Perhaps best known for his hip and back lifting, Travis would perform up to 1000 reps with 1000 pounds in either lift. His belt is now in the York Barbell hall of fame. It was presented for the World's Heavyweight Lifting Championship 1906. The hall of fame also contains the huge dumbell that he used for hip lifting.
Travis could backlift 4200 pounds, record stood until Paul Anderson set new records in the lift, ultimately doing 6270 pounds.
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why do you suppose the back lift lost favor?
probably because it is back breaking and you find your privates on the floor!
I enjoy the dialog, and acknowledge that Paul Anderson is very strong. Backlift-ing, to me, still seems like more of a feat of strength than a real accepted and acknowledged lift or record.
I would imagine it is hard and unfair to judge the backlift. One table fits all?
Did Anderson ever get to try his hand at the Apollon bell?