George Jowett is probably best known for anvil lifting feats, but he was also a famous strongman, bodybuilder, an innovator and an author of numerous books on physical training. His childhood story is somewhat similar to Sandow’s, since he too suffered a serious injury when he fell from his mother’s lap at the age of eight and was told he would never be able to walk again and probably wouldn’t live to be fifteen.
However, George started training when he was eleven years old and at the age of fifteen he was one of the best gymnastists in his age group. Fast forward three years later, he won many boxing world titles as well as “Most perfectly developed man” and “Best developed man in England” titles. One his most notable records is lifting double of his body weight which was unheard of in the USA and he was the first man in the USA ever to achieve this feat. He also succeeded in one-arm swinging more than his body weight when he pulled up 210 pounds, while he weighed 192 lbs. And there is, of course, the anvil lifting you can see in the picture below.
During his lifetime, George Jowett won more than 300 medals and wrote many books like The Key to Might And Muscle, Molding Mighty Legs, Molding a Mighty Chest, Molding a Mighty Back, Molding a Mighty Grip, Molding Mighty Arms, Strongmen Stunts Made Easy and several more.