In a time and culture where we cannot log on to Facebook without seeing a play by play of someone’s workout, PR, or eating habits, we often lose sight of the real pioneers of lifting. Remember a time when the word “strong” or “athlete” was earned through actual displays rather than simply wearing clothes that identify us as such? Of course you don't because it was so long ago. It's tough to imagine, but there is a whole history of men and women who legitimately drove the strength scene into popularity before it was possible to take half-nude selfies or bizarre pics of torn callouses.
Let me tell you a little story about Katie Sandwina. Katie was a bonafide badass and gentlelady to boot. Not only that, she was strong as fuck. She was born where most of the strongest action movie stars in the world are born; Vienna, Austria. Both of her parents were lifelong circus performers weighing in at over 200lbs, 6’0 and 6’6” respectively. This was 1884 so remember, there was no CrossFit Games and American Football was a baby. The circus was the premier platform to showcase strength and size making it's performers the original strongmen and strongwomen.
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