Arthur ‘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.
Alfonso Alexander Zass is a legendary strong man, and one of most prominent during his era.
He was born in 1888, a native to Lithuania. Although he was only 5'4 feet tall and weighed 165 pounds and not very muscular, he made up for his physique with his awesome strength and endurance.
He was known for his strength, surprisingly enough, he didn't engage in any weightlifting, which lead some to wonder how he had grown so strong. He earned his name "The Amazing Samson" because of the many different feats of strength he would perform. He is well know also for being a significant proponent of isometric exercise which was his primary training method. He is a man of many other talents aside from those of a strong man.
Unless you are a real fan of Seventies bodybuilding, you might not readily know the name Casey Viator. A true muscular behemoth and the youngest man to win a Mr. America title at the tender age of 19, Casey's legacy is not as iconic and memorable as someone called Arnold.
But there is one photo of him that still does the rounds of muscle blogs and forums that is iconic. The photo of his seemingly astounding physical transformation in the 1973 Colorado Experiment. Despite all Casey Viator’s lifelong accomplishments in bodybuilding, the first thing everyone associates with his name is the famous, or infamous depending on what side of the fence you sit, Colorado Experiment.
Sadly Casey passed away on September 4 of 2013, due to cardiac arrest. He was only 62 years old. And his life and career have been filtering through my thoughts and reflections ever since.
Well, another year is in the books. And I am sure you have a set of strength and health goals for the coming New Year.
But do you really?
The reason I ask is while most of you most likely have strength or muscular development targets, I don’t know if all of you have made these goals with improved health in mind.
Over Christmas I read a series of articles written by John McCallum in the Sixties with just this topic in mind and it got me thinking about my health in relation to my strength
There is a certain elevated level of respect held for the age old champions of the body building scene. Currently there are a ton of different chemical methods for bodybuilders to cheat their way to being huge. Years before all the breakthroughs in bodybuilding science there was the great Jack Delinger.
Deligner is a legend amongst body builders that set the precedent of being an All-American bodybuilder. This Oakland born beast claimed several impressive titles in the mid 20th century with an unparalleled level of dedication and commitment for the sport. He embodied competitive spirit and skill in his training and got an early start to his success.
This is a guest post by Jason Ferruggia
If you don’t know who Mike Mentzer was I will give you some quick background. He was a famous bodybuilder who competed back in the seventies and eighties against none other than Arnold, himself.
He was known for being a huge proponent of extremely low volume training. Mike was either loved or hated; there was no in between.
He had some radical view points and an in-your-face way of expressing them. He even had the balls to call Arnold out about his high volume training protocols and say what a complete waste of time it all was.
Doug 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.
Hermann Goerner was a famous strongman from Germany who was known for his grip strength and overall lifting ability.
Born 1891 in Saxony Germany, Hermann began his liting career at the tender age of10.
Fast forward to 14 years old and Herman Goerner was doing one-arm kettlebell swings with 50kg. At this time he stood at 5’6” and weighed 185lbs.
This was a muscular 14 year old, especially in the early days of the twentieth century.
Milo of Croton, an ancient world legendary athlete, is best remembered for his might and great strength.
He was born in Croton, a Greek colony in the southern part of Italy and it is here where his legend grew.
The legend of Milo’s celebrated strength began I his childhood.
The now famous legend goes, that he carried his pet calf daily increasing the distance gradually.
As the calf grew and increased in size, Milo’s muscles grew stronger and he could carry it easily when it was a full-grown ox.
I’ve always thought that kettlebells look quite cool. But when I look at Primal kettlebells from Onnit, I think they look plain bad ass.
Onnit Labs have some really great products – I’m a huge fan of their supplements.
But they’ve really outdone themselves this time