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
Who? Quebec strongman Louis Cyr; he's only one of the most prominent sporting figure of Quebec equal to Maurice 'the Rocket' Richard. (Full Bio of Cyr posted in the near future.) Louis Cyr is known for feats of strength including his 500 pound one finger lift, his over 270 pound bent press, and that time … Continue reading Louis Cyr’s Backlift
With the recent announcement regarding the “termination” of Flex magazine, let’s look at a very short history of the magazine. Joe Weider’s first bodybuilding magazine was called Your Physique and was written and published from his kitchen in Montreal, QC, in 1940. With Muscle Builder as an additional Weider publication (which resembled Your Physique) … Continue reading The end of Flex Magazine?
If you pay attention to bodybuilding media at all, when you opened your eyes on the morning of March 1st, you know the Arnold Sport Festival was kicking off in Columbus, Ohio, which will give way to the long-awaited (for some) Arnold Classic! Also, if you've been following Engraved in Iron, you must have had … Continue reading The Arnold Sport Festival
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