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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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George Hackenschmidt Books - old school weight training

Eugen Sandow Books - antique bodybuilding oldtime strength training

Alan Calvert Books - vintage strongman old school weight training

Mark H. Berry Books - vintage strongman old school weight training

Strongfort Books (aka Max Unger) - vintage strongman old school weight training

"The great secret of body building is to make the muscles do a little bit more each day. When you go into a gymnasium, don’t make the mistake I have seen so many men make of tiring themselves the first evening or two and then letting things sag. Begin slow and get up steam. Don’t exercise until the muscles are fatigued, dog-tired, as we say. Instead exercise until they are moderately tired, then quit. If you overdo them it takes them a long time to catch up. Aim to use up most of the cells in the muscles, but leaving enough to build on. A muscle becomes strong by building up new cells. If you use up just about all the old cells new ones will come, meeting the demand. In this way a surprising amount of strength can be added. If you exercise and strain until you are completely worn out you run the risk of losing strength and weight instead of gaining. 

An athlete’s muscle can be soft, unflexed, as those of an ordinary man. It takes work to become a man of strength, just as it does to become a capitalist or a great musician. But the work becomes a pleasure if it is in accordance with Nature and as soon as you see the good results of your ambition you will realize that your efforts are well paid for. Besides strength, you will also gain a degree of health, that is worthy of the name. Health and strength are indissolubly related." - LIONEL STRONGFORT

George F. Jowett Books - vintage strongman antique bodybuilding oldtime strength grip york barbell dumbell old school weight training

Earle E. Liederman Books - vintage strongman antique bodybuilding oldtime strength grip york barbell dumbell old school weight training

(2 of his smaller booklets put together)

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 iron game figures 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!