Dr. Ken, getting in a (what else?) squat workout at Zuver’s Hall of Fame Gym. Needless to say, intense leg work has been a mainstay of the good Doctor’s workout for a long time. This also happens to be “The World’s Biggest Squat Rack” or at least it was at the time.
I find that the early strongman contests are a lot more fun to watch than today’s because the events were a lot more varied and interesting. Case in point: the “wrist rolling” event at the 1977 contest. Standing atop a 10 foot platform, contestants had to “roll” a hundred pound weight for time. The apparatus added another 10 pounds (and bonus points for noticing that the weights used were Zuver’s gym plates.)
Strongman Mike Dayton (who did not use gloves like almost everyone else) won a close one against bodybuilder Franco Columbu. Thanks to the wonder of technology, you can watch a clip of the whole event right here:
At Zuver’s Hall of Fame Gym, everything is BIG, including the unique piece of equipment seen here: The BIG Wheel. That’s a heck of a way to do pulldowns. Check out the handle, and that’s a pretty good sized anchor chain too. Dr. Ken Leistner, who trained at Zuver’s long ago, actually had a reproduction of the Big Wheel made for his Iron Island Gym (made for him by Jim Sutherland.)