Dr. Ken Leistner – East Coast Weightlifting 1960s
Rest in peace, Doc, 4/6/2019
The history of the iron — how it was learned and where it gained momentum — is something Dr. Ken Leistner knows from the heart. He lived it, and tells it well in this memories lecture in which he recalls the East Coast bodybuilding and weightlifting scene of the late ’60s. Anyone who enjoys hearing stories of the old-timers will get a kick out of Dr. Ken’s recollections.
“One of the nice things about the lifting community in the late 50s, and into the late 60s, was people who trained were more than willing to provide information to whoever asked. The proviso, of course, was you had to figure out who had the information, where they were located and then get yourself to their locations where you would observe. Then, when they were done training, you could ask permission to speak, and ask your questions.” ~Dr. Ken
• Beginning Influences (1:09)
• Homemade Equipment (8:23)
• Observing and Learning (13:05)
• Training Methods (26:00)
• Dieting (33:45)
• The Lifting Community (36:30)
Ken Leistner is a chiropractic physician, a strength coach and a writer with a long history in the strength sports. His work as Dr. Ken has been seen regularly in Milo, Hard Gainer, The Steel Tip, Powerlifting USA and IronMan. You’ll also enjoy his series of training history memories here at Titan Strength & Power.