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Squatting to SUPER Low Boxes, Milk Crates, Hassocks and Cinder Blocks

I began training my squat via the Westside Barbell Box Squat training program in 1994. The staple in my program was the 12” box, which guaranteed that every repetition I did on the squat was below parallel. As Louie Simmons instructed, if every rep in training is below parallel, you will never have to ask …

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Jon Cole – Strength Savage

Jon Cole is still revered by hard core strength training practitioners the world over for the feats he accomplished almost 50 years ago. Jon held the all time super-total record for over a quarter of a century, with the highest official combined powerlifting and Olympic lifting totals. Jon weighed 282 when he did his best …

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JM Blakely – Zen Benchmaster!

I was able to watch JM Blakely bench press at the 1996 WPC Can Am Championships in Las Vegas. The Saturday night before the fulll Powerlifting meet, there was a bench only meet. A check of Open Powerlifting.Org confirmed that JM had a ten year bench press career which began in 1992. JM’s best shirted …

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Powerlifter Video Magazine – A decade of inspiration

In 1992, when no one had a cellphone and the internet was in it’s infancy, Powerlifter Video Magazine debuted. This quarterly videotape series was the product of entrepreneur Ned Low. Advertised in Powerlifting USA and later many of the days muscle magazines, the product was a huge hit amongst hard core strength trainers. Eventually, Ned …

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Ralf Möller – Gladiator and Bodybuilder

Ralph Moeller is famous for his close friendship with Arnold Schwarzenegger. No wonder both share a penchant for good wine, cigars, and heavy training. A lot of German Youtubers interviewed him, and he appeared in many TV Shows. Ralph is quite an interesting personality. Moeller was born in Recklinghausen on January 12, 1959. He was …

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Hubert Metz – Muscle Phenomenon From Germany

Recently I saw unbelievable before and after pictures of German bodybuilder Hubert Metz. At the left, he’s around 32 years old, and on the right, you see a 65-year-old and jacked Hubert Metz. Age is just a number, and Hubert proved it. He was able to maintain and conserve his whole muscle appearance over decades! In …

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Joe Ladnier – Mass Monster with a 24” Neck

Joe “The Lad”Joe Ladnier burst onto the Powerlifting scene in 1983, when 19 years old, he won the U.S. Senior National Men’s Powerlifting Championships at 242 lbs with a squat of 832 a bench of 556 and a deadlift of 788. He beat such legends as Fred Hatfield and Jim Cash. In doing so, Joe …

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Strength Training Motivation In My 50s!

I am a staunch proponent of having a garage or basement gym. I had one as a teenager and then a garage gym was the focus when I bought my first house in California, as well as every house I have bought there after. As the world was forced to stay in their homes during …

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Franz Bach – Happiness Is Bodybuilding

Franz Bach won the title of “Mr. Germany” in 1981 but to him, having a real-life job and working 12 hours a day was more important than bodybuilding. He was truly a hard-working German. Recently, I watched an emotional interview with Franz Bach at the Loaded Cup competition in 2015. The interviewer Matthias Botthof asked …

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Ken Leistner – An Incredible Strength Influence

As soon as I became obsessed with powerlifting, I immediately began reading everything I could get my hands on such as Powerlifting USA. Dr Ken Leistner was the training editor for that magazine since its inception in 1977 until 2012 when the magazine ceased production. Dr Ken was a staple in Muscular Development Magazine during …

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