Known to the world as "The Russian Lion", George Hackenschmidt (1877-1968) was one of the true pioneers of modern strength athletics. A world champion in both weightlifting and wrestling, he was perhaps most famous as an ambassador for strength itself—showcasing not only an unrivaled physique, but a work ethic and intellectual fitness philosophy that influenced generations.
"Hackenschmidt" is the third chapter of Rogue’s Legends Series; a collection of original biographical documentaries developed by Rogue and Terry Todd, and directed by Todd Sansom. This 34-minute film sheds new light on an incredible athlete that Dr. Todd called "the outlier’s outlier." From visiting Hackenschmidt’s hometown in Estonia to discussing his legacy with expert historians and modern strength athletes, the film helps reveal the man behind the myth, and the legend behind the "Hack Squat."
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