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  • Paperback: 74 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (24 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466466251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466466258
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 991,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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There's a lot of ideas here that I had thought were 'cutting edge'. If you're serious about strength, this is a great read.
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good old book
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HASH(0xa28e72a0) out of 5 stars A Great Historical Read 31 Mar. 2013
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This is a book originally written in 1910! You will not find out how to make your protein shakes or use your nautilus machines here. This is mainly a HISTORICAL read of one of the greatest strongmen of the early 1900's. A very interesting book if you buy it for the right purpose: HISTORY. Thare are some good lifting principles that still apply today too.
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HASH(0xa28f8858) out of 5 stars old school 23 July 2012
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This is a man who set the world record in a lift that still stands over 100 years after it was accomplished. This was done before steroids even existed.This man weighed only 200 lbs yet was world heavyweight champion in all around lifting. These clowns today with the suits and drugs could not come close to what this guy did 100 years ago.
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HASH(0xa2906d38) out of 5 stars textbook? no. weight lifting? nope 28 Aug. 2012
By Hector Rico - Published on
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As usual with these "public domain" books. There's lots of websites out there that sell them with a "sales letter" claiming they got big and strong using these books. IF YOU ARE GOING TO BUY ONE OF THESE BOOKS, BUY IT FOR AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY. Don't buy it expecting there to be a good pointer on every page. In fact Saxon was the only guy I've read who confess' that you inherit strength/muscle fibers through genetics. He doesn't show/explain any kind of isometrics. Its more like he talks about touring and he claims wins over other strongmen. Probably the only good advice I used was that he starts lifting weights then does other workouts. But don't expect for him to teach you his methods. There's pictures of him with barbells and kettlebells. But only buy it for his autobio sake.
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HASH(0xa2906a2c) out of 5 stars The worst book i ever see 22 Mar. 2012
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Theres nothing about weightlifting in this book... This is garbage! Very old pictures and no good informations...lost my money and time
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