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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 […]

History of Powerlifting, Weightlifting and Strength Training – Part 4 0

The New York Scene. In the New York City area, Olympic lifting was very popular in the early to mid-1960’s. There were pockets of activity that spread from The McBurney YMCA basement on 23rd Street in Manhattan to Lost Battalion […]

History of Powerlifting, Weightlifting and Strength Training – Part 3 0

The Quest For Knowledge. In the days before the internet and immediate worldwide communication, the wonders of bodybuilding, especially in California, was brought to the attention of the many eager enthusiasts across the country, through the pages of Joe Weider’s […]

History of Powerlifting, Weightlifting and Strength Training – Part 2 0

One’s choice of lifting activity could have been very much determined by their geographic location in the 1940’s through the 1960’s. Referring to the first installment of this series, while most “training guys” did the same basic exercises, different parts […]

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