Here are some examples of using webbing as an Isometric exerciser. Among practitioners of Isometrics, the Alexander Zass course is the “Holy Grail” of. Many strongmen past and present were very big believers in isometrics for building strength. Alexander Zass Charles Atlas and The Mighty Atom just to name a. Alexander Zass (The Amazing Samson) – Zass was born in Vilna, Poland in , but lived most of his early years in Russia and after in Britain.

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Alexander Zass is one of my favorite oldtime strongmen of course I like them all, but a few stand out to me.

Oldtime Strongmen – Isometrics Strength

He was known as the Amazing Samson and performed all over Russia and Europe back in his day. One of the most amazing things about him was that he escaped from POW camps four different times during the war!

Fortunately there is some surviving video footage of him. This video shows him breaking chains across his chest, doing some long bar bendingbeing beaten by sledgehammers while in a bridge feat, and then being hit in the stomach. System the most efficient of all systems.

Isometric Training for Building an Iron Strong Body.

No man can claim that with a clear mind. And these claims I can justify. Of course, progress in teaching in every walk of life is always being made, for we live in a most go-ahead age — one in which most people seem very anxious to learn the best and easiest way of doing things.

A solid block of granite weighing almost pounds is placed on his chest and struck with two sledgehammers, repeatedly! They took a break here for a picture! Even though Alexander Zass is best known for bending bars and support lifts, his jaw and teeth were incredible strong as well. Many physical culturists possess large-size muscles, yet they lack something — something fundamental.

Some possess it in a degree more than others, but they have not specialized in its training. Have you seen my performance on the stage?

If so, you have probably noticed that my movements, when performing a feat of strength, are short ones. Some of my feats requires no movement at all. There is a reason and in explaining it, I give you the secret of my strength. I studied their physiques and sought to learn why different feats produced different types of development.

When I became satisfied that I had learnt sufficient to give me scope to something new, I decided on my plan of action and I trained on new lines. The new method was one of which all athletes touch the fringe only, but I determined to thoroughly exploit it. I have been rewarded by success. I will tell you. I aimed first, to develop the underlying connective tissues rather than the superficial muscles. I developed tendon strength.

Alexander Zass

The tendons are the cord-like media between the bones and the muscles. A large biceps is no more criterion of strength than a swollen abdomen is of digestion.


It is the pulling tendon of the biceps that counts. And so on throughout the whole body this method was employed. Some men with thin legs are stronger than some with thick legs. Why Because strength lies in the tendons are the powerful fibrous attachments of the muscles to the bones. They are in short, the master key to the strength which over-comes great resistance. Without tendons one would possess no control over the body. There would be no rigidity, no steadiness of physical movement.

They and their development are the secret of my strength. Tendons will — and do. But they must azss cultivated. They must be developed. There is a way of increasing their strength, and that way, I claim in all alxander, I have perfected. Real, sound, and efficient is my method. And now you know why I am stronger than the others! You know why I am stronger than others! You know also why some big men are not really strong.

Tendon strength accounts for those thin-armed boxers who, surprisingly, possess knock-out punches; and it also the explanation of other forms of physical power wherein the performer does not look capable.

Some men are born with stronger tendons than others. But all can develop tendon strength if only they know the method. Will you take my advice? If so, I can further help you. I have so much to tell you — so much I can find I can do for you in regard to this method of training — that isomterics is an impossible task to do more than outline is it here.

It is far too great an undertaking and can only be wisely imparted according to individual needs. My method, which only includes short physical movements, economizes in an energy. It develops energy, but does not waste it, as some systems do.

It is easily possible to develop the body and keep it supple and fit, without energy-wasting, arm-raising movements. I do not believe in a big muscles unless they are backed up by great tendon strength. One sees many physical culture enthusiasts with quite large muscles, but of what use are they unless supported by that essentially powerful tendon foundation?

These men cannot employ their big muscles usefully in real tests of strength; therefore, they are only an illusion. My method will develop muscle as well as tendons, and thereby furnish quite a respective physical appearance, as my photographs show, but these are real muscles — real strength muscles — obtained by my own unique way, not by ordinary exercises. They are full of power, and convey in appearance just what they can perform.

I can make you stronger than you ever thought possible.

By this method the possibilities are enormous. Just alexandr few selected short movements with special appliances. I have trained with these appliances for years, And it is due to there wonderful tendon and muscle strengthening powers that I am what I am today.


These appliances are so unlike the usual physical culture appliances that, if you had seen them in a shop window without isometrcis, you would never have understood their purpose. I travel them with me always.

They are not heavy. The use of them enables me, among other things, to break steel chains and to bend stout iron bars, unfaked in any way, around my chest and with my fingers.

By their means I have also hardened my muscles to withstand enormous pressure without the slightest pain. My skin is like leather, as I show when I lie on those beds of nails, with the big stone on my chest. I was not born that way; Alexanderr developed it.

It must be translated which will take some time. The Mystery of The Iron Samson book is now available! Click here to check it out.

I would love to know more, the book on The Mighty Atom is one of the best things I have read and I really enjoy learning about old time strongmen. Most of them having amazing characters and actually kept their training quite simple but with fantastic results by training smart. From time to time I sometimes see the isomstrics trainers offering to answer questions. When I do, I ask them how to develop tendon strength. I have done searches on the Internet to find this answer.

Here I have found opposites being offered as the way. So yes; I would be interested to hear how one could develop tendon strength. Thank you for offering to provide this information. I would get the book right away but my russian is rusty and I got other languages in mind for alexaander next few years.

Please notify me if one becomes available. Yours in Christ, Tony. Yup,Logan,I am definitely interested. Developing great tendon strength fascinates me!

I am waiting for the Isometrics dvds to reach me. I am in agreement with all above, would like to see you translate the Zass book into english, have always been interested in isometrics and would like to learn more. The truth has finally been put together by Alexander Zass so that we can keep everyone awake with this explaination. Please answer by the above email address and Thank You.

For anyone reading this. The book has been released and is available at https: Alexander Zass is quickly becoming one of my favorite people to learn about. Clearly he was ahead of his time. Raman, the book, The Mystery of the Iron Samson, is available at https: Notify me of followup comments via e-mail.

You can also subscribe without commenting. Leave this field empty. Here is more about Alexander Zass in his own words describing his system of training. Alexander Zass carrying a horse through water.