Straight to the Bar Archives : photos
The Complete Archives : photos
Photographs of Strongmen, Circus Performers and various strength athletes.
The incredible Joe Weider.
Dr Charles Eugster.
The world's oldest competitive oarsman and bodybuilder, Dr Charles Eugster. Still competing at 93.
Harry F. Griffin.
Harry F. Griffin - The Strongman of Engine Company 13 - performing in 1913.
Swiss Strongman Maurice Deriaz
Via Goal Oriented Training : Ben shares several photos and contest results from the Mo Town Grip Down. Nice one.
A spot of people pressing. Nice one.
Via IronMind : Derek and the Axle.
Two hands, six plates.
Via Fireground Fitness : yes, there's a head in there somewhere.
1920s/30s Strongman Anton Matysek.
New Zealand Strongman Levi 'Mr Mega' Vaoga.
Stanley 'Stanless Steel' Pleskun.
Via Hammer to Nail : from the upcoming film Strongman, the incredible Stanley 'Stanless Steel' Pleskun.
Khosrow Ali Vaziri ('The Iron Sheik').
Professional wrestler and unabashed club fan Khosrow Ali Vaziri ('The Iron Sheik') demonstrating a 'Camel Clutch'.
Via IronMind : awaiting future Fortissimus winners, the Louis Cyr Trophy.
Wrestler Richard T. Gland, better known as Dick 'The Bulldog' Brower.
Powerlifting champion Trish Muldrock.
Use what you've got. Nice one.
Blob50 and York Legacy Blobs
A Blob50 and a York Legacy head (from a 45kg bell) side-by-side. Photo courtesy grip aficionado Alfie Page.
Kettlebell Fitness shares a 1978 poster of Iranian Strongman Khalil Oghab, featuring an unusual form of kettlebell teeth lifting. Good stuff.
A young Paul Perschmann ('Playboy' Buddy Rose).
Weightlifter Dave Sheppard.
Via Bad Left Hook : champion boxer Greg Page (1958 - 2009).
Real Strength Muscle's John Christy. A tragic loss.
The 'Hula Hoop' squatting circle.
An early home-made version of the squatting circle (referred to as the 'Hula Hoop' by Joseph Hise) later marketed by Peary Rader as the 'Magic Circle'.
The distinctive figure of Powerlifter and Olympic Weightlifter Precious McKenzie.
Via Wend : looking for a cycling challenge? How about a Wobblebike.
Via Fireground Fitness : keeping the blood pumping - a 100 yard Bear Crawl. Good fun.
Leaping into the record books with an incredible 7m slam dunk (via a trampoline), gymnast Jordan Ramos.
Via Open Water Swimming : the first swimmer to complete 7 crossings of the English Channel, Mervyn Sharp.
A bit of beach action at CrossFit Endurance. Nice one.
George Raymond Wagner, better known as the wrestler 'Gorgeous George'.
All-round athlete Donald Dinnie.
Wrestler Tor 'The Super Swedish Angel' Johansson (aka Tor Johnson).
Via @erdkinder : soft, leather-coated kettlebells.
Via CrossFit Endurance : who needs umbrellas when there are bumper plates?
Renzo Martinez racing a hand-crank wheelchair on his way to victory in the South Beach Triathlon. Nice one.
A dose of 'Hammer Time' from The Mighty Mac. Nice work.
Horseshoe bent in The Mighty Atom's teeth.
Chris shares an image of this horseshoe, which The Mighty Atom reshaped with his teeth. Ouch.
Via Gymnastics Coaching
: an interesting piece of DIY gym equipment
, a wide pommel.
Ian 'Mac' Batchelor.
Although better known as a wrist-wrestler, Ian 'Mac' Batchelor was certainly no slouch with a deck of cards.
The inimitable Louie Simmons.
Galen 'The Miracle Strong Man' Gough.
Galen 'The Miracle Strong Man' Gough, performing in Washington DC, 1923.
Via SCAQ : a great shot of the German water polo team in mid skirmish. Nice one.
Mixing it up with a bit of human lifting
Mixing it up a little. Love the plates.
The Mighty Norseman Karl Norberg enjoying a little band work.
Remember the incredible story of Kyle Maynard? Kyle is about to dive into the world of MMA - fantastic.
Iranian wrestler Gholamreza Takhti (aka Jahan Pahlavan Takhti).
Glenn M 'Have a Happy Handstand' Sundby.
Thick-handled, plate-loadable shovel from StrongerGrip. Brilliant.
Powerlifting pioneer Jim Williams.
Weightlifter, wrestler, racing driver and actor Charles Rigoulot.
Exercising, Jan 1923.
Former US President Calvin Coolidge (Vice President at the time) and Speaker of the House Fredrick H. Gillett in the Congressional Gym. Great to see the club training.
A sample of Aaron's handiwork - a Double Twist Horseshoe Scroll. Nice one.
A spot of odd-object lifting.
Polish Strongman Alexander Zass (better known as The Amazing Samson) performing one of his signature feats, carrying a small horse.
London Strongman Thomas Topham performing a harness lift in 1741. Nice one.
Thomas Jefferson 'Stout
' Jackson. All rights
reserved, HJ Lutcher Stark Center
, University of Texas.
Texan Strongman Thomas Jefferson 'Stout' Jackson preparing to backlift 10 men in 1916.
Via Jersey Shore CrossFit : a superb piece of equipment - the pegboard (note : if you're not sure what this is, here's Jim Bathurst in action).
Following last year's carnage, Mighty Joe has assembled a superb grip corner in his workout shed. Note the home-made 2" V-Bar and 2" axle. Excellent.
Via Rainier CrossFit : just when you thought the 'kettlebells on kettlebells' was a little unusual, along comes the Human Bicycle.
As much as I love my laptop, I can resist the urge to bring it into the home gym. For those that can't, the AirDesk.
Via PSFK : a clear message from the Energy Kitchen restaurant chain. The question remains though, what do you eat when you're on the move?
(personally I look for burgers which contain meat, bread and very little else).
Warming up with some thick bar work. 'Unbreakable' Adam Glass.
Peter B. Cortese.
Peter B. Cortese with an incredible triple-bodyweight one-handed deadlift.
Strongman Louis Durlacher, better known as Louis Attila.
Via The Mighty Mix : the White House gym in March, 1948. Everything you need.
Via Blog of Hilarity : the Pizza Cone. Because sometimes it's just too cold for ice-cream.
Via Dustin Rippetoe : now that's impressive.
Getting some air the fun way. Donovan Ford.
One of several great stone-lifting photos over at Rainier CrossFit. Good stuff.
Via 5ones : for those that don't happen to live near a beach, the Surf Simulator.
Via Ken's Kettlebell Blog : use what you've got.
Rayne demonstrates one of my favourite front squat varieties, the Kettlebell Goblet Squat. Just pick it up and go.
Via Recreate Fitness : Dot Drills. Good fun.
RKC Taikei Matsushita enjoying an outdoor snatch session.
Bill Long's home-made Viking Press. Looks great.
Over at Fireground Fitness : Winston and the bell.
Via Get Outdoors : professional cyclist Svein Tuft. At 31, he's just getting started.
Via Coach Rutherford : now that's what I call a paint job. Nice one.
Is it too early for a Christmas wishlist? Man, I want one of these. The Strongergrip Revolving Globe.
Via fitness.com : one of the strangest exercise machines I've seen this year, the Gyrotonic.
Chris Rider's been here.
Former Heavyweight Champion of the World, Ingemar Johansson.
Via House of Pain : Scot Mendelson and Ryan Kennelly prepare to do battle.
Jim Murray Teeth Lift.
Strength and Health Magazine's Jim Murray demonstrates teeth lifting with a 200lb dumbbell.
Via That's Fit : Don Briggs tackles a partially iced silo in Iowa. Looks like fun.
Paul Anderson enjoying a hefty high pull.
Via The Gymblog : training for her first Masters Games next month, 62-year-old gymnast Dru Troon.
Via CrossFit Jax : I know that feeling.
A little bottom-up fun over at the Ice Chamber.
Great after deadlifts. The Log Roll.
Via CrossFit Eastside : Log roll - hollow on the back, arch on the belly, keep it rolling.
Via Good : the Light Lane.
Part of the OAC Progression.
3 stages of the One Armed Chin-up progression.
Via 5ones : here's a great way to keep warm when surfing in the cooler part of the year - a solar-powered wetsuit. The Billabong SG5.
Adam's been posting some great stuff to the Flickr group, including the post-battle image above. Nice one.
A little hammer work at CrossFit Eastside. Nice one.
Double Corner Tear by Chris Rider. Nice one.
Via Uncooped : this looks great (in a particularly geeky way) - a Home Ski Simulator. Nice one.
Via Lori Braun : 'Britain's Strongest Girl', weightlifter Zoe Smith.
Adam gets his hand on the real thing. Nice one.
Via Jen's Gym : taking a breather.
Rayne having fun with a balance board.
A couple of Ryan's loadable Maces ready for painting. Great things.
Not quite sure who this is, but it's certainly an impressive feat.
Via Body By Long : Block Weights (Blobs).
Combat athlete Justin Eilers.
On IronMind : Travis “Texas Stoneman” Ortmayer at Fortissimus 2008.
Via Gymnastics Coaching : how'd you like a gymbag made from recycled 1950s gym gear? Unusual.
Via Beyond Strong : Laine Snook Lifting 2 Millenium Dumbbells at once. Nice one.
, Chris and Mark Bell.
Wrestlers Mike, Chris and Mark Bell (featured in Bigger, Stronger, Faster).
Bruce Lee fans may recognise this - a fantastic grip machine. This one was hand-built by StrongerGrip for armwrestler Mighty Joe Musselwhite. Beautiful thing.
Via JCD Fitness : bodybuilder Bill Grant.
Robert Ennis pointed me to the GYM concept car, which enables the driver to charge up the car with a quick resistance workout inside the car. Very strange idea.
David Martin (left) and Brett Sears. Image via the Daily Gazette
Via Balance Board Blog : residents at the Beverwyck Independent Retirement Living Community are putting the Wii Balance Board to good use - hopefully before moving on to heavier things. Good stuff.
At CrossFit Jax : a great way to wake up.
On IronMind : Russian weightlifter Oleg Perepechenov.
Over on Recreate Fitness : a fantastic feeling. Success.
From the Ice Chamber : waiting for your reverse hyper to arrive? Try the manual version.
(1967 - 2008).
Champion athlete Kerryn McCann.
Dan Rice - former strongman, and The Most Famous Man You've Never Heard Of.
Chris Rider's been here. Nice one.
Raymond Routledge Jr.
Former Mr America, Ray Routledge.
Via 5ones : one of the magnificent images from Morgan Maassen's Australia Part 1. Peel Over Me.
Serious shoulder work. Good fun.
On IronMind : Iceland’s Andreas Gudmundsson competing in Callander, Scotland in 1994.
Via Gymnastics Coaching : they're still here, and I'd still love a pair. Heelys.
Bob Garon's colourful new toys.
Powerlifter Rickey Dale Crain.
Bicycle Pro defeated.
Chris discovers and demolishes a set of Bicycle Pro 'PokerPeek' cards. Good stuff.
Via Digg : the Daily Mail notes the exploits of daredevil kayakers who decided to take on the fast-flowing spillway of Wales' Llyn Brianne Dam - the tallest in the UK. Insane.
It's started - Britt's joined the bending ranks. Good stuff.
Via IronMind : easily one of my favourite Strongman events, the log lift.
No rope? Grab a hose.
Franco on the Bench.
Sig Klein with one of Louis Cyr's challenge dumbbells.
Ready to Press.
G. Larry 'The Mighty Burner' James (1947 - 2008).
Part of the winning 4x400m team at the 1968 Olympics, runner G. Larry 'The Mighty Burner' James.
Paul and the Inch.
Paul testing out a replica Inch dumbbell.
Powerlifter and Strongman Don Reinhoudt finding an usual way to squat a ton.
One of the many great benefits of training partners.
Warren Lincoln Travis.
The insanely strong Warren Lincoln Travis training the back lift.
The incredible 'Mighty Mac'.
Via The Adventure Blog : planetFear has a superb collection of climbing photos up, showing Ian Parnell negotiating the Himalaya. Nice one.
Winner of the first Strength and Health Mr Universe competition (1947), Steve Stanko.
Leicester Strongman Manjit 'Iron Lion' Singh pulling a 7.4 tonne plane with his ears. Incredible.
Standing left to right: Mawr Wallace with round stone, Jay Ball, Andy Medak, Jeff Preston, Jesse Marunde
, Tim Howe, Aaron Anderton
holding child, Scott Hughes, Todd Christiansen, Ron West.
Kneeling left to right: Jeff Theorell with rough stone, Shawn Miller, Steve Spellman. Photo via Samson Power
Shaf notes the tragic passing of Strongman Mawr Wallace. Here he is with the other competitors from the second Washington State Strongman (2001). Some very familiar faces there.
Via Walk the Road Less Travelled : Mike 'The Machine' Bruce demonstrating astonishing levels of neck strength - having a 4' 5/8 bar bent across it. Incredible.
Nice and deep.
Weighted Pistol Squats. Excellent.
What do you get when you cross an umbrella with a knuckle duster? The Umbuster.
Via Gymnastics Coaching : from inspir8tion's Flickr photostream, Mid Twist.
The fun continues over at Jen's Gym.
One Armed Upright Row.
One-armed Upright Row. Great exercise.
Via the Daily Mail : Boomer Hodel's incredible surfing rats.
Chalked and Ready.
Via Dave Whitley : one of the many great shots from Mandy Whitley Photography showing what it was like at the Frisco workshop.
NB : the photos are in the 'client proofing' area, and the password is 'fullthrottle'.
Via Tuba Duba : want to be visible the next time you're cycling at night? Make sure you've got the Down Low Glow.
Via Cage Potato : one of the JAKKS Pacific UFC Action Figure Prototypes due for release next year, Wanderlei Silva.
Steve Maxwell and a freshly-made gada (mace). Nice one.
Mindy Pockoski at the Pleasanton Highland Games.
Via CrossFit Eastside : a squat circle. Great way to start the day.
Love the Zercher.
Via Recreate Fitness : incoming.
...you know that Adam's been around. Nice one.
Steve Reeves enjoying himself.
At Jacksonville Beach Elite Fitness : nice and simple. Box Jumps.
Not quite sword swallowing.
Via Fox : a devotee of 'Ma Song' - the self-infliction of pain - at the Phuket Vegetarian Festival.
Via Cage Potato : anyone for a one-of-a-kind Kimbo Slice figure?
Pee Wee James (1934 - 2008
Diminutive wrestler Raymond Sabourin, better known as Pee Wee James.
Ryan Vierra, Larry Brock, Harrison Bailey and Sean Betz. Photo by Steve Pulcinella
Via IronMind : Ryan Vierra, Larry Brock, Harrison Bailey and Sean Betz at last week's Celtic Classic.
Via Ananova : a 42lb cheeseburger. I'll take two please.
Fight Geek pointed me to octogenarian bodybuilder Ray Moon, shown here at the Victorian Bodybuilding Championships in Melbourne earlier this month.
Via Digg : want to fill a hole in a hurry? How about an $8 block of cheese fries at the LA County Fair. Strangely appealing.
The Pound's Brendan Dart
Brendan getting some air.
getting some air. Part of the slightly unorthodox (but elegantly simple) Fight Geek approach to training
. Good stuff.
Via WWE Daily : Matthew Joseph Korklan, aka Evan Bourne.
Via Get Outdoors
: what can you buy with 80,000 euros these days? How about the Gold Bike Crystal Edition
. And yes, the price includes delivery.
A while ago we mentioned the TreadDesk. Taking a slightly different approach to things, here's the TrekDesk. Unusual.
Over at Recreate Fitness : one of the many, many ways to train with a tyre. Good fun.
The perfect display of lifting teamwork.
Put your hands together.
Enjoying the fun over at Jacksonville Beach Elite Fitness.
You're never too young to begin sprint training.
Are we there yet?
The guys at CrossFit Santa Cruz after Fran.
Squash pioneer Betty Constable.
Pierre 'French Hercules' Gasnier.
19thC French Strongman well known for chain breaking - Pierre Gasnier.
Czech javelin thrower Barbora Špotáková, who set a new world record in Stuttgart over the weekend. Nice one.
Yep, it's just bottled tap water.
Bottled purified tap water. Seriously.
Chasing Kaz' Ben Hanson.
Got an email this morning from All Around Strength's Jason Kirby on The Trainer, an interesting idea. Anyone here used one?
Fighter Evan Tanner. A huge loss.
The first man ever to bench more than 600lb, Pat Casey.
No bars? Use the rack.
No dip bars handy? Try this rack-based variation. Great idea.
The Daily Mail notes the latest record-breaking leap by Darren Taylor - a dive of 35'4" into only 12" of water. Insane.
From the SttB photo pool on Flickr - Jimmy Marku and Mark Felix. Great shot.
2009 GoKid Quadcoaster.
Via Allen Humphrey : remember the GoKid Quadcoaster? Here's a glimpse of next year's model. Looks great.
When does a staircase become a ladder? Love it.
Via Digg : now that's one steep flight of stairs. Excellent.
Legendary wrestler Edward Walter Spulnik, better known simply as Killer Kowalski.
It was there a minute ago.
Via Recreate Fitness : air time.
Robert O. Smith's band setup for speed day.
Via Recreate Fitness : hanging around. Not to mention a sizeable collection of dumbbells.
Via Just Your Average Joggler
: photos from the 2008 IJA Juggling Fest
. It's a very strange sport.
Welsh Strongwoman Kate 'Vulcana' Williams.
, early 1950s.
Bodybuilder Bruce Randall.
Via Recreate Fitness : rope training is definitely fun.
Brenden Adams is 7' tall, and still growing. Oh, and he's only 12 years old. Incredible.
Check out Pamela MacElree's blog - a great blend of strength and conditioning work. Nice one.
Via Gizmag : the electronic equivalent of your teacher telling you to 'sit up straight'. The iPosture.
From Brian Greathouse' Shin Do Kumate set - Going Down. Great shot.
Harsh enjoying a little DIY levering.
Via CrossFit Eastside : a whole lotta planking going on.
Via Hywel Teague : a bit of a challenge. Good stuff.
Nice and close.
Ryan enjoying a little Sword Levering at the Dennis Rogers OSU seminar. Love it.
Via the Ice Chamber : Valery Fedorenko having fun with a couple of kettlebells. Good stuff.
From Fight Geek's recent Thailand trip. More pics in the Straight to the Bar pool.
Olympic Weightlifter Ronald Walker.
Via Ken's Kettlebell Blog : Steve Reeves enjoying some raises with kettlebells.
Guoliang Tunnel Road, China.
Via The Adventure Blog
: over at Travel and Leisure
, Stephen Regenold (aka The Gear Junkie
) takes a look at some of The World's Scariest Roads
. On your bike.
A battle-hardened Pete Irving.
Making it look easy - John Bradford.
Via Recreate Fitness : looks easy, isn't.
Via the Dallas Morning News : man, I'm hungry.
Via Campergirl : look ma, no chains. Interesting idea.
Ryan makes some incredibly creative grip tools, and this one's certainly no exception. Mighty Joe demonstrates the Silver Dollar Pinch.
Katrina and Brendan.
Katrina and Brendan enjoying a little conditioning work. Good fun.
A Virtual Kat.
Kat 'The Mighty Kat' Ricker gets ready for the weekend's virtual powerlifting meet. Nice one.
Time for a coffee break.
Steve Maxwell taking it a little too easy in the article 12 Reasons to Fire Your Personal Trainer.
Tug-o'-War in progress at the Taynuilt Highland Games.
Hot day? Reach for the hose.
Via New Jersey CrossFit : a great alternative to ropes.
Via The Adventure Blog : enjoy a spot of abseiling? The Guardian has a series of images from the Portraits of Adventure exhibition at the Royal Geographic Society. Above is the 192m drop at Lesotho’s Maletsunyane Falls. Incredible.
At a spritely 101, marathon runner Buster Martin is a truly amazing guy.
Team Sandbag Carry.
Via CrossFit Eastside : a 170lb, 1 mile, team sandbag carry. Good fun.
Randy 'The Natural' Couture.
Via Engadget : the iShoe promises early detection of balance problems. Interesting idea.
Furniture made from skateboards? Check out the Skate Study House.
Taking a slightly different approach to climbing - the Stone Nudes.
CrossFit Santa Cruz' Dolly Peck enjoying a squat or two.
Yes, Mighty Joe's been here.
Before the Total Gym...
Via Digg : a strange collection of vintage fitness equipment. Very, very odd.
Adam, Dennis and decades of strength history.
A young Fred 'Dr Squat' Hatfield.
In the latest MBG newsletter, Jon notes the incredible strength of Joe Nordquest, here demonstrating a 388lb shoulder bridge (precursor to the bench press).
5,000m Wheelchair Race. Photo by markfresh
5,000m wheelchair race at Canada's Olympic Trials.
Dirtopia. One of several great HDR photos by Eric Palmer.
From the series 'The wrestlers of Benares', Pehlwani #4.
Steve Maxwell enjoying the simple delights of Jon Hinds' Monkey Bar Gym. A great setup.
There's always a use for a spare kettlebell.
: for workouts in a small apartment - the Ottoman-Bench
A spot of stone training. Great photo.
Lawrence Heffernan in 1938.
Australian Strongman Lawrence Heffernan whirling a 100lb ball around his head using a neck harness.
Baseball fan? Check out Events Listed's photos over on Flickr
. Good stuff.
. Don't worry, it isn't real. Yet.
Via Energy Fiend : a can of delicious Booty Sweat. Let the jokes begin.
Via The Final Sprint : Nick Symmonds on day 4 of the US Track & Field Olympic Trials.
Via Powershots Mag : Mick Holding pulling his way to victory in the Britain's Most Powerful qualifier. Nice shot.
on day two of the 2008 US Olympic trials. Nice one.
Tony Austin notes
Hugues Duboscq. Photo by guyomedw
a great collection of swimming photos by Guillaume
- particularly those from the 2008 Open EDF
Strange, very strange.
Via Digg : how does a Chinese acupuncturist celebrate the upcoming Olympics? By sticking 2008 needles into himself, of course.
at the “Good Luck Beijing” Olympic Test Event. Photo by Randall J. Strossen
Olympic weightlifter Casey Burgener.
Powershotsmag has some great photos up
from this year's Southdown Strongman Challenge
Garry ‘Stretch’ Turner.
The incredible Garry ‘Stretch’ Turner.
Cage Potato has an interesting piece on Kim Couture's fight the other night, which seems to be stirring up a bit of 'women in MMA' discussion. Personally I agree with Ben Fowlkes on this one; what's your take?
Ryan Vierra at the World Stone Putting Championships. Photo by Randall J. Strossen
Via IronMind : after a bit of practice with the kettlebells, have a go at the stones. Good fun.
Via Lift Magazine : how does skiier Julia Mancuso stay in shape? Surfing, of course.
Via Running Down a Dream
: at 98, Abe Weintraub
is still leading the pack. Here he is winning his division in the WABC Father's Day Fight Against Prostate Cancer 5-Mile
. Not bad at all.
Breaking it can be the toughest part.
More photo goodness from Roy Scott. Nice one.
The Hip Lift - nice and heavy.
dragging the chain. Photo by Michael Ambrose.
Via Chasing Kaz : Mike Gill dragging a serious length of chain.
Via Serious Eats : just four of the many unusual themed spas at Japan's Hakone Kowakien Yunessun. Very strange.
in the Antarctica Marathon
. Photo by David McGonical.
Jeanne Stawiecki, who has now completed two incredible feats - by climbing the '7 Summits' and running marathons in each of those 7 continents. Nice one.
Serious weighted chins. Superb.
I love weighted chins.
Via IronMind : Highland Games competitor Greg Hadley.
Via Cage Potato : that image, that fight. Superb.
Getting ready for the lift (lifter unknown).
Via Digg : the winner of Design 21's "Power to the Pedal" competition - the 'Bloom' bicycle; delivering seed-filled-bubbles to pavements near you. Very unusual idea.
Incredible old-time strongman Georges Christen.
Steve Maxwell with a great solution for building your own clubs - a plastic Wiffle Bat with a screw-top lid. Perfect.
Via Recreate Fitness : another great way to use rings - inverted work. Good fun.
Gymnast, strongman and performer Max Sick (better known as 'Maxick'). For a rare video treat, check this out.
El Saeed Nossier (left) alongside weightlifting champions Khadr El Touni
, Ibrahim Shams, El Fayad and El Mahgoub. Photo via IFBB History
Some of Egypt's greatest weightlifters : Khadr El Touni, Ibrahim Shams, El Fayad and El Mahgoub.
Via Rainier CrossFit
: photos from the recent Washington's Strongest Apple
contest. Good stuff.
Just when you thought the hula-hoop fitness craze had passed, along comes the PsiHoop. Actually, some of the videos are pretty cool.
on the rings.
Ring training's great for stuff like this. Here's Larry Scott performing Ring Flyes.
Millimeter Wave Scanning.
This is a sample image from the TSA's Millimeter Wave Scanning system. Currently it's only being trialled for security functions; but it's a very interesting idea for bodyfat testing.
Mark Vales snatching 120kg. Photo via LBH Weightlifting
Mark Vales in about 1982, snatching 120kg. Photo via LBH.
Via Disease Proof : a four-seater, pedal-powered vehicle for use on abandned rail tracks. The Rail Runner.
Bodybuilder Louis Abele.
Via IronMind : Zydrunas Savickas hoisting an incredible 207.5kg log. Nice one.
Via Will Heffernan : a spot of Outdoor Rowing.
Via Disease Proof : if you saw the Rhoades Car and thought 'that'd make a great offroad vehicle', check out the TrailCart. Perfect.
Rolands Gulbis (left) and Vlad Redkin. Photo via Vlad Redkin
Via IronMind : Rolands Gulbis, who won yesterday's World Strongman Federation Baltic Cup.
Olympic Weightlifter Anthony Terlazzo.
Photos from the EliteXC 'Primetime'
More MMA photo goodness from Cage Potato
Via Oldster : Shandong's Zhang Yinming has several unusual talents, including this one - drinking milk through his nose and then squirting it from his eyes. Very, very odd.
Via Fast Food Fever : feeling hungry? How about fry-coated bacon on a stick. Love it.
Program cover from the 1970 Mr Universe
Wayne Gallasch recounts his experience at this famous contest. Nice one.
Frank Ciavattone Jr pulling 562lb one-handed.
Frank Ciavattone Jr pulling an incredible 562lb with one hand.
Via Candy Press Releases : finally, a competitor to the Caffeine Strips emerges. Very interesting idea.
Via FanHouse : If you're going to spend that much time on the golf course, grab a UroClub.
As The Angry Runner has discovered, the Slosh Pipe is great for stuff like this : the Zercher Slosh Walk. Good fun.
Robbie "Kaptain" Knievel jumps over 24 delivery trucks at Kings Island amusement park
Robbie 'Kaptain' Knievel outjumps his father's record; clearing 24 delivery trucks, or 200'. Good stuff.
Roy Scott's been posting some good stuff to the Flickr pool. Here he is enjoying a 310kg pull. Nice one.
20 Years in the making.
From the series 'Fencing never gets old' over at Oddity Central. Love it.
Gabi tests out a great use for a kettlebell.
: the Amazing Punch Machine
. Very, very strange.
MMA HQ links to several great photos IFL
Photos by Will Koffel
from last Friday's IFL
Mohegan Sun event. Good stuff.
: it's Cyclepong
Via Complete Running : Reflections.
Mike Selearis (right) and Bryan Johnson. Photo by Randall J. Strossen
Mike Selearis (right) and Bryan Johnson at the USAA National Pro Am Armwrestling Championships.
More photos here.
Via Gymnastics Coaching : home-made P.Boards, or Flat Parallel Bars.
Champion weightlifter Tara Nott.
Guinness World Record-holder Owen Morse. Photo via the Bloggling Joggler
: it isn't jogging. It isn't juggling. It's Joggling
Via Dave Hartnet : armwrestling great Cleve Dean.
Via Fast Food Fever : feel the need for a feed? Check out the Hamburger Harley.
Britt Buckingham enjoying a slightly unusual pinching combination.
Via the Ice Chamber : the One Arm Barbell Power Snatch.
Via MarkFu : kettlebell painting is fun, no matter what colour scheme you choose. To get one done, either ask someone like Val to do the heavy lifting; or have a go at it yourself. It really isn't that hard.
Wrestler Jim 'Hillbilly Jim
Wrestler Jim 'Hillbilly Jim' Morris. As WWE Daily points out, the character isn't all that far away from his reality.
What's the weather like there? Time to get out The Prowler. Great thing.
Norbu Zhamdu lights the Olympic torch of Everest torchbearer Gegyi.
Via The Adventure Blog : after earlier attempts were delayed, the Olympic Torch finally reaches the summit. Nice one.
Photos from the May 2008 RKC Certification Workshop are up.
Winner of the 2000 WSM Janne Virtanen.
At 45 years of age, Magnús Ver Magnússon is in top form. Congrats.
It's amazing how much fun this is.
Via SCAQ : we'll be seeing a lot of these shortly. Medals from the Beijing Olympics.
Via Digg : perhaps a little of each. The Walking Bike.
The Adventure Blog points to some great photos by Simon Anthamatten showing his climb with Ueli Steck of Nepal's Tengkangpoche (aka Thyangmoche). Superb.
Cage Gladiator VII. Photo by brob10807
Cage Gladiator VII. One of the superb images in brob10807's Flickr Photostream.
Dave Whitley 'pressing' Sara Cheatham.
Kat's been upgrading her gym once again - this time with rubber horse stall mats (the mats are made of rubber, not the horses). Good stuff.
Throwing the weight by distance. Photo by foxypar4
Just noticed John Haslam's photos on Flickr. This one's from last year's Dornoch Highland Games. Love the hammer.
Vietnam's Hoang Anh Tuan pulling himself under 150kg at the Asian Weightlifting Championships. Good stuff.
Via Powerlifting Watch : some great photos from last weekend's UPA Nationals. Enjoy.
Via Fast Food Fever : Stopping at the Drive-Thru on your way home? Make sure you use the French Fry Holder.
Remembrance poppy. Photo by Fir0002
For our overseas visitors - today is perhaps the most solemn and important holiday of the year here in Australia, Anzac Day. See you tomorrow.
. The challenge? Human vs Humanoid football
(soccer) by 2050; with the robotic side winning. Love it.
It expands. The Inchworm Stretch
For active kids - shoes that grow. The Inchworm Stretch.
Wrist-rolling at CrossFit Eastside.
: the New York Times has a great series of images
showing various aspects of the human body. Without the skin, that is.
Via Run to Win : Blaine posts several photos from the recent Women's Olympic Marathon Trials in Boston.
The fine art of Moffle making
It isn't Mochi. It isn't a waffle. It's a Moffle.
Cara enjoying a few swings with a 70lb kettlebell. Good fun.
Via IronMind : Latvia's Viktors Ščerbatihs.
Via the Ice Chamber : these are great - kneeling jumps. Of course, if you're looking for something a little heavier, there's always the barbell version.
Now that's a big Mac. Photo via Dennis Rogers
Undefeated armwrestling champion Ian 'Mac' Bachelor (left).
Via FlipCatch : Parkour photography by Joe Marshall. More Parkour goodness on the Lincs Parkour blog.
Via Marks : a very interesting idea for a loadable kettlebell.
A centrifugal running track. Very interesting idea.
#5 Draft Horse Shoe. Slain.
Yes, Adam's been there. Love it.
Laurence Shahlaei (deadlifting) and Dean Slater. Photo via Nick McKinless
Via Beyond Strong : Laurence Shahlaei (deadlifting) and Dean Slater.
Via Conditioning Research : 95-year-old Symie Sermay prepares for her first Powerlifting meet. Superb.
Double vertical phonebook tear. Nowhere to hide.
Yes, Adam's been there. Love it.
Slackline Yoga. Very, very strange.
Via Digg : time for a quick nap? Take a look at the Nappak.
Via Paddling Instructor : what do you do with 7,382 used chopsticks? Build a canoe, of course.
Via Bodybuilding Memorabilia : Strongman/actor Ivan Linow.
Via CrossFit Eastside.
Inspirational baseballer Pete Gray.
Via Bodybuilding Memorabilia : a thread aptly titled 'Try Lifting This' over on the IronOnline Forums looks at one of the well-known feats of strongman Herbert 'HE' Mann - lifting a bull. Love it.
The first time I tried making my own protein bars they turned out something like this (actually quite tasty) - powdered peanut butter. Anyone tried it?
Paul Wight Jr
('The Big Show').
Wrestler Paul Wight Jr, billed as 'The Big Show' (formerly 'The Giant').
Via Gymnastics Coaching : Australia's Philippe Rizzo.
Low Wire Crawl
Another great idea from the Ice Chamber - Low Wire Crawling. Love it.
Via IronMind : Professional strength athlete Derek Poundstone.
Via IronMind : Arm Wrestling instruction in New York.
Where the rubber hits the road. Love it.
Via LIFT Magazine : Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal walk on water ahead of the Sony Ericsson Open. Very strange.
Combat athlete Brock Larson.
No, of course not. These are a couple of Adam's latest acquisitions from Ryan Pitts.
Via IronMind : strength athlete Gregor Edmunds on the cover of MILO.
Via FitSugar : Leah Buechley's Turn Signal Cycling Jacket. It's only a prototype at the moment, but it's a very interesting idea.
World Record Holder Greg Kolodziejzyk prepares to cross the Atlantic in pedal-powered craft, WiTHiN. The trip is scheduled to start in December this year, and is expected to take around 40 days.
Via Former Fat Guy : insanely strong Ukrainian girl Varya Akulova.
Via French Culture Physique : an early image of La Culture Physique, featuring French Strongman Apollon (Louis Uni) and champion wrestler Paul Pons.
Via IronMind : Laine Snook hoisting both the Millenium and Inch Replica bells.
Update : Jedd's posted video of this phenomenal lift. Good stuff.
Via the Ice Chamber : working on your pulling strength for grappling? Try this.
Via Engadget : Ever wanted to exercise the muscles around your mouth? Try the new smile trainer from Patakara. Interesting - if slightly odd - idea.
If you haven't yet had a chance to check it out, head over to the Straight to the Bar Flickr Group - there are some great photos there. Here are just a few examples :
Via IronMind : British shotput champion Scott Rider competing in - and winning - last year's Highland Gathering at Braemar.
Via CrossFit Eastside : a little slosh-pipe and sled work. Great combo.
Adam Glass at work. Nice one.
The SaladSac. An absorbent bag for your greens.
Via Vintage Barbell : One of Muscle Museum's latest acquisitions is this French barbell, probably late 19thC, with a distinctive teardrop shape. Very unusual.
Anyone know who may have used it?
Via IronMind : Remember Wade Gillingham going for a stroll with a Blob a while ago? Here he is picking it up with only 2 fingers (and a thumb). Not bad at all.
Eva T. getting a little muscle-up action over at CrossFit Eastside.
Via Digg : Ryan Culy's One-handed Wii controller (a mix of the Wiimote and Nunchuck). Originally designed for a friend of his who lost most of his left arm, it also bodes well for a number of sports and training activities. Great idea.
Via Uncooped : like to stand up while you're fishing? Try the Stand Up Kayak. Interesting idea.
Via Darren's Diatribe : 16yo Casey making a 150kg stone look easy.
Adam Glass, of course. Nice one.
More pictorial goodness from the Ice Chamber : the Inverted Straddle.
Via the Ice Chamber : The Porta-Slack. Brilliant idea.
Via IronMind : Poland's Szymon Kolecki jerking 218kg. Photo by Randall Strossen.
Via FlipCatch : Ben Anderson's work is superb. Check out his Parkour collection.
Via Ice Chamber : Rollouts on the ab wheel getting a little too easy? Try the ring version. Love it.
Wade Gillingham taking a blob for a walk. Why? Because he can.
Photo by Randall J. Strossen.
Via Powerlifting Watch : Ukrainian bench competitor Vitaliy Ponomarenko (1974-2008).
Via Gizmodo : Hot food, cool drink - at the same time. Beautiful.
Check out Mark's Definitive Guide to Cholesterol - a good read. Photo via sugarfreak.
Via FitSugar : I love seeing stuff like this. Ida Wasserman, still strength-training at 100.
7 shoes in 20 minutes? Adam Glass is clearly insane. Nice work.
Via Fast Food Fever : Now in the wild, the canned cheeseburger. Seriously.
It seems that Mariusz Pudzianowski (pictured carrying a replica Kviahellan) has opted for Dancing With The Stars over this year's Arnold. Unusual.
From William Moore's collection of Bodybuilding and Strongman Memorabilia - Earle E. Liederman's Arms with the Punch brochure.
Mike 'Quick' Swick.
Via Powerlifting Watch : ... and the highest total goes to - Donnie Thompson. 2855. Nice one.
Via IronMind : Mark Felix sets a new world record, pulling 301lb with the Rolling Thunder. Nice one.
Via IronMind : Iranian Strongman Farzad Mousakhani. Definitely a name to remember.
Via The Ice Chamber : Hanging around.
Via Stumptuous : Legendary bodybuilder Cory Everson. 50? Really?
Catherine Imes' collection of painted kettlebells. And yes, there's a pink one in there.
Paul Anderson's idea of a partial squat. Beautiful.
Sir Edmund Hillary (1919 - 2008).
Legendary Australian jockey George Thomas Donald Moore (1923 - 2008).
The 'godfather of Strongman', Dr Douglas Edmunds. Photo by Dr Randall J. Strossen.
The world's oldest marathoner - still running at 96. Fauja Singh.
Strongman and Highland Games competitor Kyrylo Chuprynin. Photo by Randall J Strossen.
Via the RMAX blog : boxing champion Stefania Bianchini.
Horseshoe after being given the Adam Glass treatment. Nice work.
Hope everyone has a fantastic Christmas. It's a great time of year.
Pictured is the Training for Christmas automaton featuring Santa on the parallel bars.
Via Fight Geek : I don't know what to say. Sister Mary (of the Fraternite Notre Dame) in training. Seriously.
Clothespin World Record Attempt (May 28, 2005) - just one of the many weird and wonderful items over on the Guinness World Records Community site. Good stuff.
Another great photo from Beyond Strong's Nick McKinless - Laurence Shahlaei pulling 748. Love it.
Ralph Gracie training with Ryan Gracie (1974 - 2007), sometime in 2005. Photo via Whoa.
These look great. Thanks Tom.
Distance runner Ted Corbitt (1919 - 2007).
Shari Keener teaching Chloe pull-ups on the dip bars. And yes, there's a little jumping going on.
Missed this year's Mark Webber Pure Tasmania Challenge? Here's a great collection of photos and video from the event. Good stuff.
Olympic weightlifter Anatoly Grigor'evich Pisarenko.
Via Physical Strategies : 5lb of fat vs 5lb of muscle. I know which I'd rather be carrying around.
Australian Olympic high-jumper John Winter.
Beyond Strong's Nick McKinless demonstrates the Hip Belt Squat. Nice one.
Via American Gladiators Blog : MMA athlete Gina Carano is set to compete as the gladiator 'Crush' in the new series. Should be interesting.
Last year I noticed a number of great photos featuring people hoisting iron whilst wearing santa suits, hats or simply red outfits. This year it's time to formalise things a little with a competition. The rules are simple :
- Put on a christmas hat, red outfit or a full-blown santa suit; and photograph yourself (or get a friend to do it) whilst lifting weights, running a marathon or anything else that falls under the umbrella of 'working out'.
- Upload your photo(s) to Flickr. If you haven't already got an account, don't worry - they're free.
- Join the Straight to the Bar Flickr Group and add the photo(s).
That's all there is to it. The writers here will choose 10 of their favourites, which will appear on the site during December 2007. The #1 choice will also receive a number of mystery prizes - all available via direct download, so you'll get them straight away.
As for time, we'll be making the final choice on December 20th. Of course, you're more than welcome to continue adding photos to the group after this time.
Have fun, and good luck.
Perhaps this dates me, but Evel Knievel (1938 - 2007) is one of the first performers I remember watching. Excellent.
Champion Strongman Dave Ostlund. Photo by Randall J. Strossen.
Pain. Photo by Petranek Fitness - part of the Straight to the Bar Flickr Group.
Via Former Fat Guy : Diet Water (Japanese site). I really don't know what to say.
Karl Gillingham performing the Timber Walk at the 2005 Arnold. Just one of the many strongman events not in next year's Louis Cyr World Strength Challenge.
There's an amazing variety of photos online, covering the many forms of strength training and combat. Time to pull them all to one place - the Straight to the Bar Flickr Group. You'll find us at :
If you've got photos to share - covering any aspect of strength training or combat - simply join the group (free) and post them up. The best photo each week (as voted for by the writers here, so there's a great mix of interests) will be featured on the site.
There are already some great images on there. Which is your favourite?
Via Gymnastics Coaching : Daniel Ilabaca performing toe hang in London. One of the great photos by BombDog on Flickr.
Julius 'Judy' Patching.
He fired a starter's gun at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. Now - aged 91 - he's running with the torch in the leadup to Beijing. Not bad at all.
Strongman Nick McKinless returning to the deadlift with a 250kg axle pull. Using 90kg plates, of course. Nice one.
A double bottom-up press from Kenneth Jay, better known as the 'Dane of Pain'.
Via Rif's Blog : Clubbell training at the beach. Good fun.
Eastside CrossFit's Sean and Brock demonstrate the Two-Man Deadlift. Love it.
French strongman Louis Uni, better known as Apollon.
Via Eastside CrossFit : The front version of a One Handed Deadlift. Superb.
Strongman and bodybuilding historian Ottley R. Coulter.
Bernarr Macfadden - often called The Father of Physical Culture.
The first wrestler I can clearly remember watching - the truly unique George 'The Animal' Steele.
Strongman Ed Zercher performing an unsupported leg press.
From the Hamilton's Fitness History of Powerlifting, here's Milo Steinborn working out atop Hermann's Gym in Philadelphia.
The incredible Thomas Inch. Photo via Big Steel.
Renowned anesthesiologist and amateur wrestler (as Johnny 'Bull' Walker) Dr John J. Bonica.
The man who brought Judo to the UK - Yukio Tani (the 'Pocket Hercules').
Music hall performer William Bankier (Apollo, the Scottish Hercules).
Discus champion Al Oerter (1936 - 2007).
Italian strongman, engineer and egyptologist Giovanni Battista Belzoni.
Via Mark's Daily Apple : Deep Fried Potato on a Stick. Mmmm.
Via Born Rich : Gold running shoes - only $24,000.
A great outdoor pursuit - navigating corn mazes. This one's from Escobar's Highland Farm, Portsmouth.
Via Gymnastics Coaching : Beach Parkour. Photo © shugd3.
Wrestlers sizing up in Ulaanbaatar's Naadam Festival.
As several people have noted (although Mike was first), kettlebells have gone mainstream. Great to see.
The Parramatta Eels' Fuifui Moimoi powers on.
Olympic wrestler and actor Nat Pendleton, here pictured as Eugen Sandow in the 1936 film The Great Ziegfeld.
Climbing legend Bob Bates.
Via Time : X-ray of football's $1,000 helmet. Personally, I suspect the wearing of any helmet during football games (of any type) actually leads to an increased risk of injury. Players have an increased sense of invincibility, and slightly less motivation to focus on the impacts themselves.
Via Leigh Peele : Ronald on the bench.
19th century circus strongman Pierre Gasnier.
Vaudevillian strongwoman Laverie ('Charmion') Vallee.
Canadian strongman Hugo Girard.
Samoa's Lome Fa'Atau going over the top last night.
Bench pressing in a commercial gym where they frown on board work? Try the foam press. Love it.
Heavyweight boxer Riddick Lamont 'Big Daddy' Bowe. A great athlete.
A couple of 18th century pugilists (possibly Elizabeth Stokes on the left) at work. Image via Female Single Combat Club.
Rudolf Plukfelder demonstrating a split clean.
Canadian gymnast Grant Golding.
British athlete Elizabeth Ferris diving her way to the podium at the 1960 Olympics.
Pelota (Spanish for 'ball') only enjoyed a single Olympic outing : the 1900 Summer Olympic Games in Paris.
The incredible Lou Ferrigno. Photo via Bryan's Hulk Page.
Happy Birthday Art.
Inventor extraordinaire Arthur Jones (1926 - 2007).
Via Digg : Rafael Nadal - part of Sports Illustrated's 'Best bodyparts in sports' series.
3 time winner of UK's Strongest Man, the mighty Adrian Smith.
Dick Fosbury bringing the 'Fosbury Flop' to the world at the 1968 Olympic Games (Mexico).
Via Kettlebell Rob : A great summer workout - Kettlebell training in the pool.
Via Modern Forager : 40 years already? Man, I feel old. And hungry.
Belarusian lifter Andrei Rybakou at work. Photo © Rob Macklem.
American running legend Steve Prefontaine. Photo © Jeff Johnson.
US Olympic Weightlifter John Henry Davis.
Racing downhill at Montmarte. Photo © Hughes Leglise-Bataille.
A touch of humour from the Ice Chamber. Very nice.
Australia's first female Olympic Gold Medallist, Sarah Frances 'Fanny' Durack.
Bodybuilder and weightlifter Val Vasilef performing a straight-arm flag with a reverse flip; at a bodyweight of 225lb.
'70s bodybuilding champion Serge Nubret working heavy.
Legendary Yankees shortstop and announcer Phil 'The Scooter' Rizzuto (1917 - 2007).
Beyond Strong's Nick and Laurence performing one of my favourite lower arm exercises - weighted hangs.
Norwegian Strongwoman Heidi Nilima Monsen.
The legendary Ed Coan, competing this weekend (reportedly for the last time). Not a bad run at all.
New York's Alex 'A-Rod' Rodriguez getting a little wrist work; on his way to surpassing Barry Bonds?
Danny 'The Machine' Green (left) vs Anthony 'The Man' Mundine.
Legendary Canadian strongman Louis Cyr.
Australian Rugby Winger and Fullback David Campese. Just one of thousands of superb photos by George Herringshaw over at Sporting Heroes. A great site.
Via FitSugar : Just how big will the Big Mac get?
Croatian High Jumper Blanka Vlašić.
Lining up for a Strongman competition in 1930. All that's changed is the clothing. Photo © John Bearcat.
1980s Soviet Hammer thrower Sergey Litvinov.
Via the UPA Iowa forums : Ryan Kennelly has again secured his place in the record books, pressing a mammoth 1,036 lb at the Ukraine Bench for Cash meet. Nice one.
The inimitable Karl Gotch (1924 - 2007).
Weightlifter Doug Hepburn balancing a 145lb man atop a 205lb bar. Looks like fun.
A little rope work at the Royal New Zealand Show.
Jesse Marunde (1979 - 2007). Terrible news.
Stone putting at the Portland Highland Games. Photo © 2007 Paul Gordon.
Via Rif's Blog : Kettlebell training, diet and plenty of dedication.
Chuck Liddell (top) vs Tito Ortiz.
Unknown athlete (let me know if you know who it is). Image via PD Photo.
Don't mess with an angry Norwegian. Strongman Svend Karlsen.
Stuntman and bodybuilder Joe Bonomo. Image via Sandow Plus.
Champion Olympic weightlifter Jackie Berube. Image via Sport People.
Cuban marathon runner Alberto Salazar.
Photo © Rod Graves.
Michael Reardon soloing California's 'Sea of Tranquility'. Photo © Damon Corso.
UPDATE 17/07/07 : Reardon is currently missing, feared drowned.
Via Physical Strategies : The great Sergio Oliva.
Dunk. Photo © 2007 Ken Hill Photography.
Via Gymnastics Coaching : the beauty of Yoga (just one of a great series). Photo © 2007 Josef Vital.
Via the Daily Mail : Wendy the whopper of a Whippet. Wow.
Via Ironmind : Highland Games competitor Harrison Bailey III. Photo © Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D.
Muhammad Ali and Ken Norton at Yankee Stadium, September 1976. Photo © Jerry Cooke.
Madis Uusorg continues Estonia's domination of Finland's Wife Carrying Championships; won last year by his brother Margo (pictured).
Rick Walker with 725 lb at the IPA Worlds.
Via the Commentary Box : Dilip Sardesai. Image by Marty D. of Cricket=Action=Art.
Charles Atlas ad from the Jan 1947 issue of Popular Mechanics.
George Jowett ad in Science and Mechanics, Dec 1945.
German Olympic Weightlifter Josef Steinbach.
Kansas City Strength's Eddie Koon.
The one and only Arthur Jones.
Theo Burggraaff (closest to camera) joining in the fun of the NEMO Science Centre's 10th anniversary celebrations (article in Dutch). Using custom built apparatus, 10 men managed to deadlift a total of 120 children. An excellent way to demonstrate strength.
Russian wrestler Ernst Zuzya. About 1900.
Interesting idea - the iH85B. Motörhead at 20 paces?
Great Falls Electrics' Taylor Shanahan sends one through. Photo © 2007 Adam.
German powerlifter Rudi Küster in action.
Chris Benoit : 1967 - 2007.
One of the many tactics employed by the 'Health Colonel', Lt. Col. Bob Weinstein.
Via SCAQ : Bode Miller at work. One of photographer Simon Bruty's favourite shots - a great collection.
Via Physical Strategies : a great kettlebell collection.
Haven't had your fill yet of strange gadgets from Japan? Try this - it's a bodyfat measuring device for dogs. From Kao (site in Japanese).
The mighty Hermann Goerner (6'1, 245lb in this photo) being introduced by South African Strongman Tromp Van Diggelen (circa 1950).
German strongman Carl Moerke demonstrating his strength in a very unusual way.
The one and only Bill Kazmaier.
Via Viking Heavy Athletics : Bobsledder and Weightlifter Ingrid Marcum.
Russian champions George Hackenshmidt and [Stanislav?] Eliseev.
Finn Casey sails above Ashby Ollie - photo © 2007 Jason Lunn. One of many superb shots at Chilled Heat.
Vintage Barbell is getting quite a collection.
Lawanda - the Iron-Jawed Man. Sometime around 1900.
Photo © 2007 Malcolm Mathie.
Just another day at the office when you're 7'6. Photo © 2007 Flock.
Mike Mentzer enjoying some heavy negatives.
Photo © 2007 jeffchrisope.
Canada's Ethel Catherwood who won the high jump at the 1928 Olympics (Amsterdam) with a 1.59m scissors jump.
Via Parlayer : Detroit Tigers' Jeremy Bonderman at full stretch.
If you're a basketball fan and missed this weekend's incredible Pistons vs Cavs game, there are some great photos up on Cleveland's site. Definitely worth a look.
The legendary Reg Park picking up a taxi.
My deepest condolences Ken.
Just one of over 500 fitness and health cartoons by the superb Randy Glasbergen. Displayed with permission.
For many more cartoons (covering a range of subjects), head over to www.glasbergen.com.
Photo © ipodzrock.
Sandbag snatching at the Ice Chamber.
Quite literally, it appears. Tracy Reifkind demonstrates some great foot strength (not to mention balance). Oh, and check out that kettlebell collection in the background. Very nice.
The UK's Team Extreme. Just one of the many amazing photographs at Extreme Stunts.
Strongman John in the '20s. Video over at Sandow Plus.
Of course, there's always The Angry Chicken.
Photo © 2007 nofeel000.
Running on's Shari Keener clearly demonstrating that Ls are not just for men.
Putting an unloved treadmill to work. Happy Runner.
Photo © 2007 Jayce Giddens.
Via Gymnastics Coaching : the beauty of outdoor training. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia.
Via Royce's Rants : Outdoor training in Ghana. The heat certainly isn't an excuse.
If you live in the US, it's National Bike Month (and 'Bike to Work Week' for many states).
Via Physical Strategies : 'Rocky' Marciano goes to work on Roland LaStarza.
Cycling baggs (yes, I know how to spell it). One of the many 1970s Japanese cycling ads here. Via Get Outdoors.
Blaine points to a great setup on MAKE Magazine : the Eco-Gym.
Dragonboat racing, Ontario. Photo © 2007 SashiShan.
Boxer Diego 'Chico' Corrales - was tragically killed last night in a motorcycle accident.
Joe Southard - Strength and Health's 'Man of the Month', May 1958
Taken at this year's Stebbing Scramble. Photo by David Ian Roberts.
Bob Burnquist at the Kia X Games 2007. Photo by Snow Kisses Sky.
From the April 2007 RKC Certification Workshop.
Via North East Ice : This looks like a lot of fun. Ice Climbing in New Hampshire.
Max performing the Turkish Get-Up with a barbell at Mike's Gym.
The Diesel Crew at it again. 2-handed plate pinching. For more info on this great exercise, head over to EliteFTS. Thanks Jedd.
Coach Scott Sonnon demonstrating the 'Viking Choke'. From Sonnon :
I came up with the "Viking" Choke when we were training at the "Ironman Gym" in Gothenburg, Sweden which is why we called it the Viking (and the fact that it looks like a Viking helmet.)
The opportunity to apply it doesn't happen too often because the opponent has to fail to pass his hips around faster than you can bridge and bend your knee over his neck. But when you do get it, it's a slick little technique to have available.
As he passes from your failed triangle, arch your hips and bend your knee around his neck.
Grab your own ankle with your near arm for the basic lock. With your far arm, you must keep control of the inside arm which you were trying to triangle before he passed his head.
Then, release your far arm from controlling his trapped arm and weave it underneath your near thigh and over top of your near arm.
Finalize the choke by driving your far elbow up your shin towards your opposite hand, while kicking your knee towards his neck and pulling your near arm elbow towards your near thigh.
It's easy to finish once you have it on, but you have to be smooth and non-telegraphed on the set-up. And again, we need to focus on the basics. An opportunity for the Viking doesn't appear often, but when it does, it's good to have the trick in your pocket.
Happy Birthday Karl.
Goodbye, Bill Good - 1910-2007. Thanks to Muscle and Strength.
Photo © 2007 The Flying Pie.
Via the Sport People blog.
I want to destroy you. Photo © 2007 Jonathon Freedin.
Raymond Britt is, amongst other things, an athlete and a superb photographer. Head over to his site, and make sure to check out his photos from the 2007 Boston Marathon (Freedom Run only at the moment, Race Day photos shortly). Excellent.
Via Iron Barbell : Henry 'Milo' Steinborn - the man often credited with bringing the squat to the US.
Pat Casey, 1967.
The Diesel Crew points to a great collection of Dave Draper photos - the IronOnline Flickr collection. Not bad at all.
Via Rif's Blog.
Via The Knuckledraggers.
Via Digg : some great sports photography. Enjoy.
Something's seriously wrong with this. Via Diet Blog.
Via Powerlifting Watch : photos from the 2006 IPF Powerlifting World Championships in Stavanger, Norway.
If you're looking for an unusual way to injure yourself next month, consider the Tough Guy event held twice each year in Staffordshire, UK. This is a charity event known for attracting those who are unhinged to varying degrees, and the course will give you an idea of why.
Having warmed up with a leisurely 8 'country' mile run (think rugged terrain), you'll be battling 20 obstacles, including:
- Wading through hip-deep dirty water
- Scaling a 30-foot wall of straw
- Slithering through used sewer pipes
- Scrambling under barbed-wire fences
- Leaping fiery ditches
If you're intrigued, entries for this July's event (on the 30th) are open until July 26. Oh, and there's only been one death in the event's 20 year history.
The home gym just got a lot more interesting.