View Full Version : Promised Goerner routine for grip

chris mason
07-05-2003, 06:44 PM
Ok, here it is. I apologize about the poor picture quality in advance, but I think you should be able to read the pages just fine. I also included a few cool pictures of him.

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07-05-2003, 06:45 PM
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chris mason
07-05-2003, 06:53 PM
Here is a picture of him. Here are his stats circa 1927:

Age: 36
Biceps: 19"
Chest: 54"
Neck: 19.5"
Weight: 260 lbs

He was just over 6' tall.

Definitely a pre-steroid freak!

chris mason
07-05-2003, 06:57 PM
This next picture is of him and his "challenge" barbell. This is what he would challenge audience members to lift. The bell is 330 3/4 lbs. The handle is 2 3/8" thick. Note the thickness relative to his hands (which were good sized). Also note it is not a rotating bell. These factors make this a extremely difficult barbell to lift overhead, EXTREMELY.

chris mason
07-05-2003, 06:58 PM
This last one is of him jerking 392 lbs of human being from behind the neck. Another very impressive feat.

07-06-2003, 12:25 AM
Great stuff chris! Thanks a ton!

07-06-2003, 01:18 AM
Amazing. Absolutely amazing.

I'm glad to see this posted.

chris mason
07-06-2003, 06:54 AM
The excerpts and pictures are from a book titled Georner The Mighty by Edgar Mueller which I purchased at the collectors meeting at the AOBS dinner I attended a week ago. Great book.

07-06-2003, 04:03 PM
damn that is some impressive pictures


Isaac Wilkins
07-15-2003, 09:46 AM
Amazing waist thickness and forearm development. That just screams power!

07-22-2003, 07:44 AM
Awesome find Chris. This guy is amazing. I have seen pics of him before with the "challenge" BB but never knew who he was. The excerpt from the book is a good read :thumbup:

07-26-2003, 04:18 AM
Damn, thats a biiiig boy.

You always notice that those guys never have very well developed pectorals, yet always have huge arms, good sized legs, and are very, VERY thick.

Chris- I dont know much about classic strongmen, was chest strength not a big deal? Was the bench press not seen as a serious lift by the strongmen of old? Modern Powerlifters all have very large chests, even though most do tricep-dominated bench pressing. I think that may be possibly because you simply cannot bench what you can squat, plus that it is not a full body motion(and its evident that strongmen were extremely fond of full body movements). What are your thoughts?

chris mason
07-26-2003, 01:03 PM
Bench pressing, in its current style, was virtually unknown until sometime in the 30s-40s. It really didn't come into vogue until the 50s. Before that, there was the press from the floor where a trainee did a chest press from the floor, thus reducing the ROM from using a bench.

Old time lifters were concerned with how much they could overhead press. They were unconcerned with chest strength.

So, your observations are quite correct.

07-26-2003, 03:59 PM

07-26-2003, 04:40 PM
an interesting webpage on some historical figures