Interview of Mike Westerling – Strength Coach Extraordinaire

Interview of Mike Westerling who trains many contest winning Strongman athletes in the U.S.  Mike began his career at Golds Gym in Venice and currently trains all of his clients virtually.  I met Mike at a local Strongman contest in Arizona and we realized we have a lot in common and mutual friends in physical …

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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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Tom Haviland – Operation 400 Muscular Pounds

In August 2014, Josh Bryant posted a 30 second YouTube clip of Tom Haviland deadlifting 710lbs. On February 25, 2015, Josh Bryant introduced the online strength community to his trainee in Australia, Tom Haviland. The short clip on Jailhouse Strong’s YouTube channel showed Tom deadlifting 760 lbs and benching 520 pounds. Over the next few …

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Interview of Rising Strongman Star Dominic Criqui

In the Internet world of strength posts and followers, Texas Strongman Dominic Criqui is a fast rising and hard working star in the making, with his recent 900lb deadlift in his garage, with only his phone to witness the event. Thankfully he successfully recorded this milestone. I was recently able to interview Big Dominic and …

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Manfred Hoeberl – The Largest Arms in The World

Recently I listened to the excellent podcast that Lawrence Shaleigh did on 90s strongman competitor, Manfred Hoerbel. Manfred literally burst onto the strongman scene by winning the World Muscle Power Championships and almost beating Magnus ver Mangnusson at the 1994 World Strongest Man Contest. Manfred appeared in all the major muscle magazines of that era …

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Bert Assirati – Britain’s Super Strong Man

Vigour Feb 1948 by “Pop” Assirati (scanned by Liam Tweed) Bert Assirati can rightly claim to be one of the World’s Strongest Men as well as Britain’s Heavyweight Champion Professional Wrestler and a worthy contender for the World’s Title. Owing to his name his nationality has been queried. To enlighten the sceptics, I will inform …

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Roger Estep – Powerlifting Immortal

I am fortunate to have met and known Roger Estep personally the last ten years of his life. I grew up seeing pictures of Roger in Muscle and Fitness magazine when he was training as a power bodybuilder and contemplating entering physique contests. Roger sported such a dense physique by the mid 1980s that it …

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The Man With The Mighty Arms

Arthur Verge was an oldschool strongman and able to strict curl his own bodyweight (152lb/69kg)! Here’s his story and training, published in Strength and Health July 1945 written by W.A. PULLUM! “During the 40 years that I have been teaching weight-training and lifting it has naturally fallen to my lot to produce some very outstanding …

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Mac Batchelor – THE UNDEFEATED ARM WRESTLER

2020 will be remembered for a world wide pandemic, but in the world of physical culture the year will be known as the year of unprecedented arm strength. Whether it was limited gym access, or the high publicity that strongmen got on weekly streamed world record attempts, lifters around the world pursued documented arm strength …

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Leonidas Arkona – The Amicable Giant from Berlin

​Berlin, the capital of Germany, is well-known for its start-up scene. The City is filled with people walking on the street with hopes of establishing their own brand that will allow them to become somebody. In the last few years, Berlin has become one of greatest hotspots of everything strength related.  The Youtube-Channel “Strength Wars” …

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