Face it. Every now and then you want to try something new in the gym. A new lift, a new rep range or an entirely new style of training. The mind gets bored of monotony, something which the lifters of yore were all too acquainted with. Today's post on the Sig Klein challenge will not only … Continue reading The Sig Klein Challenge
Famed for his remarkable strength and at times, his flair for the theatric, the early twentieth-century physical culturist Thomas Inch has left quite a mark on the current strength training population. Not least for competitors of the World’s Strongest Mancompetition who are often tasked with lifting a replica ‘Inch Dumbbell’ overhead. This being no easy … Continue reading Thomas Inch and the Inch Dumbbell (Old Video Footage)
From Eugen Sandow to Charles Atlas, physical culturists have long made a living through mail order ads. Check out this old Arnie one from the late 1960s flogging the latest Weider product. So next time you grow weary of the hyperbole from today's modern advertisements, just remember that such ads are a time honoured tradition … Continue reading Bodybuilding and the Mail Order Ad
Known for being an incredibly bodybuilder in his own right, Reg Park was the go to bodybuilder of the 1950s. Possessing an incredible look of power and strength, Park was the envy of many a gym goer. How did Park build his monstrous physique? Well the answer, quite simply, was that he ate like a … Continue reading Reg Park’s Bodybuilding Diet
One of the strongest men of the early twentieth-century, Thomas Inch was known in both Great Britain and the United States for his feats of strength. Unlike others however, Inch was hardly strict with his diet. In fact Inch was recorded as saying There is nothing so wearisome as having to be extremely particular about what one … Continue reading Thomas Inch’s Diet
Tracing Fussell's transformation from a scrawny graduate of Oxford University to a West Coast bodybuilder, Muscle marks a fascinating insight into the bodybuilding culture of 1980s America. Aware that his desire for change is fuelled by his own insecurities and at times self hatred, Fussell tracks his change from meekly using the machines in the … Continue reading BBB: Sam Wilson Fussell, Muscle: Confessions of an Unlikely Bodybuilder (Poseidon Press, 1991)
One of the most popular physical culturists of the entire twentieth-century, there is no denying the impact Charles Atlashad on the muscle making industry. Full of vigour, advice and the occasional insult, Atlas challenged his ‘students’ to improve their physique as much as possible. The yardstick for their success? None other than Atlas’s own body. … Continue reading DO YOU MEASURE UP?