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#1 OFFLINE   Volko Krull

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 01:00 PM

Hi folks,

I just found this very old picture of Swiss champion wrestler John Lemm.

John Lemm

Look at those legs ! They are far better balanced than those of modern day bodybuilders
yet nearly as big. Also they look more natural and rugged, more like pure strength.
Notice the slabs of muscle around his kneecaps ! :blink

My question is which exercises and routines did the real oldtimers (pre 1940) use to
build this incredible leg look of power ? I read that Lemm could squat (ass to the grass in those days)
with over 500 lb.

best regards, Volko

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 04:43 PM

His legs are nothing compared to a Tom Platz to be honest.

#3 OFFLINE   Wes

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 05:24 PM

What I wonder is why guys enjoy eyeballing and critiquing other dude's appendages.

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 05:58 PM

His legs are nothing compared to a Tom Platz to be honest.

I wonder what platz is up to these days?

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 07:16 PM

My legs look about like that. Probably a bit bigger, and, because they belong to me, much sexier. Just do lots of squats. No mystery here.

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 08:51 PM

There's a webpage that has links to the old time strongmen books, workouts and pamphlets. I think something like sandowplus.uk or something or maybe google sandow, oldtime strongmen to find it.

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 09:59 PM

do your legs really look like that? the last vid i saw of you they didn't seem to look like that.

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 08:02 AM

do your legs really look like that? the last vid i saw of you they didn't seem to look like that.


They look better than that. In fact, on the whole, that guy's about a 6 and I'm a 10.

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 08:19 AM

I'm with Wes.

do your legs really look like that? the last vid i saw of you they didn't seem to look like that.


They look better than that. In fact, on the whole, that guy's about a 6 and I'm a 10.

-Rex


That's not what my sister said, hahaha :tongue

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 04:10 PM

do your legs really look like that? the last vid i saw of you they didn't seem to look like that.


They look better than that. In fact, on the whole, that guy's about a 6 and I'm a 10.

-Rex


lmao, ok jose

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 04:29 PM

My question is which exercises and routines did the real oldtimers (pre 1940) use to
build this incredible leg look of power ?


you answered you own question,

I read that Lemm could squat (ass to the grass in those days)
with over 500 lb.


Get your squat up and your legs will grow. In the last 4 months, all i have done for my legs is squats and i have put 2'' on them. In the middle of a squat session the other day they measured just over 33'' around the top.

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 10:17 PM

Platz, pftt. Best legs of all time go to "Capt" Kirk Karwoski

Kirk Karwoski Squatting Freeze the video at 42 seconds - his legs are the same size as his waist :blink :blink :blink

1000 x 2 reps squat

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Posted 02 July 2009 - 10:09 AM

This guy has some legs - I like his attitude too, my kind of lifter!

MOTIVATING LIFT

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 05:57 PM

Platz, pftt. Best legs of all time go to "Capt" Kirk Karwoski

Kirk Karwoski Squatting Freeze the video at 42 seconds - his legs are the same size as his waist :blink :blink :blink

1000 x 2 reps squat


umm what the hell? lol that guy has RIDICULOUS legs!

another guy who has some awesome leg development is Mirko Filipovic. he's not a weight lifter, he's a kick boxer and MMA fighter, but he's got some gigantic horse legs.

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 06:19 PM

Here's a guy with big legs

http://img265.images...30247lqfu0.jpg/

And don't hand me any of that "But he's on stuff". So was Kirk.

-Rex

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 06:57 PM

Here's a guy with big legs

http://img265.images...30247lqfu0.jpg/

And don't hand me any of that "But he's on stuff". So was Kirk.

-Rex


Isn't that Flex Wheeler?

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 07:06 PM

Here's a guy with big legs

http://img265.images...30247lqfu0.jpg/

And don't hand me any of that "But he's on stuff". So was Kirk.

-Rex


Isn't that Flex Wheeler?


Sure is.

-Rex

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 07:12 PM

You should all be ashamed.

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 07:47 PM

It depends how far back you go but squats were not a mainstay exercise for many way back due to the lack of squat stands etc. Still some pretty good development though.

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Posted 07 July 2009 - 10:38 AM

Bodybuilder Trey Brewer sure got the leg genes didnt he?

Rediculous Legs