More home fitness equipment (1940)

To continue the theme of keeping fit at home as started with yesterday’s post, today we take a step further back in time for a look at the types of home fitness equipment advertised to physical culture enthusiasts in the 1940s. Home weight training equipment and instructional courses were advertised for readers who hoped to build physiques like those that they saw depicted in fitness publications. The following ads were featured in the August 1940 issue of Bob Hoffman’s magazine Strength & Health. Continue reading

Home fitness equipment ads (1962)

Well, we’ve gone far too long without a look back at the history of the iron game in the mid twentieth-century. With the whole world struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic, here’s hoping that you dear readers of FOUNDATIONS OF IRON and your loved ones are in good health. With businesses closed down and people everywhere having to stay home and unable to go have a workout at the local gym, there has been a huge surge in sales of home fitness equipment, to the point that many retailers and distributors are constantly running out of their stock, and consumers must keep checking their preferred sellers’ web sites frequently to see if anything new becomes available. Continue reading

The Mental Aspects of Weight-Training – Chuck Coker (1962)

Written works on serious weight training sometimes describe the “mind-muscle connection,” and serious trainees can attest that if their mental state is ‘off’ during a workout, then performance and results will suffer.

The article below illustrates the importance of the mind in weight training. This was taken from the May-June 1962 issue of Physical Power, a mid-twentieth century fitness publication which covered a variety of aspects of training for physique, strength, and sports. The writer, the late Chuck Coker, was head Track and Field coach at Occidental College in the late 1950s to the early 1960s.

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A photo of Vince Gironda which accompanied the article. Click to enlarge (will open in new window/tab).

Further reading on Chuck Coker: https://www.oxy.edu/magazine/fall-2016/guts-glory

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Remarkable Jack LaLanne – Earle Liederman (1963)

The late Jack LaLanne was renowned as the “godfather of fitness.” He did a great deal to promote physical fitness and healthful nutrition to the public. Additionally, he was known for his feats of physical endurance, and he competed in physique competitions and graced the covers of various fitness magazines in the mid-twentieth century.

Today we present an entertaining and inspiring profile of Mr. LaLanne which originally appeared in the October 1963 issue of “Strength and Health,” in an account given by the prolific iron game writer Earle Liederman.

LaLanne1963FeaturedJack LaLanne near fifty years old and in top condition, in a photo that accompanied the article. Click to enlarge (appears in new window/tab).

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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.

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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