When I first accepted the request for an article on some history of the bodybuilding dietary in mid 2002 I had absolutely no idea it would proliferate into a decade long, multi-volume project covering the entirety of the awkward, often controversial sport and all the cultural peripherals surrounding it. Although the books have been successful they have not been without their challenges. Below is a little background on our current circumstances surrounding these issues and how it pertains to the re-releases of volumes I & II, and finally a resolution forRead More
For over 45 years I have been in the unique position to have had the opportunity to read just about every book, course, or magazine on physical culture in the English language. Unfortunately, much of what has been written is either a rehash of one or more previous publications, carrying on the same blatant errors, or a clever marketing vehicle with an obvious self-serving agenda. And, more importantly, in either case, little or no research has been done because ofRead More
With over 40 years of interaction within the bodybuilding and exercise industry, I had for some time come to believe that there really wasn’t anything all that new and exciting in the realm of resistance strength training. Many gizmos, most of little use, had come and gone over the decades. The tried and true muscle building tools that emerged from the pioneering gyms of the 20th century slowly anchored themselves through time into the hearts of the hardcore lifters, especially with improvements via advanced engineering and expanding technologies. Rarely at this point after years of tuning this equipment do you encounter innovation of any real noteworthiness, let alone a revolutionary evolution in design. Rarely.
In early spring of 2014 I was sharing with former Natural Mr. USARead More
Looking back well over a hundred years at the emergence and growth of the fitness industry it is amazing to see the breadth of equipment that has evolved into the crazy market we see today. There have actually been some very effective tools going right back to the dawning of the basic gymnastic apparatus, to early dumbbells, kettlebells, indian clubs, cable expanders, followed later by specialty benches, cable pulleys and finally the emergence of full exercise machines beginning in the 1950s with Harold Zinkin’s Universal Gym and then exploding in the 1970s with variable resistance machines thanks to Arthur Jones and Nautilus. Nonetheless, the capstone for what we know as progressive resistance training is, has been, and probably always will be the good, old fashionedRead More
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