Pre Steroid Era Strongmen Bodybuilding

Early 20th-Century Strongmen

As America entered the 20th century, squats and deadlifts were relatively neglected movements and a bench was something you sat on to tie your shoelaces. Weightlifting as a sport wouldn’t be well organized for at least 30 more years and the strength arena still belonged primarily to professionals. Over in Europe things were a little …

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1920 Strongmen: The Post-World War 1 Era

As we enter the 1920’s, strongmanism, like vaudeville, has already seen its best days come and go. The long ago strength feats of men like Louis Cyr, Eugen Sandow, and Arthur Saxon are now stuff of legend and remembered fondly by older lifters. For the younger generation however, the real strength stars are of more …

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