|The legendary John Davis - six-time World Champion and two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner - trained at old-school, hole in the wall gyms.|
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3. The Little Gym that Beat the
World (Part 2)
The name of the place was The
South Philly Weightlifting Club.
It was a neighborhood gym on
the second floor of a garage.
The only source of heat was the
old, wood-burning stove. In the
winter, the lifters kept one barbell
close to the stove so they could
do their warm-up sets with a
barbell that didn't feel as cold
After you finished your warm-ups,
you put the bar back by the stove
for the next guy to use when he
came in - and you continued your
workout with one of the cold bars.
But by then, after your warm-ups,
you could stand the cold.
In the summer, things were a bit
The gym was so hot, it felt like you
were training inside a blast furnace.
The gym was spartan at best. There
were a few wooden lifting platforms,
some homemade wooden benches
and squat racks, a pull-up bar, and
some barbells and dumbbells.
The men trained on basic exercises.
Most of them practiced Olympic
weightlifting. Many of them also did
plenty of squats and bench presses.
They did lots of dumbbell pressing
and high pulls.
At the 1948 Olympic Games, six gold
medals were awarded in weightlifting.
Two of the gold medals went to men
from the South Philly Weightlifting
John Davis and Frank Spellman.
The little neighborhood gym had out-
lifted the world.
And that tells you something very
important about what it takes to be
a champion - and about the kind of
gyms that build a champion.
As always, thanks for reading and
have a great day. lf you train today,
make it a good one - and do an
extra rep or two in honor of the
South Philly Weightlifting Club!
Yours in strength,
P.S. Old-time lifters did plenty of stand
on your feet training - and I teach you
how to do it in The Dinosaur Military
Press and Shoulder Power Course.
It's available in your choice of hard-
copy, Kindle or PDF:
P.S. 2. Thought for the Day
"Bare bones and basic builds strength
- Brooks Kubik
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