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BendtheBar 12-05-2009 10:22 AM

The Weightlifting Exploits of John C. Grimek
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The Weightlifting Exploits of John C. Grimek

Iron game lore rightly recognizes John Grimek
as one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time. Less
appreciated, but no less significant, is the fact that he
was also one of the strongest weightlifters of his era.
Although he was national champion in 1936 and a
member of the Olympic team that went to Berlin,
Grimek’s awesome strength has largely escaped the
attention it deserves. While his physique clearly surpassed
such contemporaries as Sig Klein, Clarence
Ross, Alan Stephen, Dan Lurie, and Steve Reeves on
the posing dais, his strength has never been compared
with others of his ilk on the lifting platform. Perhaps
there is no truer test of one’s upper body strength than
the old-fashioned military press, a lift in which Grimek
was particularly adept. Furthermore he never consistently
trained for proficiency in the competitive lifts
and never shirked an impromptu challenge.
This kind of approach was once central...

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