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DR.KEN HAS LEFT US.

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:05 pm
by peter yates
I am so sorry to report i heard today that Dr.Ken Leistner has passed away. At the moment i have no more details and got this from Iron History Forum. Opinionated and passionate he often ruffled feathers but made no apologies for who he was.That he contributed much to the world of strength and conditioning is without doubt.Rugby,judo, American football, Olympic lifting, powerlifting were just some of the activities he was involved in in his long career, as participant, coach and promoter.He was also active in many ways for the good of his community and worked as a Chiropractor.He was a prolific writer on all the subjects he had interest in especially the world of strength. For a time he put out an excellent newsletter called the Steel Tip, which was chock full of sound training advise.Always having a home gym where many benefited from his expert guidance, for a period he was also co-owner of the Iron Island Gym on Long Island, New York. After Hurricane Sandy devastated Long Island, Dr.Ken and his wife Kathy worked tirelessly in their community to help those in need.One of their projects was caring for displaced kids barracked in a church hall. I sent Ken some clothes and a check and thought no more of it. A week or so later i received a hand written note thanking me for the donation.That shows the measure of the man, who despite working round the clock helping others he still made time to write to me and possibly many others in gratitude. I wish on the behalf of HOPC to offer sincere condolences to his wife Kathy,family and friends.May he now rest in peace.
Sincerely,Peter.

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Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:42 am
by sticksb
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Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:00 pm
by DannyBoy
I'm sorry to hear that, Peter. Rest in peace Dr. Leistner and Godspeed to you good sir. May God bless & comfort all of his family & friends.

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Re: DR.KEN HAS LEFT US.

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:05 pm
by peter yates
Just been reading some of Dr.Ken's articles again. Always enjoyed his no nonsense approach to training. Thank goodness he has left so much of value for future generations,if they are prepared to listen that is.He certainly lived a full life and although his sudden death is so difficult for those left, one can be sure Dr.Ken would never have wanted to be an invalid. Forum member Jim Duggan wrote a very nice memorial for Ken which can be read on Bob Whelan's Natural Strength site.
Regards,Peter.

Re: DR.KEN HAS LEFT US.

Posted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:30 pm
by Jim Duggan
It is, indeed, a sad time for the Iron Game. I had the pleasure of being a member of Iron Iron Gym in the 90s. And it was an honor to get to know Dr. Ken. My only regret is that I wish I had gotten to know him better than I did, for he was, truly, a remarkable man. His knowledge of Strength, and training was extraordinary. But what was even more amazing was his passion for sharing it with others. And his incredible skill as a writer enabled him to do just that. He was, by far, my favorite Iron Game writer, and there are many who I would consider great writers, but Doc just seemed to have the ability to make strength exciting, interesting, and informative (Brooks Kubik, Bob Whelan, John McCallum are my other favorites.)
It seems like his qualities as a strength expert were exceeded only by his qualities as a person. His generosity, interest in others, kindness, and devotion to his family and friends all played a role into making him into someone to be, rightfully, admired and respected. I'm sure I speak for many people when I say that I shall miss him. But his spirit will live forever in the hearts and minds of those of us who looked up to him.
Bob Whelan had asked me to write something for his website.
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Re: DR.KEN HAS LEFT US.

Posted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:49 pm
by peter yates
Hi Jim, thanks you for writing this nice tribute to Dr.Ken and for sharing it with us at HOPC.
Regards,Peter.

Re: DR.KEN HAS LEFT US.

Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:24 pm
by DannyBoy
Very nice tribute to Dr. Ken, Jim! Bravo and thank you for sharing it here!

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Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:02 pm
by Tom K
[video]https://youtu.be/LMA1itUqe9k[/video]

His 400lbs for 23 reps! Sorry to hear that he passed.

Re: DR.KEN HAS LEFT US.

Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:53 pm
by peter yates
Hi Tom, thanks for the video. Dr.Ken tapped that training session so he could sell it to raise money for the Lakeside Youth Center where he did a lot of good work with the kids. The whole workout is tremendous and reflects his whole approach to training, brief, basic and brutal. Besides the 23 reps with 407lb in that workout he also did the following:
press 253lb x 4.
SLDL 347lb x13, this was done standing on a block so the bar touched his instep.
log roll up and push press 216 x3.
shrug 347lb x13 using straps.
Nautilus pull over 160lb x9 slow negative.
shrug with two 119lb farmers walk handles x11.
barbell curl 154lb x4 strict,2 cheat with slow on the negative.
Pretty intense when you also realize he was only weighing around 160lb at that time.Took around 30 minutes of solid concentrated work.
Regards,Peter.