by Edward Aston Learn from Great Britain's Strongest Man Learn about and adapt Aston’s unusual grip training exercises. Some he not only personally used but had discovered throughout his colorful strongman stage career. A selection of the author’s favorite result producing exercises for developing a powerful grip. A comparison of the forearm size of 27 famous strongmen.
Grip Development and Bench Press Course by Michael H. Brown Iron Claws is another best selling treatise on grip exercise and the bench press. I ordered this book by Michael H. Brown and discovered that he is a hands-on type of guy who views his gym as his laboratory where he loves to experiment with different physical training theories, embracing the methods that work and discarding the ones that don't. This book is a product of the author's fascination with how the old-timers developed 16" forearms and enormous coin bending grip strength!
by George F. Jowett Hundreds of thousands of these booklets were sold around the world for over 30 years as part of the Jowett Institute’s famous "molding" library. Jowett was world famous for his 8.25" wrists, 15.25" muscular forearms, 17.75" upper arms. His feats of grip strength are mind boggling to this day. For example, he could clean and press a 160 pound anvil with one hand! Even in advanced years, he could snatch a 110 pound barbell with either hand in street clothes.
by Thomas Inch Master of the "Unliftable" Inch Challenge Dumbbell To promote healthy competition, and a name for himself, for over 50 years, Inch would offer £200 to anyone in the world who could lift his famous "unliftable" Challenge Dumbbell. Many a strength athlete tried but failed. And that £200...well, it was never claimed. After a time, and numerous requests, Inch decided to put down in writing the methods by which he felt one could best develop his grip strength to the maximum. So here it is, once again made available to the potential "grip masters" of the strength world.
by Thomas Inch 90 pages By Thomas Inch, the First Official "Britain's Strongest Man"!To promote weightlifting in Great Britain, and market the tools of his strongman trade, in 1905, Thomas Inch published Scientific Weight Lifting. This, the first of his many books, became an overnight best seller with sales well over 40,000 copies! In this book, Inch reveals, for the first time, many of the secrets of how he developed his unbeatable strength which he used on stage while traveling the music hall circuit.
von Thomas Inch 90 pages After becoming Britain’s Strongest Man in 1910, Thomas Inch wrote "The Art & Science of Lifting". Here, the veteran weight lifter, explains the different lifting styles used by the contemporary strongmen of the day. Surprisingly enough, while advocating weightlifting as the best method for developing strength, the author also encourages the use of bodyweight exercises as well as that of chest expanders. In addition, he explains that it is vital to experiment with a wide variety of different positions, styles, weights, etc. What works best for someone else may not be the best method for you.
in Health & Physical Fitness by George Hackenschmidt 173 pages The beauty of this book is that it is 4 books in one...a biography, a photo album, a book about a strongman, a book about a world champion wrestler! This combination training manual and biography was originally published in 1908 and by 1940, after 21 editions, was considered the largest selling book on physical culture ever! Georges Karl Julius Hackenschmidt, The Russian Lion, is one of the immortals of the strong man world. The World's Strongest Man, holder of many World's Strength Records, and World's Champion Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestler
by George F. Jowett 298 Seiten While working as editor for Strength magazine back in 1926, Jowett decided to write a book on all he learned from the oldtimers and put into practice himself. He set out to put down on paper stories and methods that would help anyone build tremendous strength through weightlifting. At the time, he didn’t realize how much he knew. When the book was finished and set in type, it covered nearly 300 pages! At the time, this was the longest book ever written on weightlifting and strongmen! Today, it is considered by most, to be the classic book on weightlifting and the author’s crowning achievement.
by Edgar Müller Originally published in 1951, here's the full and authentic story of the man who many authorities consider the greatest strongman of all time. Hermann Goerner was a giant of a man, weighing at times as much as 290 lb. with a powerful 19" arm. This book tells of unbelievable lifts such as: carrying over 1,000 lb. across one shoulder; one arm snatch of 229½, two hands anyhow of 430, deadlift of 830, two hands curl of 242, deep knee bend of 474 (held in front), a jerk behind neck of 411, abdominal raise of nearly 200, etc. Learn how he developed his great strength, giving exercises and programs as well as other training secrets that created this giant of power. 136 pages
by Mark Berry In the 1930’s weight lifters like John Grimek, Joseph Curtis Hise, Roger Eells, Louis Abele, Wm Boone, Peary Rader, Bob Peoples, Henry “Milo” Steinborn, and Mark Berry, experimented with different methods of putting on muscular body weight and developing great strength in a relatively short period of time. Much of what they did was built around what was known at the time as the “milk and squat” method and was so successful that it became the norm of the day. In 1936, the author laid out these result producing methods in three courses that focused on heavy compound barbell movements using only barbells, dumbbells and kettlebells.
by Henry Higgins The Secret of the Professional Strong Man’s Strength
While searching through my archives I, quite by accident, stumbled across this old weight lifting correspondence course while looking for a few other titles of interest. I acquired it over 25 years ago from a famous NYC gym owner. As near as I can determine, it was published and distributed around 1915 by a Boston gym owner who met and discussed strength training methods with Sandow, Cyr, Cyclops, Samson, Kennedy, etc. He credits his methods with enabling him to put up 254 lb. with one hand!
by Arthur Saxon In 1906 The Strongest Man in the World wrote his first of two books describing his simple methods for developing genuine strength and power, not just useless artificially swollen muscles. While his methods were simple maybe even crude by today’s standards, he explains in detail with photos how to do ten different lifts using barbells, dumbbells and kettlebells plus ring and ball lifting. Learn what it’s like to lift 350 lbs with one hand! In addition, read about his early family life, diet, world travels, exploits, feats of strength, record lifts, and a brief biography with photos of his brothers Hermann and Kurt, who along with Arthur, comprised the famed Saxon Trio rounds out the book. 122 pages
by Arthur Saxon 85 pages Opening this book of 1910 gives you the feeling you’ve opened the training manual of strongmen of yore. It’s filled with rare never before published photos of the great Arthur Saxon, world famous professional strongman and circus performer billed as, "The Strongest Man on Earth"! (He personally posed for each and every lift! This alone is worth the price of the book!) It’s just the right mix of rare nostalgic photos and practical training information. Rare information? What were his training methods? One of the very few books describing in detail the training methods of the old-time strongmen of the day, before vitamins, steroids or plastic surgery!
by Anthony Ditillo Originally written in 1971 by a famous writer in Peary Rader's Iron Man and Randall Strossen's Milo magazines who has proven on his own body that he knows what he is talking about. It details all you need to know about building muscular bulk and great power in the shortest period of time. Topics include: training dedication; physical limitations; forming realistic goals; training motivation; over training; heavy vs light training; various diet plans, menus and food supplements for gaining muscular bodyweight at reasonable cost; anabolic steroids, their use and abuse; the myriad of sets and repetitions; etc 139 pages
by Anthony Ditillo Originally written in 1982 by one of the top authors in Iron Man and Milo magazines who developed a real super physique for himself. The author trained up to over 300 lbs. of solid muscle and back down to 190 lbs. of cut up muscle! You, too, can discover how to control your muscular bodyweight at most any poundage desired. This book is very popular with those who want honest, result producing information and is filled with the kind of material that you need to solve your training problems and help you make the most progress that is possible for your physical type. All types of training schedules are discussed and compared for results 137 pages
Everyone wants to gain Muscular Bulk. Muscle is heavy, so you must gain weight if you are to add muscle tissue. The man who bulks up with solid muscle quickest, is the man who knows the proper methods. There are no secrets to gaining muscular size and strength, but there are some methods that are sensationally more effective than others. Opening this book is like opening the notebook of a scientist in his laboratory studying the effects of various experiments in building muscular size and strength in the human body
by Bob Peoples Mr. Deadlift himself tells of the unique training methods that he used to establish a world record deadlift. Discover his views on power rack training. The value of keeping notes and records. Learn about the training systems and methods of the old-time greats that he tried, which ones worked for him and which ones didn't.
von Reg Park (Mr. Universe 1951, 1958, 1965) Any time the conversation turns to muscular bulk and power, the world famous name of Reg Park comes to mind. Reg brought physical development to a new high by winning the NABBA Mr. Universe 3 times and bench pressing over 500 lbs.! Park was the idol and mentor of the great Arnold Schwarzenegger! This is Park’s classic course detailing the original 5x5 training system, weight progression, diet, rest, record keeping, sticking points, limit poundages, single attempts, boredom, injuries and stress, attitude and exercises that Reg used to build his awesome size & strength. The course includes 3 different training routines for weight lifters and 3 for body builders. An absolute must if you want huge gains in muscular bulk and power now!
by David P. Willoughby and Wm F. Hinbern There are plenty of bodybuilding courses around that will teach you how to do a one arm curl. But have you seen any instruction offered on how to train to do a one-arm chin up? A handstand push up? Or how about a one-legged squat? This course is the most complete, scientific and informative course on bodybuilding ever offered. Simply written, loaded with valuable illustrations, and gets right to the task of teaching you progressive resistance training. Beautifully prepared, profusely illustrated, authoritative, a veritable encyclopedia of exercises, incorporating new and original principles that produce maximum results. The course includes ten 8 x 11 books, over 100,000 words, with over 100 charts, graphs and illustrations. Now benefit from the vast knowledge and experience of David P. Willoughby, one of the most famous training authorities of all time, and consider ordering the best training manual ever written! Tremendous!
von Bill Hinbern 80 pages Here it is! The training manual all you "body-weight" exercise trainees have been waiting for! Want to develop a powerful upper body? Want to amaze your friends, relatives and passersby? Kick-up into a handstand! I’ll guarantee you that everyone will stop and stare at what you are doing! A headstand! Then do a tiger-bend! A frog-stand! A forearm-stand! A handstand pressup! A Grand Arch! A chair-stand! A planche! Back roll up into a handstand! Stack and remove blocks while in a handstand! Hand-balancing is an excellent form of bodyweight exercise. You can do it alone, anywhere and with no equipment. All you need is you, gravity and the floor!