The following article comes from Muscle and Fitness editor James E. Wright on the dangers on negative ions for bodybuilders, which can be lumped in with the dangers of pollution in a sense. While you’re unlikely to see such an article nowadays in the muscle magazines, Wright’s writing demonstrated the fact that many bodybuilders were concerned not just with lifting weights, but also the environment in which they existed.
“Three more reps!” screamed my training partner. I was determined and thinking positive. But after eight sets my quads are about to combust spontaneously! Quivering uncontrollably! Despite my attitude I wasn’t sure I could get those last squats without big-time help form my partner. To put it mildly, I was sucking wind. I didn’t need motivation; I didn’t need concentration. What I needed was faster recuperation.