W. A. Pullum, The Bent Press [1930]

W. A. Pullum, The Bent Press [1930]

The very first thing that the beginner should accept as a fact in connection with the “Bent Press” is that everyone can do it, if only the job is tackled in the right way. I mention this because I know that quite a number of people-otherwise good lifters among them-believe that it is a feat which can only be successfully accomplished by certain individuals who have been singularly blessed by Nature! The idea, though so common, is quite wrong! There is nothing to stop any man who has the full use of his four limbs learning this lift and eventually becoming good on it. That is, providing that he does not, at the commencement, attempt to rush matters.

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Let’s Give Weightless Squats a Chance [1970]

Let’s Give Weightless Squats a Chance [1970]

One of the oldest and least used exercises nowadays is the weightless deep knee bend. Yet, conscientious and regular use of this exercise can bring excellent results. There are several examples of famous athletes who have used this exercise almost exclusively for...

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Edward Aston, The Bent Press: The Wrong Way & The Right Way [1948]

Edward Aston, The Bent Press: The Wrong Way & The Right Way [1948]

It is my opinion that the correct name for this lift should be the “Body Supporting-Arm Extending” lift. If you carefully analyze this title while looking at the photograph of the correct lifting method, you may easily see the reason for this name. The name “Bent Press” implies, pressing while bending. This, however IS NOT the case. First, the “bent” position is assumed and only then does the pressing begin.

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[CHALLENGE] #GGP108 Sun Salutations

[CHALLENGE] #GGP108 Sun Salutations

In many yoga schools, it has been customary to celebrate these key milestones of the year on the solstices and equinoxes by practicing 108 repetitions of Surya Namaskar, the "Sun Salutation" - and that's exactly what we will do. Ladies & gentlemen, please join our...

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Let’s Revive the Bent Press [1962]

Let’s Revive the Bent Press [1962]

The most important thing for a beginner is this, and bear this well in mind: When doing a bent press lift, there is absolutely no thought to be used in pushing the bell with arm power. The bell must remain at the same level in pushing as when it was first placed at shoulder height. The palm of the hand must face the head at this point, and the body must be pressed AWAY from the weight.

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Daily Exercises and Home Development [1922]: Part 2 – Dipping + Chinning the Bar

Daily Exercises and Home Development [1922]: Part 2 – Dipping + Chinning the Bar

Take two stout chairs, or the foot-board of a bed and a chair, and bring them together so that you can stand comfortably between them with your hands at your sides. Now, place your hands upon them, raise your feet from the floor and lower the weight of the body by means of bending the arms until your knees touch the floor. Then raise your body until your arms are extended fully, drawing your knees up as high as you can. Continue this motion for not more than eight counts at a time.

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Some Exercises to Test Your Strength [1923]

Some Exercises to Test Your Strength [1923]

Here are a couple of exercises that you can do to test your strength, but which also will give you strength and muscle if you practice them regularly. 

Get the strongest chair handy for them, you will then be least likely to damage either the chair or yourself. 

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Tough Muscle Building Work of Advanced Non-Apparatus Training [1955]

Tough Muscle Building Work of Advanced Non-Apparatus Training [1955]

Even the most ardent heavy-apparatus man can use his muscular system to the limits of its powers when he is removed from his weights, squat racks, etc., by circumstances such as National Service, traveling, conditions at home demanding silence, etc., and if weight trainers reading this are inclined to doubt the powerful effects of these exercises, then I would earnestly suggest that they try them. They will then have a very different opinion!

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Baithaks aka Hindu Squats [1950]

Baithaks aka Hindu Squats [1950]

This exercise is supplementary to Dands [Hindu pushups]. Dands give a prominent shape particularly to arms and chest while Baithaks shape calf muscles and thigh-muscles, tending to develop wonderful stamina of the performer. These two exercises enable Indian Wrestlers to become invincible in obtaining strength.

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What Makes the Oriental Strong? The Indian Dands [1911]

What Makes the Oriental Strong? The Indian Dands [1911]

The best method for a beginner is to start with five dands the first day and go up to ten at the end of the first week… You will be quite surprised to hear that when last year I went to see Gama performing this exercise I began to count, and saw that he went on doing over 2,000 dands within three hours time.

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