A look at a German weightlifting club, circa 1915 and a rather large selection of their truly excellent training equipment. This club was clearly a big fan of kettlebell training. The large, squared handles would indicate that they did a lot of kettlebell juggling. Look close and you’ll see at least one, possibly two rotating barbell sets – a rarity for the time.
The Italian strongman “Nino” had a flair for equipment that few others have ever matched. His specialty was heavy supporting feats but in his act he preferred to use much more dramatic weights than many of his fellow strongmen. Here’s a look at Nino’s 500kg (1100 lb.) globe barbell(!) – it doesn’t get more “Oldtime” than that! Nino himself is at the far left.
Think you could get a pretty good workout here? …A unique look at some of the equipment once belonging to Harry Shafran and housed in his great gym. Much of what is shown here was previously owned by Warren Lincoln Travis. Some of this equipment has a very interesting story since the time this picture was taken… part of which will be covered in The Dellinger Files Volume II.