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Attn: Bodybuilders & Strongman – Can You Identify this Photo by Prof. E. W. Orlick

Published in Muscle Training Illustrated Mar. 1967
Prof. E. W. Orlick, once Editor of Muscle Training Illustrated magazine, describes the equipment in the photo while raising the question whether anyone could identify the men.  It is believed the photo was taken in a local gym or college in Montreal, PQ. Quebec was the home of LOUIS CYR, French Canadian Strongman known as the “Strongest Man Who Ever Lived”.

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Joe Weider, Trainer of Champions 1919-2013 by Roger Fillary

“Body Building in post war Britain didn’t really exist, it was very wrapped up in the Physical Culture era of the pre-war 30s. Body Building was part of the movement and not an entity, sport or activity on its own. Basements, disused buildings e.g. schools, church halls, garages and even garden sheds were the Gyms of post war Britain. Winter meant training in gloves, scarves and even woollen hats in the attempt to keep warm. In those days the weight trainer  was a real Spartan.

Exercise routines and systems weren’t any better, they were based on 12 basic exercises which were performed for 3 sets of 8 for the first 12 months, then after this period they could be upped to 4 sets, as you were then considered advanced. Equipment was in line with training locations and exercise routines. Lat machines consisted of a rope around a high pulley with a dumbbell tied on the end, incline benches a plank propped against a wall, this also doubled as an abdominal board. Most if not all equipment was home made. It was into this era that Joe Weider’s publications crossed the Atlantic, landing like  bombshells on newsagents’ counters. Up to this time British Bodybuilders had been served by Health and Strength Magazine and several similar publications, all of them still following the Physical Culture mantra of the 30s.

London 1948; the first Mr. Universe contest was run in conjunction with the 1948 Olympic Games, and for the first time British Bodybuilders were able to see the US Bodybuilders in the flesh, Body Builders they had only seen in grainy black and white photos in the magazines. Along with the Weider publications Body Building was to change very fast, but not for another 10 years.  The reason for this was the British Body Building hierarchy who stood their ground against the intruder, writing defamatory articles in the British magazines. Articles criticizing the Weider methods of training, attacks on the honesty of his competitions. In the meantime National Amateur Body Building Association (NABBA) had been born, and under the leadership of OSCAR HEIDENSTAM waged war on the International Federation of Body Builders (IFBB), the Weiders organisation. But NABBA was fighting an ever increasing onslaught of American publications and Americanisms, like instructions to  “Bomb and Blitz”  your muscles. It was the late 50s, three sets of eight had gone, Weider had arrived. British Body Building was changed for ever.” – Gil Waldron

Joe Weider was a force to be recognized in bodybuilding, health marketing, publishing and business from the 1940s until his death in 2013. Joe studied Stalin, Lenin, Alexander the Great, Napoleon, Hitler and Jesus Christ, the latter two surprisingly as he was Jewish. All but Jesus had created or ruled over great empires, empires that had grown and collapsed. Joe made sure, by noting their mistakes, that the Weider Empire would not go the way of these previously mentioned, and even after his death his legacy goes from strength to strength.

(c)Joe Weider, Trainer of Champions 1919-2013 by Gil Waldron, Research Historian, HOPC Team

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T.W. Standwell

As well as selling a ‘personalized’ mail-order bodybuilding course from the mid Twenties on (the one below dates from 1926) Mr. T.W. Standwell, as he was rather formally referred to, wrote articles for magazines such as Health & Strength’ up to at least 1965. These were on such topics as ‘The Sex Problems of a Bachelor’ and yes he dealt with that topic. Pretty racy stuff for 1937!

His exercises, or prescriptions as he rather engagingly called them, were tailored to the individuals needs and pages with line drawings and details of the exercises were pasted into a small book mainly composed of blank pages.

The pages that follow are compiled from three of these ‘prescriptions’. Consequently the exercise numbering repeats and is out of sequence. The pages are therefore presented in the sequence of the printed reference numbers at the bottom. It can be seen from the jumps in the sequence of this numbering that there must have been many more exercises.

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Showman As Well As Strongman by W. A. Pullum

“Milo knew how to put over an act, writes W.A. PULLUM. One night he did a harness lift with two Lifeguardsmen on horseback.”
“Luigi Borra, who called himself Milo on the stage, was one of the great herculean performers of the last century. W.A.P. who has examined family papers now made available for the first time, is telling the full, fascinating story in H & S.” Aug. 1955

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Systems And Principles By David Gentle


Above Photo:  POOLE and NUBRET hit the Bench Press together.  This superstar bombing inspires anyone watching.

Basics for Beginners
Enjoy this highly informative article by leading expert, David Gentle. It contains the “basics for beginners” including the systems and principles critical for success. The article provides detailed descriptions of a variety of training systems that will enable you to reach your weightlifting goals.
Workout photos featured throughout.

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All About Strand Pulling by Syd Devis

A Must-Read for Strand-Pullers & Weightlifters Alike!
Author, SYD DEVIS was a retired, undefeated professional 9 st. and 10 st. World Champion Strand-Puller and Record Holder. He was also the Technical Adviser to the British Amateur Strand-Pulling Association. This highly informative books covers a full range of strand-pulling topics along with 34 fully illustrated exercises carefully explained.

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