At the turn of the 20th century, the world saw the rise of a new kind of public hero: the professional strongman.
Strongmen emerged from the physical culture movement that had been building during the 1800s, and was itself a response to the Industrial Revolution. With the proliferation of office work, there became a growing concern as to how this new sedentary lifestyle was affecting the health — and manhood — of the country’s men.
…We’ve looked through a few dozen vintage strongman manuals to find the best and most interesting of these lost exercises. They look to be just as effective as they were in the days when steak and eggs were the only workout supplements available, and the singlet was a man’s go-to gym wear. Try some of these the next time your workout routine gets dull, and be sure to twist your mustache after completing each set.
Finger hangs on the door jam above the door are great for finger strength …until you rip the frame off of the top of the door.