In Know Your Greats II we talked about some of the men who helped make barbell training accessible to the common man. In this installment I would like to talk about some of the legendary lifters and bodybuilders who pushed the popularity of lifting and training to whole new levels among common people. 1. John…

In my training notebook from 2008 I had written what I thought would be strong. Here is the line: “I would be strong if I could squat 330lbs, deadlift 400lbs and bench 250lbs.” Today looking back on this I realize just how far I have come. I don’t think any numbers I will ever be…

In part I, we spoke about some of the great athletes who helped create and expand the field of training. In this post we would like to expand that list and talk about some of the men who really pushed the popularity of weight training among the general public. 1. Louis Cyr This 1890’s Canadian…

So many of us today exercise without any appreciation for the grand history of physical training and the pain and labor that has gone into developing the field over the decades. With this article I want to initiate a series of posts on the great men who changed the way we train for good. 1.…