Forced Reps With John Kuc

Sometimes John Kuc struggled to bench 500lb+ but his training partner ‘Big Jim Williams’ helped him with some new training ideas. Finally John benched 600lb in 1972 World Championships. Here’s a great excerpt from John Kuc about forced rep trainingĀ published in PL USA 1980. – Mr. Berg “John Kuc made some amazing…absolutely amazing progress using …

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John Kuc’s Bench Press Routine

Powerlifting John Kuc developed the following routine to improve your benchpress around 15-30lb. Use my great-tag system below and click ‘John Kuc’ to learn more about him. – Mr. Berg “My bench press training was influenced by Big Jim Williams and Pat Casey. I use the word “influenced” because I am not the same as …

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Big Jim Williams Benchpress Philosophy

Here’s a must read. Powerlifter and Iron Historian ‘Bob Gaynor’ was friend with Big Jim and witnessed him benching. He wrote the following article in 1989 – Mr. Berg “Throughout our lifting career we meet many individuals from many walks of life. My former training partner, Big Jim Williams of Scranton, Pennsylvania, is one of those …

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How To Benchpress by Big Jim Williams

Mr. Williams is one of the first black men to establish himself and a world record holder in powerlifting. Jim Williams said that he bench pressed 600 lbs (272 kg) before learning about steroids. He has been lifting weights since 1966. Furthermore he has done 25 powerlifting meets and won 21 of them! In this article …

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Big Jim Williams Bench Press Seminar

You will probably think for a big bench you need a big chest. Wrong! Even the 700lb Bench Presser Jim Williams knew, only a big chest will not make you super strong. Bench Pressing affects your whole upper body. Thus to become successful you need to train even your lats and wrists! Most important parts …

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Train Like Ex-Marine John Kuc

John Kuc Ex-Marine and most scariest Power Lifter in the 70s. He is known for his superhuman strength and mental attitude. I wrote an article about this legend: John Kuc: The Strong Silent Type I will write down two training routines. The one is during to his 1971 competiton with Big Jim Williams as a training partner. …

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Big Jim Williams Training Routine

I wrote a detailed article about him a few months ago. He was inprisoned and thus he started lifting weights and it was there he started to developing training theories like “High Volume”. Jim did a 300lb/136kg military press and 405lb/183kg bench in the prison. Full Article about Jim: Big Jim Williams From Prisoner To World Champion   Monday Squat …

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The First International Powerlifting Meet

Americans vs. Brits, The First International Meet 1970September 1970, the Embassy Auditorium in Los Angeles hosted what was described as ‘the first international powerlifting meet ever held’.Ā  The British-US Power Meet was held at the Embassy Auditorium in Los Angeles on September 19th and was the fruition of much hard work and planning by Tony …

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Jon Cole: The Strength Coach Millionaire

Jon Cole had a reputation as a great all-round athlete. Strongman, Armwrestler, Weightlifter, Powerlifter, Philosopher and the first Strength Coach in the United States.  Jon Frederick Cole was born in Chicago, IL, on April 1, 1943. As a newborn he weighed 11 lb. Who would have expected that this baby would grow into one of world’s strongest man?! …

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