Jefferson Lift-Eric Fiorillo The Host of The Award Winning Motivation and Muscle Streaming Radio 24/7 Welcomes The President of Atomic Athletic, Olympic Lifter and Competitor, Stone Lifter and Strength Historian Roger LaPointe to the Broadcast. Eric and Roger jump right into today’s show with another super strength builder called the Jefferson Lift. So let’s start in with some history on this lift. The Jefferson Lift gets its name from the old circus strongman Charles Jefferson, Jefferson traveled and performed with Barnum and later with Barnum & Bailey. Jefferson was known for his chain breaking and his ability to lift monster weights. The Jefferson Lift was also called the Straddle Lift in Great Britain.There is always the ongoing argument that is the Jefferson Lift a squat or a deadlift? It to me is a deadlift but as Roger states, it can feel in much ways like a front squat through the legs. Alan Calvert, of Milo Barbell, was a big proponent of the Jefferson Lift. He wrote about two different variations with photos in his book “Super Strength”. Eric and Roger talk about his discussions with Jan Dellinger when Roger was employed with York Barbell. Jan told Roger that John Grimek thought very highly of the Jefferson Lift. Roger tells Eric that Jan had told him that Grimek believed in only doing the Jefferson Lift as a partial lift off of blocks. They can also be done in a power rack at all different heights if you choose to.For me, the reason I started this tremendous exercise was because of a picture I saw of strongman Jack Shanks. Jack was around 170 pounds at the time and he was doing well over a 900 pound partial with the Jefferson Lift. That’s when the lightbulb went off in my head. I believe the Jefferson Lift and the Dinnie Stones have a direct correlation. Study if you will the hand placement on the Jefferson Lift and the position you would take to lift the Dinnie Stones. It’s very similar in nature.Eric tells Roger he believes that this forgotten movement will be the reason why his stone lifting will be stronger than ever. When you can take an exercise of this magnitude and convert it to so much body power and train it from so many angles there are no negatives. I feel there will be the typical naysayers telling me you’ll hurt your lower back. To that, I will reply your lower back or the small of your back is where you derive all of your power from. Just read some of the old Peary Rader IronMan articles. Peary always made it clear how vital it was to build and keep healthy the small of the back. If that was good enough for Peary it’s good enough for me! Get out there and hit the Jefferson Lift hard! Motivation and Muscle Streaming Radio 24/7 Connects Your Brain With Your Brawn. Enjoy!
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