Franz Bach – Happiness Is Bodybuilding

Franz Bach won the title of “Mr. Germany” in 1981 but to him, having a real-life job and working 12 hours a day was more important than bodybuilding. He was truly a hard-working German. Recently, I watched an emotional interview with Franz Bach at the Loaded Cup competition in 2015. The interviewer Matthias Botthof asked …

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SURVIVING A 280 Kilo BENCHPRESS Fail – Zweydorff’s Story

A lot of benchpress fails ended up very badly. They can even be deadly: some have broken their ribs and have paid for it with their life. Zweydorff’s story is unbelievable. A German bench-presser, he broke his skull, bled heavily, and somehow survived it. Here’s his story. ‘Gannikus.com’, a German fitness website, covered Robin’s training …

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Adolf Grenzebach – Beating Arnold’s Deadlift Record

In 1968, Arnold Schwarzenegger deadlifted a record-breaking 310kg in Germany. I never cared about that record and never asked myself, ‘how long did the record last?’. One day, to escape boredom and motivate myself, I discovered a German magazine with a great story about the man who broke Arnold’s deadlift record. The story was called, …

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Compiling Steroid Talk from Great Muscle Champions

I am collecting old magazines and digitalizing them on my computer; further, I am downloading a lot of old material from forums and paid-membership websites, so I have a ton of information. In this article, I want to compile all old-time bodybuilders who had an opinion about steroids and further talked about steroid abuse. Of …

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Gunter Schlierkamp – The German Golden Boy

Gunter was originally a farmer’s kid; he grew up in the small German village of Olfen, and, as a youngster, he had to do physical labour on the family farm. Fresh air, milk, and meat gave Gunter’s body a great foundation to develop high-quality muscle size. In one of his German seminars, Günter said that …

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Walter Klock – Smoking with Schwarzenegger

Mathias Busse is a German photographer and journalist. He is doing an incredible job keeping the legacy of German bodybuilding history alive. In 2016, he went to the legendary gym Clocks Fitness in Gießen, Hessen. That gym produced some impressive giants, like Schlierkamp, Rühl, Roland, and a lot of Mr. Germany Champions. Says Gunter Schlierkamp, …

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Schwarzenegger – A Collector Of Magazines

Yes, even Schwarzenegger collects old muscle magazines. If you search for “Arnold T-Bar Rowing” on YouTube, then you’ll find him lifting huge weights in his office. Behind Schwarzenegger, there’s a great black-and-white advertisement for the Mr. Olympia competition. If you look carefully, then further back, you’ll see a colourful A4 Picture. If you zoom in, …

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Michael Brügger – The First Famous European Powerlifter

In 1991, Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared on the German TV show, “Wetten Das”. The host, Thomas Gottschlak, studied Arnold’s history and preferences carefully and introduced him as Germany’s Strongest Powerlifter… who just so happened to be Michael Brügger. [Video Title: Arnold Schwarzenegger und Michael Brügger – Wetten das – 1991 – Teil 2, Uploaded by Meinhard …

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John Corlett – Bodybuilding Photographer Died

Today, the world of bodybuilding lost a great photographer, physical culturist and human. As I started my website neckberg, I was looking for bodybuilding pictures, especially of Schwarzenegger and the golden era gang. I contacted Albert Busek, Wayne Gallasch and so on. But both didn’t allow me to use their great photographs. One day, I …

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Translating Arnold’s Content from German To English

The YouTube video entitled “Arnold Schwarzenegger German Lesson” obtained just an incredible number of views. Arnold is counting in German: “One, two, three,” while Franco is benching. Then, Arnold said, “That’s enough for today.” Franco started laughing and couldn’t finish the bench press. Franco replied, “Du miststück” (“You son of a bitch”) and was able …

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