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The Amazing Story of JOHN FARBOTNIK

If you are a bodybuilding enthusiast you have already heard about John Farbotnik. During the year 1946 he entered competition for the first time in his life and won “Best Chest” in the Mr. America Contest against the best buiklt men in the country. This was the contest in which Alan Stephan won the Mr. …

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Roman Fritz: Blood, Pride and Determination

Roman Fritz has dedicated his whole life to bodybuilding success.  One of his personal trademarks is pure determination to exercise with great technique through using the power of concentration. Squatting is done deep, benching is executed slowly and controlled with the strictest form. Another trade mark of Roman is that he rarely skips any workouts. …

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Travis Ortmayer: Fighting The Darkness

I met Travis Ortmayer once at a Strongman contest in Dallas in 2004. I had the shitty experience of being injured in training that summer, but I tortured myself anyways by going to watch the able bodied compete while I let myself heal. At that contest, Travis stood out like a modern day, all American …

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PAUL GAGNON: He Trains the Hollywood Stars

Interviewed by Irene L. Hause Written by Patricia A. Mills Photos by Tim Kopack Muscle Up Volume 4, Number 7 June 1982 At an age when most of his peers are working at entry-level jobs, 24-year-old Paul Gagnon numbers among his clients such names as Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin, and Robin Williams. A California fitness …

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Mike Armstrong: Shaping Young Minds & Bodies Through Bodybuilding

MIKE ARMSTRONG Shaping Young Minds & Bodies Through Bodybuilding by Jeffrey Louis [pseudonym for Irene L. Hause] Photo by Michael Neveux Muscle Up Volume 2, Number 6 August 1980 This Los Angeles schoolteacher uses weightlifting as an inspiration for inner city school kids to become dedicated to a goal. Mike Armstrong gets up at 4:30 a.m. to …

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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Bodybuilding Seminar

The following piece of bodybuilding history was published in ‘Muscle Up’ (1980 June). Bodybuilding reporter ‘Dean Camenares’ visited Arnold’s seminar. It’s a must read! Arnold talks about mind set, steroids and training!!! – Mr. Berg Arnold’s Brooklyn Bodybuilding Clinic  “Ever wish you could be face to face with your favorite bodybuilder and ask him just …

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Rancis Sequeira: Senior Bodybuilding Champion!

RANCIS SEQUEIRA (Part 1 of 2) by Irene L. Hause and Mike Armstrong Muscle Digest Volume 2, Number 1 February/March 1978 “I was really touched by the crowd. It was fantastic! I got goosebumps and everything standing there. The crowd was so enthusiastic. I was walking up to the platform to pose, and the crowd gave such an ovation. I …

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MIKE ARMSTRONG: Symmetry Mixed with Artistry

Irene L. Hause Photos by Michael Neveux Muscular Development Volume 17, Number 1 January/February 1980 The snowstorm was so bad that bus service had been halted. Mike Armstrong stood on the roadside shivering, trying to hitch a ride from one of the few cars that dared to brave the slick roads and blinding snow. “I …

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Andreas Cahling – Success is the Journey

https://www.facebook.com/andreascahling/photos/10158539757828749 AUTHOR’S NOTE:  When the editor of Muscle Training Illustrated asked Andreas Cahling for an article summarizing the progression of his career as a foreign-born bodybuilder, Andreas asked me to write it. I had known Andreas since the first month he came to the United States from Sweden back in the spring of 1976. ANDREAS CAHLING: Success Is The …

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Bill Kazmaier – The World’s Strongest Seminar

Jerry Pritchett, 2017 America’s Strongest Man hosted Bill Kazmaier at his gym for a seminar recently and I was lucky enough to attend. The Kaz has graced us with a great deal of social media information such as YouTube videos with Josh Bryant, many of his European seminars appear online, as well as his own …

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