By the mid 1940’s Sig Klein had already been in the iron game for 25 years and was one of the foremost writers, trainers and gym owners in the world of strength. To celebrate his quarter century of Physical Culture he was asked by Strength and Health magazine to relate some of the personalities that he had met and his many experiences in all facets of the world of strength. The result is a fascinating read, bringing to life many of the famous strongmen of the early 20th century who Sig knew well. We hope readers enjoy this series. .-Peter Yates, HOPC Editor
Footnote: In Part 1 of the series, Sig Klein orders his first set of barbells from Milo Bar Bell Company of Philadelphia (see previous post).
This comprehensive 72-page manual contains fundamental MUSCLE-BUILDING principles and systems. plus fully illustrated exercises. Author Alan Calvert founded the Milo Barbell Company in 1902. The course was written around 1911 and revised in 1939 by Robert L. Jones.
HISTORY OF PHYSICAL CULTURE LIBRARY Subscribe www.davidgentle.com DON ATHALDO – AUSTRALIAN STRONGMAN
Athaldo’s System of Physical Culture course contains 3 lessons with detailed instructions plus nutrition and lifestyle recommendations. The introduction is a fascinating look at the life of Don Athaldo and a photo of his time spent in the Australian Military where he was a physical education instructor.
Presenting the final installment in this 3-part series that includes a special Introduction by “RUEBEN MARTIN, Former British Heavyweight Weightlifting Champion and one of the world’s greatest All-round Strength Athletes.”
“The “shoulders” are the most impressive portion of the body and athletes in every field of physical endeavour understand and appreciate the importance of great shoulder girth and power.”
Includes four fully illustrated exercises along with references to bodybuilding stars of that era including STEVE REEVES, JOHN GRIMEK, REG PARK, GEORGE BAINES, to name but a few.
HISTORY OF PHYSICAL CULTURE Subscribe Today www.davidgentle.com Latest Enhanced Reproduction in our Library If you are interesting in acquiring a downloadable PDF of this course, please contact us. BODY SCULPTURE CLUB’S FOUNDATION COURSE NO. 1 – First in a 3-part series.
We’re still trying to discover a bit more about the Body Sculpture Club. It was in existence in the 1930s when it operated in Surbiton, Surrey. By the 1950s they had moved to Worcester Park, also in Surrey.
It was founded by George Jowett and then, some time later, continued by George Greenwood. By that time among the other contributors were Boss, Arnold Dyson (Mr. Universe 1953), Reub Martin, Mervin Cotter (Mr. Britain), Spencer Churchill (Champion Bodybuilder), Jack King (Mr Army, Mr. South Britain), Al Murray (British Weightlifting Coach). A lot of the exercises were posed by Tony Martin.
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Introduction by Peter Yates, HOPC Editor
As a youngster there was nothing to suggest the latent potential possessed by Doug Hepburn. However once he had commenced training he promised himself to become the strongest man in the world. In order to achieve this end he embarked on various methods of training, while keeping detail of the results, discarding what was not useful and creating a system that worked from that which obviously worked for him. He became one of the very strongest men of all time and remained so for most of his life.
It had a similar effect for others who put the necessary time and effort into his programs. Hepburn’s system is not flashy but is based on solid training principles which if followed will cut out a lot of wasted effort in a trainee’s quest for both increased strength and muscle size. This is a system for building a firm foundation from which other types of training may be employed. If you are seeking real world power and muscular size look no further than Hepburn’s Law.