Archive:
Month: November 2023
Come Alive With The Magic of Isometrics!

Come Alive With The Magic of Isometrics!

When the Isometrics "Boom" hit back in the 1960's a lot of people tried to get into the act.  This ad, which appeared in a professional wrestling magazine in 1965, offered yet another version of an isometric exerciser -- although it wouldn't really be difficult to...

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The Daily Dozen by Walter Camp

The Daily Dozen by Walter Camp

In the early part of the 20th century, the first World War was brewing, and when it became obvious that America would have to start sending her sons "over there" there was a real question whether the potential troops would be physically up to it. One of the figures...

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The Strong Arm Method!

The Strong Arm Method!

Another look at Joe Weider’s “HELL-BENT FOR LEATHER N’ LEAD” manly bracelets. Wonder how many youngsters saved up their paper route money and sent away for a set of these? You don’t even have to train! All you do is put them on and wear them throughout the day and...

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Ammo-Can Barbell

Ammo-Can Barbell

Weight sets were hard to come by while stationed over seas.  Soldiers had to improvise if they wanted something to lift.  Hard to say if this snap is from Korea or Vietnam, but  this fellow looks to have fashioned a make-shift barbell out of a bar and a few ammo cans....

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Sears Catalog, 1981

Sears Catalog, 1981

A look at the top of the line workout gear from the Sears Catalog, circa, 1981.  And don't forget your warm-up suit -- gotta look good while super-setting your bis and tris. It says this bench is rated at 1000 lbs which I think is a stretch. That pulley deal on one...

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Depth Pushups

Depth Pushups

In The age of fancy machine and exotic exercises, for upper body strength and development, it is still tough to beat the simple pushup performed on a couple chairs to add a little more depth to the range of motion. Here, professional wrestler "Rapid" Ricky Romero...

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Clubs and Globes

Clubs and Globes

Don't the the story with these gents posing with their gear probably some time in the late 1800s-early 1900s.  They've got in going on and they know it.  Even a hundred years later a good set of Indian clubs  and a couple dumbbells and a barbell are all you need to...

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Get Bursting Strength Fast!

Get Bursting Strength Fast!

Get Bursting strength Fast! — How about this awesome advertisement for a big batch of strength “stuff” from out of the back of a 1947 comic book? I mean, if you were a young lad interested in strength training, how could you turn the page without so much as...

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Archive:
Month: November 2023
Come Alive With The Magic of Isometrics!

Come Alive With The Magic of Isometrics!

When the Isometrics "Boom" hit back in the 1960's a lot of people tried to get into the act.  This ad, which appeared in a professional wrestling magazine in 1965, offered yet another version of an isometric exerciser -- although it wouldn't really be difficult to...

read more
The Daily Dozen by Walter Camp

The Daily Dozen by Walter Camp

In the early part of the 20th century, the first World War was brewing, and when it became obvious that America would have to start sending her sons "over there" there was a real question whether the potential troops would be physically up to it. One of the figures...

read more
The Strong Arm Method!

The Strong Arm Method!

Another look at Joe Weider’s “HELL-BENT FOR LEATHER N’ LEAD” manly bracelets. Wonder how many youngsters saved up their paper route money and sent away for a set of these? You don’t even have to train! All you do is put them on and wear them throughout the day and...

read more
Ammo-Can Barbell

Ammo-Can Barbell

Weight sets were hard to come by while stationed over seas.  Soldiers had to improvise if they wanted something to lift.  Hard to say if this snap is from Korea or Vietnam, but  this fellow looks to have fashioned a make-shift barbell out of a bar and a few ammo cans....

read more
Sears Catalog, 1981

Sears Catalog, 1981

A look at the top of the line workout gear from the Sears Catalog, circa, 1981.  And don't forget your warm-up suit -- gotta look good while super-setting your bis and tris. It says this bench is rated at 1000 lbs which I think is a stretch. That pulley deal on one...

read more
Depth Pushups

Depth Pushups

In The age of fancy machine and exotic exercises, for upper body strength and development, it is still tough to beat the simple pushup performed on a couple chairs to add a little more depth to the range of motion. Here, professional wrestler "Rapid" Ricky Romero...

read more
Clubs and Globes

Clubs and Globes

Don't the the story with these gents posing with their gear probably some time in the late 1800s-early 1900s.  They've got in going on and they know it.  Even a hundred years later a good set of Indian clubs  and a couple dumbbells and a barbell are all you need to...

read more
Get Bursting Strength Fast!

Get Bursting Strength Fast!

Get Bursting strength Fast! — How about this awesome advertisement for a big batch of strength “stuff” from out of the back of a 1947 comic book? I mean, if you were a young lad interested in strength training, how could you turn the page without so much as...

read more