Max Unger, better known by his stage name Lionel Strongfort, started his career way back in 1897 when he was most popular for the Human Bridge Act. About fifteen years later, following the end of his stage career, he successfully launched a mail order course called “Strongfortism” which has been featured in numerous popular publications all over the world.
In this correspondence course Max Unger presented detailed instructions on bodyweight exercises, movements as well as a couple of light-weight dumbbells workouts. What’s even more impressive is that he would send a pair of dumbbells along with the course!
The Human Bridge Act as performed at the New York Hippodrome, New York City, and in London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, and all the leading cities of the world. Note that Lionel Strongfort has no support of any kind under his back, shoulders, or legs, which are tricks resorted to by many who try to imitate feats of strength.
He also wrote a book “Strongfort – Intelligence in Physical Culture” which focuses on topics like Body Culture, Symmetrical Development, Work vs. Exercise, Complete vs. Incomplete Movements and much more.