Arthur Saxon Gives His Brothers a Lift

Posted on Thursday, April 8th, 2021 by John Wood
Here’s a rare image of Arthur Saxon that you probably haven’t seen before. Here, Arthur gives his brothers a lift — if you are keeping score at home, that’s a 320 lb. barbell, plus Hermann and Kurk Saxon for a total over 670 pounds held overhead. Many critics of the day said that Arthur Saxon was simply “too small” to possess such great strength. What they didn’t know (and what Saxon, to his credit, understood very well) was that there was much more to strength than just the size of the muscles. Check out The Bone Strength Project for more info.
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Apollon Poster

Posted on Thursday, February 5th, 2015 by John Wood
Here’s a rare poster from Apollon 1897 tour of Germany. Unsurprisingly, heavy supporting lifts were the norm as they allowed rather impressive weights (and types of weights) to be used. It was probably Sandow who began this practice, lifting a horse with one arm and walking across the stage. As far as lifting bicycles and their riders, this feat made appearances for many years to come, (check out this and this.)
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Health and Strength Magazine: October 26th, 1907

Posted on Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 by John Wood
Health and Strength Magazine: October 26th, 1907
The great British strongman Thomas Inch graces the cover of the October 26th, 1907 issue of Health and Strength Magazine with his latest feat: holding a loft a bicycle and its rider.  These old Health and Strength mags are all but impossible to find, luckily, we just came across a few of them…