Irvin Johnson’s Scientific Body Building and Nutrition Course (1951)


Better known as Rheo H. Blair, Irvin Johnson was one of the foremost bodybuilding nutritionists of the 1950s and 60s. Producing one of the most sought after protein powders in the Iron Game, Blair was lauded for his nutritional knowhow and ability to achieve seemingly unbelievable weight gain amongst his clients.

Bearing that in mind, today’s short post details a sample eating plan from Johnson’s ‘Scientific Bodybuilding and Nutrition Course’, a mail order course produced in 1951 which promised to increase reader’s weight and muscle mass if followed correctly.

Similar to the ‘Get Big Drink‘ previously covered, the diet acts as a timely reminder that calories are needed for muscle gain. And that a systemised eating plan is often the easiest method of going about this. Enjoy!

Sample Eating Plan 


2 or 3 eggs
2 oz. Ham or bacon, or other meat, or extra egg
1 glass Johnson’s Hi-Protein Food
2-4 Johnson’s Formula 6 capsules, 2 Johnson’s Vitamin and Mineral tablets, 6 to 25 Johnson’s Hepro tablets

Mid-Morning Snack:

1 Teaspoon of Proto
2 oz. Cheese or 1 glass Hi-Protein


1 to 3 teaspoons of Proto
4 to 6 oz. Of meat, or all you want
vegetable or fruit
1 glass Hi-Protein
2 to 4 Johnson’s Formula 6, 6 to 25 Hepro

Mid-Afternoon Snack

1 teaspoon Proto
2 eggs beat up in orange juice or 1 glass Hi-Protein
2 to 4 Formula 6, 6 to 25 Hepro


1 to 3 teaspoons of Proto
Meat, large serving
Fruit or vegetable
Whole wheat bread and butter
1 glass Hi-Protein
2 to 4 Formula 6, 6 to 25 Hepro

Mid-Evening Snack

1 to 3 teaspoons Proto
Cottage cheese, large serving, or 2 oz. Yellow cheese or 1 glass Hi-Protein
2 to 4 Formula 6

Notes by Rus McDermott:

The other Johnson supplements in us eat the time were Hepro tablets, which contained approximately 85% protein in easily digested form with all the essential amino acids; Johnson’s Multiple Vitamin and Mineral Tablets, which were a daily supplement of 24 vitamins and minerals, along with yeast and liver; Proto, a liquid amino acid; and Formula 6, the components of which I haven’t been able to find. It may have been an essential fats supplement, but that is pure conjecture on my part



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