Thomas Inch-Eric Fiorillo The Host of The Award Winning Motivation and Muscle Streaming Radio 24/7 Welcomes Bill Hinbern to the broadcast. Bill 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 website. Eric and Bill lead the show right off with the legendary strength athlete Thomas Inch. Thomas Inch was born December 27, 1881, and passed away December 12, 1963. Inch was born in Scarborough, England, and became Britain’s Strongest Youth, then Britain’s Strongest Man. One thing that sticks out right away about Thomas Inch is what a successful business man he was. He built an empire out of a mail order training business. He employed over 100 employees and had 50 typists who put together and typed the content for his weight training programs. Think about how significant this is. We are talking about this type of prosperity in the early 1900’s.Thomas Inch to keep his name freshly ingrained in the public’s eye had to continually do strength exhibitions. Bill tells Eric Inch was an expert at the overhead lifts and the bent press. He was a big proponent of heavy lifting. Thomas Inch was the first strength athlete from Europe to come up with the idea of plate loaded dumbells and barbells. He also stressed how beneficial dumbells and barbells were for building strength.Eric and Bill talk about what an advocate Thomas Inch was for supporting huge weight overhead. That was over 100 years ago. We talk power racks and supporting monster weights for size and unmatched strength. Inch was truly not only a strength pioneer but he was way ahead of his time.Now this is where Thomas Inch really was an innovator. This creation was called the Inch Challenge Dumbell. Bill tells us that there were four or possibly five Inch dumbells at one time. Bill tells Eric that there are only three Inch dumbells he knows of today. They weigh 144, 153 and of course the challenge bell Inch is famous for weighs in at 172lbs 9 ounces.The unliftable Inch challenge dumbells at 172lbs 9 ounces eventually became what Inch was known for. Bill tells us about some of the allegations that may be that the challenge dumbbell was one of the lighter ones of the three. Unless they were weighed to be exact they all looked identical in shape and size. There were also rumors of small holes drilled into the handle to insert something into it to make it easier to lift. You have to remember that a 2 and 3/8’s inch handle is very hard to grip let alone its ability to twist in your hand. This makes it almost impossible to lift. We talk about how impressive the Inch Dumbell is in and out of the gym. Eric tells Bill he has a friend who has an Inch Dumbell in his living room right next to his fireplace. As Bill relates to Eric that these make great conversation pieces.Eric and Bill talk about was Thomas Inch really lifting the i172lb challenge bell every time he performed this magnificent feat of strength. Some believe he used the lighter dumbells. But no one really knows. Either way think about whether it was the 144, 153 or 172-pound dumbells with a 2 3/8″ handle. Do you realize the hand strength you had to process to pull that off the ground? This is why we always say that you can have the strongest back in the word but if your grip is weak and especially your thumb the Inch Challenge Dumbell will have to be reckoned with another day! Motivation and Muscle Streaming Radio 24/7 Connects Your Brain With Your Brawn. Enjoy!
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