In all annals of Strength, Pride of place must be given to Arthur Saxon, the weightlifter who was always able to lift more than he claimed.
– W. A. Pullum
While he never achieved the iconic status of fellow Strongman pioneers Eugene Sandow or Louis Apollon, the German weightlifter Arthur Saxon (born Arthur Hennig in 1878) often ranks above them all in the eyes of true Iron Game enthusiasts. Whether performing in a British concert hall or an American circus tent; as a solo act or alongside his brothers in the “Saxon Trio,” Arthur regularly achieved feats of true skill that few others would even attempt. His record-setting “Bent Press,” for example—which he once used to best Sandow himself— remains the gold standard nearly a century after his death.
– The Rogue Legends Series – Chapter 5: Saxon