While researching the regular strongman and bodybuilding articles (as we history PhD people do on the daily) I stumbled across this newspaper clipping that was featured in the National Police Gazette in 1893 asking “Is Eugen Sandow Afraid?” In this post I would like to address not only this specific clipping, but also the use … Continue reading A Challenge to Sandow; Strongmen in the Press.
In a previous post I discussed how fitness entrepreneurs Joe Weider and Bob Hoffman used their bodybuilding magazines as an outlet to promote nation strength and army success during the Second World War and the Korean War. Although this was happening in the 1940s and 1950s, it was not a novelty within the realm of … Continue reading “Debased Bodies”: The Cause of Neurasthenia, aka Shell Shock
It seems like every time we write a piece on the history of a certain exercise we start with a mention that history is murky business. Well, once again dear readers, this history is murky. After scouring the amazing world of the internet and digging into a handful of books, here's what we came up … Continue reading “Bring Sally Up, Bring Sally Down.” The History of the Push Up
It would be quite simple to dive into notions of theology and state that Satan rose from hell, implemented the burpee, and then returned to his fire kingdom to fall asleep every night to the thumps of human bodies slamming on the ground above accompanied by the sweet serenity of exerted pain and profanities. However, … Continue reading “Fall flat to the floor and get back up again!” The Origin of the Burpee.
In 2014, the Ms. Olympia competition came to an end. That same year the IFBB announced that the Ms.International competition, second largest female bodybuilding competition, and held at the Arnold Sport Festival, would also end. Speculation surrounds the termination of such competitions: some discuss lack of funds, loss of popularity, and low revenue from the … Continue reading Beverley Francis
What can I say about Leroy Colbert. Well, obviously he had massive arms. This was somewhat his calling card and what some would argue the factor that added the word 'legendary' before his name. However, there is so much more to say about Leroy Colbert. A legend rises. Born in 1933, Colbert started lifting weights … Continue reading Leroy Colbert
If you have been following our numerous posts regarding Eugen Sandow, you already have an idea of how Great Britain regarded its population in times of war. During the Boer War, the British government judged that soldiers were not physically ready to fight for their country so they sent in Sandow who taught the basics … Continue reading Are you Fighting Fit?