Reaction to the 1980 Mr. Olympia

In a previous post we discussed Arnold’s controversial win in 1980 – here’s a quick recap. The Austrian Oak came out of retirement without telling anyone and appeared at the Mr. Olympia competition as a competitor rather than a promoter, stood on stage, and won. The reaction from the fans has already been discussed – … Continue reading Reaction to the 1980 Mr. Olympia

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The Great Competition

In 1898, physical culture enthusiasts received the news that the first large scale physique competition would be held in 1901. The person responsible for this competition: Eugen Sandow of course. Through his magazine ‘Sandow’s Magazine of Physical Culture’ the latter explained that he was planning this contest with a view to discover the most perfectly … Continue reading The Great Competition

Broadcast (BBB) Vol. 6 – Pumping Iron: the Art and Sport of Bodybuilding

You’ve seen the movie, now read the book! You haven’t seen the movie? I would get on that, like right now. Written in the 1970s, Pumping Iron brings to light the covert yet fascinating world of professional bodybuilding. Charles Gaines explains the very basics of bodybuilding, from what lifting weights entail, to proper nutrition, and … Continue reading Broadcast (BBB) Vol. 6 – Pumping Iron: the Art and Sport of Bodybuilding

Broadcast (BBB) Vol. 5 – The Sculpture Machine

One of the first real studies of physical culture in England, Michael Anton Budd’s The Sculpture Machine, is a wide ranging examination of health and fitness in early twentieth-century England. Primarily focused on Eugen Sandow but moving out into the popular world of physical culture in Engand, Budd examples the domestic and colonial implications of … Continue reading Broadcast (BBB) Vol. 5 – The Sculpture Machine