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Author's Bio

David GentleDavid Gentle  is an internationally acclaimed Author and Historian of Physical Culture.  For several decades, he was a regular contributor for over 25 of the world's top muscle magazines. View David's Curriculum Vitae. David's prolific writings include over 2,000 articles published in the World Muscle Press on all subjects relating to physical culture or strength.   Learn more about David's fascinating life by viewing the Life and Times of David Gentle.  Some of David's credits include, the Oscar Heidenstam Foundation Award for services to bodybuilding and more recently the John Grimek Life Time Achievement Award in recognition of his untiring work as a author and historian of physical culture.  

 

Writings

In April, 2016 David Gentle compiled an exhaustive list of his published work.  He admitted that for a period of his life he discontinued documenting the articles he wrote, growing weary of seeing his name in print.  Despite this brief interlude the list captures the extraordinary contributions David Gentle made to Physical Culture throughout his lifetime.  Today David continues his prolific writing career as Sub-Editor of Britain's Health and Strength magazine. David Gentle Publications

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john lees, a man who never gave up by David gentle

John Lees, A Man who Never Gave UpContributed by Author
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"‘The story of one of Britain’s greatest bodybuilders, John Lees, who later became a successful wrestler.

John Lees was born in Stalybridge, his father was a master builder, and his grandfather was a noted wrestler who at one period was giving exhibition bouts with the world famous Russian Lion, George Hackenschmidt. He was quite a large lad when he was born, and at school was an all-round sportsman, especially good at boxing, football and wrestling. Despite his size, John was also very agile, a skill highly useful in his later life as a professional wrestler."-David Gentle


Poppa Joe Assirati: The Last of the Golden Links  by David gentle

Joe Assirati, A Man in a MillionContributed by Author
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"‘Poppa’ Joe is a man in a million if not totally unique in having personally witnessed and been involved in possibly the longest unbroken span in the history of the Iron Game.  I know of no other whom at such an advanced age of 96 can recall and retell with an intimate and knowledgeable style, almost a century of physical culture and strength. 

Joe Assirati has lived and breathed weightlifting/training all his long and oh so interesting life and it has paid many dividends, least of all in longevity and peace of mind."-David Gentle

 

A Century of Muscles - Part One by David gentle

A Century of MusclesContributed by David Gentle
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"Bodybuilding did not start with Eugen Sandow as many believe. But Sandow definitely made an impact upon a lot of people that became more conscious of their appearance and began exercising. Sandow was recognized as the superstar of physical development, and rightly so. His personality and “personal aura and enthusiasm” for exercising took weight training out of the Bavarian and Austrian beer halls, where strength feats and exercise topics were frequently discussed in those days, and he placed them on a higher level."

A Century of Muscles - Part two by David gentle

A Century of MusclesContributed by David Gentle
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"Weight training began making rapid strides during the mid-30s and through the 40s in spite of the second world conflict - WW2.  Then in the early part of 1941, Steve Stanko astounded the lifting world by amassing the first 1000 pound total on the Olympic lifts, a real milestone in lifting history. Yet less than two months later he was defeated for the national championship in Philadelphia by John Davis and Lou Abele. This happened because in late 1939 Steve developed a serious deep phlebitis condition that was to plague him for the rest of his life, and which eventually "did him in." 

A look at our editor-in-chief, David Gentle, Author & historian & maxaldist

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David Gentle, our Editor-in-Chief, is an internationally acclaimed Author and Historian of Physical Culture.  For several decades, he was a regular contributor for over 26 of the world's top muscle magazines.  David's prolific work includes over 2,000 articles published in the World Muscle Press on all subjects relating to physical culture or strength.  Some of David's credits include, three Oscar Heidenstam Foundation Award for services to bodybuilding and more recently the John Grimek Life Time Achievement Award in recognition of his untiring work and dedication in the field. David is truly a celebratory in the Iron Game.  Not only is he a Maxaldist but, based on the photos seen in this leaflet, a successful Bodybuilder.

Amazing Grip Strength by david gentle

Amazing Grip StrengthPublished in Strength Health
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"The passing of time is such that all men's early achievements eventually become surpassed. The field of strength is no different to any other sphere as witnessed by some amazing power feats including that of the recent powerlifting prowess of Texas lifter,  Joe Hood deadlifting at a bodyweight of 220 pounds the weight of 793 pounds (360kg) equaling the long standing record of the amazing strength athlete Herman Goerner, who did this feat back in 1920 at the same bodyweight." - David Gentle

Apollon by David Gentle

Apollon - J.C. TolsonView Now  Biography of The Might Young Apollon, J.C. Tolson plus a special photo card gallery. Article originally appeared in 'The Iron Master'. 
Illustrative material contributed by Warren Pember.
"Home of the mighty, from Ron Walker to Reg Park, one of the most famous of all Yorkshire strongmen was a man by the name of J.C. Tolson..  Tolson was born July 16th 1903 near Dewsbury. Tolson began training after seeing a strongman act in a travelling circus. His objective was to develop both a muscular physique and also Great Strength ... both of which he did with some high degree of success, gaining rapidly in his endeavors, soon giving his own strongman show under the title "The Mighty Young Apollon."  - David Gentle

A Unique Strength Building System by David Gentle

Leo RobertContributed by David Gentle
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"For the bodybuilder, strength is a means to an end. He simply needs to employ very heavy poundages in his training in order to develop his muscularity to a maximum. Anyone content with exercising in a slap-dash manner with light weights will never reach his full potential development. If a trainee wishes to get the best results out or his training then he must really fight with the weights, forcing out the last few reps. He must learn how to keep adding weights whenever possible, so as to make the workouts progressive.  You MUST learn to use respectable poundages in your workouts." - David Gentle

A Blast from the Past by David Gentle

Blast from the Past by David GentleContributed by David Gentle
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"Today you can look in almost any catalogue of home goods, or any high street sports retailers and find a multitude of choice for muscle building apparatus from simple dumbbell and barbell outfits to sophisticated complete "home gyms" designed to exercise all body parts to perfection. here is a huge range of choice; multi apparatus means multi muscle. Its almost all good value, readily available and affordable." - David Gentle

Confessions of a Course Collector

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"In the year of 1947 – a year with one of the severest winters on record for both New York and the UK, when Thor Heyerdahl set sail on a raft for 101 days from Peru to Polynesia, Steve Reeves won the AAU Mr. America title, a US airplane first flew at supersonic speed, Al Capone died, and Joe Weider was just 25 – I decided to take up bodybuilding. I commenced physical culture, as it was then known, when still at high school, tall and skinny, and on post-war rations.  My first introduction to the magic of muscle building was via Earle Liederman’s classic tomes – Secrets of Strength and Muscle Building." - David Gentle

Do It with Dumbbells by David Gentle

Do it with DumbbellsContributed by David Gentle
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"Even in this so-called affluent age, many aspiring muscle-builders cannot always afford to buy large barbell sets.  Others, who do own plenty of equipment, may be seeking a change in training to combat boredom and lack of progress.  The answer for both is to use Dumbbells.  Dumbbells have many advantages over the basic barbell set.  As mentioned previously, they can be bought cheaper, you will not need so much weight, and they can be used in less space, thus being a boon to 'bedroom type' trainers." - David Gentle

Don Dorans Obituary by david gentle

Don Dorans Obituary by David GentlePublished in 1990
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"Don, who was born in London, was renowned in British bodybuilding as the owner of a fine physique and who won Mr. Britain title in 1943, as well as placing and winning his height class in the Mr. Universe contests.  He will probably be remember more as a pathfinder, innovator and personal trainer of many great physique champions (8 Mr. Britain's and 38 Area Champions amongst others).Ahead of his time in many ways, he created new and significant training apparatus and had advanced concepts on diet and nutrition, both of which he wrote about in many issues of Health & Strength." - David Gentle

Don Dorans - The Nominees for the Oscar Heidenstam by david gentle

Don DoransContributed by David Gentle
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"Don Dorans is to receive the Special Recognition Award.  Don Dorans is a great guy and a great champion, a pioneer muscle maker and true trainer of champions with an immeasurable contribution to British and indeed World bodybuilding.  Don's training ideas and muscle making inventions were literally years ahead of his time.  Chances are that the system, result producing schedule or 'new principle' and even modern apparatus you use today, was originally devised, long before imported muscle magazines 'stole' the ideas - by Don - with curling bars, triceps bars, pec dec type chest machines and incline seated and no low back string, leg exercisers." - David Gentle

Encyclopaedia of Bodybuilding  by david gentle

bodybuildingContributed by David Gentle
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"We have approximately 650 muscles, made up of pairs of muscles which, together with their tendons account for about 40 percent of a person's bodyweight. Each muscle has a Full Range, Inner and Outer range of movement. The Full Range is when a muscle carries out a movement from its extreme stretched position of its extreme contracted position. The Inner Range is when a muscle works midway between its two extremes of movement to its full contracted position. The Outer Range describes the muscles movement from extreme stretched position of the midway point of its range." - David Gentle

Evolution of Women Weight Trainers by david gentle

Body Building New and Revised by Eugen SandowContributed by David Gentle
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"There have always been exceptional strong women throughout history ranging from ancient female warriors to circus performers such as Katie Sandwina....
In earlier days for example the professional strong lady Josephene Blatt who's stage name was Minerva was once rated as the WORLDS STRONGEST LADY (circa 1890's).  Minerva claimed to be able to lift a platform with 23 men stood upon it from over head with a harness affair, using strong chains.  the total weight lifted was reported as being 3,564 pounds or 1,616kgs.  Minerva was six foot tall and weighed 230 pounds. 
Katie Sandwina was even better known and recognized by most people as being (in her era) strongest woman in the world." - David Gentle 
Fascinating Feats of Strength by david gentle

John Massis, World Record Teeth Lift Contributed by David Gentle
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"Did you see the film 'A Man Called Horse' starring Richard Harris, based on factual rituals carried out by certain tribes of American Indians, (the Mandan tribe, the ritual was designed to test the courage and endurance of the young braves and was called '0 KEE PA') whereby a test of manhood consisted of the young brave being suspended by hooks forced into his pectoral tendons. Well, a similar gruesome episode happened in real life to a German explorer called Captain Ringman Mach."  Seen left - John Massis, World Record Teeth Lift (19th March 1977, Paris, with 233 kg." - David Gentle

Golden Oldies by David Gentle

MaxickContributed by David Gentle
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"All the great physique stars over the years have learnt .. to control their muscles.

Seen left:  Maxick - Muscle Control

"The very art of displaying certain sets of muscles entails the ability to control one group' whilst relaxing another. Sucking in the stomach or a retraction a la Frank Zane.- Spreading the .. Iats ... bunching the "traps" etc."-- are all recognized controls in a posing routine that need to be learnt and practised. The ability to demonstrate muscle control was one of the reasons for Grimek's victory over Steve Reeves in the 1948 Universe show." - David Gentle

Joe Weider, "A Personal View" by David Gentle 

Published in Health & Strength (UK) in July, 2013, Issue 3 - Contributed by Author 
The format and layout of this article was adjusted for easy viewing.  
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The name Weider comes from an old Russian/Jewish word meaning the man who lived near the willow trees.  For bodybuilders, it means anything from "The Master Blaster", "The Maker/Trainer of Champions", "Weedy" or just "Uncle Joe.". Even Joe used nom de plume or aliases, when it suited him.  But as the bard says, "What's in a name?".  "A rose by another other name is just as sweet." - David Gentle

john lees, a man who never gave up by David gentle

John Lees, A Man who Never Gave UpContributed by Author
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"‘The story of one of Britain’s greatest bodybuilders, John Lees, who later became a successful wrestler.

John Lees was born in Stalybridge, his father was a master builder, and his grandfather was a noted wrestler who at one period was giving exhibition bouts with the world famous Russian Lion, George Hackenschmidt. He was quite a large lad when he was born, and at school was an all-round sportsman, especially good at boxing, football and wrestling. Despite his size, John was also very agile, a skill highly useful in his later life as a professional wrestler."-David Gentle


Louis Cyr: Strongest Man Who Ever Lived by David Gentle

Louis Cyr: Strongest Man Who Ever Lived by David GentleContributed by David Gentle
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"Louis Cyr (pronounced seer) was born on October 11th 1863 in St. Cyprien, near Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Coming from a robust French Canadian family, developing extraordinary strength, when even at a early age. Whilst Louis' father was of average proportions, his mother was almost Amazonian, recorded as weighing 265 lbs. at 6' 1". She in turn had a father of 6' 4" and 260 lbs., thus there were the genetics already established ensuring that the young Louis would develop into a pre-ordained Hercules. Louis started his strong man career at the age of 17, after some publicity came about due to an incident when the young Louis was reported to have lifted a farmers heavily laden wagon out of the mire in which it had become stuck. He was matched in a contest against Michaud of Quebec, who was recognized as Canada's strongest man of the time, the results being that Cyr beat him, the tests being the lifting of heavy stones, Cyr winning the match by hoisting a granite boulder weighing 480 lbs./ 217.7 kg." - David Gentle

Lung Busters by David Gentle

Lung Busters by David GentleContributed by David Gentle
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"Build the chest expansion of a champion, with our exercise suggestions.... A top priority for those wishing to become an award winning bodybuilder, is the attainment of a large muscular chest...epitomized by the latest Olympian or Universe line up... All have the enviable combination of muscle mass, vital chest expansion and huge lung capacity, developed by both muscle fibre pumping and thorax stretching exercises.  Its a fact, champions of whatever sport chosen, gain vitality through deep breathing and the acquisition of powerful lungs through the practise of cardiovascular exercise." - David Gentle

medicare for bodybuilders by david gentle

medicare for bodybuilding by david gentleContributed by David Gentle
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"Health is Man's Birthright.  "Health is a state in which all the functions are exerted with regularity and harmony.  perfection of health is purely an ideal, and is never actually attained; for an examination of the bodies of the healthiest persons has revealed lesions of some kind.  The tendency to health is universal law of organic life, whether vegetable or animal.  it is as natural to be well as to be.Strength is the ability to do and bear.  Strength and health should be synonymous with life, and the first step toward their acquisition is a knowledge of physiology and anatomy.  I regret to find in this country, with its wonderful system of public schools, so little time devoted to these studies. - David Gentle

mind over muscle by david gentle

mind over muscle by david gentleContributed by David Gentle
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"The brain is the most important bodypart - OK, we've heard it all before, but what does it really mean?  We take a look at some of the feats that can be achieved by a positive mental attitude, and how we can apply it to our workouts. For most people, mind over muscle conjures up visions of fire walkers, voodoo and yogi buried alive for days in trance like states.  Hypnosis for example produces some striking phenomena with actual changes of the muscular system.  Groups of isolated muscles can be easily put into a state of paralysis by suggestion and as easily released.  Strangely enough the paralysis always takes the form or idea as suggested to the patient and never the actual anatomical distribution of the nerve supply." - David Gentle

More Muscle Building Tips by David Gentle

More Muscle Building Tips by David GentleContributed by David Gentle
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"The important thing in any training routine is to be flexible, to recognize what works for you. Bodybuilding is not a fixed activity, but rather one that depends on a variety of factors – generics, choice of exercises and nutrition to name but three.   The response to our last training tips feature was so overwhelming…and the number of ideas you sent in so great, that we decided the only thing to do was share them with everyone else! Happy training!   - David Gentle

 

old books and barbells by david gentle

old books and barbells by david gentle Contributed by David Gentle
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"As long as I can remember I have always loved books. Everything about a real book evokes memories of the happiest times in my life. I love the feel, sight, sound and smell of books old and new. Books were always a refuge for me and a ticket to dreamland. Allowing me to travel the world without leaving my bed and being able to hold conversations with each and every famous person dead or alive. Books are a delight. Of double delight are books and barbells.   The very first book I ever saw relating to strength was William Blaikies',  "How to Get Strong and How to Stay So".. for me a child, a dull, uninteresting and ancient tome. The only thing outstanding was seeing what must be some of, if not the first ‘before and after’ photos published."  - David Gentle

Overtraining and Energy Levels by David Gentle

Overtraining and Energy Levels by David GentleContributed by David Gentle
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"Emotions, as mentioned in the earlier article, can indeed be re-educated to be more positive and slanted to better thought patterns, but as anyone can demonstrate if you are constantly tired out and fatigued, then through the normal reasons of physiology, a stress-loaded body will cause the mind to react with depression and despair. Eventually nature will force you to take a rest, whether you want it or not.  

Many young, and some no-so-young, weight trainers believe everything they read in muscle magazines." - David Gentle

physical Sculpture by david gentle

Muscle Development & Control-3 - April  by vic aldersonContributed by David Gentle
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"he illusion of bodybuilding.  What does it mean?  Do you have visions of everybody waving magic wands to produce 20" arms?  Or does it just mean wearing five pullovers.  In this article we examine the illusion  of size.  Remember you have control when you think over how you want to look . Not the first bodybuilder to use the principle of training for the illusion of physical perfection, but certainly the first bodybuilder of note, Steve Reeves purposely trained on a very selective basis choosing with care specific exercises to enhance his physique and avoiding others which would have proven detrimental to his chosen image. This idea consistently propagated by Vince Gironda in his countless articles over the decades and now explained in detail in his (and Bob Kennedy’s) book, "Unleashing the Wild Physique is precisely what true physical culture should be i.e. the attainment of a superb physique working much as would a sculptor with stone or a carver with wood, accentuating the finer points and cutting down/away the unwanted areas." - David Gentle

Roy Adam's Muscle Art by David Gentle   Roy Adam's Muscle Art by David Gentle   

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"Artistic representations of the muscular and aesthetic physique have been around right from the birth of physical training publications. McFadden's PHYSICAL CULTURE and Sandow's Magazine, depicted all aspects of art and illuminated illustrations, even more so through necessity, before the later widespread use of the camera and its' ever complicated technology." - David Gentle.  Roy Adams, is an artist and former owner of the Cavern Club, where the Beatles once played.  You will find a wonderful gallery of muscle artwork by Roy that is bound to please!

Selective Bodybuilding 

Physical Culture with Resisting Exercises by Bernarr Macfadden Contributed by David Gentle
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"Tabloids rarely report bodybuilding in a favourable light, especially female muscle builders, as witnessed a while back with an interview with six time British 400 metres champion Donna Hartley, supposedly saying when talking of her ripped pecs. “Tits are just fat anyway”. Even worse publicity was propagated by another paper which printed ‘My Muscles Drive Men Mad’ says ‘Sex tiger Big Hannie, boating 19 inch biceps and 28 inch thighs’.

The ‘article’ invited readers to phone in via a ‘You the Jury’ box as to whether, quote ‘You find this woman attractive’. A loaded question indeed. Apparently not too many did, with a massive percentage giving Hannie the Hunk the thumbs down." - David Gentle

Single Handed Strength in Ancient Times

Muscle Development & Control-3 - April  by vic aldersonContributed by David Gentle
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"Most people are aware that the famous NABBA emblem was based on a popular pose of John C. Grimek, our first Mr. Universe winner in 1948, far fewer remember that the old Health & Strength badge was modeled after a selected and posed-for symbolic figure of Edward Aston. Aston, who also had his portrait statuette form exhibited at the Royal Academy in London (1912) won the title of Britain’s Strongest Man from Thomas Inch in 1911, holding the title for 23 years, retiring undefeated. - David Gentle

System and Principles of Bodybuilding by David gentle

System and Principles of Bodybuilding by david gentlePart One - Some Good Reasons for Exercise, Your Amazing Body and Exercise Principles
Contributed by David Gentle

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"Accidently overhearing a golfing commentary, it struck me (fore!!) how difficult it would be for the neophyte to understand seemingly meaningless remarks about 'birdies' and 'being under par', with 'handicaps' etc. etc.  Becoming even more complicated and complex, and continually changing is the technology and terminology of Muscle Building.  The two articles that follow will, we hope, bring some light to beginners, intermediates and even advanced trainers of modern systems and principles of Bodybuilding. Exercise is the best insurance against disease or sickness. Healthy exercise will build you up a fund of resistance which can help you to repel disease and germs, to which the human body is prone." - David Gentle

The Art of Contest Posing by David gentle

The Art of Contest Posing by david gentleContributed by David Gentle
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"Bodybuilding is the ultimate art form, and posing is the natural expression and demonstration of that art. The finished male or female physique is a joy to behold, it’s beauty best displayed through a practiced posing routine.

“Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm, depend on simplicity”. So said Plato and all the great works of masculine beauty in the time of the Greeks followed his teachings portraying simplicity, grace rhythm, and good development.  - David Gentle

 

the legendary Steve reeves by David gentle

The Legendary Steve Reeves by David GentleNow Available in eBook! 
Published in Health and Strength magazine in 1981
Contributed by Author

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"Thirty years ago STEVE REEVES won the NABBA Mr. Universe title in London. Many title holders have come and gone   since   then; some almost forgotten.  REEVES remains uniquely the one person whose fame and coveted physique is still as popular today, as at the time three decades ago when he received the SANDON trophy and the Universe title."-David Gentle


the three apollons by David gentle

The Three ApollonsContributed by Author
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The Author features a trio of strongmen each known as Apollon throughout history.  Among these were Louis Uni, born in Marsillargues, France, William Bankier, known as the Scottish Apollon from Banffshire, Scotland and finally Yorkshire strongman, J.C. Tolson.  All were remarkable athletes in their own right.

Seen left - The fabulous John Davies, lifting the Apollon Wheels in 1949.  


Thomas inch, a great Briton by David gentle

Thomas Inch, a Great BritonContributed by Author
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Thomas Inch was born in Scarborough in 1881 and became interested in bodybuilding at the early age of ten, remaining continually active in weight-lifting and bodybuilding, during which time he contributed a great deal to physical culture up until his death in his eighties.

Inch held many titles ranging from world’s junior champion weight-lifter and world’s professional middleweight champion to Britain’s Strongest Man.


tough teeth by David gentle

tough teeth by david gentleContributed by David Gentle
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"This is not a training article, nor should you try to emulate any of the stunts mentioned.  Really it is just some 'grisly' information to read in between your next set of bench presses...It's all about TEETH. "What the hell has teeth to do with weight training".  I hear you ask sweetly...Answer, "Lots".  If you have bad teeth, you are systematically poisoning your body, resulting in aches, pains, poor recuperation and a general lack of progress.  Just ONE bad tooth, can prevent you reaching your goal, so if in doubt see your dentist.  Here we go...."
Seen left: John Massis showing the world's toughest teeth."  - David Gentle
Training on the Incline by David gentle

The Original Power-Plus Course from.... by joe bonomoContributed by David Gentle
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"It’s fair to assume the incline bench evolved from the ‘slant’ or abdominal board, a useful exercise adjunct, allowing for graduated progression when practicing leg raises or sit-ups, simply by raising the board from the horizontal position to a variety of increasing angles ranging from easy to tough the ultimate exercise for abdominals.
Seen left: Steve Reeves - photographer: Tony Lanza
Certainly the idea of angularity exercise is not new. STEVE REEVES the original screen Hercules used the incline board to perform many of his favourite exercises especially dumbbell curls, way back in ED YARRICKS gym in he late 1940’s (I said way back!!!)." - David Gentle

Try Dips for Development by David gentle

The Bosco System of Progressive Physical.. by Harry B. PaschallContributed by David Gentle
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"I do not know whether there is or is likely to be, any very outstanding interest in my history or in my progress towards weight-lifting prominence, but I have at least a notion that an account of my early efforts at the development and training of such physical strength as I may happen to possess will not be altogether without value to youths who may aspire to physical distinction.
Whether the recital of my early struggles, the difficulties I encountered and the methods whereby I overcame these, will convey any beneficial instruction, I cannot guess, but I am at least hopeful that the evidence to be presented, that the exercise of unusual physical power does not depend solely or even mainly on the development and cultivation of muscular powers, but rather on the harmonious and intelligent employment of special quality muscle, may prove of assistance to some who are anxious to put such strength as they may posses to the most useful purpose." - David Gentle
unusual exercises by David gentle

unusual exercises by david gentleContributed by David Gentle
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"There are no ‘magic’ exercises, ‘secrets of strength' or infallible routines. As scientific as we try to be with diet, the human mind and body are far too complex for man to really control at will.     Success for all but the few blessed with ‘star’ potential is still a matter of regular training and HARD WORK, using BASIC EXERCISES.  

For all the innovations and exercise equipment modifications, ‘free’ movement weight training exercise still remains THE nucleus for muscle building. What you can, and indeed should do from time to time whilst remaining with basics and standard principles, is to experiment and introduce a variety of angles and approaches to help defect boredom, probably the greatest contributor to failure in bodybuilding." - David Gentle

Variety Adds by David Gentle

Variety Adds by David GentleContributed by David Gentle
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"Unless you are on a specialization program, i.e. training for a powerlift, or Olympic lifting routine, to make an increase in body-mass or strength, the chances are that you are working out on a ‘normal’ schedule. The average is eight to twelve exercises for all round body parts or standard split routine. A normal training session for full body workout, after warm up, might be – alternate presses with dumbbells for deltoids and triceps, squats for legs, chest and general metabolism bench presses for chest, shoulders and triceps."   - David Gentle

waiting for the weights by david gentle

waiting for the weights by david gentle Contributed by David Gentle
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"Many people having made the decision to reshape their physique and build up some muscle, on sending away for barbells and dumbbells discover there is often a frustrating period before the eagerly awaited apparatus arrives. Others on holiday or with apparatus beyond their means, require alternative methods for building muscle and getting into shape. Neatly perched between the strict Swedish drill calisthenics originated by LING and the free rhythmic express of Aerobics is a category of physical training which has remained popular and successful for decades a system of muscle building without apparatus." - David Gentle
 
want to be a bodybuilder by david gentle

want to be a bodybuilder by david gentleContributed by David Gentle
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"Most intermediates and advanced bodybuilders are in my opinion well catered, for in today’s muscle magazines. the terminology and highly technical contents of current muscle journals can appear almost frighteningly complex to the huge potential influx of would be bodybuilders. Wanna be muscle man (and women) on flicking thorough the beefcake mags, see photos of top competitors and ‘stars’, whom they may or may not wish to emulate.  The truth is THOUSANDS OF MEN AND WOMEN HAVE NO DESIRE FOR AN EXCESS OF MUSCLE AND VASCULARITY, most wish to use weights as a vehicle to help them achieve physical normality, i.e. to gain or lose weight, and to improve their physique or strength to an acceptable level of macho manliness or feminine beauty." - David Gentle

weight training for all sports by david gentle

weight training for all sports by david gentleContributed by David Gentle
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"For contemporary contenders to win at their chosen game, they have to exploit every edge, mental and physical. Almost all sports require strength and muscular endurance to supplement the specific performance skills. Weight training, both free weights or machines, is now justly recognized as an essential training adjunct combined with optimum nutrition and mental commitment to he activity at which sporting competitors wish to excel.

Previously considered “muscle-binding” and counterproductive, regular training with weights, both in and out of season is currently in form for coaches and athletes, with fitness training via progressive resistance almost a proven science in its ability to assist athletes improve physical strength and promote conditioning."  - David Gentle

 

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