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 Here is a sample of the latest articles for the month of November. Featuring American Champion Bodybuilder Marvin Eder, Dr. Ken Leo Rosa (Music, Muscles & Martial Arts, Thomas Inch, Britain’s Strongest Man, Great Muscle Matches of 1907 and John Lees, The Man Who Never Gave Up!

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Arm Bulk and How by John Everett

Published Vigour magazine April 1952 – Part Two

Henry Atkin demonstrating the Seated Triceps Stretch with swingbell.

THE TROUBLE with most people, bodybuilders included, is that they remain satisfied with too little. Far too many people are content with insignificant achievements. They get so far and no further. How many bodybuilders are content with just a little better than average physique? What is it that prevents people from carrying on to really outstanding achievement after their first burst of enthusiastic application? The answer is DRIVE…the vital mental compelling factor activated by…

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This Way for Arm Bulk by John Everett

Published in Vigour Magazine January 1952 – Part One
The man with the World’s Most muscular Arms, Melvin Wells, is shown in this photo kindly supplied by Peary Rader.

WHO DOES NOT ADMIRE a large, V full sized arm? Who can fail to be impressed by a pair of large, well-shaped muscular arms? Yet how many bodybuilders fail to obtain real impressive arm bulk! They may get to thirteen or fourteen inches but there they are stuck. The fact is that you cannot get your arms to their fullest possible size and fleshy bulk when following all-round training, and that arm specialization training is necessary.

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Prof. E.M. Orlick is the Author of “Handbalancing Made Easy”

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Dandurand the Great by Mac Batchelor

Every strength fan has a boyhood idol – one of the great old-timers or a modern champion.

Dandurand in his fifties hoisted this 455-lb. Ford engine to his shoulders and walked off with it after Albert Manger the heavy-weight champion couldn’t budge it off the floor.

The short beetle-browed man stood in the center of the gym as his young visitor approached shyly. For a moment they regarded one another silently, then the older man thrust out a hand and smiled. “I’m Dandurand,” he said, and the ice was broken. “I’m Joe Weider,” said the sixteen-year-old visitor, and thus two leading lights in the world of strength met for the first time. According to Weider, twenty years later, it was one of the most important moments of his life.

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2018 AOBS Annual Reunion by Peter Yates

Event Program

Saturday October 20t,h, 2018 marked the 35th anniversary of the association of Oldtime Barbell and Strongman Reunion (AOBS).

I am sure all who attended would agree, it was an outstanding weekend.  AOBS president Artie Drechsler ably assisted by his wife and a group of volunteers were on hand to make sure everything ran smoothly.

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