The Truth About Weight Lifting

by Alan Calvert

Founder of Milo Bar Bell Company

Calvert 1-2In 1911 Alan Calvert, the outspoken and opinionated proprietor of Milo Bar Bell Company, wrote and published the VERY FIRST hardcover book exclusively on the subject of weight lifting in America.

After reading this book you will understand why it caused such a controversy among the performing strong men of the day!

Fifteen chapters are devoted to some of the greatest known feats of strength, how they were performed, which were genuine, and which were fake.

In addition, the author compares the lifting abilities of such greats as Eugen Sandow, Louis Cyr, Charles Samson, John Gruhn Marx, Joseph Steinbach, Arthur Saxon, Karl Swoboda, etc.

Learn From the Greatest Weightlifting Teacher of All Time:

Table of Contents


American excels in light sports -– has produced no stars in heavy athletics -– all strength records held by Europeans.


Why we have so few good lifters -– professionals have killed sport by “faking” — how lifters deceive audience by using “trick” and “phoney” dumbbells -– how they “stall off” a dangerous-looking amateur.


The STANDARD dumbbell lifts -– the “Snatch” -– the “Swing” — the “Jerk” — the “Press” — how they are performed and the true World’s Records in these events.


Other well-known lifts -– the one-arm “press”Sandow’s favorite stunt“Muscling out” bells -– dead weight lifting -– harness lifting, etc.


Exhibition feats -– attractive and yet easy lifts with live weights — “supporting feats” take with the public — Bone strength vs. muscle strength -– true test is how much a man lifts — not how much he supports.


The magic of strength -– “chain snapping” -– “coin breaking” -– “card tearing,” etc.


American professional “strong men” rarely compete -– they only indulge in challenges for advertising purposes.


Who is the Strongest Man in the world? — six or eight claimants considered by an expert -– how to determine the Champion -– the man who is recognized as the present Title Holder -– no man supreme -– most lifting records held by amateurs.


Measurements of famous strong men -– often exaggerated — the chest expansion fake — how size of man’s head affects his appearance.


Place weight lifting on proper footing -– appoint a Board of Control -– Make professionals and amateurs prove their lifts in public -– never take a professional lifter’s word regarding his lifts.


Weight lifting vs. heavy dumbbell exercises -– how to strengthen the body for heavy work -– same method used by all famous “Strong Men” — lifting a sport for young and old -– any age between 15 and 45 — a man at his best in heavy work between 30 and 40 — famous William Tuerk created World’s Records when 42 years old -– hammer throwers stay at top for years.


Difference between strength and power -– a good big man always beats a good little man -– heavy men hold Records -– how much ought a 200-lb. man to lift? -– how much ought a 150-lbs man lift — 100 lbs. in one hand a boy’s feats -– remarkable records of some 140-lb. lifters.


Old superstitions regarding lifting -– what do you mean by “muscle bound” — the slow, beefy, lifter out of date -– takes an active man to do competition lifting -– great lifters usually fine jumpers.


Stage work -– thin man cannot hold a job -– audience demands muscle on surface — so-called “Strong Men” who travel on their “shape.”


Interesting anecdotes about famous lifters -– their methods in training -– views regarding drinking, smoking, etc.

“I have never known any man to make even respectable records at weight-lifting if he wasted his time exercising with 5 and 10 lb. dumbbells.”
– Alan Calvert

Here’s a Few Comments From People Who Have Read
“The Truth About Weight Lifting”
by Alan Calvert
“Thanks for the fast delivery of Calvert’s ‘The Truth About Weight Lifting’. This is a great book! It has a lot of valuable information that I’ve never found any where else! Thanks, again!”
Bill S.
Morris Plains, New Jersey

“I just finished reading, ‘The Truth About Weight Lifting’ by Alan Calvert. It really opened my eyes about early lifting in America.”
Justin R.
Belton, Missouri

A copy of this book belongs on the bookshelf of every man who trains with barbells, dumbbells and kettlebells!

Yours for greater strength,

Bill Hinbern
Super Strength Training

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