Legacy of Iron 3: The 1,000 Pound Total by Brooks D. Kubik

Legacy of Iron 3: The 1,000 Pound Total by Brooks D. Kubik

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I started the Legacy of Iron series with a story that began in the late 1930's. Three volumes into the series, we've made it into 1941.

I've been looking forward to writing this book because 1941 was the year of some of the most important events in the history of weightlifting in the United States.

Many great lifters contributed to the glory of that year—but a handful of men stood head and shoulders above the rest. This book tells their story.

In particular, this book tells the story of the race to set the first official 1,000 pound total in the history of weightlifting—a feat fully akin to breaking the four-minute barrier in the mile run.

I knew the story, of course—but as I researched it, reading through old magazines and noting bits and pieces of information scattered here and there—talking and corresponding with friends and fellow lifters who helped put the pieces together, the story became deeper and richer than I had ever imagined.

In addition to the 1,000 pound total, 1941 was a pivotal year in the history of the York Barbell Company and the men and women associated with York and with Strength and Health.

As Gracie Bard notes in chapter 49, after a certain point in 1941, "Everything changed." This book chronicles those changes, and their effect on the lives of the men and women who turned York, Pensylvania into Muscletown, USA. In serving as the chronicler of these events, it is my sincere desire to do honor to their memory. I trust that this book, and others in the Legacy of Iron series, will do that.

Brooks D. Kubik

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