In case you ever had the harebrained notion of playing two online videos at once, here is your chance for some ‘casual Friday’ afternoon amusement!
The top video contains some rare preserved footage of the late three-time Mr. Universe winner Reg Park of England doing a posing routine in 1957, from the “indaskys” Youtube channel. Although the picture quality is not the best, Park’s thick musculature and physical power are evident. This footage is a prime example of mid-twentieth century physical culture.
While the above footage does not include audio, according to Vince Gironda’s The Wild Physique (1983; p. 144) Park’s preferred posing music was “Legend of the Glass Mountain.” Below is a version of this dramatic musical piece posted on the “RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra – Topic” Youtube channel. If you play the above posing footage and the below music at the same time, it may give an impression of what it was like to see Park on stage in his prime.
Are you interested in learning how Reg Park built his substantial muscular size and power? Be on the lookout for future posts here on FOUNDATIONS OF IRON featuring historical materials on Park’s weight training and nutrition plans, and his suggestions for other weight trainees based on his experience and expertise.