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
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
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
Who? Born in the early nineteenth-century, the Frenchman Hippolyte Triat represented one of the first modern gym owners and promoters of the modern age. Plucked from obscurity following a daring rescue of an aristocratic woman from a runaway horse, Triat benefitted from an upper-class education in France. Though exposed to the classics and arts, it … Continue reading Iron Men: Hippolyte Triat
Eugen Sandow began his career as a vaudeville strongman to then create his own niche in on-stage physique displays, now known as bodybuilding. Proud of his developed physique and his ability to pose like a statue, Eugen Sandow made most of his money by flaunting his Greek ideal physique on stages, while adding, here and … Continue reading A Statue of Sandow?
Chances are at some point in your lifting career you've done a few sets of Romanian Deadlifts. From athletes to bodybuilders, thousands of muscle fanatics have used the exercise to bring up their hamstrings and lower backs. Given the popularity of the movement, you may be surprised to learn that this exercise is a relatively recent … Continue reading The History of the Romanian Deadlift