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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Super Strength - By Alan Calvert

This is a 6" by 9" restored and re-formatted edition of Alan Calvert's original 1924 classic: SUPER STRENGTH. The text remains exactly as written in the original 1924 edition. This book is considered by many strength historians to be "The Bible" of modern muscle building and weight training. 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. This book has 26 chapters and 298 pages. There are many pages with old photographs and illustrations. This is a must have book for your physical culture library. Visit our website and see our many books at PhysicalCultureBooks.com

The Way to Live - By George Hackenschmidt

"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 This is an original version, restored and re-formatted edition of Hackenschmidt's 1908 classic. Visit our website and see our many books at PhysicalCultureBooks.com

Iron Nation - By Bob Whelan and Drew Israel

Here is just a tiny sample of what IRON NATION, Passion for Hard Training, will Teach You:

First-hand Accounts of How the Old-Timers Really Trained, Behind the Scene at York Barbell, Olympic Lifting, Odd Object Lifting, High Intensity Training, Wisdom from Dr. Ted Lambrinides, Strength & Conditioning in the NFL and College Athletics, Stories of Brutal Workouts, Wisdom from Dr. Ken E. Leistner, The Best Ways to Build Muscle, Lifting The Inver Stone with Randall J. Strossen, PhD., Slow Speed Training, Powerlifting, A Brutal Brooks Kubik Dinosaur Workout, How Arthur Jones Trained, Bill Starr Workouts, How to Train Smarter and Avoid Injuries, How Peary and Mabel Rader Got Started, Great Training Information from Osmo Kiiha, Great Information as always from Stuart McRobert, How Dennis B. Weis Trains, How Bill Pearl Trains, Great Information from Bradley J. Steiner ... OVER 30 DETAILED CHAPTERS COVERING EVERY ASPECT OF WEIGHT TRAINING! Visit our website and see our many books at PhysicalCultureBooks.com

The Key to Might and Muscle - By George Jowett

"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. Visit our website and see our many books at PhysicalCultureBooks.com

Physical Training Simplified - By Mark H. Berry

"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. Visit our website and see our many books at PhysicalCultureBooks.com

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

"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 This is a 6" by 9" original version, restored and re-formatted edition of Bob Hoffman's 1938 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. Visit our website and see our many books at PhysicalCultureBooks.com

The Earle Liederman books and booklets are truly great and an excellent value for the price. Liederman's legacy gets short changed or is forgotten by most. He was one of the biggest names of his era. He is now very under-rated but is one of the best muscle writers ever! Some of the most famous are actually terrible writers, but Liederman is the opposite. He is always an interesting and easy read. You may even feel a little sad when the book ends! Surprise yourself and discover the greatness of Liederman!

Endurance - 1926, How to Build Strength - 1927, Inherited and Acquired Strength - 1927, Muscle Building - 1924, Muscles and Energy - 1926, Secrets of Strength - 1925, Speed and Strength - 1927, Strength Through Muscular Development - 1927, Strengthening the Lower Body - 1927, The Advantage of Powerful Lungs - 1927

Life and Growth - Let Your Mind be a Force - 1926, (2 of his smaller booklets put together) can be found in the "All of our Strongman Books" section below. (The widget could only fit 10.)