What teen or young lifter hasn't been seduced by the idea of bigger biceps? Indeed in the bodybuilding universe of both males and females, no pose is more iconic that the front or back double bicep pose. A difficult set of muscles to grow, except of course for the genetically gifted, the biceps have been … Continue reading The History of ’21s’ Training
While making my way around the gym in between sets (of 1000 lat.pulldowns, of course), perusing with my historian curiosity in this sanctuary of iron and paraphernalia, I came across the bad boy you can see on the picture. For those of you who do not know what this is, you have come to the … Continue reading Promises of Bigger Arms, OH MY!!
From Eugen Sandow to Charles Atlas, physical culturists have long made a living through mail order ads. Check out this old Arnie one from the late 1960s flogging the latest Weider product. So next time you grow weary of the hyperbole from today's modern advertisements, just remember that such ads are a time honoured tradition … Continue reading Bodybuilding and the Mail Order Ad
If you pay attention to bodybuilding media at all, when you opened your eyes on the morning of March 1st, you know the Arnold Sport Festival was kicking off in Columbus, Ohio, which will give way to the long-awaited (for some) Arnold Classic! Also, if you've been following Engraved in Iron, you must have had … Continue reading The Arnold Sport Festival
In a previous post we discussed Arnold’s controversial win in 1980 – here’s a quick recap. The Austrian Oak came out of retirement without telling anyone and appeared at the Mr. Olympia competition as a competitor rather than a promoter, stood on stage, and won. The reaction from the fans has already been discussed – … Continue reading Reaction to the 1980 Mr. Olympia
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
When researching the history of bodybuilding, one will inevitably come across the term “Golden Age” or "Golden Era" of Bodybuilding – the time when the sport was at its zenith. If you pay close attention however, there are two Golden Ages, depending on who you speak to or which book you read. The first of … Continue reading The Golden Ages?