Louis Cyr “The Canadian Colossus”

Posted on Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 by John Wood

Louis Cyr Circus Poster

The great Canadian Strongman, Louis
Cyr traveled and performed with The
John Robinson Circus during the 1898 season. According to records, Cyr’s measurements at the time
were as follows:

* Width across shoulders: 27 inches
* Neck: 23 inches
* Forearm: 19 inches
* Bicep: 21.5 inches
* Waist: 52 inches
* Thigh: 29-3/4 inches
* Calf: 24 inches
* Chest: 59.5 inches

John Robinson’s challenge was whether
any man could equal or better any one of Cyr’s feats… With numbers like a backlift of 4300 pounds and a one-arm Jerk of 254 pounds, needless to say, the
money was very safe.

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Apollon: King of Strength

Posted on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 by John Wood
Louis Uni, the French Strongman known professionally as “Apollon,” was certainly one of the greatest, if not the greatest strongman who ever lived. It was Apollon, along with Louis Cyr who were dubbed “Les Rois de la Force” (Kings of Strength) by Professor Desbonnet because their strength was so far above and beyond the ordinary.

Apollon, who was at his peak during the 1890s, stood 6″2′ and, in solid muscular condition, around 260 pounds.

While he was certainly thickly-muscled and strong all over, he excelled in grip an forearm feats, especially lifting thick handled weights, such as the Challenge Weight that bears his name. Also of note is the fact that even though this images was taken well over a hundred years ago with crude photographic equipment by today’s standards, Apollons tremendous “core” strength — built through years of heavy one-arm and two-arm overhead lifting — is evident.