A look at one corner of Alan Calvert’s MILO Barbell Company showroom circa 1915… Globe barbells, dumbbells, and kettlebells as far as the eye can see. That must have been a great place to train… Many performing strongmen of the era commissioned Calvert to make special stage ‘bells for their act.
Edward W. Goodman was a Los Angeles attorney who also liked to lift a few weights… so much so that he became the Amateur Champion of Southern California. Over the course of an afternoon he broke seven of the British amateur lifting records. As shown here, he could also climb a tree with a 75-pound kettlebell hanging from each arm — not a bad feat. Goodman was featured prominently in the literature for Alan Calvert’s MILO Barbell Company since his all of his impressive development came solely from regular barbell training.
Back in 1902, Alan Calvert established the Milo Barbell company, which was the first ever strength equipment company on American soil. Calvert began one of the the very first training publications “Strength” Magazine in 1914, wrote several training books and courses and helped pave the way for thousands of trainees to build size and strength through common sense methods and hard work.