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Superman of the Century
Herb Glossbrenner a long time statistician for Powerlifting and Olympic lifting, decided to identify who would wear the title of “Superman of the Century” for the 20th century. Herb took over a year to compile and write the history, which ran in 6 consecutive issues September 1996 through February 1997 of Powerlifting USA. In all of Herbs 35 years of writing for top magazines such as Powerlifting USA, Iron Man and International Olympic lifters and many more, he received more calls and mail praising and congratulating him on the Superman series.
I don’t think many athletes, let alone the general public realize how difficult Powerlifting and Olympic lifting are. To be good at just one of these sports is a great achievement. To compete in both sports is difficult enough, but to successful at both is a major achievement. It’s like being good at two different sports such as Basketball and Football. All of the lifters from the
Getting in the Sport of Powerlifting and Olympic Lifting
In 1974, a 94 pound 15 year old
Over the next 4 to 5 years Jim was coached by Herb and won his first National Championship at 16 years old. Herb became like a second father to Jim and they have remained very close over the last 35 years. But back in the late 70’s Herb knew he could only take Jim so far and recommended him to travel to camps and train with Olympic coach Carl Miller. Carl lived in
Learning the core of his foundation and being quizzed by Herb on stats and facts paved the highway of Jim’s path. “The knowledge these men have is extraordinary! Herb once wrote a summary up of Jim’s life “Jim’s, life is an adventure, a precarious walk on the high wire.”
From 1975 to 1999, Jim competed in over 300 meets. He won four National Championships in one year – back when there were only a couple of federations around. In 1980, Jim won the Nationals in Power & Olympic lifting and in 1984 the Gold Medal at the Olympic Trails. “I officially did a 644 pound Dead-lift at a body weight of 148 pounds at the age of 20 and officially a 690 Dead-lift at the age of 23 at a body weight of 165 pounds. I still don’t know if these records have been broken as Junior World Records?”
Jim pursued life to the fullest. He remembers his coaches saying that if he would put a little more time and dedication into his training, who knows what you can do. Even though he may not have pushed his limits early, Jim is rock solid on foundation and technique. By embracing a strict code of technique, Jim gets the most out of every lift. “I’m a big believer in doing any exercise or athletic event correctly and never sacrifice technique for weight. If athletes today would take the time to learn the correct technique and set a foundation, they would lift more and be a much better athlete.”
Winning the Title of Superman of the Century
Over the course of 35 years, Jim has been instructed by the best, trained with the best and knows what it takes to be the best. Now holding several National and World Records, Jim reached a point in his life that very few will ever know. Powerlifting
Taking no rest in his Fortress of Solitude, this Superman was ready for his next adventure. However, this journey was filled with perilous times. In 2003, Jim was hit by a truck and was left in a coma for three days with a continued twelve days in the intensive care. He was told that he would walk with a limp and never be able to compete in weightlifting again. Crushed by the news, Jim returned to his core beliefs and kept his outlook on life determined to one day make a come back. In May of 2006, that time had come. Jim returned to the competition circuit, despite all the odds, in September 2006 where Jim set the World Record in Squat in the 181 Masters Age Group with an official 720 pounds. Superman of the Century was back, but something wasn’t right with Jim. Not feeling right, Jim began to seek advice for medical profession. He did not want any distractions as he made his comeback and no one in the world would be ready to hear the news, yet alone himself. After his
Jim again is training this time for the
He will be introducing new products on his website. Representing products he personally invented, or endorsed due to his belief in the product. For example, one product he feels has helped him keep going and feeling better after being so sick is Go Natural Liquid Nutrition. He has tried about every supplement every made going back to the old days with Energol from York Barbell Club and Protein shakes that were almost impossible to mix with a blender then add brewers yeast and desecrated liver, now it really became hard to get down. Liquid New Nutrition taste great and Works! Everyone I coach along with myself love it and start feeling better within 10 to 14 days!
I have coached on and off over the years Olympic, Powerlifting, cage fighting and strength coaching for specific sports. In 2007, I coached for the Augusta Spartans and they won the World Indoor Football League Championship. Having been coached by some of the best coaches in the world, and fighters such as Terry Ray 2 time WBO cruiserweight world champion in boxing. I worked with him in his strength training at the same time he coached me in boxing. I’m currently training a Tia Chi instructor in Powerlifting while he is teaching me Tia Chi and meditation.
Along with my products, for example Superman T-Shirts, Sunglasses and an array of other Superman items along with Jim being available to help anyone with their training. If you live local to this area please email me to discuss on one on one personalize training. If you are not local, I still have one on one training that we can discuss. Again, please email me for further information.