Phil Speaks: An Interview with Natu and the Super Jacked Ginger

  I had the chance to meet this guy called Sam while shopping for supplements about a month ago. We began discussing various effects of preworkout, our favorite brands, and the reasons I don't take it anymore. Our talk quickly changed to the Mr. Olympia contest that was on its way. Seeing that we both … Continue reading Phil Speaks: An Interview with Natu and the Super Jacked Ginger

Gifted: the Phil Heath Documentary. A Review

With the Mr. Olympia one week behind us and the result shaking the foundations of professional bodybuilding, I believe it is an opportune time to review Gifted, the Phil Heath documentary. Early Impressions To be honest, I had no idea such a documentary existed; not only that, but that there was also a sequel (which … Continue reading Gifted: the Phil Heath Documentary. A Review

A Challenge to Sandow; Strongmen in the Press.

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.

“Debased Bodies”: The Cause of Neurasthenia, aka Shell Shock

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

“Bring Sally Up, Bring Sally Down.” The History of the Push Up

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