Published in the San Francisco Examiner in 1894, the above illustration depicts the Apollo Belvedere alongside the famed US boxer Peter Jackson and, of course, Eugen Sandow. Disputing the various forms of manly beauty, the response to […]
Most of us lead a sedentary way of life. Because a huge chunk of most people’s day is dedicated to work, and a lot of their free time is spent online, they usually don’t get as much exercise as they should. Food is another important contributor to weight issues that seem to plague an overwhelming number of people. We eat too much processed food and don’t pay enough attention to calories hidden in our soft drinks and coffee. Putting on weight seems far too easy and losing it is near impossible. Or is it? For most us, exercise equals torture. But that doesn’t have to be the case. The secret is to find an activity that you will actually enjoy! Losing weight can be fun and easy. Don’t believe us? Try some of these:
One of the most popular physical culturists of the entire twentieth-century, there is no denying the impact Charles Atlas had on the muscle making industry. Full of vigour, advice and the occasional insult, Atlas challenged […]
Popularised by turn of the century strongman Siegmund Klein, the ‘Barbell Turn’ is unlikely to be an exercise you see everyday on the gym floor. Difficult in the extreme, the exercise is an excellent finisher for chest and shoulder days as it hits the triceps, pectorals and deltoids all in one.
Additionally given the mechanics of the exercise, it is nigh on impossible to use heavy weights. This makes it a deceptively safe but nevertheless effective move. So how does one perform the exercise and why hasn’t it caught the public imagination?
Published by Joe Weider in 1974, the following interview with Iron Guru, Vince Gironda, details the influential trainer’s thoughts on the then growing popularity of Nautilus Machines. Unsurprisingly given that Weider was in direct competition with the Nautilus machine’s founder, Arthur Jones, the interview proved to be negative at best.
In any case, it highlights Gironda’s own training strategies and serves as a timely reminder that muscle magazines rarely publish without an agenda.
It’s not secret that the roads we use are incredibly dangerous. This danger increases significantly when you sit yourself on a bike. You don’t have protection from impacts, and you don’t have the power to escape accidents. Especially inner city, cyclists have to deal with near-misses on a regular basis. Thankfully, accidents are lessening as drivers become more aware.
After undergoing rhinoplasty, most people wonder when exactly is it safe to start working out and hitting the gym again. Well, rhinoplasty is not the most severe procedure out there and the rules may not be as strict. Still, the workout difficulty level has to be gradual and the best time for each training session will greatly depend on the exercises that you’re used to.
Popularised by the ‘Iron Guru’, Vince Gironda, the Gironda Neck Press (or ‘Guillotine Press’) is unlikely to be an exercise you see every day on the gym floor.
Dangerous if executed improperly, the neck press has sadly evaded most gym goers of the 21st century owing to the repetition of bland training programmes and the dogmatic belief that the bench press is the be all and end all of chest development.
Nevertheless for those strange few, the neck press is one of the most effective means of building the chest muscles in an effective and somewhat tortuous manner!
So what is the ‘Neck Press’ and why should you care?
The following poster comes courtesy of the Wellcome Trust Library and details the famous French physical culturist Edmond Desbonnet’s efforts to educate consumers on the importance of physical culture for the body. A jovial but […]