Most of the training routines used by old time strong men up until the late 1920ís used compound movements. Previous to that time the squat, or deep knee bend as it was called back then, was considered just another accessory exercise and was used very little. It wasnít until a strength pioneer by the name of Mark Berry came along and placed an emphasis on the squat as a real body builder.
After becoming a National Champion weight lifter himself in 1925, Berry advocated drinking milk and heavy squats for building tremendous bulk and power.
Through his insistent writings, Berry proved that the squat was the master exercise thus changing the science of bodybuilding and weightlifting and creating the stream of world champion lifters that became famous in the United States in the 1930ís and 40ís.
He saw the tremendous potential of a young man he met in the late 1920ís and began to train him almost exclusively on his own special training methods.
John C. Grimek
Mr. America 1940 and 1942
His name...John C. Grimek.
Later, Grimek became a National Weight Lifting Champion and was a member of the famous Olympic Weight Lifting Team that competed in Berlin in 1936. However, Grimekís real fame was that of bodybuilding. He became the only two time AAU Mr. America in 1940 and 1941. In addition, he won Mr. Universe in 1948 and Mr. USA in 1949. After that, he retired undefeated in any bodybuilding contest he ever entered!
In the 1920ís and 30ís he edited a variety of magazines published by the old Milo Bar Bell Co. including Strength, The Strongman and Physical Training Notes.
After his success with training John C. Grimek, he became the head instructor at Milo Bar Bell Co. His responsibilities there included setting up the training schedules for everyone who purchased Milo Bar Bells, courses and instruction. From there he was selected to be head coach for the United States Olympic Weight Lifting Team in 1932 and 1936.
In 1936 he started his own business called The Berry Bar Bell Co. After that, he went to work for Bur Barbell Co. from the late 1930ís to the 1950ís as head physical training instructor.
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