Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Ron Walker died Oct 25, 1948. He held no less than 21 British Heavyweight records. This included One Hand Snatches of over 200lbs, and most importantly today, a Two Hands Snatch of 297½lbs.
This Snatch of 135kg in December 1936 was the first ever World Record on one of the Olympic Set performed by a British lifter.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
October 23, 2010 Warren Lincoln Travis was inducted into the Association of Oldetime Barbell & Strongmen Hall of Fame.Warren Lincoln Travis was perhaps America's first famous strongman. Emerging on the strength scene near the turn of the 20th century, Travis become famous for back lifting and other feats with massive weights that had been made popular by some of the great European strongmen. Based in Brooklyn, he traveled the country, and even outside the US, displaying his strength and challenging all to try to duplicate a combination of ten feats that Travis preferred. He became truly famous after winning jewel encrusted belt offered by the Police Gazette, then the most widely read sporting publication in the US. He died when he was in his 60's, shortly after performing on on his beloved Brooklyn stage.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Vic Boff was born on October 22, 1917, in Red Lion, PA.He was the founder of the Association of Oldetime Barbell & Strongmen. Renowned for his encyclopedic memory regarding the Iron Game, Vic was consulted by anyone interested in Iron Game history.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
In 1955,Bernarr MacFadden developed a urinary tract blockage which he attempted to treat by fasting. October 7, unconscious and near death, he was taken by ambulance to a hospital, but doctors could do nothing to save him. He died Oct. 12, 1955.
Bernarr Macfadden (1868 - 1955), the "Father of Physical Culture"
Bodybuilder, Health Advocate, Nutritionist,
Teacher, Author, Publisher, Resort Owner,
Founder of Physcultopathy
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Louis Cyr was born on October 11th 1863 in St. Cyprien, near Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
In 1886, Cyr competed against his rival Michaud for the Canadian title of strongest man. Lifting a 218-pound barbell with one hand he won the title of Canada's Strongest Man.
During this time Cyr was considered by many to be the World's Strongest Man.
Friday, October 5, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012
His motto was "mens sana in corpore sano" or a sound mind in a strong body.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
Friday, March 30, 2012
It was wonderful to see the Special Olympics youngsters lift at the meet in Marion. I want to congratulate Nelda Newton on the great job she did training these lifters. The time Nelda has spent with these kids in the gym certainly paid off. Congrats Nelda
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
January 20, 2012 -- Functional Strength Systems is proud to announce Nelda Newton as our newest FSS Trainer. Nelda is an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer as well as a certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition. She also is very experienced and knowledgeable in the field of weight management. Welcome Nelda, we look forward to working with you.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
John Henry Davis was born on January 12, 1921, in Smithtown, NY. He grew up and rose to weightlifting fame in Brooklyn, NY. John won the US Nationals 12 times, set numerous world records, won 6 World Championships and 2 Olympic Games. At the Weightlifting Nationals of 1941 he became the first man in history to exceed 1,000 pounds in the three-lift total. Davis made 1005, breaking Steve Stanko's historic 1,000-pound American total record that had been set in April of 1941.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Joe Rollino bending a spike with his teeth.
On January 11, 2010, Joseph Rollino known as the Great Joe Rollino, the Mighty Joe Rollino or the World’s Strongest Man passed away after being struck by a van while out for his daily five mile walk. The 104-year-old Brooklynite, who once lifted 635 pounds with one finger and lifted 475 pounds with his teeth, who once lifted 3,200 pounds at Coney Island during its heyday was still bending quarters with his fingers at age 104. During his storied life, Rollino hobnobbed with Harry Houdini, watched Jack Dempsey knock out Jess Willard and was friendly with Mario Lanza. He even had a bit part in "On the Waterfront."