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First in David Gentle’s Q & A series. David is an internationally acclaimed Physical Culture historian and author and has contributed to over 25 top Muscle magazines . Acknowledgement to Dianne Bennett, former editor of Body Power magazine (ceased publication) where David’s series first appeared.
I am 25 years old and 5’6″. If I take up bodybuilding, will it help me to grow taller?
TO be blunt, NO! Height is determined mainly by hereditary factors, plus the results of exercise and diet in your formative years. All you can do now is to ensure good posture, sit and stand ‘tall’ at all times.
Many, many bodybuilders today belong to the short classes and have excellent physiques. Make the most of what you are and indeed take up bodybuilding.
“The West Coast DOES NOT have a monopoly on famous arms. Here’s a list of Eastern bodybuilders whose arms have shape, size and POWER equal to the best in the world.” Over 20 bodybuilders referenced in this article.
Enjoy this fascinating article by Historian David Gentle. The author addresses the topic of longevity with a touch of humour while citing over 35 famous bodybuilders who lived and trained well into their 80’s and 90’s. An inspiration to us all.
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Historian David Gentle examines the evolution of women weight trainers throughout history including Kate Sadwina (World’s Strongest Woman of her era), Aussi Bev Francis World’s Strongest Woman 1980, Jan Todd one of the strongest females of all time in powerlifting, America’s ‘Pudgy’ Stockton plus many more!
“A very high percentage of bodybuilders commence training in their early ‘teens’. Youth is a time of high motivation for self-improvement and the obtaining of a satisfactory self image. It is also a time of much doubt, despair, and even agony.”
Includes two workout programs for beginners.
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