Franz Stähr

Posted on Tuesday, July 31st, 2018 by John Wood
Here’s a rare look at Franz Stähr, the great early lifter from Vienna. Stähr was a member of the Osman Trio and one of the first men to ever put 200 lbs. overhead with one hand. At an exhibition on December 9, 1885, Stähr “put up” from the shoulder to overhead (what we would today call a push press) a 109 lb. dumbbell twenty five times! It’s not hard to see from this photo that he was a man of immense power.
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George Jagendorfer

Posted on Saturday, December 20th, 2014 by John Wood
Austrian strength athlete George Jagendorfer, shown here circa 1898 during the period where he performed with the Ringling Bros. Circus, was a very popular strongman and one third of the Osman Trio. Even if you weren’t sure what year this shot was taken you could easily date it due to Jagendorfer’s impressive forearms. This was a characteristic that most strongmen who were active before 1900 all had in common thanks to heavy cleans and other dynamic pulling movements performed with thick, non-rotating barbells.
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