Hail to the Dinosaurs!
Two quick notes, and then we'll talk
about Grimek and the dumbbells --
which is one my favorite Iron Game
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3. Grimek vs. The Dumbbells (Part 1)
Way back in the early 1930s, a young man
from the wilds of New Jersey took the weight
training world by storm as a stunning series
of magnificent photos began to appear in the
Everyone was talking about the young man's
Before you knew it, his name was known
around the world: "John Grimek".
One day, the young Grimek journeyed to
New York City, and made his way to Sig
Klein's legendary gymnasium.
He went in and introduced himself. Klein
had seen it all, seen all the great athletes
and strongmen of the era, and he was
mighty hard to impress.
But Grimek impressed him.
Still, he wanted to test the young man.
He pointed to a pair of old-fashioned globe
dumbbells. One weighed 100 pounds and
the other weighed a little bit more. The
heavier bell had a long, thin handle,
which made it very difficult to lift.
Klein asked Grimek to clean and press
the two dumbbells.
Grimek had been doing nothing but
barbell work for a long time, but he
had no doubt that he could handle the
He grabbed them and tried to clean
them -- and missed.
He tried again.
He stood there, red-faced, sputtering, and
And he told Klein the dumbbells were too
awkward and unbalanced to lift.
Klein looked him right in the eye and
"A good strongman never makes excuses.
He takes anything that can be lifted, and
if he can't lift it at that time, he trains on it
until he does succeed."
That must have hurt.
But it's not the end of the story. It's just the
(To be continued.)
Yours in strength,
P.S. For more about John Grimek's life and
his training methods, grab my John Grimek
P.S. 2. For the best in old-school Dumbbell Training,
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P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "Never make
excuses. Just get stronger." -- Brooks Kubik