Steve Reeves in “The Slave” (1962)

Today, we are pleased to feature two classic trailers and an overview of the 1962 Steve Reeves sword-and-sandal movie The Slave, also known as The Son of Spartacus. The first trailer is from the “PEPLUM TV” Youtube channel:

This was one of several Italian “peplum” genre movies that 1947 Mr. America Steve Reeves starred in from the late 1950s to the early 1960s. Continue reading

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:

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Training on the Olympic Lifts – Doug Hepburn (1962)

As indicated in a previous post featuring the Polish weightlifting team in the 1970s, here is some Olympic weightlifting training advice from the classic years of the iron game. The article below was written by Doug Hepburn for the February-March 1962 issue of “Iron Man.” Hepburn was a champion weightlifter and former wrestler from Canada who moved tremendous weights in the Olympic lifts as well as “odd lifts” that would soon be subsumed into competitive powerlifting once that field was formalized. He was also a prolific writer in the 1950s and 1960s, dispensing useful and practical training advice to lifters everywhere by means of his magazine articles, such as the one featured here.

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A photograph of Hepburn that accompanied the excerpt below. Click to enlarge (opens in new window/tab).

In the article below, Hepburn stressed the importance of setting realistic goals, as well as developing correct technique rather than trying to rely solely on pure strength.

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The Story of Sam Loprinzi – “Iron Man” Ed. (1963)

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the classic Loprinzi’s Gym in Portland, OR, USA! Inspired by a recent visit to Loprinzi’s, today we feature a profile of the gym’s late founder and strength and physique athlete Sam Loprinzi (1913-1996), which originally appeared in the February 1963 issue of “Iron Man” magazine and was written by the editor.

We are also supplying a copy of the original article to the current staff of Loprinzi’s Gym, in honor of the gym’s 70th anniversary! Loprinzi’s is a rare and special kind of old-school weight training facility which has been in business since 1948. We will feature some of our recent photos of Loprinzi’s next week, right here at FOUNDATIONS OF IRON.

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Photos of Sam Loprinzi which accompanied the article below; on the left at age 25 with his “Most Muscular” trophy from the Mr. America 1946 contest, and on the right displaying his physique at age 50. Click to enlarge (opens in new window/tab).

Sam Loprinzi and his brothers could be described as the American Pacific Northwest region’s claim to fame in the iron game of the mid-twentieth century.
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