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John Grimek

John Grimek was born in 1910 in New Jersey, where he started training with his older brother George, who was already well developed and bigger than John. However, his brother wasn’t as interested in competitions as John was and in 1934 John took a heavy weight contest in New Jersey, totaling 710 pounds.

He went on to set the national record in 1936 where he cleaned and jerked 308 lbs, snatched 220 lbs and pressed 285 lbs. That same year John had the honor to compete in the Olympics in Germany where he didn’t won anything, but still managed to perform better than his American colleagues.

John won the Mr. America contest in 1941 and that’s when he decided to focus on body building instead of weightlifting. This title was followed by Mr. Universe in 1948 and Mr. USA in 1949. In 1998, John died remaining undefeated in body building contests.

John Grimek shows one of the most impressive abdominal vacuums ever seen. He outperformed the famous Ringling Brothers Circus performer “the man without a stomach” back in the 30′s.

John Grimek showing Bent Press

John Grimek showing Bent Press

Kelly Snatch by John Grimek

Kelly Snatch by John Grimek

John Grimek performs one of the best neck strengthening exercises

John Grimek performing one of the best neck strengthening exercises

 

John Grimek performing one hand high pull up

John Grimek performing one hand high pull up

 

A variation of laterals by John Grimek

A variation of laterals by John Grimek

John Grimek hanging to perform various raise movements and stretch

John Grimek hanging to perform various raise movements and stretch

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  1. Todd August 6, 2013 at 1:12 am #

    Awesome article. I love this stuff and it inspires me to do more. I am training for a 400lbs deadlift at a bodyweight if 165lbs. Hit 375lbs week. Keep the good stuff coming.

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