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
Today we feature some excerpts from an article which originally appeared in the August 1940 issue of Bob Hoffman’s Strength and Health. This article explained a group of exercises favored by York Barbell champion Anthony “Tony” Terlazzo, who was active in Olympic weightlifting in the 1930s. The article was the first in a series, and it introduced the concept of “compound exercises.” This term was decidedly not used in today’s sense of exercises that involve several muscle groups simultaneously, such as squats and deadlifts. Rather, Hoffman’s publication presented “compound exercises” as series of individual isolation exercises performed in succession.
Tony Terlazzo demonstrating the arm and shoulder “compound exercise” series described in the article. Click photos to enlarge (will open in new window/tab)
Further reading on Tony Terlazzo’s weightlifting records: Continue reading
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.
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