Top 10 Oldtime StrongWomen

On August 10, 2013 by Physical Culturist

Oldtime Physical Culture of the 18th and 19th century is often associated with the men of that era (Macfadden, Sandow, Hackenschmidt, Saxon, etc). Much forgotten, are the strongWOMEN who lifted and performed alongside these men, performing feats of strength that most men today are incapable of achieving. These women were not only strong and athletic, but were also beautiful!

Circus strong woman, 1905
Circus strong woman, 1905

(Listverse) Strongwomen, no less than strongmen, have long been an audience pleasing feature of circuses and carnivals, vaudeville, variety theater, fairgrounds, and music halls right up until the modern century. The 10 famous ladies of steel on this list were buff, built, solid, muscular, powerful, and talented performers … in other words, when these Amazons took the stage, it totally was our great-grandma’s gun show.

Below is the list of the top 10 strongwomen of that era, compiled by Nene Adams of

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