Arthur Saxon: The Iron Master

saxon1Arthur ‘The Iron Master’ Saxon was born Arthur Hennig in 1878 in the German town of Leipzig.

Born eleven years later, Arthur “The Iron Master” Saxon was in many ways the antithesis of Eugen Sandow.

Despite taking a very similar route in the iron game, both were German strongmen in European circuses, Saxon’s motivations were purely based in strength whereas Sandow concentrated on the aesthetic body.

Learning the Craft

Not the consummate academic, Saxon at the age of 14, dropped out of school. He promptly took up strength training with weights made by himself out of stone.

 

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Doug Hepburn: Canadian Strongman

hepDoug Hepburn is undoubtedly one of the great Canadian athletic legends.

At the peak of his career he was considered the strongest man alive.

Doug is now acknowledged by many – along with Paul Anderson – as the grandfather of modern powerlifting.  

Like Louis Cyr, nearly a century before, Hepburn put Canada firmly on the map in the strength world.

Doug was a truly multi-talented individual, whose skills and interests took him beyond the realms of sport to make him an inventor, storyteller, philosopher, and singer. 

Most importantly Doug Hepburn should be seen as a true strength innovator.

 

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Thomas Inch: Britain’s Strongest Man

thomas inchA native of Scarborough in the north of England, Thomas Inch was born on December 27th 1881.

Inch's interest in strength and bodybuilding began at a young age, when his parents told him that manual labour would help him to grow up to be big and strong.

 This lead to Inch using the family garden as his initial training ground, repeatedly digging ditches in an effort to build muscle mass. 

Inch's passion for strength increased steadily from there, and at the age of 16 he was crowned Britain's Strongest Youth. Later he went on to win the title of Britain's Strongest Man on June 11th, 1910.

 

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Bob Hoffman: Father of Weightlifting

bob2Bob Hoffman is a legend in the world of weightlifting, body building and fitness.

He brought attention to the sport at a time when body fitness and development was not a part of American sensibility.

What began as a personal quest to improve his health, became a lifelong ambition to assist others in their quest for physical fitness and self-improvement. 

Bob Hoffman grew up in Pittsburgh as a skinny, sickly kid, but it is the transformation that he went through in his twenties, in York, that became the principle of the philosophy that he would purport for the remainder of his life.

 

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