Monday, December 24, 2012

On This Day In Strength History

Dec 24, 1924 Charles Rigoulot weighing 192.25 lbs cleaned and jerked 336.25 lbs; he was age 21.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

On This Day In Strength History

December 19, 1936 Sig Klein bent press the Cyr dumbell.
The 273 lb. dumbell, a huge thick handled one, was lifted to the shoulders with two hands, before the single handed overhead move.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

On This Day In Strength History

Roy Hilligen was born November 15, 1922.   He was 1951 Mr. America.  Roy was on the covers of all the muscle magazines of the time (some several times), he was arguably the strongest man in the world for his size. Weighing 173, he equaled the world record in the Clean & Jerk with a lift of 375 pounds.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012

On This Day In Strength History

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

On This Day In Strength History

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

On This Day In Strength History

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

On This Day In Strength History

OCT 19, 1940 Tony Terlazzo, at 148 lbs, pressed 250 pounds, snatched 245 pounds and cleaned and jerked 330 pounds.

Monday, October 15, 2012


John Davis set a world record on10/15/1950 with a Total of 462.5 kg in the Super Heavyweight class at Paris.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

On This Day In Strength History

October 14, 1954 Norbert Schemansky cleaned the Apollon wheels on his first attempt and jerked them three times.

Friday, October 12, 2012

On This Day In Strength History

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

On This Day In Strength History

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

On This Day In Strength History

Oct. 5, 1996 - Norb Schemansky, George Paine, Malcolm Whyatt received the Association of Oldetime Barbell & Strongmen Highest Achievement Award.

Friday, September 28, 2012

On This Day In Strength History

Dudley Allen Sargent born on September 28, 1849.  Professor Dudley Allen Sargent was a physical culture pioneer who turned Harvard's Hemenway Gymnasium into the center of the training world in the late 1800's.
His motto was "mens sana in corpore sano" or a sound mind in a strong body.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Special Olympians Compete at the IBP SPRING FLING

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

Congrats to Nelda Newton and Josh Ingram

Nelda Newton and Josh Ingram represented FUNCTIONAL STRENGTH SYSTEMS at the IBP RAGE IN THE CAGE PUSH PULL last weekend in Marion, NC by winning Outstanding Lifter awards. We would like to congratulate both of them.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Last Week in Marion, NC

Broke away from our normal Thursday workout and went outside for some "Strongman" stuff. It was a lot of fun.

Friday, January 20, 2012

New FSS Trainer

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.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

On This Day In Strength History

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

On This Day In Strength History

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."