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115 lb. Barbell Getup

In Strongman Mastery by Logan Christopher3 Comments

Getups with a barbell are great. They bring in a bit more of a balance challenge than kettlebells (though surprisingly enough, are not as difficult as a dumbbell.) Here is a recent PR handling 115 lbs in the barbell getup. My plan is to get up to 135 lbs. From …

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Warren Lincoln Travis Back Lift

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Warren Lincoln Travis was one of the “World’s Strongest Men” back at the turn of the previous century. For years he was an attraction at Coney Island where you could see him perform a wide range of feats of strength, such as the back lift here. https://youtu.be/_RXhrr26c4Q The back lift …

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12 Carrying Exercise Positions

In Strongman Mastery by jana5 Comments

Overall, carrying weights is an underrated exercise. It deserves prominence up there with squats and deadlifts as a way to build bodily strength. And it tends to be very applicable to life as sometimes we need to pickup and move heavy things. Nor is it just about strength, but can …

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Deadlift Isometrics

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Using a barbell and a power rack, you can do deadlift isometrics that can directly increase your deadlifting ability. But you must understand your weak points to know which isometrics will work best. For most people, the sticking point in the deadlift is right below or above the knees. If …

6 Strength Training Measuring Sticks

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How do you match up? While you shouldn’t necessarily compare yourself to other people out there, it can be useful from time to time.These six measuring sticks can be helpful guidelines for how you might want to structure your training and what your weak points might be. Deadlift – Bodyweight …

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Pyotr Kryloff

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Pyotr Kryloff was a strongman, wrestler and athlete who lived from 1871 to 1933. He was best known as The King of Kettlebells, performing incredible feats of strength using kettlebells on a circus stage. Pyotr (also known as Pierre) was born in Moscow and his father was an avid fan …

Louis Uni

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Louis Uni was a strongman born in France in 1862, most popular for his grip strength. Before he became Apollon the Mighty, Louis ran away from home when he was just 14 to perform for Caramagne circus, but a couple of policemen spotted him during a performance and brought him …

Galen Gough

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Galen Gough was a strongman born in 1899 in Kentucky, at his grandparents’ home. Even as a child, Galen was bigger and taller than his coevals and most people believed that genes are to blame, since Galen’s father was quite large man as well. Early days Not many of us …

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John Y. Smith

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John Y. Smith was a strongman born in 1866 who lost both parents at the age of four. He spent next 25 years working on ships where he grew up, only to retired at the age of 29 and start weightlifting a year later. Unlike most oldtime strongmen, John Y. …

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Isometrics or Full Range Lifts

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Is it better to train using full range lifts or isometrics? First of all, you can use isometrics in two main different ways. You can get incredibly strong and activate your entire body with just isometrics training, like Steve Justa for example. There is a great book called “Functional Isometric …

Pierre Gasnier

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Pierre Gasnier was a famous french strongman and a member of Barnum and Bailey Circus in 1890’s, who use to perform various feats of strength, some of which were quite unusual. Aside from regular feats of strength like tearing a deck of cards in half, Pierre used to break chains …

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Sig Klein

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Unlike most boys in his time at the age of 15, Sig Klein wasn’t inspired by a strongman act in a circus, but after reading Physical Culture & Strength magazines back in the 1900’s. Some say he was also inspired to start training by his father, who was a strong …