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The Standard Lifts – Strength Magazine – September, 1920

All strength aspirants who are sincere and fair, and want to compete with other athletes in order to determine their degrees of strength and skill in weight-lifting, should be willing to accept and practice certain standard lifts as laid down by a governing board composed of men qualified by their having a knowledge of all the various feats of strength. As for my opinion, and I think the majority of the readers of “Strength” will agree with me, it is that no lifter should be allowed to select his own pet lifts and use them in competitions.

Stark CenterUniversity of Texas