Part of the functional training fetish exhibited by members of the strength and conditioning community in the opening decade of the twenty-first century, the Bosu Ball was not too long ago, a ubiquitous piece of gym equipment. Nowadays found in the corner of the gym floor, if at all, the Bosu Ball, along with the … Continue reading The History of the Bosu Ball
So often in today's world of World's Strongest Man, Olympic Weightlifting and Powerlifting, the assumption that strength is defined by maximum weight lifted goes unchallenged. It is as if we accept unquestioningly that the person who can lift 500 pounds once is stronger than the those who can 'only' lift 400 pounds for reps. It's … Continue reading What is Strength?
One of the strongest men of the early twentieth-century, Thomas Inch was known in both Great Britain and the United States for his feats of strength. Unlike others however, Inch was hardly strict with his diet. In fact Inch was recorded as saying THERE IS NOTHING SO WEARISOME AS HAVING TO BE EXTREMELY PARTICULAR ABOUT WHAT ONE … Continue reading Thomas Inch’s Diet
In a previous post I discussed the presence and importance of strongmen in the province of Quebec. Physical culturist George Jowett, termed Quebec the 'Cradle of Quebec' due to the sheer number of those guys coming from the province. On another occasion, Quebec political figure Joseph-Xavier Perrault, during his trip to England with Louis Cyr, … Continue reading Strength through Violence
ALMOST A HALF-CENTURY AGO THE ONE AND TWO HAND SWING LIFTS WERE VERY POPULAR AMONG LIFTERS AND BODYBUILDERS ALIKE, ESPECIALLY THE ONE HAND LIFT. OVER THE YEARS, HOWEVER, BOTH OF THESE LIFTS HAVE SLUMPED INTO OBLIVION SO THAT TODAY THERE ARE VERY FEW WHO EVER PRACTICE THEM, EITHER AS AN EXERCISE OR FOR RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCES. … Continue reading The Dumbbell Swing
Are you starting a collection of history books related to the Iron Game? Do you aspire for a future in this research business and lifting weight is such a big part of your life that you figured you would combine the two? Or have you been following us for a while now and these BBBs … Continue reading BBB: Mr. America: the Tragic History of a Bodybuilding Icon – John D. Fair
How bodybuilding champions train is an area of intense interest for muscle fanatics the world over. How many sets, how many reps and how intensely? What makes them great? Seeking to satisfy demands, muscle magazines often publish polished workout routines written by the Champions. Yet nothing compares to the first article, making today's post on … Continue reading Steve Michalik’s Training Diary from 1968