The Classic Starlet’s Legs

by Roger LaPointe

Pudgy Stockton demonstating leg exercise number 4 using Iron Boots.

Beautiful pair of legs? Thank you girls, show me a pair from old Hollywood. Yes, some girls also call some men’s legs beautiful. So, if you have always wondered how a guy like John Grimek, or the Hollywood starlets of the 1940’s and 50’s got those great gams, they all did it with the same exercises.

Check out these hot photos of Abbye “Pudgy” Stockton, from the March 1947 issue of Strength & Health magazine. She was much more than a lifter and writer. She was a trainer as well. In addition to doing the standard free weight leg exercises, like squats and lunges, she promoted extensive use of the Iron Boots. Great legs do not require a room full of exercise machines, but the are the result of great education.

Here is the secret. Folks, they used Iron Boots for an extensive list of exercises. Abbye shows 5 Iron Boot exercises in this one article alone. Any Cross Fit girl should be thrilled to have Abbye’s legs, abs and entire physique.

Pudgy and the swinging leg exercise number 8.

Exercise #8: “Leg Swinging” is one of the more unusual and forgotten exercises. I love this Iron Boot exercise because in addition to the benefits mentioned by Abbye, many Atomic Athletic customers have reported that it is good for reducing sciatic pain. For those of you unfamiliar, sciatica can have a number of causes, but it is very basically any kind of tenderness or pain associated with the sciatic nerve that runs down the back of the leg.

Here is how you perform the exercise. “Lie on back. Place arms out to the sides in a straight line with the shoulders. Keeping the knees locked – raise the right leg (toes pointed) and try to touch the left hand with the right toe. Do not allow the upper body to move or twist– the movement should be in the hips.” Then make sure to do the opposite leg as well, obviously doing the opposite movements, left toe to right hand. Make sure the leg moves in a nice slow high arc.

If you would like to see photos of all eight exercises, you will need to check out the Atomic Athletic Facebook page and go to the Notes section. You will find this Atomic Athletic Bomb Proof Bulletin, as well as many past bulletins.

Iron Boots

by Roger LaPointe

Iron Boots – A full leg workout that fits in your gym bag

Iron Boots by Atomic Athletic

Before leg extension and leg curl machines there was Iron Boot training.  Iron Boots have been helping athletes get unbelievable leg development for decades.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with Iron Boots, they are a pair of iron sandals that strap on your feet.  They utilize a small bar placed through the sole of the boot which allows them to be loaded with weight plates and used for several different leg exercises.  For many years, the Iron Boot was one of the premier products of the York Barbell Company. If you are lucky enough to own a copy of “How to Build Super Strength, Health and Development with the York Leg Developing Course” published by Bob Hoffman in 1943, you can see many classic shots of the Iron Boot in action.

Our Iron Boot set now includes the Atomic Athletic Leg Development Course FREE!

The secrets of the past are now revealed.  While Iron Boots are ideal for leg exercises, most people don’t realize that Iron Boots are also perfect for abdominal training. Hanging leg raises, and various forms of sit-ups can be taken to the extreme with the addition of Iron Boot exercises to your routine. They are also a very efficient way to add weight to your pull-ups and stretch out your hip flexors. No matter what you use them for, Iron Boots are worth their weight in gold.

Note: These are NOT made by Ivanko, and they are exclusively available at Atomic Athletic. One size fits all. Flat sole means you can now stand on one foot to do standing single leg exercises. This is especially useful for the martial arts guys.  Each Iron Boot Set comes with the pair of Iron Boots, and the tough steel pressure buckle straps to keep them on your feet. It now also comes complete with the written Atomic Athletic Leg Development Course. Iron Boots only take “Standard” size plates, meaning that the hole is the smaller one (1″) inch diameter hole. Please do not confuse this with “Olympic” or “International” size plates.