A Journal of Strength, Health, and Self Cultivation
Katie Sandwina is shown here holding up her husband and son, Theodore. Theodore grew up to be mighty strong – just like his ancestors for generations past. At the time that this photograph was taken (1912), Katie was 25 years old and she weighed 210 pounds. Public domain photograph.
Once described as “Europe’s queen of strength, beauty, and dexterity,” Katie Sandwina was one of the most remarkable figures of strength ever to walk the planet. Born in 1887 in Bavaria, Katie came from giant stock. Her father was a rather tall man, and he was once considered the strongest man in Germany.
As a young woman, Katie astonished the world as a show person with remarkable feats of strength. Never before her time had patrons witnessed such sensational and novel demonstrations of human physical ability. Often billed during her prime as “the strongest woman in the world,” it should be said that Katie was one of the strongest persons in the world – man or woman.
In memory of Katie Sandwina, Peter Yates has written a tribute article about this wonderful woman exclusively for MOI and the new Women of Strength Series. Read it and you will find out why she was truly a unique and remarkable person.
Before I give you the link to Peter’s new article, I want to pass on some sad news. Bob Kennedy, the health and fitness icon, passed away on April 12th after suffering from cancer. Through MuscleMag International and his many books, Kennedy was a huge influence in the bodybuilding world, and the works he left behind will undoubtedly continue to guide us strength folks for years to come. The world is a better place thanks to Bob, and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him. May he rest in peace.
Here is the link to Peter’s new article: