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To Press a Lot You Must Press a Lot

Fil states: “I’d love help in increasing my one arm dumbbell overhead press.” While more details certainly would have helped me give more directed information, I can still talk about this in a more general way. Pavel Tsatsouline popularized an old Russian saying: “To Press a Lot You Must Press a Lot” What this means […]

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Strengthen Your Structure and the 1000 lb. Club

The majority of fitness and even strength training is focused on the muscles and also the cardiovascular system. But that’s not all there is to having a strong and fit body. If you only focus on your muscles, they may be strong but what about everything else? Injuries can and do occur in the tendons […]

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Reg Park

Reg Park was a strongman, bodybuilder and an actor from England, born in 1928. He was very active as a kid and he specialized in football, until he met David Cohen in 1944. David was a muscular guy who trained at his friend’s house, so Reg wanted to see what’s that all about and joined […]

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Abbye Pudgy Stockton

Abbye “Pudgy” Stockton was a strongwoman born in 1917 in Santa Monica, California. Despite the fact that she weighed around 115 pounds at a height of 5’2″, “Pudgy” got her nickname as a child and it stuck until the end of her days. Abbye and her husband Les Stockton, whom she married in 1941, trained […]

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Steve Reeves

Steve Reeves

Steve Reeves was born in 1926 and he is best known as a bodybuilder and actor. At his peak, Steve had an incredibly symmetrical physique as he stood at 6’1″, weighed 216 pounds with 18½” arms, 52″ chest, and a 29″ waist. Steve started training at the age of 16 in Oakland, California and much […]

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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 […]

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Bodybuilder Does Planche

I sometimes make fun of bodybuilders, specifically the ones that look huge yet have no real strength. The same cannot be said for this bodybuilder who does a planche. It kind of looks fake, just because you don’t expect to see it happen. But it is real. I did a little more research to find […]

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I’m Going to Start Taking Steroids

Not really. But after last night I’d be lying if I said I didn’t consider it. You see, last night I finally watched the documentary Bigger, Stronger, Faster which is all about steroids. I’d heard about it for sometime but I didn’t get around to watching it until now. If you haven’t seen it here […]

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John Grimek Hand-to-Hand Balance

Here is John Grimek holding Glenn Marlin in a low hand-to-hand balance. This shot made the cover of the short lived magazine Acro-Chat. Unfortunately this magazine, covering all things acrobatic with writers such as Ray Van Cleef and Bob Jones, caved in due to financial problems. This comes from an article inside talking about the […]

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