Arthur Saxon Text Book of Weight Lifting

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Text Book of Weight Lifting

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Arthur Saxon is one of the most famous of all the oldtime strongman. That's because his most amazing feat simply boggles the mind.

He lifted 370 lbs. (and was reputed to have been close to locking out 400 lbs) overhead with one arm in what is know as the bent press.

Yes, this is a weight that over 99% of the population can't lift off the ground with both hands, yet The Iron Master could put it overhead with a single arm. Which group would you rather be in?

Some people claim its just a balance trick. Yet that same strength allowed him to literally toss 200 lb. barbells over head from hand to hand. That weight was just a toy to him.

How about a 250lb military press done in the strictest form without the slightest back bend?

Yes, Arthur Saxon's strength was not only legendary in his time, but it is still today. Where other strongmen have been forgotten over time, Arthur's name and reputation lives on.

In Arthur Saxon's second book, Text Book of Weight Lifting, you'll discover exercises and techniques that'll make you strong. Here are the chapters:

1. Why Weight-lifting should be regarded as the first of all Sports and also as the best form of Physical Exercise 2. Clean Lifting (Single-handed Barbell Lift - An Opinion on Contact - The Clean Press from the Shoulder - One-handed Jerk from Shoulder - Two handed Bar-bell Lift - Two Dumb-bells — Simultaneous Clean Lift - The Snatch - The Two-handed Snatch - The Dumb-bell Swing.) 3. The Bent Press 4. The Continental Lifts (One-Arm Push - Two-handed Continental Bar-bell Jerk - Two handed Bar-bell Push - Two Dumb-bells, Continental Style - Twohanded Bar-bell rolled and pulled up the back, and then jerked.) 5. Ring, Ball, and Square Weight-lifting (A Good Square or Ring Weight-lift.) 6. Weight-lifting Exercises and Exercises with Weights (Relaxing the Muscles – Exercises for Weight-Lifting.) 7. Exhibition and Trick Weight-lifting Feats. "To my mind, every man should devote at least some small attention to Weight-lifting. I don't think that I have come to this conclusion simply because I myself have gained some distinction as a weight-lifter, but rather for the reasons set forth below"...(read the book for more details)

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"The feat of holding up a genuine 300 lb. barbell with two heavy men seated thereon and at the same time supporting upon the feet a long heavy plank with about a dozen men clutching each other for safety upon that insecure seat was most impressive, and everything was done with such ease and lack of effort I felt astounded. I made up my mind to make this superman’s acquaintance. This I was shortly after enabled to do through the editor of a physical culture magazine commissioning me to visit the Brand Music Hall, Clapham, and take with me a scale with which to test Saxon’s claim that he was raising 300 lbs. overhead single handed twice nightly. The Saxons had no inkling of my intended visit but I was pleased to find that they placed no obstacles whatever in my way; they seemed only too glad to believe that at last something was being done to establish their claims. ...This was because at the time it was quite customary for so-called strongmen to outrageously exaggerate their lifts, one 10 stone (140 lb) lifter calmly claiming a Bent Press of 336 lbs. whilst the bell probably weighed only 140 lbs. or so. ... Once, indeed, at Battersea, the card read 286 lbs., but the bell, of course, was a good 300 as usual. Asked what this meant, Arthur, to my surprise, said, “We have lost the 300 lbs. card and they cost money, but we have a nice 286 lbs. card.” Such behavior had never been known in the lifting world before. ... Thus the Saxons had what others at that time lacked – the method of daily hard work which has got the champions of today where they are. But in this system they stood alone, others did as little as possible and the general standard of lifting was low at the time. I am often asked about Saxon’s measurements and his best lifts. They were as follows: Height, 5ft. 10ins.; Weight, 200 lbs.; Neck, 17; Biceps, 17; Forearm, 14½; Chest 44; Thigh, 24; Calf, 16; Wrist, 8 ½. His best lift was, of course, the Bent Press, or a Two Hands Anyhow with Barbell and Ringweight, the barbell to be pressed single handed and not jerked and changed to one hand (the style which I introduced for the first time in my match with Aston). Arthur Saxon’s British record was 336 lbs. Bent Press and 411 lbs. Barbell and Ringweight. These were performed in strict conditions. He always seemed capable to me of doing substantially more but was never lucky when the attempts were made." - Thomas Inch

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