Farewell to Doug’s Gym, Dallas, TX: 1962 – 2018

The iron game bids a sad farewell to another classic gym this month. Doug’s Gym, one of the oldest gyms in the US, is closing as of the end of March, 2018, after being in continuous operation under the ownership of Doug Eidd since 1962.

This weight training facility — located on the second floor of an old brick building in Dallas, Texas — is replete with decades’ worth of history, and it will be sorely missed. Here is coverage of the gym closure from the Dallas Morning News’ Youtube channel:

Continue reading

A tour of Loprinzi’s Gym – 70th anniversary, 2018: A photo essay

To follow up on the 1963 biographical profile of Sam Loprinzi featured last week here at FOUNDATIONS OF IRON, and in continued recognition of the seventieth anniversary of the classic Loprinzi’s Gym in Portland, OR, USA, today we are pleased to present a number of photos of Loprinzi’s, taken from a workout visit in early 2018.

LoprinzisGymInteriorSam Loprinzi in his gym, from the February 1963 issue of “Iron Man.” Click to enlarge (opens in new window/tab).

Without a doubt the oldest weight training gym in the Pacific Northwest region of the USA (not counting private athletic clubs), Loprinzi’s Gym has been in continuous operation since 1948. Continue reading

Dumb-bell Training – Reg Park (1955)

As indicated in a previous post featuring the late three-time Mr. Universe winner Reg Park’s posing routine and preferred posing music, today we present some of Park’s own weight training experience and advice. We hope to feature even more from Reg Park in the future as additional materials become available to us.

The article below was originally published in the October 1955 of Park’s magazine “The Reg Park Journal.” It addressed the concept of periodically changing your workout, an idea that is still common in the field of weight training.

RegParkEditor

Reg Park looking quite professional on the Editorial/Contents page of his magazine. Click to enlarge (opens in new window/tab).

Park here described his experience with Siegmund Klein (his first name is spelled differently in various sources, and even throughout the article below), who made his name as a strongman in the 1920s and 1930s. Continue reading

Vic Tanny’s Wonderful World of Physical Fitness (1961)

The article below presents a foray into a typical Vic Tanny Health Club of the early 1960s, including a photo spread several pages long, which has been partially included here. Vic and his brother Armand Tanny were quite active in the field of physical culture in the mid-twentieth century. Armand won a number of physique titles from 1949 to 1950, he appeared on the covers of various fitness magazines, and he was a regular on the original “Muscle Beach” scene at Santa Monica pier. Vic, a shrewd businessman, helped popularize physical fitness among the general public by means of his comfortable luxury health spas.

TannyTitlePageArticle title spread. Click to enlarge (will open new window/tab). Continue reading