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Blast from the Past : The Forgotten Lifts II
Written By : Scott Bird
Joe Nordquest
Shoulder Bridge (precursor of Bench Press) by Joe Nordquest. Photo from Alan Calvert’s Super Strength, via Tom Black.
Over the past five years this site’s amassed an enormous amount of content. To help you find the highlights, I’ll be taking a wander through the archives each Sunday.
This week – The Forgotten Lifts II.

I’ve been getting some great feedback following the first instalment of The Forgotten Lifts, with most people seeking a few more. Keep your training alive with a few of these :
  • Hindu Push-up on Taekhte
    First up, Steve Maxwell demonstrates the superb Hindu Push-Up (Dand) on a Taekhte (push-up board).
  • Bradford Press
    Named after weightlifter Jim Bradford, this is a great way to fire up the shoulders.
  • Hise Shrug
    Joseph Curtis Hise (often called the father of American weight training) popularised a number of great ideas in the west, including the flat-footed squat. Here’s another one of his great legacies – the Hise Shrug.

  • JM Press
    This is the king of triceps exercises. Brilliant.

  • Neck Bridge Progression
    As any wrestler will attest, bridging is a key element of neck training. Here are several variations of this wonderful exercise.

Further reading

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Written By Scott Bird
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