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History of Powerlifting, Weightlifting and Strength Training – Part 14 1

More on Plates! With the York Olympic Barbell as the “gold standard” among all others available in the United States in the 1950’s and 1960’s, it was an often overlooked fact that others, like the fine set manufactured by Andy […]

History of Powerlifting, Weightlifting and Strength Training – Part 13 0

PLUSA and Some California Plates. Quoting from last month’s History installment, allow me to remind our readers that the equipment used for both training and in competition often wasn’t safe. Steve Baldwin, a very successful long time competitive powerlifter and […]

History of Powerlifting, Weightlifting and Strength Training – Part 12 0

You’re Taking Your Life in Your Hands. The date of the odd lift contest I had been recruited to compete in arrived and not only would this be the first contest of its type I had been a part of, […]

History of Powerlifting, Weightlifting and Strength Training – Part 11 0

The Jackson Barbell (Part II) As noted in the previous Part Ten of this series, Andy Jackson produced what was considered by many to be the finest Olympic barbell set in the world as a one man manufacturing force. That […]

History of Powerlifting, Weightlifting and Strength Training – Part 10 0

The Jackson Barbell. Doing most of my training in the garage, I had an awareness of what was going on throughout the country, due to my obsessive reading habits. I scoured the local newsstands for Muscle Power, Mr. America, and […]

History of Powerlifting, Weightlifting and Strength Training – Part 9 0

York, Weider, and Jackson. If one lifted weights in the late 1950’s and early ‘60’s when I received my start in the activity, they knew York and they knew Weider. Both Bob Hoffman who was the owner of the York […]

History of Powerlifting, Weightlifting and Strength Training – Part 8 0

Early Awareness, Bars and Plates. As a relatively astute young man whose compulsiveness leaned towards “having to know everything” about whatever it was that caught my interest, I often got hung up on minor details but it assured the completion […]

History of Powerlifting, Weightlifting and Strength Training – Part 7 0

Let’s Keep Talking About That Classic Equipment. In the early to mid-Sixties, my garage or basement, dependent upon where I had my limited equipment set-up, would have reflected the era’s typical “home gym” for a serious trainee or at least […]

History of Powerlifting, Weightlifting and Strength Training – Part 6 0

An Introduction to Equipment. During the first few years of my training, I had little awareness of the specific qualities that made equipment “good” or “bad.” My guideline was whatever I saw within the pages of Strength And Health, Muscle […]

History of Powerlifting, Weightlifting and Strength Training – Part 5 0

A Bit Of Lifting And Training History From My Perspective. With the proliferation of health clubs, spas, fitness facilities, gyms, and the fact that most martial arts and yoga teachers have somehow branched out into personal training or “their-specialty-specific lose […]

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