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.


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.”


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