I’ve been interested in the history of physical culture for as long as I can remember : the performing Strongmen & women, feats of strength, ancient methods of training (and the equipment used) and so on. It’s an absolutely fascinating collection of stories.
Here’s a gathering of those stories, collected from Straight to the Bar as well as my own personal collection of strength-training memorabilia. Enjoy.
For a full list, head over to the History of Strength archives. Here are just a few of my favourites :
Photos and drawings of numerous strength athletes; performing, posing and training.
Feats of Strength enjoyed by various performers for centuries. These are the ones you’ll typically see at a Strongman show, Circus Performance or in a seriously hardcore gym.
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