Dr. Mel Siff, A Short History of Strength and Conditioning (Dolfzine, 2003)

Strength training has always been synonymous with the so-called "Iron Game," a broad generic term that includes the competitive lifting of heavy objects by "strongmen/women" during the last century or so. Feats of lifting strength, however, have appeared throughout the history of most nations, but it has only been in very recent times that training … Continue reading Dr. Mel Siff, A Short History of Strength and Conditioning (Dolfzine, 2003)

“Debased Bodies”: The Cause of Neurasthenia, aka Shell Shock

In a previous post I discussed how fitness entrepreneurs Joe Weider and Bob Hoffman used their bodybuilding magazines as an outlet to promote nation strength and army success during the Second World War and the Korean War. Although this was happening in the 1940s and 1950s, it was not a novelty within the realm of … Continue reading “Debased Bodies”: The Cause of Neurasthenia, aka Shell Shock

By Instructions you mean Suggestions, right? Charles Glass – Iron Man

Who? Well, Charles Glass, of course. Starting as a collegiate Gymnast at the University of California where he graduated in engineering, Glass transitioned into Olympic lifting. According to Glass, Olympic lifts were too strenuous for his body so he opted for Powerlifting; I mean, I was always a believer in lifting through the pain, but … Continue reading By Instructions you mean Suggestions, right? Charles Glass – Iron Man

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