Father B.H.B. Lange

Posted on Thursday, November 29th, 2018 by John Wood
For over fifty years, Father Bernard Lange of Notre Dame University, ran one of the finest gyms and lifting programs this country had ever seen. Lange actually did not take up physical training until past 30 years of age but built himself up to one of the most powerful men of the time. He recognized the value that physical training could have on a person and thus promoted it for the rest of his life.

He was also a “secret weapon” of sorts, introducing systematic weight lifting to many of the great Notre Dame Athletic teams before such programs were en vogue. In fact, he often earned special recognition from the legendary Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne for working with his players as early as 1922! Lange’s Gym was said to be one of the finest gyms in the land, as he spared no expense in quality equipment and even made a great deal of it himself using his carpentry skills.

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Father Lange’s Gym

Posted on Sunday, December 10th, 2017 by John Wood
A look at a a training session at Father B.H. Lange’s Gym, at the University of Notre Dame. Lange was a great carpenter and made much of the equipment (i.e. benches and racks) shown here. Father Lange’s Gym began in 1941, when two students who were lifters were leaving to go join the Royal Canadian Air Force and entrusted their weights to Father Lange and it started building from there into one of the premier gyms and programs in the land.

One of Lange’s star pupils was Mike Burgener, who came to Notre Dame as a 165-pound freshman halfback looking to gain size and strength in order to compete on the collegiate gridiron. Under Lang’s tutelage, Burgener grew to 182 pounds, a key contributor to the 1966 National Championship team, and set an American record of 400 pounds in the press. Rather interestingly, Burgener also went on to become of the the “founding fathers” of Crossfit.

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Dave’s Gym – South Bend, Indiana

Posted on Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 by John Wood
Dave Bjoraas, (pictured far right) the legendary “Dave” of Dave’s Gym and Dave’s Barbell Club of South Bend, Indiana… for many years the center of strength activity in the Mid-Western United States. Dave’s Gym in South Bend, Indiana produced many Iron Game champions: 1956 Mr. America Ray Schaefer trained there. So did Junior. Mr. America Doug Lindzy (pro-wrestling’s original “Doug Gilbert”). Dave’s Barbell Club Weight-lifting team produced champions like Winston Binney and Mike Burgener. And, most importantly, many of the top football players on Notre Dame’s great Irish teams trained with Dave. Dave’s Gym… one of the top gyms ever… Dave Bjoraas, a fine man and a giant in the world of weights.
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