3 RARE STRONGMAN EXERCISES THAT WILL GET YOU JACKED

strongman old school training headerBACK IN THE DAY

Let’s face it, the past is the past for a reason, right? We evolved, we got better, and we’ve discovered machines that can do what we use to do back then but faster and better. While that’s probably true for most things (I’ll take a refrigerator over an ice box any day), there’s something to be said about the strongman lifts of yesteryear.

While you may not be implementing any of these lifts anytime soon (or maybe you will), these exercises kept some of the first bodybuilders strong, cut, and with relative size. No steroids, no supps. Considering the knowledge and resources pioneers like Eugene Sandow, Sig Klein, and Arthur Saxon had, these guys had some impressive physiques, and this is how.

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Bent Press

The bent press was pretty much the bench press of the early strongman. Commonly referred to as “the king of lift”, this was a staple for pretty much every competitor and some may still use it today.

Bottom Up (Anderson) squat

This when you start from the bottom of the squat (the hole), and make your way up to standing. This lift was made famous by Paul Anderson but immortalized by Bud Jeffries who performed a 1000lb rep.

Hammer Leveraging

While this one was included more for entertainment than anything, Slim the “Hammerman performed this exercise at Madison Square Garden to the wow of the crowd. Not only is it great to look at as a spectator, but the form and strength necessary for this exercise cannot be denied. If you’re having problems developing forearms as well as other supporting muscles in the arm, feel free to step into the time machine and use this in your next gym day.

So there you have it. 3 strongman exercises you never even knew existed. Use these exercises to give you the edge over competitors who aren’t doing them or throw them in just to change up your routine.

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