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Big Muscles Quick!

Big Muscles Quick!

Gotta love those great old ads. If you saved up your paper route money, you could send away for this 12-in-1 Muscle Building outfit which contained a wall exerciser, high tension hand grips, head strap, cable set, foot attachment, a jump rope, rowing machine, wall...

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Bruce Randall at Montgomery Ward

Bruce Randall at Montgomery Ward

The Billard Barbell Company smartly hired Mr. Universe winner Bruce Randall as a spokesman to travel around the country demonstrating how to lift weights. Many a youngster became inspired to start training after seeing his presentation. Here’s a newspaper ad for Bruce...

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The King of Strength Reveals His Secret!

The King of Strength Reveals His Secret!

How about this awesome advertisement for Arthur Saxon's great book "The Development of Physical Power" which ran in Strength & Health magazine in the mid-1930's? In 1934, when this ad originally ran, you could order a copy for $1.00... adjusting for inflation,...

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Alan Stephan, Mr. America!

Alan Stephan, Mr. America!

Surprisingly, few Mr. America title winners had their own training courses. Alan Stephan, the winner of the 1946 AAU Mr. America title was one who did. Here’s a nifty ad for his training course which ran in several magazines. As a side note, the 1946 Mr. America...

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Strongman Wrist Straps

Strongman Wrist Straps

If you are going to run off to the circus and be a strongman, you also have to look the part. In addition to barbells, dumbbells and kettlebells you could also get these nifty wrist straps from The Milo Barbell Company. Of course, these wrist straps also came free...

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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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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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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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Farmer Burns School of Wrestling Advertisement

Farmer Burns School of Wrestling Advertisement

Farmer Burns established his school of wrestling in Omaha, Nebraska in 1911 but for those who could not make the trip and study in person, he also had his mail-order training course. (Which, by the way, we are in the process of posting The Iron League.) This...

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1932 Jowett Arm Course Advertisement

1932 Jowett Arm Course Advertisement

Check out this excellent 1932 advertisement for the George F. Jowett ‘Molding a Mighty Arm’ course — which was excellent. Fortunately, even many decades later, you can still gain from George F. Jowett’s training methods. We will soon also have Jowett’s Strongman...

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Advertisement
Big Muscles Quick!

Big Muscles Quick!

Gotta love those great old ads. If you saved up your paper route money, you could send away for this 12-in-1 Muscle Building outfit which contained a wall exerciser, high tension hand grips, head strap, cable set, foot attachment, a jump rope, rowing machine, wall...

read more
Bruce Randall at Montgomery Ward

Bruce Randall at Montgomery Ward

The Billard Barbell Company smartly hired Mr. Universe winner Bruce Randall as a spokesman to travel around the country demonstrating how to lift weights. Many a youngster became inspired to start training after seeing his presentation. Here’s a newspaper ad for Bruce...

read more
The King of Strength Reveals His Secret!

The King of Strength Reveals His Secret!

How about this awesome advertisement for Arthur Saxon's great book "The Development of Physical Power" which ran in Strength & Health magazine in the mid-1930's? In 1934, when this ad originally ran, you could order a copy for $1.00... adjusting for inflation,...

read more
Alan Stephan, Mr. America!

Alan Stephan, Mr. America!

Surprisingly, few Mr. America title winners had their own training courses. Alan Stephan, the winner of the 1946 AAU Mr. America title was one who did. Here’s a nifty ad for his training course which ran in several magazines. As a side note, the 1946 Mr. America...

read more
Strongman Wrist Straps

Strongman Wrist Straps

If you are going to run off to the circus and be a strongman, you also have to look the part. In addition to barbells, dumbbells and kettlebells you could also get these nifty wrist straps from The Milo Barbell Company. Of course, these wrist straps also came free...

read more
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
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
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
Farmer Burns School of Wrestling Advertisement

Farmer Burns School of Wrestling Advertisement

Farmer Burns established his school of wrestling in Omaha, Nebraska in 1911 but for those who could not make the trip and study in person, he also had his mail-order training course. (Which, by the way, we are in the process of posting The Iron League.) This...

read more
1932 Jowett Arm Course Advertisement

1932 Jowett Arm Course Advertisement

Check out this excellent 1932 advertisement for the George F. Jowett ‘Molding a Mighty Arm’ course — which was excellent. Fortunately, even many decades later, you can still gain from George F. Jowett’s training methods. We will soon also have Jowett’s Strongman...

read more