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Saxon on Mental Training

In this article, we break down how the Iron Master, Arthur Saxon mentally approaches a heavy lift, specifically in this case the bent press. From what he has written about we not only know tips on physical technique, but his thoughts leading up to and during the lift. If you think this is any less […]

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Shouldering a Barbell

My latest blog post at Breaking Muscle will teach you how to perform one of the classic lifts like an old-time strongman. How to Shoulder a Barbell Like an Old-Time Strongman Lately, there’s a lot of talk about the bent press. You may have noticed in my article on that classic lift that you begin […]

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Using the Bent Press to Become Super Strong

A new article on using the bent press to become strongman strong has just been put up at Breaking Muscle. How To Get Strongman Strong With The Bent Press The bent press is a unique lift that was once quite famous due to the strongmen of the golden era. But as it is quite technical, […]

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Victor DeLamarre

French Canadian strongman and weightlifter Victor DeLamarre was born in 1888 in Quebec and he stood at just 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighted only 150 pounds. DeLamarre is best known for bent pressing 309.5 lb in a theater in Montreal, breaking Louis Cyr’s record and setting a new one. This deceptively strong man […]

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William Pagel

William Pagel was a circus strongman born in 1878 in Germany. Like many men of his time, Pagel was a sailor in his young days and enjoyed traveling around the world. During one of those journeys Pagel decided to leave the ship and settle in Australia. When he turned 19, Pagel was in great physical […]

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Top 5 Strongwomen

Even though oldtime strongmen are the ones who are most recognized for their incredible power and ability to execute extraordinary feats of strength, many strongwomen have also performed in circus shows, music halls and carnivals on a regular basis throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, showcasing their strength. They did everything old strongmen did, so […]

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Bent Press with a dumbbell by John Young Smith

John Y. Smith

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. Smith didn’t start training as […]

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George Zottman

George Zottman was a strongman born in 1867 in Philadelphia who set numerous records, some of which still haven’t been broken, like the dumbbell press. George was able to clean & press 175 pounds heavy dumbbell while sitting on a chair, which is something no one else managed to achieve since then. He was The […]

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Louis Attila and Eugen Sandow

Louis Attila

Ludwig Durlacher, better known as Louis Attila was a German strongman born in 1844 and one of the greatest men in the history of physical culture. Professor Attila wasn’t just a strongman, but an accomplished pianist who spoke five languages fluently. He was very well educated and didn’t really trained with weights until he saw […]

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