Hail to the Dinosaurs!
Let's start the day with 10 little known facts
about old time strongmen. I'm thinking of the
European strongmen during the period from
1890 to 1920 or so.
1. Many of them worked as butchers.
That gave them ready access to plenty of high
quality protein -- and make no mistake about
it, the old time strongmen were voracious
2. Many of them grew up on farms.
This meant that they did plenty of hard, heavy
work when they were children and young men.
It also meant that they grew up with plenty of
sunlight, fresh air and healthy, fresh food.
3. Many of them worked as blacksmiths when
they were young.
Which is a great way to develop plenty of hand
and grip strength.
4. Many of them were wrestlers.
In the old days, most of the famous weightlifters
also competed in wrestling competitions. In fact,
promoters would host weightlifting contests and
wrestling contests at the same time, since the
same men would compete in both.
Of course, wrestling required a terrific combination
of strength, power and muscular endurance -- so
the oldtimers obviously had all of these attributes
5. They ate enormous amounts of food.
Most of these men were true heavyweights, with
tremendous appetites. They didn't count their
calories or limit their food intake. Of course, they
also trained ferociously hard -- and burned off
plenty of calories in their workouts and in
their competitions and exhibitions.
6. They specialized on grip strength.
I've covered this in Dinosaur Training and in
Strength, Muscle and Power. The oldtimers had
ferocious hand and grip power. When you look
at their photos, notice their forearm development.
It's almost freakish in many cases.
See Dinosaur Training and Strength, Muscle and
Power for specifics on how the old-timers trained
their forearms and grip.
7. They specialized on overhead lifting.
They did most of their training while standing on
their feet -- and much of it involved lifting heavy
stuff over their heads.
8. They lifted heavy, awkward objects.
Heavy sandbags and barrels were favorites. These
impressed an audience of working men as much or
more than lifting barbells and dumbbells.
9. They used dumbbells -- HEAVY dumbbells!
The oldtimers were masters of heavy dumbbell
lifting. Sig Klein called the two dumbbell clean
and press "the secret exercise" of the oldtime
See Dinosaur Dumbbell Training for specific
exercises and workouts -- and for a detailed
review of how much the odltimers could handle
in their dumbbell exercises.
10. They were 100% natural.
As in, nothing artifical added. Just hard work,
heavy iron, and plenty of good food.
And one bonus fact:
11. Some of the oldtimers died relatively young,
and others lived very long lives. The ones who
lived long lives tended to keep up with their
training even after they ended their professional
In other words, one of the keys to lifelong
strength and health is to KEEP ON TRAINING!
As always, thanks for reading and have a
great day. If you train today, make it a good
Yours in strength,
P.S. Go here to grab Dinosaur Dumbbell Training
and learn the favorite exercises of the oldtime
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P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "What is old
becomes new again -- you just need to
look for it." -- Brooks Kubik