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)

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DO YOU MEASURE UP?

One of the most popular physical culturists of the entire twentieth-century, there is no denying the impact Charles Atlashad on the muscle making industry. Full of vigour, advice and the occasional insult, Atlas challenged his ‘students’ to improve their physique as much as possible. The yardstick for their success? None other than Atlas’s own body. … Continue reading DO YOU MEASURE UP?

The end of Flex Magazine?

  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?

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)