took the folder and, without looking too closely at it, noticed that it contained a series of training articles written by Arthur Jones; a name I vaguely recalled from the past.

This was a lot of material to go through and I originally intended to throw it in some forgotten corner of my room and get around to it when I had more time (probably never). The thing is, as I walked up to my room, I took a closer look at what was really inside and when I saw the first few pages, I stopped in my tracks… I couldn’t take another step.

I knew instantly that this was information that I had to read RIGHT NOW. I took a seat right there at the top of the stairs and began to read…

Understand, I had seen books on strength training — lots of them. I had seen plenty of training courses too, and a fair share of “muscle comics.” They were all pretty much the same … what I was reading right then was a whole different animal. Those articles were like nothing I had ever seen before. A few hours went by but it only felt like a few minutes as I made my way through the material. I read everything.

When I got done, I felt 10 feet tall, like I had found diamonds as big as basketballs in my own backyard. No more confusion – I now possessed the keys to super strength.

That day my life (and my training) changed forever.

Strength training had never been explained to me this way before. Many of the things about strength training that I had previously been confused about now made perfect sense. Arthur Jones’ ideas gave me a clear picture of exactly what I needed to do and exactly how I needed to do it in order to get stronger.

Within those pages, I learned the foundations (almost a step-by-step blueprint) for understanding the fundamental building-blocks of Strength development. All that was left was to do it, and now I had the Confidence to know I was on the right path.

Dr. Darden Strikes Again!
Dr. Ellington Darden

Many people had the same experience when they first read some of Arthur’s materials.

Over four decades ago, when Arthur Jones unleashed his training philosophy on an unsuspecting world, it soon spread like wildfire. It made a heck of a lot of sense to thousands upon thousands of trainees all over the country and the world, and in practice, worked better than anything else than they ever tried.

Among the many people who achieved tremendous results were Ellington Darden, a Champion Bodybuilder and Ph.D. who not only had many published training articles under his belt, but graced the cover of many strength magazines of the time.

Ellington Darden got his hands on all of Arthur Jones’ articles and liked what he read.  Darden eventually trained under Arthur Jones and ended up achieving the best results he had ever experienced — Darden was a previous collegiate Mr. America contest winner, so this was really saying something. Training with Arthur Jones had such a big impact that Ellington Darden has been writing about it ever since. Dr. Darden has the unique distinction of being there throughout the entire Nautilus phenomenon so he can definitely tell you the real deal.

Today, with nearly 50 books to his credit on a variety of subjects, now Dr. Darden takes it back to where it all began in this modern classic…

Enter: The New Bodybuilding for Old-School Results
by Ellington Darden, Ph.D.

Was Arthur Jones a Genius… Or a Madman?

There might be a pretty good case for him being both. Imagine stepping into a time machine to see and hear from the people who were actually there to learn the real story behind Nautilus, Arthur Jones and the whole ball of wax – Now you can!

Casey Viator (Pictured) was Arthur’s top student and, at 19 years old, the youngest Mr. America winner in history, you’ll be able to read an interview all about Casey’s life and his training starting on page 124.

At over 300 pages,”New Bodybuilding” is part history lesson, part training guide and one thing is for sure: there has never been anything like it before in the world of strength training. This book would be a valuable addition to your Strength library for just the Golden Age photos alone.: we’re talking hundreds of classic shots.

Here is just a sample of the things you will find in its pages:

10 Classic Interviews with the top individuals in the strength industry

Hear the real story from the men who lived it:

Kim Wood – Hall of Fame Strength Coach and Strength Legend

Ben Sorenson – Manager of Vic Tanny’s famous gym in Santa Monica (near Muscle Beach) from 1947-1949 and Arthur’s first training partner

Jim Flanagan – Arthur’s right hand man who reminisces about Milo Steinborn, the last of the oldtime strongmen; Jim describes what it was like to train in Steinborn’s Gym.

Casey Viator – The youngest Mr. America ever and Arthur’s top student. Read what Casey recalls about his most grueling exercise sessions with Arthur.

Roger Schwab – Owner of Mainline Nautilus, Philadelphia, PA, behind-the-scenes Strength Legend and REAL Trainer of Champions

Joe Mullen – Iron Game Veteran who teaches you the secrets of the one arm chin-up

Boyer Coe – Champion Bodybuilder: Mr. America 1969, Mr. Universe 1969,

Dan Riley – 25 year NFL Strength coach Veteran, holder of three Superbowl Rings (Including 3 Football Specific Training Routines)

Werner Kieser – Old School Intensity from Germany

Wes Brown – “Pumping Iron and Nautilus” – How Arnold Trained during his most famous film

Andy McCutcheon – HIT enthusiast from England, who outlines how he was able to break the British record for pushups (doing 107 in 60 seconds), and his training with Multiple Mr. Olympia Winner Dorian Yates.

  • Intensity vs. Form: Which is more important? – and the reasons you should know why
  • The Real meaning of “Old School” Training – Which probably isn’t what you think it is..
  • A look into the Past – Muscle Beach, the modern Muscle Mecca where Arthur began serious training at Vic Tanny’s Gym
  • How Kim Wood knew about Arthur Jones well over a decade before he met him in person and well before his Nautilus days
  • The real story behind the first appearance of “The Blue Monster” – Culver City, California 1970
  • The truth about Kim Wood’s unique “200 Reps” Routine
  • The most important goal for any football-strength related program and why most football training routines are worthless
  • What made Cincinnati Bengals Nose Tackle Tim Krumrie stand out above just about every football player who ever lived? – Check out his brief 4-set training routine
  • Boyer Coe’s “unvarnished” Championship Bicep and Tricep Routine, which only requires simple equipment that can be found in every gym
  • The 7 most important tips for getting the best results from any arm program Think you need to train for hours? – WRONG! wait until you find out just how long a proper arm development routine should take
  • The amazing influence of Confidence in your training program and how to use it to your best advantage
  • 6 Step-by-Step tips to the perfect pushup and 5 steps to performing proper negative-pushups
  • The single set vs. multiple set debate, now settled once and for all
  • The Best of the Bulletins – The collected wit and Wisdom of Arthur Jones
  • The 18 different signs of overtraining and 10 different ways to guard against them
  • Repetition Ranges: Low, Medium, High – Which is Best?
  • The value of negative-only training and how to do it correctly A simple test to help you know your optimum rep range
  • 9 “Beyond Failure” Techniques to stimulate maximum muscle growth
  • Just what was “The Happiness Machine” and Why just one workout on it would wreck your whole week
  • How to correctly perform Negative-only chin-ups and 2 different negative-chin-up routines
  • How Motor Learning Helps Strength Training: Stable Answers for Shaky Practices
  • The 3 types of motor “transfer” and what you have to know about each one
  • Metabolic Conditioning – What it is and why you need to know about it
  • How to perform Metabolic Conditioning workouts with Machines or with barbells
  • 7 Training “Rules” and why your workout won’t “work” without them

  • The precision workout chart and the best way to measure your progress
  • 3 reasons why split routines MAY or MAY NOT be right for you.
  • Find out what happened the time when Arthur Jones trained Legendary wrestler Dan Gable
A Unique Glimpse Into The Iron Game’s Past:
What was Old is New Again
The great Steve Reeves – some VERY interesting and little-known details of his training are revealed in chapter I
Milo Steinborn settled in Florida when his wrestling career ended and mentored a young Jim Flanagan, details are in chapter 11
Warren Lincoln Travis, the legendary strongman, still has few things to teach you about strength training a century later…

The truth is you can only look as far forward as you can see into the past. What if you could be a fly on the wall and listen in on how some of the strongest men of all time trained?

How about a look at their unique training equipment?

In The New Bodybuilding for Old-School Results you will learn about many interesting things from the Golden Age of Strength training – the men and the methods that paved the foundations for today…

Take a journey back to the Turn of the Century with Oldtime Strongman Warren Lincoln Travis, or strength star Henry “Milo” Steinborn (who owned and ran the first commercial gym in America.)

Go back to the sands of the original Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, California circa 1948 and learn how bodybuilding legend Steve Reeves used to train at Vic Tanny’s Gym. You’ll also learn about many more Iron Game greats: John Grimek, George Eiferman, Marvin Eder, Freddy Ortiz… Casey Viator, Sergio Oliva, Boyer Coe, Mike & Ray Mentzer… the list goes on and on!

How’s This for Old-School Strength?

Here I am doing a few wrist curls with an antique dumbbell that once belonged to the French Strongman, Apollon (Yes, that Apollon), from chapter 30, (which I helped write): Iron-Vise Grip Strength: A Fistful of Power. Find out more on page 272.

You Want Training Routines?

Most training courses provide plenty of “theory” but little that you can actually do. The New Bodybuilding for Old School Results doesn’t just provide a ton of workouts for you to try but gives you the very Best workouts – the exact workouts – that have been used successfully again and again for decades. Get the book, read it, and 10 minutes later you’ll be able use the same workout that the champs do:

Try these out for size:

The Classic Nautilus Machine Circuit from 1975

The Nautilus Negative-Only Routine

HIT (High Intensity Training) A-B Foundational Routine

HIT Thigh Emphasis Routine

HIT Mid-section Emphasis Routine

HIT Change of Pace Routine

HIT Overall Body Routine

HIT Back-Chest Emphasis Routine

The 5 “Core” Movements Routine

HIT Abbreviated Routine

HIT A-B-C Arm Specialization Routine

HIT A-B Basic Routine

The BIG Routine

The 3-Day Split

The 4 Day Contra-Lateral Split

2 different negative-chin-up routines

6 Cadence Variations

8 Ways to Specialize on Calves with the most productive calf cycle ever created

Rediscover the lost art of rib-cage development/Chest Expansion

How to stretch, breathe, and contract during the recommended exercises

The “Shoulders for Soldiers” Deltoid Routine

The “Fistful of Power” Iron-Vise Grip Routine

Not Just for Bodybuilders But
ALL Strength Athletes

One of the biggest reasons for failure among many trainees is that they never fully learned how to train in the first place. They have no clue as to why certain exercises should be done in certain ways — and the results, if there are any, are often mediocre at best.

The truth is that every person in the world is essentially the same in some very fundamental ways – and every person in this world gains strength through the same processes. The principles outlined in this book will help you understand these processes which will allow your to become super strong, no matter what you are training for and no matter what equipment you are using.

As you can see, The New Bodybuilding for Old-School Results by Ellington Darden Ph.D. is chocked full of valuable information. There is enough here to point anyone in the right direction for Super Strength – 300+ pages, over 40 training routines, hundreds of pictures, interviews with All-Time Iron Game Legends and more!!

Order now!The New Bodybuilding for Old-School Results by Ellington Darden:
___________$39.99 plus s/h

Peary Rader and The Magic Circle

Posted on Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 by John Wood
THE MAGIC CIRCLE
– FOR MAGIC RESULTS –
The most satisfactory device yet found for doing quarter, half and full squats — for doing Hise Shoulder Shrugs and other heavy poundage exercises where weight is held on shoulders. It has made squatting a pleasure by removing the agonizing and sometimes paralyzing pain and discomfort of a heavy bar across the shoulders cutting into the flesh and putting pressure o the spine.

The “Magic Circle” gives a freedom for deep breathing in the popular and result-producing “Breathing Squats” for the exerciser can stand erect and breathe normally with a high lift of the chest at every breath, and is not compelled to hump over forward and breathes it the abdominal area as with a bar.

In use, the “Magic Circle” is loaded up on the side pegs (unless you go over 700 lbs., in which case you have front and back pegs to load on), step in the circle (which is supported on side horses or boxes), lift shoulder straps onto shoulders, center straps, stand erect and walk away from stand and begin squats in normal manner.

When finished, walk back to stands and lower ring to supporting rack. While squatting it helps to grasp ring in front and pull slightly toward you. If you get stuck at bottom you place hands on legs and push upward to recover. No more getting stuck at bottom, will hold 1200 lbs. or more.

If you read Iron Man Magazine in the 70’s you remember Peary Rader demonstrating the Magic Circle. Peary’s using 425 pounds in this classic shot. and making it look easy.

I actually grew up with one in our basement gym — that’s right a fully functioning Magic Circle, one of the last ones left. I don’t like using it for squats — it changes the center of gravity in the bottom position too much for my taste. Though not necessarily the same concept, (but very much along the same lines), a Gerard Trap Bar will give you a much better leg workout.

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The Hammer Strength H-Squat Machine

Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 by John Wood

If you’re a “free-weight” guy, don’t be afraid of machines – there are several that can benefit your routine greatly when used correctly. Here’s one of them, and one of the best leg workouts you’ll ever get: The Hammer Strength H-Squat Machine.
Use one if you can find it, or get one for your home gym, but only if you happen to have a lot of room — this one’s over 10 feet tall!
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Author: John Wood. All contents, including images and text, copyright © 2005-2019 by John Wood and Thunderdome Media Inc. Not to be reproduced without permission. All rights reserved. We will most likely grant permission but please contact us if you would like to repost. IMPORTANT: Equipment and books, courses etc. pictured in blog posts are generally not available for sale unless specifically noted.