‘Diuretics’, Muscle Builder, June 1961,

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The following article on diuretics comes from 1960s bodybuilding magazine, Muscle Builder. Though now a commonplace drug used by pro bodybuilders to ‘lose water weight’ and increase definition on the day of a show, diuretics were a relatively new phenomenon in the 1960s, hence the magazine’s admiration for the ‘wonder drug’.

Nowadays the drugs are synonymous with highly uncomfortable side effects and in extreme cases, death. Similar to our previous posts on steroids, the article highlight’s the sports initial naivety to the drug.

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Armand Tanny and Raw Meat Bodybuilding

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Bodybuilding and physical culture has, at its core, always been about pushing the limits of nutritional consumption. After all, no other sport promotes periods of intense dieting in the manner of the iron game. The quest for new nutritional approaches has led to some rather interesting diets, Armand Tanny’s raw meat diet being a case in point.

For those of us too young to remember, Tanny was a highly influential name in the bodybuilding business of yesteryear. An accomplished bodybuilder in his own right (Winner in the 1949 Pro. Mr. America and the 1950 Mr. USA competitions), Tanny also spent many decades writing on bodybuilding for the various Weider magazines.

Unlike his fellow iron game compatriots however, Tanny followed an almost entirely raw diet. That meant raw milk, raw vegetables and of course, raw meats.

So what prompted Tanny to follow this diet, what did the diet entail, and what can the modern lifter learn from it?

Homophobia and Bodybuilding

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The following article comes from Strength & Health magazine, a 1950s American physical culture bi-weekly concerned with all things fitness. In the article, managing editor Harry B. Paschall attacks rival exercise magazines, whom he believes are using bodybuilding to peddle pornographic images.

The title of the article, ‘Let me Tell You a Fairy Tale’, reveals Harry’s opinions on the matter, demonstrating the long engrained homophobia of the exercise world. This homophobia is particularly striking in the bodybuilding world, which has long kept quiet on the issue despite the fact that Eugen Sandow, the founder of modern day bodybuilding, had a male lover. Heck even nowadays, people merely allude to the concept of ‘gay for pay’, leaving us to wonder how much longer will heterosexuality rule the bodybuilding scene.

See the article below. 

The menace of homosexual magazines is more serious than ever before, and the cause of clean physical culture is threatened by peddlers of pornography

Above are a few typical examples of the so-called Body Beautiful magazines aimed at the profitable homosexual trade. Such publications have infiltrated the bodybuiding field in recent years, contributing to juvenile delinquency and debauchery.

An ACLS Guide to Answering Your Cholesterol Questions

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The following article comes from the good folks at Pacific Medicalacls and is all about cholesterol, that tricky steroid long demonised by the media. So check it out, you’ll learn the differences between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ cholesterol and more importantly, how this relates to your health.

Enjoy!

A waxy steroid of fat, cholesterol is made in the intestines or in the liver. Cholesterol is transmitted through the blood plasma of a person, and it is utilized to make cell membranes and hormones. It is a fundamental part of the structural component of human cell membranes. Cholesterol is important for the body because it produces bile acidVitamin D and even steroid hormones. However,excessive cholesterol in one’s blood is harmful to the human body, as high levels of cholesterol are associated with diseases like heart disease and damaged arteries.

Hoffman’s Ultimate Muscle Building Exercise

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If you could only perform one exercise for the rest of your training career, what would it be? Such a question plagues the online forums as an inciter for heated debates about why the deadlift or squat reigns supreme.

This question is as old as time itself, as many famous physical culturists gave their opinion on the matter quite regularly. Today we look at Bob Hoffman’s favourite muscle building exercise, the two-hand snatch.

Heavy Cream and Bodybuilding

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Despite recent evidence that fats play a prominent role in a healthy and vibrant lifestyle, many muscle fanatics continue to persist on low-fat eating plans. While this approach is particularly well suited for some, for those more suited to a fat-based approach, low-fat meals are limiting their potential.

The prevalence of high-carbohydrate diets is a relatively new phenomena in the bodybuilding world and has caused the disappearance of some time tested bodybuilding traditions, such as the consumption of cream.

In today’s short article, we’ll examine the use of cream by bodybuilders and then consider cream’s advantages for the modern lifter.