Bill Hinbern-George Hackenschmidt-#435
Eric Fiorillo Host of The Award Winning Motivation and Muscle Podcast Show Welcomes Bill Hinbern to the broadcast. Bill Hinbern is a strength historian, a strength athlete who is dedicated to over 50 years of teaching the value of strength and physical culture and the owner of the world famous Superstrengthtraining.com web site.
Eric and Bill start the podcast right off with a vivid description of the physique of the great George Hackenschmidt. Born Georg Karl Julius Hackenschmidt, he was an early 20th-century strongman and professional wrestler. As Bill relates to Eric that he is recognized as professional wrestling’s first world heavyweight champion.
Bill tells Eric that George Hackenschmid,t with his wrestling skills, was destined to become famous throughout the World and take his place in fighting arts history better known as THE RUSSIAN LION. He was a fighter and unlike many of his opponents and contemporary wrestlers was never mean, vindictive or unnecessarily rough in his wrestling bouts. Hackenschmidt is believed to be the creator of the professional wrestling version of the bear hug.
Eric and Bill talk about what a great weightlifter Hack was. He could floor press which was the precursor to the bench press with a weight of 361 pounds. As Bill describes the official 400 pound bench press was not official till the 1950’s.
We talk about the 335 pound press Hack did while in a wrestlers bridge, his monster one arm press overhead and him lifting and pressing a small horse overhead.
This was one of the greatest athletes ever.
We talk about the wrestling matches with Frank Gotch which, by the way, was the only opponent Hack ever lost to. This podcast is loaded with the life of a man who really put his mark on Physical Culture and could only be told by Bill Hinbern.
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