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Videos of Old Physical Culturists, Strongmen & Bodybuilders

Post by DannyBoy » Fri Jan 16, 2015 4:45 pm

I wanted to create a thread dedicated to posting film of old physical culturists, strongmen & bodybuilders, and now thanks to our wonderful forum administrator Diane Robert enabling the embedding of videos, it's come to fruition. :)

I figure there's nobody better to start off this thread with than Eugen Sandow:

Sandow posing in 1894.
[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWM2ixqua3Y[/video]

Sandow wrestling a man by the name of Greiner, from 1895.
[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehdxytFM2I0[/video]

Sandow posing in 1903.
[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ENTWM7lwbk[/video]

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Re: Videos of Old Physical Culturists, Strongmen & Bodybuild

Post by DannyBoy » Sat Jan 17, 2015 3:15 am

Here's a couple videos courtesy of British Pathé of Alexander Zass (aka The Amazing Samson) performing various strongman feats/stunts:

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EG7vDgWX0G8[/video]

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLITsY5WRXg[/video]

It's very cool to be able to see Alexander Zass in action, especially for me as he's one of my favorite old time strongmen. I particularly like the "tying knots in iron bars", as Zass put it.

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Re: Videos of Old Physical Culturists, Strongmen & Bodybuild

Post by Harry Hayfield » Sat Jan 17, 2015 12:30 pm

Adding a few more names to the list we have Gustav Fristensky from the former Bohemia (now part of the Czech Republic)
[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKp6E5TJcW8[/video]

and of course Steve Reeves who I think many people will think of as the orginal bodybuilder for the masses
[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOrUZeqODUQ[/video]
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Re: Videos of Old Physical Culturists, Strongmen & Bodybuild

Post by DannyBoy » Sat Jan 17, 2015 5:00 pm

Great stuff Harry, you certainly can't go wrong with Steve Reeves!

As for Gustav Fristensky, he was also a professional wrestler. He took on many of wrestling's greats & notables of the time including Stanislaus Zbyszko, Aleksander Aberg, Georg Lurich, Constant le Marin, Laurent le Beaucairois, Heinrich Eberle, Michael Hitzler and Wladyslaw Pytlasinski, amongst others.

Here's a match between Gustav Fristensky & Josef Smejkal from 1913:
[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLNfu5GXuhQ[/video]

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Re: Videos of Old Physical Culturists, Strongmen & Bodybuild

Post by Harry Hayfield » Sun Jan 18, 2015 4:40 am

DannyBoy wrote:Great stuff Harry, you certainly can't go wrong with Steve Reeves! As for Gustav Fristensky, he was also a professional wrestler. He took on many of wrestling's greats & notables of the time including Stanislaus Zbyszko, Aleksander Aberg, Georg Lurich, Constant le Marin, Laurent le Beaucairois, Heinrich Eberle, Michael Hitzler and Wladyslaw Pytlasinski, amongst others.
I didn't know he was a wrestler at all but wouldn't be surprised at all. I have a friend living in Pennsylvania (Gettysburg to be precise) who's been training since he was about five as a wrestler, then as a power lifter and currently as a bodybuilder with a view to continuing his bodybuilding career which has been on pause since he left college in 2006 having won pretty much every collegiate title in all three sports going and as a result he is a mere 270lbs at 6ft 2 and can do a total of just shy of 2,220lbs and boasts a 500lb + two handed dumbbell curl.
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Re: Videos of Old Physical Culturists, Strongmen & Bodybuild

Post by DannyBoy » Mon Jan 19, 2015 9:54 pm

Harry Hayfield wrote:
DannyBoy wrote:Great stuff Harry, you certainly can't go wrong with Steve Reeves! As for Gustav Fristensky, he was also a professional wrestler. He took on many of wrestling's greats & notables of the time including Stanislaus Zbyszko, Aleksander Aberg, Georg Lurich, Constant le Marin, Laurent le Beaucairois, Heinrich Eberle, Michael Hitzler and Wladyslaw Pytlasinski, amongst others.
I didn't know he was a wrestler at all but wouldn't be surprised at all. I have a friend living in Pennsylvania (Gettysburg to be precise) who's been training since he was about five as a wrestler, then as a power lifter and currently as a bodybuilder with a view to continuing his bodybuilding career which has been on pause since he left college in 2006 having won pretty much every collegiate title in all three sports going and as a result he is a mere 270lbs at 6ft 2 and can do a total of just shy of 2,220lbs and boasts a 500lb + two handed dumbbell curl.
Yeah, many old time strongmen did wrestle (or vice versa, some pro wrestlers were also strongmen), most especially Europeans because wrestling (Greco-Roman particularly) was so ingrained in their culture.

Your friend sounds quite impressive. What's his name? I'm 6'2" myself, but weigh only 200lbs (maybe a bit more) at the moment.

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Post by peter yates » Tue Jan 20, 2015 3:47 pm

THANKS GUYS,
IT GREAT TO ABOUT THE OLD TIMERS AND WHAT THEY WROTE AND TO SEE THEIR PHOTOGRAPHS BUT TO SEE THEM IN ACTION IS PRICELESS.
REGARDS, PETER.
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Post by DannyBoy » Wed Jan 21, 2015 7:04 am

No problem Peter! :)


This video is suppose to be of Reg Park's 500lb bench press:
[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptB6SyXFO_4[/video]

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Re: Videos of Old Physical Culturists, Strongmen & Bodybuild

Post by peter yates » Wed Jan 21, 2015 10:23 am

WELL BEING A NORTH OF ENGLAND LAD REG AS ALWAYS BEEN A FAVORITE OF MINE. WHILE I NEVER MET HIM I KNEW QIUTE A FEW WHO DID WHILE HE LIVED IN ENGLAND AND I HEARD NOTHING BUT GOOD ABOUT HIM AS A PERSON. HE CERTAINLY HAD THE WHOLE PACKAGE AND WAS AS STRONG AS HE LOOKED. NO DISRESPECT TO STEVE REEVES, WHO I HOLD IN THE HIGHEST ESTEEM, BUT TO ME REG WAS HERCULES WITHOUT A DOUBT. REG AT HIS BEST WAS THE BEST.
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Re: Videos of Old Physical Culturists, Strongmen & Bodybuild

Post by DannyBoy » Thu Jan 22, 2015 1:09 am

peter yates wrote:WELL BEING A NORTH OF ENGLAND LAD REG AS ALWAYS BEEN A FAVORITE OF MINE. WHILE I NEVER MET HIM I KNEW QIUTE A FEW WHO DID WHILE HE LIVED IN ENGLAND AND I HEARD NOTHING BUT GOOD ABOUT HIM AS A PERSON. HE CERTAINLY HAD THE WHOLE PACKAGE AND WAS AS STRONG AS HE LOOKED. NO DISRESPECT TO STEVE REEVES, WHO I HOLD IN THE HIGHEST ESTEEM, BUT TO ME REG WAS HERCULES WITHOUT A DOUBT. REG AT HIS BEST WAS THE BEST.
I like Steve Reeves & Reg Park both as Hercules. I mean Reeves paved the way for Park and the various other bodybuilders who followed him into the movies with the success of Hercules and Hercules Unchained, but Reeves & Park both made some of the best/better Hercules (& general sword-&-sandal) movies of the time. Not that the Hercules movies they made were masterpieces of cinema by any means, but their Hercules' were certainly better than Arnold Schwarzenegger's Hercules, lol. Based on Hercules in New York, who would have ever thought that Arnold would go onto such a hugely successful movie career....

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