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.
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.
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.
A 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.
Bob 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.
This is a guestpost from Dave Yarnell
Dave is a record holding powerlifter in the WNPF, has 30 years plus training experience, is a certified personal trainer, a published outdoor writer and a drug free strength training advocate
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Lots of folks have dabbled at least with some form of weight training; perhaps as part of an athletic training program, in an effort to just get in better shape overall, or just out of curiosity. To the lay person, weight lifters, bodybuilders and powerlifters kind of all get lumped together despite their more than subtle differences.
Weightlifting, in its proper form, refers to the Olympic lifts, which all involve getting a disc-laden bar from the ground to a point where the arms are locked out overhead. These lifts are more technically difficult and require more speed and agility than the 3 powerlifts or the bulk of the lifting seen in your average commercial gym.
Every teen whoever picked up a barbell has always wanted to know how to get bigger arms. I know I did.
The usual response to this was to go curl crazy in the gym in the pursuit of the mythical 20” arm.
The fact of the matter is even bodybuilding champs were a little loose in the measurement department and never really made this number.
In the HGH and anabolic steroid era the 20” benchmark has been exceeded at the expense of health.
But what does the average trainer do to seriously build up the size of their arms?
A lot of people (including myself) have been bandying the term “old school” when referring to strength training. But this term is not that definitive when it comes to what it actually refers to in our workouts. The phrase “old school” seems to bring to mind more of an emotional response than it does an actual way of training.
To me, when I hear the words “old school muscle building”, I get distinct images in my mind of 19th Century dudes in stripey one-pieces, bent pressing shot loaded barbells, while simultaneously twirling their handlebar moustaches. Or alternatively, mid-20th Century guys benching, squatting, dipping and posing down on Muscle Beach while the “ordinary” folks gawk at them like monkeys at the local zoo.
What is the best way to gain muscle?
The fact is that there are many legitimate old school ways to build muscle fast but many trainees never achieve this task.
The road to muscle growth is paved with the emaciated, undernourished bodies of those who fail to achieve it.
And while there are many different good old school programs out there that will lead you to the holy grail of muscle growth and a herculean physique, they all share common traits that must be followed if you want to succeed in your goals.