In the early 1900s there was an athletic German named Heinrich Steinborn who was serving in the German navy. World War I was going full force, and, as chance would have it, Heinrich’s ship was captured off the coast of Australia and brought to port there. As a prisoner of war Heinrich had nothing to do but work out, think about working out and then work out some more. He quickly outgrew the meager equipment in the compound, and before long he was in dire need of some heavier weight.
One day while he was thinking about his predicament, he learned that some trees were being cut nearby to clear some land. Steinborn immediately had a brainstorm. He obtained permission, selected two of the largest stumps that looked to be equal in weight and fashioned a heavy barbell by securing one to each side of a bar. Heinrich used the weight for some heavy-duty workouts and became the stongest man around—most of the other men could hardly budge the homemade barbell, much less lift it.
Later in his life he moved to America, achieved fame for his tremendous feats of strength and became known as the great strongman “Milo” Steinborn, but he never forgot that homemade Australian barbell. It had a special place in his heart because it kept him training and was a symbol of his ingenuity and strength.
Today, we’re lucky; we don’t have to build barbells out of tree stumps as Milo did just to get a decent workout. With the growing popularity of weight training, the sporting goods stores are overflowing with options for setting up a home gym.
One of the best is the PowerBlock selectorized dumbbell set. Pair it with an adjustable bench, and you’ve got a killer home gym. From dumbbell squats to incline dumbbell presses to dumbbell rows, you can work every body-part. It’s a basic setup, but it’s a great place to start. Of course, in the spirit of Milo, your gains will be limited only by your ingenuity.
Editor’s note: The PowerBlock selectorized dumbbell set is available from Home Gym Warehouse, (800) 447-0008 or visit www.Home-Gym.com.