Muscles of Iron

Strength, Health, and Might

A Power Rack from the 1940s

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Several years ago I came across an old picture of a rudimentary power rack that had been used in the weight room at the Downtown YMCA in Louisville, Kentucky during the 1940’s. The apparatus was made entirely of two-by-fours. Not impressive by today’s standards, perhaps, but dozens of bodybuilders and weightlifters back in the day developed titanic strength and muscle by doing heavy presses and squats on this wooden rack.

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Drawing of old power rack used at the Downtown YMCA in Louisville, KY during the 1940's

Depiction of power rack used at the Downtime YMCA in Louisville, Kentucky during the 1940s. It’s simple, but effective. Drawing by R. Drucker.

What is the Lesson here? It is this: engaging in simple and basic training is often the most effective way to build strength, muscle, and power. And, you don’t need fancy or high-tech equipment.

Yours in strength and health,
Rob Drucker