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
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
On February 25, 1976, hundreds of fans gathered at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. Although art is enjoyed by many, these fans came to gaze at three of the biggest names in bodybuilding at that time, Frank Zane, Ed Corney, and Arnold Schwarzenegger who had one his final Mr. Olympia … Continue reading Body as Art
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
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
Eugen Sandow began his career as a vaudeville strongman to then create his own niche in on-stage physique displays, now known as bodybuilding. Proud of his developed physique and his ability to pose like a statue, Eugen Sandow made most of his money by flaunting his Greek ideal physique on stages, while adding, here and … Continue reading A Statue of Sandow?
When researching the history of bodybuilding, one will inevitably come across the term “Golden Age” or "Golden Era" of Bodybuilding – the time when the sport was at its zenith. If you pay close attention however, there are two Golden Ages, depending on who you speak to or which book you read. The first of … Continue reading The Golden Ages?