Pierre Kryloff, Russian Weightlifting Champion
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From “Mighty Men of Old” Vol. I (n.d.) (Author unknown)
to possess the finest pair of shoulders among the old timers. Pierre
Kryloff, the Russian weightlifting champion of 30 years ago, still holds
the world’s record for muscling out weights (Crucifix position) with 90
pounds in each hand. Nearest to approach Kryloff’s wonderful feat was
Hackenschmidt with 89 and 90.
Kryloff weighed 205 pounds, was 5
feet 9½ inches in height, had a 50 inch expanded chest, biceps 17 inches
and thighs 24.
As a professional strong man, his favourite feats
were the breaking of chains on his chest and biceps, although his
admirers preferred to see him hold out weights as it showed up his
shoulders to better advantage. It is said he exercised with 56-pound
block weights, doing repetition holdouts a dozen times!
Kryloff originated a number of shoulder developing exercises such as
swinging a pair of
dumbbells in circles held at arm’s length in front of the body. It was
this movement Kryloff claimed to have built his shoulders.
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