Once a generation, a man comes along whose strength is simply head and shoulders above everyone else ~ and Hermann Goerner was just such a man! His strength and power was the stuff of legend, and even nearly a century after his time, no one has ever been close to many of his records. Goerner’s most famous lift is likely his ONE-HAND deadlift of 727 pounds(!), but some of his other marks were equally impressive. These include a strict curl of 242 pounds, a deadlift of 505 pounds with just two fingers of each hand and a plank “leg press” with 24 people which totaled over two tons.
Goerner had a “Challenge weight” a 2-3/8ths inch thick-handled globe barbell which he could clean and jerk with ease yet which no one else could so much as budge.
How would you like to know how Hermann Goerner trained? I’m not talking about guesses either, but the actual sets, reps and weights that he used in his workouts. It’s not often that we can have a look into the exact training ideas and programs of a true super man, but, that is exactly what you will have an opportunity to do as noted strength historian Edgar Mueller saw fit to chronicle Goerner’s amazing life, strength records and unique training techniques…
The result was Goerner The Mighty, which was originally published in 1951 but now once again available in high-quality modern reprint edition ~ and even better than the original! Here’s a quick look at the many interesting things you will learn from its pages:
With manager Tromp van Diggelen, who actually has his own amazing story of strongmanism. Read more about him on page 34
A young Hermann Goerner with Heavyweight Champion Karl Swoboda, taken September 21, 1912 in Leipzig. Goerner was 21 years of age at the time.
Wrestling with an elephant as part of his daily act in Pagel’s Circus, South Africa