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StuKE

In all your years of training, what rank as the most impressive, memorable (etc) things you have witnessed in person?

if not in person, what has impressed you the most out of things you have seen on video / You Tube or even reliable stories you have heard?
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1958

Texas, USA

Dec 1980 in Arlington TX:
Joe Bradley,weighing 132lbs squatted 650 and bench pressed 396 in a cotton t-shirt.
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sirloin

Hey Stuke...

The most impressive thing I ever (and will ever) witness was on Easter Monday of 2001 in my home town (Bangor, Northern Ireland). It was watching the then Britain's strongest man Glenn Ross breaking a world record in the hercules hold, thousands turned up to watch it, he statically held two family sized cars for well over a minute, then when his grip finally give out and the cars dropped...he yelled out his famous battle cry "WHO'S THE DADDY".
I hung about that day and shock hands with him, his hands were tore up covered in blood from the attempt. All of the money that was raised that day he give to the local council to pay for the playgrounds in the town to be made safer after an 8 yo child died in one the previous month.
A class act.

DVD wise, though a druggie, I really like Markus Ruhl's training DVDs, especially "Big & Loving it", ive yet to see a pro bodybuilder train as hard as he does on that videos, this is someone that didnt rely on drugs and his genetics. If youve not seen it, treat yourself:)
Best
Rob
PS nice topic btw
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Crotalus

In person , I haven't seen anything most guys would say is incredible but a guy asked me to spot him during a set of seated PBN with 225 and that blew my mind - I think he got five good reps and he said he weighed 210.

Darden's stories of Sergio, Casey and Platz workouts still impress the hell out of me but I guess the report of Kevin Tolbert squatting 600 for nearly 30 reps then immediately following that with SLD with around 450 is still something unreal to me !!
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hit4me

Florida, USA

I was at the Arnold classic in 2016 and what impressed me the most is watching some mentally challenged individuals perform powerlifting squats with 400 something pounds

saw a senior lady in her 60's squat about 250..she weighed about 140

saw the wheelchair bodybuilding competition and weeped hearing their stories of coming back from car accidents and getting in shape
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Nwlifter

1958 wrote:
Dec 1980 in Arlington TX:
Joe Bradley,weighing 132lbs squatted 650 and bench pressed 396 in a cotton t-shirt.


Omg, wow, really? Did he come from Krypton? That is one strong dude!!

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1958

Texas, USA

Nwlifter wrote:
1958 wrote:
Dec 1980 in Arlington TX:
Joe Bradley,weighing 132lbs squatted 650 and bench pressed 396 in a cotton t-shirt.

Omg, wow, really? Did he come from Krypton? That is one strong dude!!



He came from prison.He was trained by Fred Hatfield.At the same meet,Hatfield squatted a deep 826 weighing 198.Mike Bridges squatted 832 @ 181 bwt.This was back in the day when powerlifting judging was strict.
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Nwlifter

wow that all must have been amazing!

1958 wrote:
Nwlifter wrote:
1958 wrote:
Dec 1980 in Arlington TX:
Joe Bradley,weighing 132lbs squatted 650 and bench pressed 396 in a cotton t-shirt.

Omg, wow, really? Did he come from Krypton? That is one strong dude!!



He came from prison.He was trained by Fred Hatfield.At the same meet,Hatfield squatted a deep 826 weighing 198.Mike Bridges squatted 832 @ 181 bwt.This was back in the day when powerlifting judging was strict.


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buddy 51

In the early 70's I was a 120 lbs. college student who had recently became addicted to bodybuilding and the world of Nautilius with Arthur Jones. I couldn't wait for the latest issue of Ironman magazine to come out with the newest info from Arthur Jones. I remember his articles on Sergio when he came down to Deland to train. He featured pics of Sergio's arms being bigger than his head!!!! I was also into basketball and went to a little sporting good shop on west Division st. in Chicago to buy a basketball (the large sporting stores were not in existence at that time). I went into the store and it was jammed with all sorts of sporting good equipment including some weight lifting . Then I noticed behind the counter was some guy in a long banana colored coat....the coat looked like it was 4 feet wide across the back. Then this guy turned around....IT WAS SERGIO "THE MYTH" OLIVIA!!!! IN THE FLESH!!! He took off his coat and he had on a shiny gold shirt with red pants with a giant wide buckled belt. He looked like something out of an Aladdin Lamp movie. He was shorter that I thought ( around 6 feet) but the width of his shoulders was unbelievable. His shirt sleeves were rolled up displaying football size forearms snake -like veins. Hands with the thickest fingers decorared with gold rings. Finally I spoke to him and he responded in a somewhat quiet accented voice. He said he worked part time at the shop that specialized in making custom weight lifting equipment. I told him I read the articles about him training with Arthur Jones. Honestly he said that the Nautilus machine were OK but could never produce traditional barbell/dumbbell routines. He stepped from behind the counter revealing his comic book super hero physique. Thighs that had exaggerated curves. But the mass of his upper body and arms was truly jaw dropping!!! I TRULY HAD THE EXPERIENCE OF SEEING IN PERSON THE MOST PHENOMENAL PHYSIQUE IN ALL OF BODYBUILDING!!!!!
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simon-hecubus

Texas, USA

At the Leaning Tower Y, I saw a guy doing strict full one-armed overhead triceps extensions with a 60-lb DB.

At A&M there was this thin rock hard guy, maybe 150 lbs, doing bench dips with three 45s on his lap. Just getting into position by himself was quite a feat.
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tompuderbaugh

I was privileged to see many top bodybuilders in person over the years.

Most are very impressive.

But (by far) the most impressive was Sergio Oliva in his prime. He was the only one who literally could "stop traffic" as he walked by.

You had to see it to believe it.

People passing by would just stop dead in their tracks, drop their jaws, slowly shake their heads and go "What the HELL was that?".

NEVER, NEVER seen anything like it.

Good training to all!
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Bastion

Although I'm no longer impressed with bloated looking circus freaks and or drug users. The most impressive things I can recall witnessing in a gym, was when I was 14 or 15 and just literally getting started on this journey back in 1988-89. Watching Greg Kovacs train and lift some of the most ridiculous amounts of weight imaginable. I saw him break a 45 degree leg press machine, had as many plates as the 3 loading posts would hold plus 2 200lb+ guys sitting on it. Smith machine incline and overhead presses with 4-5 plates a side. And the whole stack on any machine he touched. He was definitely a freak of nature.
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Ray200

Chris Duffin's 1002lbs deadlift for 2 reps (nearly 3) is exceptional.

Best,
Ray
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HeavyHitter32

The best strength feat I have ever witnessed was back around 1991 or 1992 in a somewhat older gym I trained at. It went out of business shortly after that, but it had that older gym, non-glamour, hard training feel reminiscent of the 70s and 80s older school. These kind of places are obviously not around anymore. There were a number of local competitors there - some at the state level if I recall.

One any rate, there was a competitive powerlifter that trained here. I'm guessing he was in his 30s. He barbell bench pressed 505 for two reps (and didn't even go to failure) in strict form. I would guess he weighed around 325-350. He carried plenty of bodyfat but you could see he had his share of muscle underneath it.

I remember talking to him about diet one day and he said, "I'm a powerlifting and I'll eat anything...I don't give a shit...I'm not a bodybuilder."
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ron33

Don't remember the exact poundages , but back in 79-81 time period the most impressive trainees I saw , were Platz , Wilkosz and David and Peter Paul ,they were really intense when they trained ...
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BennyAnthonyOfKC

Missouri, USA

ANECDOTE ONE: In 1986, I witnessed a female bodybuilder have another bodybuilder (a male) slap HER in the face, at HER request, immediately before beginning her set of bench-presses! Then, a few years later, this bodybuilderess (mispelling intentional) would become top-ranked in the international Weider sense of what "top-ranked" implied at that time! Ergo, if one is slapped before bench-pressing, then one will become celebrated in the realm of bodybuilding! lol

ANECDOTE TWO: On a MedX Leg Press, the girlfriend (maybe, wife) of Rob Serraino (from the Washington DC area) had completed a set with nearly all the plates on both stacks! Or, perhaps, it was with all the plates of both stacks!? Whatever the case, this super-female performed this Herculean-task in either 1995 or 1996, at the convention for The SuperSlow Exercise Convention that was held in Orlando, Florida!

PHOTOGRAPH: This isn't related, whatsoever, to the aforementioned anecdotal story, although this photograph does show the "Leg Press" by MedX Corporation!
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Dan_The_man

There's a guy in our gym who is one of the strongest I've seen in actual person and claims to be natural...Relative to his size he's incredibly strong. He's smaller in height than me, and stocky but not overly big.

I can deadlift 420-440 at a push but past that I hit a road block. I could probably do more if I put some more weight on - fat. I've seen this lad do over 600lbs and make it look easy. Watching someone do it in person is far more impressive than watching a video.

They say smaller guys aren't as good at deadlifting, but I tend to disagree. They might not break records like the giants do but up to a point they are more optimal. Although this guy isn't short he's nowhere near to 6ft. I stood right up close side on to him to observe his style. He uses straps whereas I don't, but what I did notice is that he didn't have to get down particularly low to the bar and distance to waist wasn't as great as what it is for me. People of a certain height probably around 5 7"-8ish seem to have the right dimensions to go heavy. More square than rectangle.
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StuKE

ron33 wrote:
Don't remember the exact poundages , but back in 79-81 time period the most impressive trainees I saw , were Platz , Wilkosz and David and Peter Paul ,they were really intense when they trained ...


I was a massive Barbarians fan. Forgot about those two until you mentioned them!
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StuKE

Some great stuff on here, I am enjoying reading these.
I think what sticks in my mind the most as seeing friend Dave Carter deadlift 320kg in The Skyrack pub in Headingley.
Dave was a multiple British Champion powerlifter (as Turpin will know) and he was head doorman at the pub. He was doing a deadlift exhibition to help raise money for the European Championships and he had asked me was coming to see. Of course, I turned up in plenty of time as he and a friend set up the bar. Now what I did not know Is that, to get the atmosphere going, anybody could go up and have a go! I believe I was 'double denimed' up (my daughter would disown me if I tried that now) so not exactly dressed for it. The bar had a couple of 20kg discs, so 60kg and nobody wanted to go up fans lift it, so I did it, just st one rep and moved to the side. Of course, others then slowly wond red up and had a go, all sorts of techniques - from good to bloody awful (ie those who had never done it). Soon , another 20 was put on each side, back to me and I didn't a rep, and so on. Soon there was 140kg and I did a rep with that, but I feared heavy deadlifts with virtually no warm up, so left my ego aside and stopped there. Others continued though, naturally some had failed at the 100kg, some failed at 140 too but others went on and I think on or two did 180, pretty impressive I thought especially for the odd one who seemed to have never deadlifted before. I cringed at one guy, how he avoided injury I don't know.
Anyway, it stopped at 180 as far as I can remember and then Dave and the other guy started warming up (bit unfair how they could warm up, hahaha).
Anyway, Dave hit 320kg I believe - not the most I had seen him lift, but certainly up there and for me, his most impressive because it was in such an unusual setting and seeing people's faces as a guy under 200lb deadlifted a weight that made the bar bend was great.
Even only going to 140kg I could feel it in my lower back as I walked home!
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sgb2112

Myself every workout.
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acas1959

The seventies, Santa Monica ... visiting the original Golds Gym and seeing Arnold and other train ... and finally and I mean finally! figuring out what the heck were those strange drawings on the walls I have seen some many times in the magazines and in the movie Pumping Iron ... do you guys know what they were? 🙂
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ron33

StuKE wrote:
ron33 wrote:
Don't remember the exact poundages , but back in 79-81 time period the most impressive trainees I saw , were Platz , Wilkosz and David and Peter Paul ,they were really intense when they trained ...

I was a massive Barbarians fan. Forgot about those two until you mentioned them!


Yes, they put most of the pros to shame with their poundages and intensity.they trained in their work boots carpenter jeans and flannel shirts . everbody refered to them as The Twins then ..just watching them put more energy in the atmosphere ..
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StuKE

ron33 wrote:
StuKE wrote:
ron33 wrote:
Don't remember the exact poundages , but back in 79-81 time period the most impressive trainees I saw , were Platz , Wilkosz and David and Peter Paul ,they were really intense when they trained ...

I was a massive Barbarians fan. Forgot about those two until you mentioned them!

Yes, they put most of the pros to shame with their poundages and intensity.they trained in their work boots carpenter jeans and flannel shirts . everbody refered to them as The Twins then ..just watching them put more energy in the atmosphere ..


I collected Barbarians articles, they would motivate me before a workout like nothing else could. There used to be a picture fro Golds (World?) Gym in the mags where loads of the pros and regulars were stood outside the gym in a group shot. You could see David Paul dwarfing moat of them in size.
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Turpin

StuKE wrote:
Some great stuff on here, I am enjoying reading these.
I think what sticks in my mind the most as seeing friend Dave Carter deadlift 320kg in The Skyrack pub in Headingley.
Dave was a multiple British Champion powerlifter (as Turpin will know) and he was head doorman at the pub. He was doing a deadlift exhibition to help raise money for the European Championships and he had asked me was coming to see. Of course, I turned up in plenty of time as he and a friend set up the bar. Now what I did not know Is that, to get the atmosphere going, anybody could go up and have a go! I believe I was 'double denimed' up (my daughter would disown me if I tried that now) so not exactly dressed for it. The bar had a couple of 20kg discs, so 60kg and nobody wanted to go up fans lift it, so I did it, just st one rep and moved to the side. Of course, others then slowly wond red up and had a go, all sorts of techniques - from good to bloody awful (ie those who had never done it). Soon , another 20 was put on each side, back to me and I didn't a rep, and so on. Soon there was 140kg and I did a rep with that, but I feared heavy deadlifts with virtually no warm up, so left my ego aside and stopped there. Others continued though, naturally some had failed at the 100kg, some failed at 140 too but others went on and I think on or two did 180, pretty impressive I thought especially for the odd one who seemed to have never deadlifted before. I cringed at one guy, how he avoided injury I don't know.
Anyway, it stopped at 180 as far as I can remember and then Dave and the other guy started warming up (bit unfair how they could warm up, hahaha).
Anyway, Dave hit 320kg I believe - not the most I had seen him lift, but certainly up there and for me, his most impressive because it was in such an unusual setting and seeing people's faces as a guy under 200lb deadlifted a weight that made the bar bend was great.
Even only going to 140kg I could feel it in my lower back as I walked home!


Dave was a phenomenon , the `laughing assassin` he would often laugh out loud whilst pulling 300kg + in competition ... great memories.

T.
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kurtvf

acas1959 wrote:
The seventies, Santa Monica ... visiting the original Golds Gym and seeing Arnold and other train ... and finally and I mean finally! figuring out what the heck were those strange drawings on the walls I have seen some many times in the magazines and in the movie Pumping Iron ... do you guys know what they were? 🙂


Some type of cross section drawings of early train locomotives. That is what I've always thought?
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