strongman in training, Marc Randulich, burst
a soda can in the Readers Gallery.
My new article, Iron
Indian Club Swinging and Leveraging
describes a typical workout with heavy Indian clubs. At
right is a double overhead lever with my training weight of
15-pounds right and 13-pounds left.
written many new short articles on training techniques for the The
Iron Barbell, a
site devoted to old-time physical culture combined with modern
training methods. Their article section spotlights some
great old-time exercises that are largely forgotten, but that
will give you great results in your training.
Check out Big
McGranahan spotlighted in the readers
It's amazing how many people have asked me over the years how to increase their Bench Press. Frankly, as a "grip guy" I really am not the person to ask! The guys from
Critical Bench, on the other hand, will show you how to increase your bench.
See also two articles at Bigsteel from Critical bench- 22 Steps To A Bigger Bench Press
and Heavy Negatives are Positively a Good Idea.
just recently discovered a cool grip machine called the
JackHammer. I will
provide more details later right here on Bigsteel, but until
Click here for more information and then select
"JackHammer" off the left menu
association with Amazon.com you can now browse the
Amazon Store at Bigsteel. This fast search tool
and directory is actually faster than searching at Amazon
has always been about the History of the Iron Game, as well as
its present and future. I've recently searched through the
vast database at Abebooks to create this new Rare
Book Page showcasing many great books on
weightlifting and strength.
Dynamometer is a great way to test hand strength, see my new
Strength Testing and my review of the Baseline
300-pound dynamometer. (11/14/03).
new Bigsteel Fitness store contains over 100 products for weight
and aerobic training from quality brands. I'll be adding
new products every few days. Find the Original Texas Power
Bar and more. Go to the Bigsteel Fitness Store.
latest addition to the Readers Gallery is Greg Matonick. See him bend
a bar over his nose, a 12"x3/8" spike over his leg and
blow up a hot water bottle. Gallery.
not related to strength I have recently expanded my photography
page with pictures I have taken over the
you haven't done so already please check out the new the Bigsteel Book Store & More.
I only recently became
interested in trying horseshoe bending. I was unsuccessful years
ago trying to bend horseshoes that, as it turns out, were
exceptionally strong. After getting some partial bends of
these hard ones last month I found that I could bend the type of
horseshoe below into a full S-Shape.
Since this bend I've also bent a shoe that had
about 20% more steel and it thus was proportionally
harder. The harder shoe was about the same strength as the
Crescent Wrench below, but it took more endurance to bend, requiring three big bends to
actually get it spun around in the position shown.
(bent July 7, 2003).
Bigsteel readers are also on a quest for strength. Hence, I
have begun the Bigsteel
Readers Gallery. Guidelines for submitting
pictures to the Gallery are in the Call for Pictures. (3/5/03).
meeting Dennis Rogers at the AOBS dinner I was inspired to try
and bend a crescent wrench. I have not been bending
lately, letting old injuries heal themselves. It's hard
for me to stay away from bending long and I decided
to try again. I've tried to bend this particular 8"
wrench before when I was near my peak. Nothing happened
the last time I tried. I commented to a friend then that
someday I would pull it from my toolbox and I would know I could
bend it. I guess the day had come for this to happen
because before the bend my hands felt good and I saw in my mind
that the steel was not that strong, after all, Dennis can bend
even bigger and thicker 10" wrenches. I bent the
initial bend without bracing my hands, but finished the bend off
with my forearms resting on my thighs. The
wrench was admittedly a cheap one, but it is labeled “Drop
Here is another
great picture from Saturday,
June 22, 2002
and the Association of Oldetime Barbell
& Strongmen annual reunion Dinner. This is Slim
the Hammer Man Farman, many times referred to as the greatest
living strongman. He certainly put on a show, and at
around 70 years of age! These are two 17-pound hammers
which were first lifted to the rear "Weaver stick"
style. Slim then swung them and reversed the grip in his
hand. Once overhead he brought them all the way down to
his nose. For those of you out there who have tried this,
note the height of Slim's hands and the angle of the handle to
the floor. Slim actually brought the hammers farther down
so that they were parallel to the floor, and the full torque of
the weight pulling against his hand and wrist. 7/10/02.
June 22, 2002 I attended the Association of Oldetime Barbell
& Strongmen annual reunion Dinner. History was
made this night as Mark Henry cleaned and pressed an Inch
More photos that I took of the event are here.
I saved this picture of Stanless Steele for my web site because
I haven't seen any pictures of Stan on the web He is plunging a 30-penny nail through 2 license
plates and a board. The picture was caught at the moment
of impact. Dennis Rogers and Slim the Hammer Man Farman
also wowed the crowd with spectacular feats of strength.
Check back for future descriptions and pictures of the
great feats of strength performed at the event. (6/24/02).
Feats of Strength News
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