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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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The Three Jolly Germans by George F. Jowett

The following is an article from George F. Jowett about the Saxon trio. The Saxon Trio – what a name to conjure with – a name, to me, reminiscent of happy hours dramatized with amazing deeds of strength. Arthur, Herman and Kurt Saxon. Three brothers who represented altogether a mountain of colossal strength never surpassed. […]

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When Apollon Became Angry by George F. Jowett

The following is an article by George Jowett, the author of The Key to Might and Muscle,  that was originally published in Klein’s Bell. Pierre Bonnes, the great French strength athlete and professor of physical culture, the man whom every professional strongman met with a tremor in his heart! To be accepted or praised by […]

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Improve Overhead Lifts With Partial Movements

I just put up another guest blog post at Breaking Muscle and this time it’s all about (very underrated) partial lifts. TALKIN’ ABOUT LOCKOUTS: PARTIAL REPS FOR OVERHEAD STRENGTH I’m a big fan of partial lifting as it provides certain benefits that differ from those of full-range lifting. While working through full ranges of motion […]

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Henry Steiborn performing a one arm snatch

Henry Steiborn

Henry “Milo” Steinborn was a German weightlifter and strongman born in 1894. He grew up near Dusseldorf and fell into British captivity during the World War I, where he started weightlifting. Luckily, some of the prisoners had already built some basic equipment using concrete blocks and hard wooden bars, which were good enough to start […]

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Oscar Marineau

Judging from his physical appearance, we can conclude that Oscar Marieau from Canada belongs to the category of old time strongmen who were small framed, but incredibly strong. At height of 5 feet and 4 inches, Oscar weighed 142 pounds at his strongest but still managed to perform amazing feats of strength, often performing better […]

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The Great Sandwina

To spice things up, today we’ll learn more about Kate Brumbach, better known as The Great Sandwina. She was a strongwoman born into a circus family in 1884 in Austria. Her parents were well-trained circus performers with their own qualities, both in terms of strength and muscle proportions. Sandwina started performing in a circus in […]

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Handstand Pushups to Overhead press

Is it possible to transfer over from the handstand pushups to the barbell press? It depends. The problem is that most people think about headstand pushups instead of handstand pushups, as they are only coming down to their head or a nose. This is actually a partial handstand pushup, which is totally fine since most […]

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George Hackenschmidt

George Hackenschmidt

George Hackenschmidt was an accomplished strongman, a professional wrestler and a physique star, born in 1872. He started training weight lifting and gymnastics very early and successfully and by the time he turned 18, he was able to lift more than 200 pounds overhead single handed. Hack is thought to be the creator of the “bear hug” […]

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