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Author Topic: Sig Kleinīs gym- Does anyone know somebody who trained there?  (Read 13158 times)
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« Reply #100 on: April 03, 2014, 04:04:23 PM »

never trained there but heard it was one of the smallest commercial gyms ever. will give more detail when more time.

Here is another gym about the same size as Sig Kleins gym.  Loloyd's Gym, San Diego, about 20x40 feet.  See Mr. America, May 1963, page 74.

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« Reply #101 on: April 03, 2014, 04:20:41 PM »

Sig would sometimes ask a client who was making progress if he could take some measurment.  Well, actualy he would say come over hear I want to measure you.  So he said to me one day.  Sig would take his tape and first lay it on a yard stick to make sure it did not shrink over time.  He then told me to flex my arm and he would slip the tape around, adjust it to get a precise measurement.  He then pulled it snugly around my arm and said what the hell.  The measurement was almost 20 inches!  I smiled and started to laugh. At first he didn't see I had slipped two fingers inside the tape.  He then pulled the tape off and said lets do it again the right way. I was going to put three fingers between the tape this time, but thought better of it.  Now he got the true measurement of 17 1/4 inches.  He was satisfied.

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« Reply #102 on: June 21, 2014, 04:41:40 PM »

On another post I talked about Sig's beer stein collection.  I recalled a conversation I had with Sig one day about his collection.  He said most people think the large steins were the most valuable, but most people would be wrong.  He pointed to a very small grayish stein and said that is the most valuable and favorite one in his collection.    He said he would never sell it and planned to take it home when he retires.  If you want to see it there is a photo of Sig in Muscle Builder Nov. 1963 page 7.  Sig is hoisting a large stein as if drinking, in front  is a table of many steins with the small one in front of the others.  When the gym closed Sig did take that stein home with him along with many others.               
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« Reply #103 on: June 24, 2014, 01:06:39 PM »

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« Reply #104 on: June 24, 2014, 04:36:57 PM »

That is a great photo of Sig and his steins.  Many of them I don't remember seeing in his gym.  The photo I mentioned in above post I only saw in Muscle Builder, Nov. 1963, page 7.  I looked on the net for the same photo but no luck.  I do not see the small stein in question in the above photo.

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« Reply #105 on: July 07, 2014, 08:24:47 AM »

An incident involving Sig, myself and my mother.  Yes, fellows my mother!

One day Sig showed me a rubber mat that we would use to prevent slipping when doing squats etc.  The mat was well worn and crumbling.  Sig was down to his last couple of mats and could not find them in the stores in his area.  I said my mom uses them in the house to kneel on.  Sig said really!  Could your mom buy them for me I will gladly pay for them.  A few days later I arrived at the gym with about a dozen new mats.  Sig was pleasantly surprised and promptly paid for them.  He said to convey his thanks to my mom.  Mom said he was very welcome.  Leave it to moms to come thru in a pinch, even for the gym!

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« Reply #106 on: July 07, 2014, 04:37:44 PM »

An incident involving Sig, myself and my mother.  Yes, fellows my mother!

One day Sig showed me a rubber mat that we would use to prevent slipping when doing squats etc.  The mat was well worn and crumbling.  Sig was down to his last couple of mats and could not find them in the stores in his area.  I said my mom uses them in the house to kneel on.  Sig said really!  Could your mom buy them for me I will gladly pay for them.  A few days later I arrived at the gym with about a dozen new mats.  Sig was pleasantly surprised and promptly paid for them.  He said to convey his thanks to my mom.  Mom said he was very welcome.  Leave it to moms to come thru in a pinch, even for the gym!

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Ha, ha...
That's great, man. Mother really does always know best!

Glad to see you're still on the board, Tom!!
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« Reply #107 on: July 12, 2014, 04:49:17 PM »

I recall another occasion Sig was talking to three members about his time on stage.  He said he would bend spikes and throw them out to the audience.  Well one time he said someone in the audience was straighting them out and throwing them back.  I made a smart remark at that point and said maybe Grimek was in the audience.  That drew a stare from Sig so I shut up and just listened.  Sig said from then on he would close the spikes as much as he could and then with one in each hand squeeze them so nobody could get his fingers between the closed spikes.  Then he would throw them to the audience.  Problem solved.  He also mentioned that when he met Hackenschmidt he told him he had the same problem and solved it the same way.Must have been a problem for all strongmen back then.      
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« Reply #108 on: July 13, 2014, 06:41:08 AM »

I recall another occasion Sig was talking to three members about his time on stage.  He said he would bend spikes and throw them out to the audience.  Well one time he said someone in the audience was straighting them out and throwing them back.  I made a smart remark at that point and said maybe Grimek was in the audience.  That drew a stare from Sig so I shut up and just listened.  Sig said from then on he would close the spikes as much as he could and then with one in each hand squeeze them so nobody could get his fingers between the closed spikes.  Then he would throw them to the audience.  Problem solved.  He also mentioned that when he met Hackenschmidt he told him he had the same problem and solved it the same way.Must have been a problem for all strongmen back then.      


That's funny!
Sig and Grimek were friends, correct? But, John spent most of his time at Hoffman's?
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« Reply #109 on: July 13, 2014, 07:06:05 AM »


That's funny!
Sig and Grimek were friends, correct? But, John spent most of his time at Hoffman's?
grimek was hoffman's right hand man, reports say hoffman thought of grimek as a son, but wrote him out of his  will at the last minute.


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« Reply #110 on: July 13, 2014, 07:38:22 AM »

grimek was hoffman's right hand man, reports say hoffman thought of grimek as a son, but wrote him out of his  will at the last minute.

That's funny!
Sig and Grimek were friends, correct? But, John spent most of his time at Hoffman's?

Yes Sig and Grimek were friends and close friends in my opinion.  They went to many meets together and Grimek visited Sig at his gym on many occasions.  Grimek was Hoffman's deliver of messages to Sig not all freindly messages.  i got the impression Grimek was afraid of Hoffman.  Maybe because he was in Hoffman's will.  Just speculation on my part.

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« Reply #111 on: July 21, 2014, 04:24:14 PM »

I remember one fellow member in Sigs gym.  He had 18" arms powerful shoulder and a good chest and back.  One problem was he had very poor legs.  He never did squats!  He could bench press 405 lbs. but not in good style.  The one part of his body that stayed in contact with the bench was his upper back.  He got the weight up with a good bounce off his chest and a big arch.  I don't know what he could do if he stayed in contact with the bench and used the touch and go method.  Another interesting thing he did which surprised me was he would take cigarette breaks.. He would go in the locker room a couple of times during his workout and sit by the open window with his cigarette!!  I mentioned this to Sig and he smiled and shrugged.  I was surprised Sig allowed this!

 
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« Reply #112 on: August 13, 2014, 04:56:40 PM »

An odd incident happened one afternoon at Sig's Gym.  A 77 year old man and his 40 year old son came in.  The son wanted to workout, so Sig explained the rules.  The son was mentally challenged and the father never workout before.  Sig said OK and charged them a day by day fee.  The father said the son could at times be very disagreeable.  Sig was now concerned.  He said the father had to be there when the son worked out to calm any situation.  The son said to me one day can I get big and strong as you?  I said yes, but you must do as Sig says.  The son said he would.  Sig heard the conversation and smiled and winked at me.  The father while watching the son tried a pair of tenlb dumbells on a bench.  He sat down with them. I paid no attention to him for a few minutes, then noticed he had not moved, dumbells still on his knees.  I looked at Sig and pointed to the father.  Sig went over to him, bent over looked at his face.  He was asleep!  Sig woke him and said he cannot sleep in the gym and that the dumbells could fall on his feet.  Father and son were gone in about a week.  I felt sorry for both father and son.                                                 Tom
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