Hey, Old Guy Lifters!

by Roger LaPointe

An Old Time Strongman performing a Yoke Lift with a man on his shoulders!

Old guy lifters are finally getting a little respect.

The world sure is changing. I re-posted a cool photo within Facebook that Facebook “Friends” seem to be loving. It’s an old black & white photo of this old guy lifting a home made barbell with two of his buddies hanging off the ends. I would re-post it here, but I don’t want to violate any copyright laws.

Discussion with Jeff Bankens:

Jeff Bankens: I wanna be scary strong like that when I’m a senior.

Roger La Pointe: Keep it up and you will be. 15 years ago, when I worked for York Barbell, I sold a set of “chest expanders” with the the surgical tubing, to Tommy Kono. I believe he had just had his hip replaced and he was still in his hospital bed. He couldn’t think of any other tool he could use in his condition, but he didn’t want to miss a workout.

True Story

I remember my Grandmother warning me that weightlifting was dangerous. It would make me “muscle bound” and it was “bad for my heart”.

For those of you who don’t know him, Jeff Bankens is a performing strongman from Louisiana who did his act at the Atomic Athletic Great Black Swamp Old Time Strongman Picnic in 2012. He has certainly “Friended” me on Facebook and I encourage you to “Friend” him as well. He has a lot of great stuff on YouTube and you will also find out more about his traveling shows.

I sure am glad I didn’t listen to her warning. Here another great photo of an older guy lifting something cool. I don’t know who took this photo or how old it is, but it is in my PRE-WWII folder. I know you want to see amazing Masters Age lifting, so I encourage you to also check out the USAWA meet coverage that we have available on the Atomic Athletic web site. Here are links for reference:



All the best, Roger LaPointe
“Today is a good day to lift”

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