When Atlas Wasn't Playing Tug-of-War he was giving out Diet Tips “I realize you are anxious to build up great strength and power as soon as possible. Here is a simple secret which should help give you the results you hope for.” Charles Atlas, Mail Order Workout Programme, Lesson Two, c.1930s In 1921 Charles Atlas … Continue reading Charles Atlas’s ‘Special Secret for Rapidly Building Enormous Power’
Is it possible to gain 63 pounds of muscle in less than a month? What about 15 pounds of muscle in twenty-two days? By any metric such results would be phenomenal but few people believe such a feat is manageable. Yet in the early 1970s, Arthur Jones, creator of the Nautilus machines, claimed it was … Continue reading HOW TO GAIN 63 POUNDS OF MUSCLE IN 28 DAYS: THE INFAMOUS COLORADO EXPERIMENT
Depending on the gym you attend Good Mornings are either a commonplace exercise or a complete rarity. Aside from the cynical observation that far too many back squats one sees in the gym are bastardised good mornings, the reality is most like the latter. Used by numerous bodybuilders, powerlifters and athletes, the Good Morning is … Continue reading HISTORY OF THE GOOD MORNING EXERCISE
As some of you might recall from a previous article, Joe Weider, later assisted by brother Ben released Your Physique magazine in 1940 out of Montreal. Although their first attempt was modest, the (soon-to-be) Weider brand grew quite steadily to reach exponential heights. However, the Weiders were not alone in the francophone Iron Game (without going into … Continue reading Santé et Force
While making my way around the gym in between sets (of 1000 lat.pulldowns, of course), perusing with my historian curiosity in this sanctuary of iron and paraphernalia, I came across the bad boy you can see on the picture. For those of you who do not know what this is, you have come to the … Continue reading Promises of Bigger Arms, OH MY!!
During the weekend, Conor and I had the opportunity to hear the legend John D. Fair deliver a talk regarding Tommy Kono during the 2018 North American Society for Sport History in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Here is what we learned. Tommy Kono was an American weightlifter born of Japanese descent. While both parents were born and … Continue reading Tommy Kono – “the Complete Package.”
How many times do you eat a day? Do you eat carbs after 3pm? Post-workout protein shake? Such are the questions faced by the modern day strength enthusiast. Are we overthinking the way we eat? In a world faced with a growing obesity epidemic and continuous production of low quality foods the answer may appear … Continue reading Eat like a Sandow!