Reg Lewis – Norman Williams’ Arm Routine (Muscle Power 1962)

Big Norman Williams is all set to break the big biceps tape of 20 1/2 inches none filled by Leroy Colbert. Can he do it? Norm thinks these unusual exercises which he now uses will do the trick. What do you think? I saw Norm Williams again, just recently... the first time in five years...and … Continue reading Reg Lewis – Norman Williams’ Arm Routine (Muscle Power 1962)

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Charles Atlas’s ‘Special Secret for Rapidly Building Enormous Power’

When Atlas Wasn't Playing Tug-of-War he was giving out Diet Tips “I realize you are anxious to build up great strength and power as soon as possible. Here is a simple secret which should help give you the results you hope for.” Charles Atlas, Mail Order Workout Programme, Lesson Two, c.1930s In 1921 Charles Atlas … Continue reading Charles Atlas’s ‘Special Secret for Rapidly Building Enormous Power’

BBB: Mr. America: the Tragic History of a Bodybuilding Icon – John D. Fair

Are you starting a collection of history books related to the Iron Game? Do you aspire for a future in this research business and lifting weight is such a big part of your life that you figured you would combine the two? Or have you been following us for a while now and these BBBs … Continue reading BBB: Mr. America: the Tragic History of a Bodybuilding Icon – John D. Fair

BBB: Sam Wilson Fussell, Muscle: Confessions of an Unlikely Bodybuilder (Poseidon Press, 1991)

Tracing Fussell's transformation from a scrawny graduate of Oxford University to a West Coast bodybuilder, Muscle marks a fascinating insight into the bodybuilding culture of 1980s America. Aware that his desire for change is fuelled by his own insecurities and at times self hatred, Fussell tracks his change from meekly using the machines in the … Continue reading BBB: Sam Wilson Fussell, Muscle: Confessions of an Unlikely Bodybuilder (Poseidon Press, 1991)

BBB: David Webster’s Sons of Samson (1990)

As an aspiring physical culture scholar, David Webster was, is, and continues to be, a source of inspiration. One of the most prolific researchers of the past fifty years, Webster has combined dogged research with incredible fieldwork. Aside from publishing a series of highly readable accounts on the origins of bodybuilding and weightlifting, Webster was … Continue reading BBB: David Webster’s Sons of Samson (1990)

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