George Karl Julius Hackenschmidt. He put aside an early interest in lifting for what proved to be a profitable career in professional wrestling. By the age of 18, Hack could raise more than pounds overhead with one hand. Hack spent his leisure time doing gymnastics, weightlifting and wrestling. In , in some of his early wrestling matches, he was billed as Lenz. Prescription to Grow In an effort to win a pair of pants, Hackenschmidt eclipsed his own previous lift of pounds in a bent-press by hefting pounds at the Russian Weightlifting Championships.
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George Karl Julius Hackenschmidt. He put aside an early interest in lifting for what proved to be a profitable career in professional wrestling.
By the age of 18, Hack could raise more than pounds overhead with one hand. Hack spent his leisure time doing gymnastics, weightlifting and wrestling. In , in some of his early wrestling matches, he was billed as Lenz. Prescription to Grow In an effort to win a pair of pants, Hackenschmidt eclipsed his own previous lift of pounds in a bent-press by hefting pounds at the Russian Weightlifting Championships.
Around this time, he went to St. Petersburg at the invitation of Dr. Petersburg Athletic and Cycling Club, who encouraged Hack in his weight-training and wrestling pursuits. Lion Left Out Going west, to Europe, Hack sought more challenging wrestling competitions and bigger cash prizes.
In Paris, he won the France World Championships. The following year, he crossed the channel to London, and on March 2, , at the Alhambra Theatre, challenged Jack Carkeek to wrestle. Carkeek was an English strongman known for defying audience members to last just 10 minutes in the ring with him. Six months later, Hack squared off against top American heavyweight wrestler Tom Jenkins at Albert Hall, and won, lending credibility to his claim of being the world champion in Greco-Roman wrestling.
In the hack lift, as it was originally performed, the hands were crossed behind the back, and the weightlifter squatted on his toes while bringing the bar as close as possible to his heels.
Hack, in that sense, meant heels. In , using the original style, Hack completed a set of 50 reps with 50 kilos about pounds. Around , Hackenschmidt was startled to learn that English speakers assumed the lift the modern version, with arms parallel was named after him. Final Fall Hack died on February 19, , at St. Francis Hospital in East Dulwich, England, the town where he had lived for 15 years with his wife, Rachel.
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Skip to main content. Hackenschmidt was born in Dorpat, Governorate of Livonia what is now Estonia , in From a young age, he spent most of his time in the pursuit of physical fitness, excelling in cycling, gymnastics, swimming, running and jumping. George was a prodigy on the mat and in the weight room. That same year, he also captured the Russian weightlifting championship. Hackenschmidt began wrestling professionally in and entered a day wrestling tournament in Moscow, eventually taking home the championships of both Moscow and St.
Hackenschmidt launched his professional career in Reval in the Governorate of Estonia and lived most of his life in London, England, where he gained the nickname of "The Russian Lion". He later said that neither of his parents was particularly robust in stature or had any unusual physical characteristics, though his maternal grandfather was said to have been a huge and powerful man. From his earliest years, Hackenschmidt devoted himself to physical development, particularly at the Secondary Science School Realschule of Dorpat, as Tartu was then known , where he took advantage of the gymnasium. He excelled in cycling, gymnastics, swimming, running , jumping and weightlifting. His feats of strength astounded his teachers, as he could lift a small horse off the ground and lift pounds overhead one handed.
George Hackenschmidt was a Baltic German strongman, wrestler, and strength pioneer from the early 20th century. He was known for his record-breaking strength feats, and for popularizing the hack squat and bench press. George first gained attention in , after doing a lbs overhead press with one arm. From there, it was only onwards and upwards for George — he went on to win over wrestling matches, and become one of the strongest men of his era. George Hackenscdhmit was born in