The History of Physical Culture The History of Physical Culture

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BlazerDon't miss the "Galaxy of Greats" by Gino Edwards, AKA Johnny Fitness.  Check out the latest PC news or explore its history through articles, vintage photos, posters, ads, videos and much more!  


Latest Installment

Strand Puller Super ScrapbookSimplified System of Swing Barbell Training
by Bob Hoffman    
Published in 1943
"The York swing bar is completely new to the physical training, strength, health and development seeking public.  Yet it has been used for many years by a very few of the world's most outstanding physical specimens.  It could be called their secret training method!  It has played an important part in developing their magnificent bodies, their great strength, particularly their classic torsos. " 


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The History of Physical Culture

Our free Open-Access Library was established to help preserve the History of Physical Culture and to serve as an educational resource for physical culturists, researchers, academia and readers in general. Our vast Library contains historical reproductions of articles, books, training courses, rare photos and illustrations along with the original work of well known authors including David Gentle, internationally acclaimed Author & Historian. Check "Latest Installment" for exciting new arrivals or browse the Author's index.  New installments are added regularly. 


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