During the 18th and 19th century, there existed a group of extraordinary strongmen who could perform feats of strength that would be considered superhuman today. Their legendary strength was accompanied by their equally-astonishing physiques. In an era before fancy exercise equipment, supplements and drugs, these old timers accomplished what most men today cannot! What was their secret?
Like many athletes and strongmen today, their training philosophies and methods varied. If you’re looking for the perfect training program, you’re out of luck. Many of the old timers did not necessarily follow any specific routine–but rather, they stuck to their own set of training principles. By exploring the methods of the old timers, you may get an idea of how they trained, so you can perhaps incorporate them into your own training.
This article will explore the training methodologies of five old time strongmen: Eugen Sandow, George Hackenschmidt, Arthur Saxon, Hermann Goenrer, and Edward Aston. Whether you’re looking to gain some muscle mass, get strong, or both, the examples below will give you some ideas on what you can implement into your own training.