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.”
In a previous post I discussed the presence and importance of strongmen in the province of Quebec. Physical culturist George Jowett, termed Quebec the 'Cradle of Quebec' due to the sheer number of those guys coming from the province. On another occasion, Quebec political figure Joseph-Xavier Perrault, during his trip to England with Louis Cyr, … Continue reading Strength through Violence
Are you starting a collection of history books related to the Iron Game? Do you aspire for a future in this research business and lifting weight is such a big part of your life that you figured you would combine the two? Or have you been following us for a while now and these BBBs … Continue reading BBB: Mr. America: the Tragic History of a Bodybuilding Icon – John D. Fair
While deep in bodybuilding research, rummaging through dated copies of Your Physique, Muscle Builder, and Santé et Développement Physique hoping that the yellowed pages stay intact (one must not forget, these are sacred items), it became clear to me that, in the early establishments of muscle magazine, one can easily find messages of nationalism and nation pride … Continue reading Build Muscle, Win the War
In August 1940, the first issue of Joe Weider's Your Physique hit the shelves. According to some sources, Weider began working on the magazine when he was 17 years old, only to complete it 3 years later. With the little money he had - considering that he worked during the Great Depression - Weider purchased a … Continue reading Your Physique #1