Best Arm Workouts in the History of Pumping Iron (1900–1970)

The Mr. America contest was a prestigious competition judged by experts. Back in the day, it was not the most freakishly muscular who took the trophy straight home. It was the individual with the greatest muscle symmetry, balance, harmony, and posing routine, who deserved to be called “Mr. America.” The judges were well-educated and possessed …

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History of Becoming a Personal Trainer (USA vs. GERMANY)

Do you need certifications to become a personal trainer? No! History provides us with real-life examples of people who never had any kind of certification and still ran a successful personal-training business. For example, Arnold Schwarzenegger was a full-time personal trainer for a brief time, without having any serious kind of qualifications—except being strong and …

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Franco Columbo’s History – From Europe To America

Some men are strong, and some are muscular. However, Franco Columbu was both and left a huge legacy behind him. In Germany, he used to be a so-called powerlifter, which means he trained for strength & power. Franco’s story is a special one of emigrating to a country without speaking its language. He was born …

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The True Origin of the Reverse Hyper Machine

Most powerlifters and weightlifters strengthen their lower back with basic tools (e.g., hyper extension, dumbbell rows, and stiff-legged deadlifts), and there’s a quite expensive apparatus called the “Reverse Hypermachine.” All sources indicate that strength coach Loui Simmons developed and constructed this masterpiece. I don’t want to encourage you to buy or use it. I am …

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Lee Haney – Man of God, Culture, and Education

Before becoming He-Man, Lee Haney began his career by studying magazines and books! Back in the day, the magazines and courses were designed to look like comics, with the purpose of attracting young kids and motivating them to start a healthy lifestyle. The writers promised that if you were sleeping, eating, and training well, then …

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Joe Lindner – Made in Bavaria

Jo Lindner aka. “Joesthetics”, originally born in Bavaria, Germany, is one of the most famous fitness entrepreneurs with 4,5 million followers on Instagram. Even Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son Joseph Banea is following him on Instagram. Joe’s First Step into the Fitness Industry On the German bodybuilding website Team-Andro.com, I found an old post with the title …

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Germans Owning Gold’s Gym – The $100M Deal

He may not have millions of followers on Instagram, but millions of Germans are members of his gym franchise called McFit. Rainer Schaller is a big player in the German fitness industry. Recently, his company, RS Group, bought Gold’s Gym for $100M. Now, he’s the owner of Gold’s Gym, and he will have a significant …

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Preacher Curl – Every Champion Used It – Here’s HOW!

I checked the Internet, and every website uses Stock-Photos of Fitness-Models to explain the exercise. It’s a shame that nobody is making reference to its origin. I own many historical fitness magazines dated back to the 1900s, and what used to work in the past will work out today. The guys from the Golden Era, …

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Ralf Möller – Gladiator and Bodybuilder

Ralph Moeller is famous for his close friendship with Arnold Schwarzenegger. No wonder both share a penchant for good wine, cigars, and heavy training. A lot of German Youtubers interviewed him, and he appeared in many TV Shows. Ralph is quite an interesting personality. Moeller was born in Recklinghausen on January 12, 1959. He was …

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Hubert Metz – Muscle Phenomenon From Germany

Recently I saw unbelievable before and after pictures of German bodybuilder Hubert Metz. At the left, he’s around 32 years old, and on the right, you see a 65-year-old and jacked Hubert Metz. Age is just a number, and Hubert proved it. He was able to maintain and conserve his whole muscle appearance over decades! In …

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