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The BBC reports
that "Beer drinkers in the US have filed a $5m (£3.3m) lawsuit accusing Anheuser-Busch of watering down its beer." The lawsuits are based on information from former employees at breweries owned by the multinational. [more inside]
The Hammer is a light-up dildo that's muscle controlled.
Or a test your strength game for your vagina or anus. Kristen Stubbs, Ph.D. is a roboticist who runs The Toymaker Project
, "a place to think about technological empowerment with respect to sexuality, gender and pleasure." Likely NSFW.
The Strongest Woman In America Lives In Poverty
. Weightlifter Sarah Robles is an incredible athlete, but outside the world of squats and snatches, barely anyone knows her name.
is one of the most accomplished and recognizable young women in the world of slam poetry. The two-time National Poetry Slam champion has spent the past five years energizing audiences at colleges and poetry events across the nation, seamlessly weaving complex issues of identity and gender with the honesty of heartbreak. Her piece 'Paper Dolls'
, recently shared on Project Unbreakable (previously)
, is very, very good. TRIGGER WARNING - subject matter pertains to sexual assault.
9-year-old Naomi Kutin squats 187 at a bodyweight of 88 lbs.
This breaks the 100% Raw record for the 97 lb class, held for a number of years by a woman in her late 20's. [more inside]
"I happen to believe that the deadlift is a most beneficial exercise for men and women and
athletes of both sexes of all ages
... The deadlift is not only a useful exercise to help build greater hip, leg, and back strength, it’s a movement everyone needs to know how to do properly because it will be done in some form or fashion countless times in a lifetime." Legendary strength coach Bill Starr
writes about the deadlift, just as 27-year-old Benedikt Magnusson
sets a new world record with a lift of 1015 pounds
Survival, Strength, Sisterhood: Power of Women in the Downtown Eastside
(Vimeo link; possibly triggering) is a 2011 short film by Alejandro Zuluaga and Harsha Walia, based on a concept by the Downtown Eastside Power of Women Group (TRT 32:00). [more inside]
is "a celebration of the functional athletic physique, and the effort needed to attain it." Because strong is the new skinny.
Before the rise in popularity of the bench press as the de facto test of upper body strength, the overhead press was king. However, the press began to fall out of favor in the 1970s. Legendary strength coach Bill Starr
provides a history of the lift and offers a number of suggestions for strengthening it
. Until 1972, the clean and press
was one of the three contested lifts in Olympic weightlifting
. It was dropped from competition in part because of the dynamic style
some lifters developed for the press, which was said to make judging the lift difficult. Bill Starr explains how to perform the technical Olympic-style press
, and veteran lifter Tommy Suggs
coaches it in a three-part video series (Part 1
, Part 2
, Part 3
is a traditional Thai
, Lao and Burmese
practice using beautiful
and intricately designed yantras
for good luck, fortune, strength and protection. [more inside]
, a prominent alpinist
, is the founder of Gym Jones
. His training of the actors of 300
has inspired "the 300 workout"
as well as some detractors
The conventional wisdom says that in the best of circumstances, a male beginner weight trainee cannot hope to gain more than a maximum of 2 pounds of muscle per month
. Enter Mark Rippetoe, author and gym owner, and his 20-year-old trainee Zach Evetts. Zach gained 2.84 pounds of muscle a week
. In his article "The Novice Effect
," (PDF) Rippetoe explains Zach's results and why they're not surprising. [more inside]
At 104, fit & spry Joe Rollino
was the last classic strongman
-- the sport of strength athletics
, which evolved into modern bodybuilding. Standing 5'10" and weighing a mere 145 pounds
, he was a fixture on Coney Island
, known for feats of strength like 450 pound teeth lifts, or bending quarters with his fingers. Rollino also boxed in the 1920's as "Kid Dundee"
, and returned from World War II decorated with the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts. Joe Rollino never drank, never smoked, was a lifetime vegetarian and a confirmed bachelor. He died today
after being struck by a minivan.
"The Iron never lies to you. You can walk outside and listen to all kinds of talk, get told that you’re a god or a total bastard. The Iron will always kick you the real deal. The Iron is the great reference point, the all-knowing perspective giver. Always there like a beacon in the pitch black. I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds."
"It's big, like people were back in the 70s... Big when you get that way because you're just real damn strong."
Brought to you from the Wichita Falls Athletic Club
, 70sbig.com will teach you how to eat, how to train, and how to style your moustache so that you can get 70s big. Not interested in becoming 70s big? Then stop by and observe the amazing feats of those who were, like weightlifter Anatoly Pisarenko
, who cleaned and jerked 583 pounds, or powerlifter Doug Young
, who deadlifted 711 pounds in competition despite three broken ribs. The site also feature a series of cheeky interviews with Mark Rippetoe, owner of WFAC and author of books like Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training
and Practical Programming for Strength Training.
Mistress Krista says: Only YOU can stop gym dorkery! Stumptuous
, one of AskMe's favourite fitness sites, has both a spiffy new design and a bunch of new content (Why your excuses are crap
; Lies in the gym
; Things you should not lift if you want to look like Madonna
). Beginners will find plenty of smart and blunt
information about eating
and refining a training program
, avoiding and recovering from injuries
, and developing a home gym one way
. But Stumptuous has also extended its domain to YouTube
. Part of the original Dork to Diva web series on correct technique
is now up at YT (deadlifts
; biceps curl
) thanks to the support of The Prevention of Gym Idiocy Society (Ladies' Auxiliary), but you can also find some more unorthodox exercise ideas
Meet Liam Hoekstra
. He is a remarkable toddler with a rare genetic disorder called Myostatin-Related Muscle Hypertrophy
, which causes him to have accelerated muscle mass and development, which leads to enhanced strength, speed, and agility. Supposedly, the same genes were manipulated to create these beefcakes
The Third World Squat
(Some images not 100% safe for work) When it comes to training someone who's new to the world of squats, deadlifts, and the fine art of picking up heavy stuff, I've found a substantial disparity in the learning curve between North Americans and those from third-world countries . . . There are a variety of possible reasons for this, but there's one dominant variable that's a great predictor of a trainee's immediate potential before they even step foot in the gym: The third-world squat.
is an extraordinarily strong
woman. Here is a video of her twisting a frying pan into a cylinder.
She has deadlifted over 500 pounds.
And pressed more than 250 pounds
I'M THE HIGH
PLAINS HEAVY METAL
IRON MASTER, BOY
How to perform strong man stunts
- learn how to how to how to lift and swing a man with your teeth, how to support 1000 lbs. of living weight with ease, and other manly feats that will get you looking Charles Atlas buff
for the summer. See also
The Mythical Quest
, an old exhibition at the British Library. 'Throughout the world, tales have always been told of
heroes and heroines embarking on perilous quests in
search of lost loved ones, the secret of immortality,
earthly paradise or simply great riches. Many of these
stories have elements in common, such as clashes with
monsters, battles with the elements, interventions by
the gods and tests of moral character, mental cunning
and physical strength. These tales have been expressed
in songs, literature, art and dance for thousands of
years, and are still being reinterpreted today in
books, comic strips, interactive games and adventure
More British Library exhibits here
, from early Indian photography
to the secret life of maps.
Examples of mythical quests :-
Journey to the West
not to mention
the Thai version);
(subject of a previous
the journey of Alexander
world of Dante
pulls 4 tonne jet fighter 1.5 metres with his hair. No wonder Bruce Khlebnikov
is the world's strongest kid.
The US army selects MIT for $50 million superhuman exoskeleton project.
Includes nanomaterials, invisibility, superhuman strength, protection from ballistics, and a built in kit for autonomous treatment. Will this be the soldier of the future?
are at it again
"We will send about 20 men, their ages ranging from 25 to 77, to pull the 400-seat B747. We hope to set a world record."
And I was impressed by those World Ironman competitions...
Sure an ant can move stuff 50 times its weight, but can it do this?
Gotta be wondering what goes on in these guys' minds when they're doing this stuff! (insert dirty joke here)