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)

Iron Men: Hippolyte Triat

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