Welcome to Physical Culture Books! Here you will find a growing assortment of classic (restored and republished) books and manuals that hearken back to the days when virtues such as strength, honor, and hard work were held in high esteem. You won't find books here that give "shortcuts to 20 inch arms in 20 days." You will find good honest and time-tested wisdom from the days when physical culture meant training the whole person to be strong, spiritually, mentally, and physically, and not by cheating using steroids.
You will find books that hearken back to the glory days of physical culture, the days of such great men as Saxon, Sandow, Hackenschmidt, Calvert, and Jowett. We also have some books on developing a positive mental focus, good books that will give you the tools to help you achieve your goals in life, no matter what they are.
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Big Arms - (1939) - By Bob Hoffman


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"I remember another day I was standing among a crowd of people on the streets of York as a circus parade was passing. Several men called out from the circus wagons, 'Hey, guy, you with the muscles, or you with the big arms! What are you, a wrestler? Come out to the circus and see us. We want to talk to you.' Out of a crowd of some thousands of people they saw the Grimek arms, and it didn't take such sharp eyes to see them either, for they are most conspicuous. Hundreds of similar experiences have proven that people —the body builders and the uninitiated alike — like, crave for and admire big arms. In my opinion the arms are not nearly as important as other muscle groups of the body — not more than one-tenth as strong as the legs or the back; but people always have and always will prefer big arms. Might as well try to transform night into day as change the opinion that the strength of a man is denoted by the size and development of the arms. Everyone wants big arms. And this book is my Answer to that desire. It is the most complete arm development book ever offered to the strength and development-seeking public. It contains more good, tried and proven, result- producing exercises, and a great many others which are completely new or little known, than have ever been included in a single volume." - Bob Hoffman

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Broad Shoulders - (1946) - By Bob Hoffman


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"Broad shoulders are the most outstanding characteristic of a real man. Throughout the ages, broad, well muscled shoulders have constantly been admired. Proof of this is the fact that all men wear coats with padded shoulders. The advice and instruction this book offers will assure for you a broad, manly pair of shoulders, if you exercise as instructed. This is by far the most complete book ever written on the development of the shoulders. It will provide the answer to those thousands of body builders who seek the ultimate in strength and development. If you already have good shoulders, the instruction in this book will aid you to obtain still more impressive ones, and if you are a beginner, it will help you build a pair of broad, wide sweeping shoulders which will make your appearance more impressive, make you stronger, more forceful, more capable and confident." -Bob Hoffman

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The Big Chest Book - (1941) - By Bob Hoffman


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"The man with a big chest almost without exception is superhealthy, usually healthy in proportion to the size of his chest. There are exceptions to all rules, but the man with the biggest chest should be, and most often is, healthiest because of the size of his chest; while the man with just big arms or broad shoulders is not necessarily healthy on account of them, but usually is healthy because the exercises which made possible his development have built a big chest and unusual internal strength too. As we will consider farther on in the chapters on anatomy, the upper chest contains a large part, a highly important part, of the vital organs—the heart and the lungs, in particular; and in the lower part of the chest, the stomach, liver, kidneys and spleen, as well as many important glands. When a man possesses a large, roomy chest box, there is plenty of space for these organs to develop, to increase in size, with a simultaneous increase in internal .strength and vigor." - Bob Hoffman

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How to be Strong, Healthy and Happy - (1938) - By Bob Hoffman


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"Part of the success of my work, I believe, has been the result of my willingness to make of myself a human guinea pig, in order to prove on my own body the practicability and truth of the training system and methods of living I advocate. On several occasions in the past I have trained intensively for a period, to prove one of my theories. My special twenty weeks' training which took place in my thirty-fifth year, culminating in the winning of the professional heavyweight lifting championship of America, with an improvement in strength and physique which represented a world's record for physical gains, was convincing proof to many. Throughout my entire amateur and professional career I have always practised what I preached and have obtained splendid results with the methods I offer to others. Most men who are interested in physical betterment only wish to feel well and to look well. Many thousands of this class have obtained their physical desires with the training system I offer. They and the men who desired and have obtained a symmetrical physique or great strength, have told others. They in turn have told still others until I have become, by a very great margin, the world's leading physical director." -Bob Hoffman

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Secrets of Strength and Development - (1940) - By Bob Hoffman


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"Few men grow to manhood without at some time during their early life passing through a period when their greatest desire is to be a strong man. They may know some man who is especially strong and wish to be like him. They may have visited the circus or the theatre and seen a powerful man who is their ideal. For at least a period they are filled with a desire to emulate the deeds of their temporary hero. There is no subject quite as fascinating to most young men as the subject of strength and development. The principal source of their conversation may be the deeds of their favorite athletic hero: a baseball player such as Babe Ruth or Joe DiMaggio; a football player like Biggie Goldberg, the great Pittsburgh halfback, or Ernie Nevers, the Pacific Coast fullback star of a few years ago; it may be George O'Brien of the movies, or one of the series of movie Tar- zans—Buster Crabbe, Johnny Weismuller, or Glen Morris. But the strength of the man is what they really admire, for it was strength and development more than any other physical or mental characteristic which made these men stars of the playing field or the movies. If you wish to prove my assertion that strength is more admired or talked about than any other subject among young fellows, start a discussion among your friends about strong men. Just tell your friends that a relative of yours, or some other friend or acquaintance, is certainly the strongest fellow in town, and then listen to the outbursts of rhetoric ..." -Bob Hoffman

This is a 6" by 9" original version, restored and re-formatted edition of Bob Hoffman's 1940 classic. The text remains exactly as written. This book has many pages with old photographs and illustrations. This is a must have book for your physical culture library.

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Advanced Methods of Weight Training - (1951) - By Bob Hoffman


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"If all you want is to keep fit in the easiest possible way you can do this with the simplified course contained in this group of courses in a few minutes a day, three or four times a week, lifting only moderate poundages. Most of the other types of barbell men enumerated, will obtain all they desire in a physical way from the Four Famous York Courses which have developed more champions of strength and development, more lifting champions, more physique champions, than all other courses combined. Those who desire athletic improvement will succeed best by following the exercises of the Four York Courses, with particular emphasis on the weight lifting courses. Although this course can be used by any man who is not a complete beginner at weight training, it is primarily designed for the man who desires the limit in muscle, in strength and de- velopment. For the man who wants big, strong muscles in the right places so that he will have perfect proportions, the man who may wish to enter physique contests and win great honors and then go on to teaching others by running a gymnasium of his own." - Bob Hoffman

This is an original version, restored and re-formatted edition of Bob Hoffman's 1951 classic. The text remains exactly as written. This book has many pages with old photographs and illustrations. This is a must have book for your physical culture library.

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I Remember the Last War - (1940) - By Bob Hoffman


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"I was phenomenally lucky, so I will tell our story, will try to tell you something of what happened over there. There have been war books written by other men who were better writers than I-more fitted to place what they saw upon the printed page. But I don't believe a book about America's participation in the war has been written by a man who spent days, weeks and months in intensive fighting at or in front of the front, as my comrades and I did. There is nothing beautiful or particularly glorious about this story. I have told it as well as I could, but have been able to give you only a faint idea of the conditions we encountered during the five worst days any unit of the American army experienced in France-the five days of our battle of Fismette. You could fully appreciate its horrors only if you were there. Never was a group of men harder pressed by superior forces of the enemy, or more ill equipped to fight off those attacks than were we. No artillery support during most of the fighting, no trench mortars, no hand or rifle grenades, just a moderate amount of pistol, rifle and machine gun ammunition. No food, proper medical attention, or the opportunity to bury the dead. Our men in that battle, the handful who held the front of the front lines, covered themselves with undying glory. The telling of this story will give a better idea of what we did in France than have other war books I have seen. It tells the unvarnished truth about how we lived, slept, hiked, fought and died over there. There is another generation of men since those distant days of 1918. If this book does its part in showing them the folly, the uselessness, the tragedy of war, I'll feel well repaid for the time I spent in writing it."
-Bob Hoffman

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Weight Lifting - (1939) - By Bob Hoffman


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"I am a weight lifter. I like weight lifting and weight lifters. Training with and the lifting of weights, which to me was at first a pleasurable form of exercise, an outlet for the competitive instinct all real men possess, a means of keeping fit in the shortest possible time, has become my life's work. Once it was said, "All that I am and all that I hope to be, I owe to my mother." I revere my mother more with each passing year, as my appreciation grows for the physical normalcy with which she endowed me. I have reached a point in my life where my age is nearly 41, but I feel younger than I did at twenty. I have such pep and energy, such boundless endurance, that life is really a pleasure. No wonder I feel that I owe what I am today to weight lifting. I echo the appreciation of many thousands of men and women who have built their bodies from physical in- feriority to perfection, or near perfection, through weight training, who say, "The physical superiority I enjoy to the fullest measure today I owe to weight training." -Bob Hoffman

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Bob Hoffman's Simplified System of Barbell Training - (1942) - Bob Hoffman


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"Bob Hoffman had an ordinary beginning physically, he proved his interest in and knowledge of athletics in winning well over 500 athletic trophies, he has proved his knowledge of body building by reaching the top of the physical training world, he's the world's leading physical director, the author of a dozen popular books, editor of "Strength and Health" magazine, the world's leading physical training magazine. When you follow one of his courses you can be sure that you follow the best instruction which can be had. Bob is your instructor, your counsellor. With your effort, using York barbells and following his instruction, he guarantees your success." - Bob Hoffman

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Muscle Building - (1924) - By Earle E. Liederman


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"I have often watched crowds pass on the streets and noticed most of the individuals shuffle along more dead than alive. Seventy-five per cent, of them are round- shouldered and fiat-chested; many are carrying twenty- five to fifty pounds extra weight around their waists and hips. Once in a while you will see someone in the passing throng with a springy step, deep, full chest and straight, broad shoulders. You can tell at once that he is a physical culturist who has devoted some time to the care and welfare of his body. Your attention is attracted to him because of his personality, which is emphasized by his athletic appearance. His complexion is clear, his eyes sparkle, he radiates vitality. Lines of dissipation are absent. Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone looked and felt like this? Medical doctors would soon become rare and drug stores would sell fewer drugs, and even less toilet articles than they now sell. There is really no excuse for anyone who fails to enjoy all the thrills resulting from robust health. Anyone who is too lazy to devote a little time to his physical welfare deserves absolutely no sympathy when sickness or disease gets him. It is my pleasure and great privilege to tell you in this series of little informal talks just how you can enjoy the delights of robust health and the feeling of security and satisfaction that comes to a man who knows that he can give a good account of himself in any emergency that may arise, and who has the courage and the red-blooded love of life to want to increase not only his own happiness, but also the happiness and the comfort of those who love and respect him and wish him well". - Earle Liederman

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Endurance - (1926) - By Earle E. Liederman


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"EVERY man should be able to save his own life. He should be able to swim far enough, run fast and long enough to save his life in case of emergency and necessity. He also should be able to chin himself a reasonable number of times, as well as to dip a number of times, and he should be able to jump a reasonable height and distance. If he is of the fat, porpoise type, naturally he cannot do all, if any, of these things; and he has nobody to blame but himself, and his way of living that has brought his body into its condition of obesity.

Suppose-and it has happened many times-there should be a fire at sea or on lake or river; should one be half a mile or more from the shore, he would be mighty thankful to realize, were he compelled to jump for his life from the fire, that he could swim that distance and reach the short in safety. Suppose one were in a burning building and he had to lower himself hand under hand down a rope or down an improvised rope of bedclothing tied together to reach the ground in safety; he again would be thankful a thousand times that he possessed the strength and endurance in his arms and coordinate muscles that would enable him to save himself. Such things never may happen, and let us hope they do not; but what has happened always is possible to occur again-and, in fact, always is happening to some one."
- Earle Liederman

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Secrets of Strength - (1925) - By Earle E. Liederman


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"I might even say that great strength is possible for any young fellow unless he happens to be hopelessly crippled. Even those who are lacking in size, in vigor, or who suffer from minor diseases, can first overcome their weaknesses by the medium of corrective, developing and invigorating exercises; and then, after the bodies have become properly shaped and muscled, can acquire that great strength which is the crowning glory of true manhood. I have seen so many weaklings become 'Strong Men' that I have become convinced that the capability for possessing great strength is within all of us. And that any man, however weak, can become very strong if he has the ambition, the persistence and the knowledge. While I cannot give you the first two, I feel that I can help out on the information.

I know 'Strong Men' of almost every conceivable size and shape; from big-boned, massive giants, down to little 'five-footers,' who, though small-boned, are masses of muscle and energy. And, between those two extremes, men of all the intermediate stages of size, whose one common possession is that distinctive beauty of form and high degree of muscular development which marks the true 'Strong Man.'

So, in conclusion, if you are one of that ever-growing army of strength-enthusiasts, I can assure you that physical power can be yours; but that the road to strength is easier, and can be traveled quicker if you avoid the stumbling blocks, and keep out of the ruts. Here is hoping that some of the information given in this book will make the road smoother for you."
- Earle E. Liederman

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Super Strength - (1924) - By Alan Calvert

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The great John C. Grimek kept only one book on his book shelf by his desk at York Barbell and it was his copy of SUPER STRENGTH. This book is truly one of the most influential in the history of the Iron Game and Physical Culture.

Alan Calvert was one of the most important and most under-rated figures in the history of physical culture. He was the founder and publisher of STRENGTH MAGAZINE and the founder of MILO BARBELL COMPANY in the early 1900's. MILO was
the first mass produced plate loaded modern barbell. STRENGTH magazine was an early leader in physical culture and many famous legends of the Iron Game such as Mark Berry, John C. Grimek, and many others, got their start there.

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The Way To Live - (1908) - By George Hackenschmidt, "The Russian Lion"


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"Some trainers recommend to their pupils for the training of all muscle groups one and the same (light) weight and believe they are able to obtain the same effect by frequent repetitions.
My experience has taught me that this is wrong, for the muscles of men or animals who are distinguished for certain feats of endurance are by no means over-developed. A long-distance runner or long-distance cyclist always has comparatively thin legs, as have a racehorse, stag, or greyhound. Nature does not act without aim and purpose. Hence there is a great difference between feats of endurance and feats of strength. One must consider that, although it is quite possible to enlarge muscles by certain light, prolonged exercises, at the same time the development of the sinews may be neglected, and it is the sinews which transport the action of the muscles to the bone xframe. The sinews can only be exercised and strengthened by correspondingly heavy muscle work. Besides, to take a paradoxical example, it is quite impossible to improve strong muscle groups, as, for instance, the hip muscles, with light-weight exercises.

A further illustration of the fallacy of attempting to develop the muscles by frequent repetitions with the same light exercises may be found in a comparison with any and every other form of athletics, in which a man would never think of merely repeating his training programme. In order to improve himself either in pace or distance, he must set himself a steady progression of arduous effort". - George Hackenschmidt

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The Key to Might and Muscle - (1926) - By George F. Jowett


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"Just sit down a few moments and question yourself honestly. Search your heart thoroughly, and I am sure you will agree with me that there is much to be improved in yourself. Even if you are athletic, you can never keep up the standard of fitness unless you stick to a few minutes of practice. It amply repays you for the time spent. I never regret the many hours devoted to this practice. It meant a new lease of life to me, and as I draw this chapter to a close let me say that such splendid specimens of humanity as Sandow, Maxick, and Pullum all traversed the same road to secure what they got. They were not miracles, although it may appear so. Just remember them, and let their lives inspire you, as I was inspired. Everybody has the same chance, and the man who is normally healthy, really, has no obstacles to face. Perseverance, patience and determination will be repaid in untold wealth, health, strength, self-reliance and fortitude." -George F. Jowett

George F. Jowett was a famous strongman, coach, and writer. This was one of the most extensive books ever written on the subjects of strength and weight training at the time. It is still one of the most influential books ever written on these subjects. This is a 6" by 9" original version, restored and re-formatted edition of Jowett's 1926 classic. This book contains over 300 pages with many pictures and illustrations. {Note: The original book is listed with the word: THE at the beginning of the title (on the cover only but not inside) but without the word: THE on the official publishing page of the book, so you will find it listed both ways due to Jowett using both titles.} A must have in your physical culture library.

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The Text Book of Weightlifting - (1910) - By Arthur Saxon


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"To my mind, every man should devote at least some small attention to Weight-lifting. I don't think that I have come to this conclusion simply because I myself have gained some distinction as a weight- lifter, but rather for the reasons set forth below. First of all, why does a man learn to box ? Well, because it is asserted that every man should learn how to defend himself in case of necessity. A good and sufficient reason, you will say. The same may also be put forward as an excuse for learning wrestling and ju-jutsu no doubt, but I am inclined to fancy that the noble art would possibly be more useful than either. As to fencing, club-swinging, etc., I know no reason for their practice except it be that of pleasure or a desire for physical exercise, which said reasons may be equally advanced for Weight-lifting, which it will, I think, be further readily admitted is the most sure and certain means of developing strength -a quality which would be most undeniably useful in any means of self-defence. Now, beside all this, every man in every walk of life is certain, sooner or later, to be confronted with a heavy object, bulky or otherwise, which he strongly desires to lift". - Arthur Saxon

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The Development of Physical Power - (1906) - By Arthur Saxon


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"I would say that, above all, I look for strength and power in a man, especially an athlete, quite regardless of muscular development. The fact that a man may have full physical development, but disproportionate power and energy has been proven to me so many times, that, in my book, I propose to aim at and instill the value of genuine power, without any attempt to obtain large increase in the dimensions of the different muscles. This means that I look upon as almost worthless the taking of different measurements for purposes of comparison from time to time, as is generally done by young men who train on the different systems which are now before the public. I shall teach you to judge a man by his capabilities as an athlete, whether a weight-lifter, wrestler or not, and not by the measurement of his biceps or chest. In the course of my travels I have met quite a number of physical culturists who have come to me to show their development, and whilst it must be admitted it has been splendid to look upon, yet it has also been evident to me that a number of such men have injured their health in an endeavour to squeeze the last fraction of an inch from out of their muscular development. My idea will be, and always has been, to leave the muscles to look after themselves, but I place a premium upon the possession of untiring energy, great staminal and vital power, and a sound constitution. That I myself possess such, I think my past records will show. Whether I can give you, dear reader, a percentage of my own strength and stamina, time will show, but I can at least place before you a method of training, simple though it be, which has brought me to the pinnacle of fame in the weight- lifting world. It is rather a new role to find myself a teacher, but I will do my best, taking it for granted that the persons likely to buy my book are already possessed of average strength, that they have no particular weaknesses or defects, and that strength and power is the aim, and not useless and artificially- swollen muscles, developed with the mistaken idea of gratifying the somewhat vain desire for personal glorification. I will not delude my readers with the idea, as many do, that anyone can be an abnormally strong man, nor with the statement that I commenced as an invalid and gradually worked up to my present strength. No ! I have always been strong, and I can only guess what it feels like to be weak. My strength is still growing and I glory in it. My methods may be simple, they may even be crude, and if they should not appeal to you, then I can only hope that the photos and other illustrations and matter describing my life and adventures will recompense you as items of interest for your outlay on this, my first book". - Arthur Saxon

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Goerner The Mighty - (1951) - By Edgar Mueller



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"In giving details of a typical training programme of Hermann Goerner's, may I preface this with the comment that this is an extremely difficult thing to do, for the simple reason that he did not have or follow what might be really termed a " set " training programme-he always varied his workouts and mixed his work so much that one could truthfully say that he never worked through exactly the same programme twice. He did, of course, use a planned and progressive programme but he did not, as many do, map out a certain number of lifts with a certain poundage and then perform them a set number of times for a given period. Each training session of Hermann's contained a mixed programme of kettlebell, dumb-bell and barbell lifting. Sometimes a workout would also include supporting feats. For instance, when Hermann trained three times per week, he might in the first training session give preference to kettlebell exercises, but he would also include barbell and dumb-bell lifts too. The second session might see the emphasis placed on dumb-bell training with not so much on kettlebell and barbell work, and the third workout would have the emphasis placed on barbell work with just a little kettlebell and dumb-bell work included in the session. During his open-air training periods at the Germania Bath, his workouts would also include putting the shot, weight-throwing, jumping and swimming in addition to working out with the weights." - Edgar Mueller

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Physical Training Simplified - (1930) - By Mark H. Berry


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"As one grows older, either constant improvement or deterioration takes place. There is no standing still in life; life is motion, and one cannot stand still and yet remain in motion. The very forces which keep you alive depend upon activity. We sometimes hear persons speak of preserving their present condition, physically, but in reality there is nothing you can do to preserve a certain degree of health, strength or development. When such a condition is apparently taking place, it is necessary to strive constantly to improve in order to hold a certain standard; otherwise you are really slipping, even though slightly. Up to maturity, providing no condition of disease is present, one should continue to improve physically, and having reached that stage, the average man begins to deteriorate. The wise individual takes steps to continue improving and to prolong the age of actual and inevitable decline. Each of us has some sort of "before" and "after" history. At maturity, we are either better or worse physically than we were in our youth. In middle age, we have either improved or deteriorated. You will hear average men speak of how good they were "before" and how badly they have gone back "after." However, among physical culturists, the average story is just the reverse, and it is far from uncommon to hear almost unbelievable tales of how much improvement has taken place between "before" and "after". It resolves mainly into the manner in which your life is conducted. Each person holds within himself the power for improving; by following certain known rules, and living in a sensible manner, any person who is not suffering serious disease may realize the joys of a strong, enduring, vital life of health." -Mark H. Berry

This is a 6" by 9" original version, restored and re-formatted edition of Mark Berry's 1930 classic with almost 500 Pages.

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SANDOW'S System - Sandow on Physical Training - (1894) - By Eugen Sandow


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"Eugen Sandow (April 2, 1867 - October 14, 1925), born Friedrich Wilhelm Müller, was a Prussian pioneering bodybuilder in the 19th century and is often referred to as the "Father of Modern Bodybuilding". Sandow was born in Königsberg, Prussia in 1867. He left Prussia in 1885 to avoid military service and in 1889 he made his first appearance on the London stage. Florenz Ziegfeld knew that Maurice Grau had Sandow under a contract. Ziegfeld wanted to display Sandow at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Grau wanted $1,000 a week. Ziegfeld could not guarantee $1,000 a week but agreed to paying 10 per cent of the gross receipts. Ziegfeld found that the audience was more fascinated by Sandow's bulging muscles than by the amount of weight he was lifting, so Ziegfeld had Sandow perform poses which he dubbed "muscle display performances"... and the legendary strongman added these displays in addition to performing his feats of strength with barbells. He added chain-around-the-chest breaking and other colorful displays to Sandow's routine. Sandow quickly became Ziegfeld's first star. In 1894, Sandow featured in a short film by the Edison Studios. The film was of only part of the show and features him flexing his muscles rather than performing any feats of physical strength. While the content of the film reflects the audience attention being primarily focused on his appearance it made use of the unique capacities of the new medium. Film theorists have attributed the appeal being the striking image of a detailed image moving in synchrony, much like the example of the Lumière brothers' Repas de bébé where audiences were reportedly more impressed by the movement of trees swaying in the background than the events taking place in the foreground. In 1894, he appeared in a short Kinetoscope film that was part of the first commercial motion picture exhibition in history. He created the Institute of Physical Culture, an early gymnasium for body builders in 1897. In 1898 Sandow founded a monthly periodical, originally named Physical Culture and subsequently named Sandow's Magazine of Physical Culture. He held the first major bodybuilding contest at the Royal Albert Hall on September 14, 1901. It was called the "Great Competition". It was judged by Sandow, athlete and sculptor Sir Charles Lawes, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle." - from Wikipedia

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"STRONGFORTISM" - Books by Lionel Strongfort

Photo: The Author, Lionel Strongfort - (aka Max Unger)

"At 16 years of age Lionel Strongfort... accidentally met the original Professor Attila. ... Lionel needed but little encouragement. He attended the Attila training quarters as often as possible. At 17 years of age he was able to do a double-handed lift of 250 lb. without any great exertion -- the Professor prevented his favorite and most promising pupil from premature overstrain. Strongfort's single- handed lift overhead at this time was 130 lb. ...
About this time, however, there arose a worldwide variety theatre demand for what was known in the profession as "Strong Man Turns." Even in the late 1890s and 1900s the preference was for athletes of the classical rather than the clumsily strong figure. The late Eugene Sandow was the first to rise to world preeminence in this respect, and Lionel Strongfort, a younger man, became his world-acknowledged successor. ... He turned graceful somersaults while holding a 50-lb. weight in each hand. Then he turned another lightning-like somersault while holding a 150-lb. barbell. About this time, too, he set up a world's record lift of 312 lb., over Louis Cyr's 273 lb. ... Undoubtedly, Strongfort's most sensational feat was his 'Human Bridge Act,' where he supported a fully occupied motor-car . ... in full view of the theatre audience right at a time when the motor-car was something of a novelty. But there was much more in this spectacular feat of human muscular coordination than was apparent to the great majority of the spectators. The 'motor' of those days was not the docilely smooth vehicle of today. Its progress was apt to be jerky and explosive, thereby almost doubling the effect of the colossal weight of the car and its occupants. Further, it was not a case of merely lifting or sustaining a slowly descending weight. The car approached and departed at a side-twist angle of its huge weight of 7,000 lb. Actually, the easiest split-second of the feat's time was when the car was equally balanced over Strongfort's supporting body.

Such spectacular feats as were being performed by Strongfort naturally attracted the attention of scientists, doctors, surgeons, sculptors, and artists. Strongfort was persuaded by the world's leading sculptors to become their model for statues that would serve to show the world for all time that the statuesque glories of ancient Greece came to life again in the 20th century in the person of Strongfort." - Hopton Hadley

Promotion & Conservation of Health, Strength & Mental Energy - (1930) - By Lionel Strongfort


"STRENGTH is an absolute essential in securing and maintaining any normal degree of health. There are those who, themselves lacking in muscular vigor, are prone to speak contemptuously of the same, declaring that what they desire is not great "ugly" muscles, but just health! It occasionally happens also that some weakling will declare that he is in perfect health, inasmuch as he is out of bed and able to walk around. But, as a matter of fact, no one can enjoy a high degree of health unless he represents a high standard of physical vigor. He should be a good specimen of animal life. And th:s means that he must be at least normally strong. What would we think of the health of a horse or dog that was not thoroughly alive with active energetic muscles?" - Lionel Strongfort

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This is a restored and re-formatted edition of Lionel Stronfort's 1930 classic. The text remains exactly as written. This book has many pages with old photographs and illustrations. This is a must have book for your physical culture library.

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Intelligence in Physical Culture - (1910) - By Lionel Strongfort (aka Max Unger)


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The author, Max Unger, was more widely known by his stage name of "Strongfort" or Lionel Strongfort.

"Some ... decry the practice of systematic physical culture, and recommend good, honest work as a satisfactory and sufficient means of building muscular tissue and promoting vigor. The toll of this, however, is obvious even to those who have never given the subject any special study, for among the millions of the workers of the world there are extremely few who can claim anything like a symmetrical or athletic development. Nearly all forms of labor are such as to overwork certain parts of the body, while neglecting the muscles of other parts. But in addition to the one-sided development thus brought about, most forms of manual work are of a tedious and exhausting character: they consume but do not build strength: they drain one's vitality, bend his back, stiffen his joints and make him angular and slow. It is true that there are a few varieties of "honest toil" which might he physically beneficial to anyone, but the prevailing long hours for work more than offset the good results that might accrue in such cases, and the fact remains that most laborers are sadly lacking in any true bodily culture." - Lionel Strongfort

This is a restored and re-formatted edition of Lionel Stronfort's 1910 classic. The text remains exactly as written. This book has many pages with old photographs and illustrations. This is a must have book for your physical culture library.

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The Strongest Man that Ever Lived - (1927) - By George F. Jowett


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(The book is about the life of the great Canadian strongman Louis Cyr) ... "So, dear strength lover, because my creed is yours, I have drawn together the golden threads of a great man's life and spun the web of his story within these pages. The manner in which this book is written is entirely a new departure in strong-man journalism. I have bared my soul and purposely scorned the reins of conventional writing by giving full sway to my exultations, and perhaps to a few lamentations, but not many, as there is so little reason for them, especially when we consider that all things happen for the best. If I have in places appeared too abandon and let the fire of my song run riot, forgive me, remember I am human and that my strength is my weakness, for I love the God-made man even as you do. As you read through these pages, I hope you will feel the throbs of excitement that I have lived. The straining at the leash of a restless spirit as mine has been, the enveloping passion to shout and hurl sky-high your hat like a baseball fan, as you visualize our hero crash through the battle line to victory. I want you to see this man as I have seen him, sweaty, palpitating, sometimes bloody, but with a triumphant eye as he looked over his battlefields. I only hope you will like this book and inspire others to possess it, so that this volume will be the first of many to fire your soul and urge you to beautify your body even as my other book so instructs and guides". - The Author, GEORGE F. JOWETT

This is a 6" by 9" original version, restored and re-formatted edition of Jowett's 1927 classic. A must have in your physical culture library.

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Super Natural Strength - (2011) - By Bob Whelan


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"Have you ever wondered how much real world experience some authors have when they write articles and books about weight training and weight lifting? Who is that person behind the computer or typewriter? What do they really know about the Iron Game? If you picked up this book, SUPER NATURAL STRENGTH by Bob Whelan, you have definately come to the RIGHT place. You have opened yourself to the universe of knowledge and understanding of real world weight training and how the human body responds to training. The author Bob Whelan has spent several decades in the iron game trenches training himself, competing and coaching in powerlifting, earning academic credentials too numerous to mention, and thousands of hours training and instructing athletes and trainees of all levels at his Washington D.C. gym since 1990. He has not only devoted his life to motivating and pushing people to heights they have never been to, but elevating the trainees understanding why certain methods work better than others. Bob is one of the most respected and revered trainers in the business today, this book is sure to surprise and amaze you at the same time."
--Osmo Kiiha, Editor, The Iron Master

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Iron Nation - Passion for Hard Training - (2010) - By Bob Whelan and Drew Israel


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“In IRON NATION, Bob Whelan and Drew Israel have compiled a masterpiece text on some of the most intriguing and compelling personal stories, iron game history, and gut-wrenching training routines ever put to paper. If you truly love “hard training” without all of the frills or “pomp and circumstance” so common today, you will love IRON NATION!”
--Ken Mannie, Head Strength/Conditioning Coach, Michigan State University

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Complete Science of Wrestling - (1909) - By George Hackenschmidt, "The Russian Lion"


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"But then, equally of course, every man who takes up wrestling seriously will only do so because he is fond of it, because he prefers wrestling to most, if not all, other sports and pastimes. Every wrestler who ever trod the mat is a potential champion. He may not have been endowed with the wrestling instinct, but he will be able to cultivate a high degree of wrestling science, even quickness, if not absolute lightning rapidity of movement, which, if combined with the necessary strength and stamina, may enable him to compete with all but the greatest champions on equal terms. Skill, that is to say, the science of wrestling, can only be cultivated by practice, and the man who takes up wrestling seriously must get as much practice as he can with the most skilful wrestlers. The better his opponents are, the faster will be his progress in knowledge of the art, as also in the power of its application. He can learn a good deal also in another way, and that is by closely watching serious bouts between skilled wrestlers, and by carefully practising such moves as attract his notice." - George Hackenschmidt

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The Truth about Weight Lifting - (1911) - By Alan Calvert


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"Probably you have noticed that every professional weight-lifter in America eagerly and earnestly proclaims himself to be 'the strongest man in the world.' They seem to have the idea that nobody will pay to see them perform unless they make this claim. Sometimes they qualify it by modestly stating that they are the strongest men in the world of their weight. Practically every one of these professionals claims to hold all the world's records. They know that the general public is not accurately informed as to the records and they take advantage of the fact by making all sorts of ridiculous statements regarding their own lifts; and in this respect, we are sorry to say, they are helped out by the newspaper reporters and sporting writers, who, with childlike innocence, accept and print in their papers, as gospel, the absurd claims of some of these lifters.

For example, a few months ago there appeared in one of the vaudeville theatres in Philadelphia a big Belgian, who, during the course of h;s act, held at arms length to the side, a large kettle-bell, which was labeled 125 pounds. This is the feat known to the schoolboy as "muscling out" a weight. Probably you have tried it and have found that, it is as much as the average man will do to "muscle out" 25 pounds. When this performer, of whom we speak, claimed that he was holding 125 pounds the audience burst into wild applause, whereas, the man ought to have been hissed off the stage for making such a foolish claim. There is no man in the world today, who will hold 125 pounds out sideways in the manner shown in the accompanying illustration; which shows thein making this lift." - Alan Calvert

This interesting book focuses on what feats of strength were real and what were just stage pranks. Stage trickery and exaggerated claims of strength were rampant in the early 1900's. Calvert attempts to expose the tricksters and credit the honest true strongmen. Alan Calvert was one of the most important and most under-rated figures in the history of physical culture.

This is a 6" by 9" restored and re-formatted edition of Alan Calvert's original 1911 classic: THE TRUTH ABOUT WEIGHT LIFTING. The text remains exactly as written in the original 1911 edition with many photographs and illustrations. The classic book is a must have in your physical culture collection.

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Vitality Supreme - (1915) - By Bernarr Macfadden


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"Why not throb with superior vitality! Why not possess the physical energy of a young lion? For then you will compel success. You will stand like a wall if need be, or rush with the force of a charging bison towards the desired achievements. This book sends forth a message of paramount importance to those who need added efficiency. Adherence to the principles laid down herein will add to the characteristics that insure splendid achievements. They will increase the power of your body and mind and soul. They will help each human entity to become a live personality. They will enable you to live fully, joyously. They will help you to feel, enjoy, suffer, every moment of each day. It is only when you are thus thrilled with the eternal force of life that you reach the highest pinnacle of attainable capacities and powers. Hidden forces, sometimes marvelous and mysterious, lie within nearly every human soul. Develop, expand and bring out these latent powers. Make your body splendid, your mind supreme; for then you become your real self, you possess all your attainable powers. And men thus developed possess a capital that can not be financially measured. It is worth infinitely more than money. Within the pages of this volume the pathway leading to these gratifying rewards is clearly described. Adhere to the principles set forth and a munificent harvest of physical, mental and spiritual attainments will surely be yours." -Bernarr Macfadden

This is a 6" by 9" original version, restored and re-formatted edition of Macfadden's 1915 classic. The text remains exactly as written. This book has many pages with old photographs and illustrations. This is a must have book for your physical culture library.

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Wrestling Catch-as-Catch-Can Style - (1912) - By E. Hitchcock Jr. and R. F. Nelligan


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"WRESTLING - CATCH-AS-CATCH-CAN - THIS style is selected for illustration because it is the most universal, and practically comprises all the other forms. It is the most natural method, the most effective under all circumstances, and requires no special preparation in the way of clothing. The attempt has not been made here to touch upon all the locks and combinations, since there is practically no limit to them, but rather to show the most common and useful, and by presenting them graphically, to show the diverse possibilities of this form of wrestling. As a physical exercise there is no sport which calls for so much strength, endurance and agility, combined with cool judgment; and with men who love to oppose their strength to that of others, no sport is so popular. Wrestling does offer opportunities for ungentlemanly and unsportsmanlike work, but so do all other competitive athletics. It is to the lover of sport, the true amateur, our little work is offered." - E. Hitchcock Jr. and R. F. Nelligan (The Authors)

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The Strenuous Life - (1901) - Theodore Roosevelt


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"A life of slothful ease, a life of that peace which springs merely from lack either of desire or of power to strive after great things, is as little worthy of a nation as of an individual. I ask only that what every self respecting American demands from himself and from his sons shall be demanded of the American nation as a whole. Who among you would teach your boys that ease, that peace, is to be the first consideration in their eyes to be the ultimate goal after which they strive? You men of Chicago have made this city great, you men of Illinois have done your share, and more than your share, in making America great, because you neither preach nor practise such a doctrine. You work yourselves, and you bring up your sons to work. If you are rich and are worth your salt, you will teach your sons that though they may have leisure, it is not to be spent in idleness; for wisely used leisure merely means that those who possess it, being free from the necessity of working for their livelihood, are all the more bound to carry on some kind of non-remunerative work in science, in letters, in art, in exploration, in historical research work of the type we , most need in this country, the successful carrying out of which reflects most honor upon the nation. We do not admire the man of timid peace." - Theodore Roosevelt

This is a 6" by 9" restored and re-formatted edition of Theodore Roosevelt's original 1901 classic. The text remains exactly as written in 1901. The book is a must have in your collection.

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Adrift in New York - (1900) - by Horatio Alger


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(This book is the original 1900 version restored and re-formatted.) "Horatio Alger, Jr. (January 13, 1832 – July 18, 1899) was a prolific 19th-century American author, best known for his many formulaic juvenile novels about impoverished boys and their rise from humble backgrounds to lives of middle-class security and comfort through hard work, determination, courage, and honesty. He initially wrote and published for adults, but a friendship with boys' author William Taylor Adams led him to writing for the young. He published for years in Adams's Student and Schoolmate, a children's magazine of moral writings. His lifelong theme of rags to respectability had a profound impact on America in the Gilded Age. His works gained even greater popularity following his death, but gradually lost reader interest in the 1920s". - Wikipedia

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How to Succeed - (1896) - By Orison Swett Marden


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This classic 1896 motivational gem, HOW to SUCCEED, by Orison Swett Marden is packed with motivation, positive thinking and time tested positive values. Marden is considered to be one of the pioneers of positive thinking and an all time great "master motivator." A must have addition to your success library.

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924) is the founder of Success Magazine and is considered by many to be the founder of the modern success and positive thinking movement.

He changed the old notions of thinking and success with the new more comprehensive ideas made popular by best-selling authors such as Napoleon Hill, W. Clement Stone, Dale Carnegie, Og Mandino, Earl Nightingale, Norman Vincent Peale, Zig Ziglar, Dennis Waitley, Tony Robbins and many others.

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Architects of Fate - (1897) - By Orison Swett Marden


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The 1897 Classic, ARCHITECTS OF FATE, by Orison Swett Marden is A BOOK DESIGNED TO INSPIRE CHARACTER BUILDING, INDEPENDENCE AND NOBLE ACHIEVEMENT. It is one of the best motivational and inspirational books ever written. Marden was one of the earliest positive thinking pioneers and was an all time great "master motivator". Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924) was the founder of Success Magazine and is considered by many to be the founder of the modern success and positive thinking movement.

He changed the old notions of thinking and success with the new more comprehensive ideas made popular by best-selling authors such as Napoleon Hill, W. Clement Stone, Dale Carnegie, Og Mandino, Earl Nightingale, Norman Vincent Peale, Zig Ziglar, Dennis Waitley, Tony Robbins and many others. This book is a must have addition to your success library.

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