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Heart & Steel The Strongman Steve Schmidt Story Perfect Paperback – January 1, 2012

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  • Perfect Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: The Word's Out; 1ST edition (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467550159
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467550154
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 0.5 inches
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Steve Schmidt is an an impressive strongman. He holds several United States All-Round Weightlifting Association (USAWA) records, including a 2,520-pound hip lift and 7,253 back lifts of 1,115 pounds each (for a total of over 8 million pounds) in under three hours. He's in the Guinness Book of World Records for lifting a 100kg (220-pound) weight fifty times in a minute--using only his teeth. He routinely puts on strongman shows at fairs and festivals, where he bends horseshoes, steel bars and rebar, and donates the proceeds to charity. (He also bends steel bars across the bridge of his nose without any padding, which . . . wow.)

As a tribute to Schmidt, Heart & Steel shines. The book covers Schmidt's strongman feats in admiring detail, as well as providing some insight into his childhood, work ethic, faith and family life. Apart from being devoted to his wife, Schmidt appears to be a fundamentally independent soul: he avoids doctors, is deeply religious but seems mildly distrustful of formal worship, and seems to be generally self-sufficient on his Missouri farm. He is a believer in both hard work and fair play; early in his lifting career, he traveled to prisons to compete against the inmates, even though "I had to go through seven doors and competed with some pretty scary guys," because "[t]hose were fair competitions ... they couldn't get the drugs" (steroids). Years later, he agreed to attend a competition (and potentially set some new records) only if it happened to rain on the day of the event, because otherwise he had work to do on his farm. In sum, Schmidt comes across as genuinely decent, humble, and highly focused.

Heart & Steel also impresses as a product, especially given that author Brenda Black self-published her book.
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