What the Weight Trainer Should Eat [Part 3] – Richard Alan (1956)

To follow up on our previous excerpt from Richard Alan’s 1956 booklet “Nutrition and Recipes for Progressive Resistance Exercise,” below is a further selection from Chapter 3, which detailed several food groups and their nutritional benefits. Out of the ten food categories that Alan described, he devoted the most time to dairy products.

Of particular interest is the fact that Alan here acknowledged the value of fat intake. This was before the fat scares and zealous low-fat diet fads of the 1970s and 1980s. Such thinking is slow to fade away, but today’s nutrition writers are once again starting to acknowledge the benefits of dietary fats.

A few dairy-oriented recipes from another section of Alan’s booklet are also included at the end of this post. As Alan’s written treatment of dairy products was the most extensive part of Chapter 3 of his booklet, the remaining food groups that he described will be saved for a future post here at FOUNDATIONS OF IRON. Continue reading

“The Miracle Food” – Irvin Johnson [aka Rheo Blair] (1951)

In the field of iron game history, the late Rheo H. Blair has gained somewhat of a cult reputation as a Golden Era expert on bodybuilding nutrition, as well as a nutritionist to Hollywood stars. His products and methods supposedly produced stunning muscle gains back in the 1960s and 1970s. Blair and his protein would be distinctly remembered over the coming years by bodybuilders who were active in those days, such as Larry Scott, Frank Zane, and Dave Draper.

Today we present an early article by Rheo Blair from the July/August 1951 issue of Peary Rader’s “Iron Man” magazine, when Blair was still known by his birth name of Irvin Johnson.

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A man of many talents: Irvin Johnson the singer with his piano accompanist Doris Lee, from elsewhere in the magazine. The pair were also winners at a “Mr. and Miss Bodybuilder” physique competition in Chicago. Click to enlarge (appears in new window/tab).

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What the Weight Trainer Should Eat [Part 2] – Richard Alan (1956)

Today, we continue our look into 1950s iron game nutrition with an additional excerpt from the third chapter of the now-obscure 1956 booklet “Nutrition and Recipes for Progressive Resistance Exercise,” by physique athlete Richard Alan Poel, aka Richard Alan.

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A photo of Richard Alan from the publishing info page in his booklet. Click to enlarge (opens in new window/tab).

Recently, we presented the initial part of this chapter along with a somewhat conjectural biographical sketch pieced together from the scant information publicly available on Poel. In our previous excerpt from this booklet, Alan advocated dietary intake of a large variety of whole, natural foods. In the text below, he continued by describing specific categories of food, explaining both their nutritional value and what he felt were the most beneficial methods of preparation and consumption. Continue reading

What the Weight Trainer Should Eat [Part 1] – Richard Alan (1956)

Serious athletes have been aware of the importance of proper food intake for quite some time, as this is foundational for proper energy levels, performance and recovery. But what constitutes good sports nutrition in the iron game? Views have varied over the years based on refinements in scientific knowledge, as well as experience and observation. 

Today we present a viewpoint that seems to have been typical in mid-twentieth century bodybuilding, as written by physique athlete Richard Alan of Michigan, USA. The excerpt below is taken from the third chapter of Alan’s now-obscure 1956 booklet “Nutrition and Recipes for Progressive Resistance Exercise.”

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The author as he appeared in the opening pages of his booklet. Click to enlarge (opens in new window/tab).

Who was Richard Alan? Little information seems to be readily available on the man himself, whose full name was Richard Alan Poel. We have been able to piece together the following possible biographical sketch from publicly available sources. Continue reading

Don Howorth, “Mr. California.” Will he be Mr. America? – Bob Hise (1963)

The excerpts below are taken from an article in the May-June 1963 article of Peary Rader’s excellent training magazine “Iron Man,” every issue of which was replete with practical training advice in addition to profiles and coverage of people and events in the iron game.

This article features Don Howorth, a regular on the Southern California iron game scene of the 1960s, and just a few years later associated with the famous Vince’s Gym on Ventura Blvd, Studio City.  The details of his nutrition and his advanced training routine are quite informative, showing how he achieved his “Mr. California 1963” build.

HoworthArmsRoutineDon Howorth’s arm program. Click to enlarge (will open in new window/tab). Continue reading