Welcome to PhysicalCultureBooks.com - The best site on the web for vintage strongman books, old bodybuilding literature, iron game history & physical culture. Here you will find a growing assortment of classic (restored and republished) books and manuals that hearken back to the days when virtues such as strength, honor, and hard work were held in high esteem. You won't find books here that give "shortcuts to 20 inch arms in 20 days." You will find good honest and time-tested wisdom from the days when physical culture meant training the whole person to be strong, spiritually, mentally, and physically, and not by cheating using steroids. You will find books that hearken back to the glory days of physical culture, the days of such great men as Saxon, Sandow, Hackenschmidt, Calvert, and Jowett.
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The Five Best Vintage Strongman Books Ever Published - These Are Must Have Books!
Arthur Saxon Books
THE DEVELOPMENT OF PHYSICAL POWER - BY ARTHUR SAXON
TEXTBOOK OF WEIGHTLIFTING - BY ARTHUR SAXON
IRON NATION- BY BOB WHELAN & DREW ISRAEL
IRON NATION - AN IRON GAME CLASSIC! “In IRON NATION, Bob Whelan and Drew Israel have compiled a masterpiece text on some of the most intriguing and compelling personal stories, iron game history, and gut-wrenching training routines ever put to paper. If you truly love “hard training” without all of the frills or “pomp and circumstance” so common today, you will love IRON NATION!” --Ken Mannie, Head Strength/Conditioning Coach, Michigan State University More 5 Star Reviews
SUPER NATURAL STRENGTH - BY BOB WHELAN
10 YEARS (1994-2004) OF BOB'S HARDGAINER ARTICLES! "Super Natural Strength is a great source of information for anyone who wants real drug-free strength training, without hype, fads, worthless supplements or training advice from steroid users." --Dick Conner, Powerlifting Coach, (Multiple National Champion), Strength Expert
"Some trainers recommend to their pupils for the training of all muscle groups one and the same (light) weight and believe they are able to obtain the same effect by frequent repetitions. My experience has taught me that this is wrong, for the muscles of men or animals who are distinguished for certain feats of endurance are by no means over-developed. A long-distance runner or long-distance cyclist always has comparatively thin legs, as have a racehorse, stag, or greyhound. Nature does not act without aim and purpose. Hence there is a great difference between feats of endurance and feats of strength." - George Hackenschmidt
COMPLETE SCIENCE OF WRESTLING - BY GEORGE HACKENSCHMIDT
LIFE IS MOVEMENT - BY EUGEN SANDOW
STRENGTH AND HOW TO OBTAIN IT - BY EUGEN SANDOW
SANDOW'S SYSTEM: SANDOW ON PHYSICAL TRAINING - BY EUGEN SANDOW
Alan Calvert One of the most important and most under-rated figures in the history of physical culture. He was the founder and publisher of STRENGTH MAGAZINE and the founder of MILO BARBELL COMPANY in the early 1900's. MILO was the first mass produced plate loaded modern barbell. STRENGTH magazine was an early leader in physical culture and many famous legends of the Iron Game such as Mark Berry, John C. Grimek, and many others, got their start there.
SUPER STRENGTH - BY ALAN CALVERT This book is considered by many strength historians to be "The Bible" of modern muscle building and weight training. The great John C. Grimek kept only one book on his book shelf by his desk at York Barbell and it was his copy of SUPER STRENGTH. (This is according to Jan Dellinger who shared an office with him.) This book is truly one of the most influential in the history of the Iron Game and Physical Culture.
THE TRUTH ABOUT WEIGHTLIFTING - BY ALAN CALVERT
Alan Calvert's original 1911 classic: THE TRUTH ABOUT WEIGHT LIFTING. The text remains exactly as written in the original 1911 edition with many photographs and illustrations. This interesting book focuses on what feats of strength were real and what were just stage pranks. Stage trickery and exaggerated claims of strength were rampant in the early 1900's. Calvert attempts to expose the tricksters and credit the honest true strongmen. The classic book is a must have in your physical culture collection.
HOW TO LEARN MUSCLE CONTROL - BY OTTO ARCO AND ALAN CALVERT
HOW TO ACQUIRE SUPER STRENGTH - BY OTTO ARCO
Mark H. Berry "Mark H. Barry was a successful national weight lifting champion, author and trainer. He was born in Chicago in 1896 the son of an engineer and inventor. His father's family was of Scottish descent by way of Northern Ireland and his mother's family traces their origins to New Amsterdam in the 1600's. He was the U.S. Olympic Weightlifting coach at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics and the 1936 Berlin Olympics. He was the first Olympic weight lifting coach for the U.S. He was a successful feather weight champion in the American continental weight-lifters association (ACWLA) in the mid 1920's. After his success as a weight lifter he focused on teaching others. Berry advocated drinking milk and focusing on compound movements especially heavy squats for building power and bulk. He is considered one of the pioneers on weight lifting with his classic books physical training simplified and the Mark Berry bar bell course. He also edited several magazines published through the Milo Barbell Co. Mark trained a young John Grimek who he met in the late 20's. Grimek would later win the Mr. America and Mr. Universe titles. After his success with Grimek and others he was selected to be the head coach for the 1932 and 1936 United States Olympic weight lifting team of which John Grimek was a participate in the later. He continued to instruct throughout the 40' and 50 as a head physical trainer for the BUR Barbell Company". -(From Wikipedia) PHYSICAL TRAINING SIMPLIFIED - BY MARK H. BERRY
Books By Lionel Strongfort aka Max Unger "STRENGTH is an absolute essential in securing and maintaining any normal degree of health. There are those who, themselves lacking in muscular vigor, are prone to speak contemptuously of the same, declaring that what they desire is not great "ugly" muscles, but just health! It occasionally happens also that some weakling will declare that he is in perfect health, inasmuch as he is out of bed and able to walk around. But, as a matter of fact, no one can enjoy a high degree of health unless he represents a high standard of physical vigor. He should be a good specimen of animal life. And this means that he must be at least normally strong. What would we think of the health of a horse or dog that was not thoroughly alive with active energetic muscles?" - Lionel Strongfort
INTELLIGENCE IN PHYSICAL CULTURE - BY MAX UNGER
"It takes work to become a man of strength, just as it does to become a capitalist or a great musician. But the work becomes a pleasure if it is in accordance with Nature and as soon as you see the good results of your ambition you will realize that your efforts are well paid for. Besides strength, you will also gain a degree of health, that is worthy of the name. Health and strength are indissolubly related." - Lionel Strongfort
PROMOTION & CONSERVATION of Health, Strength & Mental Energy - BY LIONEL STRONGFORT
GOERNER THE MIGHTY - BY EDGAR MUELLER
MUSCULAR ARMS AND SHOULDERS - BY HARRY B. PASCHALL A Bosco Book
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Alger, Horatio - Adrift in New York - 1900 Arco, Otto - How to Acquire Super-Strength - 1932 Arco, Otto & Calvert, Alan - How to Learn Muscle Control - 1925 Aston, Edward - How to Develop a Powerful Grip - 1937 Berry, Mark H. - Physical Training Simplified - 1930 Blaikie, William - How To Get Strong and How To Stay So - 1879 Calvert, Alan - Super Strength - 1924 Calvert, Alan - The Truth about Weight Lifting - 1911 Hackenschmidt, George - Complete Science of Wrestling - 1909Hackenschmidt, George - The Way To Live - 1908 Hitchcock, E. Jr. and Nelligan, R.F. - Wrestling Catch-as-Catch-Can Style - 1912 Hoffman, Bob - Advanced Methods of Weight Training - 1951 Hoffman, Bob - Big Arms - 1939 Hoffman, Bob - Bob Hoffman's Simplified System of Barbell Training - 1942 Hoffman, Bob - Broad Shoulders - 1946 Hoffman, Bob - How to be Strong, Healthy and Happy - 1938 Hoffman, Bob - I Remember the Last War - 1940 Hoffman, Bob - Mighty Men of Old - 1940 Hoffman, Bob - Secrets of Strength and Development - 1940 Hoffman, Bob - Successful-Happy Marriage - 1945Hoffman, Bob - The Big Chest Book - 1941 Hoffman, Bob - Weight Lifting - 1939 Inch, Thomas - Developing the Grip and Forearm - 1930 Jowett, George F. - How to Mold a Mighty Arm - 1938 Jowett, George F. - How to Mold a Mighty Back - 1938 Jowett, George F. - How to Mold a Mighty Chest - 1938 Jowett, George F. - Molding Mighty Legs - 1931 Jowett, George F. - Strongman Stunts Made Easy - 1930 Jowett, George F. - The Key to Might and Muscle - 1926 Jowett, George F. - The Strongest Man that Ever Lived - 1927 Liederman, Earle E. - Endurance - 1926 Liederman, Earle E. - How to Build Strength - 1927 Liederman, Earle E. - Inherited and Acquired Strength - 1927 Liederman, Earle E. - Life and Growth - Let Your Mind be a Force - 1926 Liederman, Earle E. - Muscle Building - 1924 Liederman, Earle E. - Muscles and Energy - 1926 Liederman, Earle E. - Secrets of Strength - 1925 Liederman, Earle E. - Speed and Strength - 1927 Liederman, Earle E. - Strength Through Muscular Development - 1927 Liederman, Earle E. - Strengthening the Lower Body - 1927 Liederman, Earle E. - The Advantage of Powerful Lungs - 1927 Macfadden, Bernarr - Fasting-Hydropathy-Exercise - 1900 Macfadden, Bernarr - Vitality Supreme - 1915 Marden, Orison Swett - An Iron Will - 1901 Marden, Orison Swett - Architects of Fate - 1897Marden, Orison Swett - Eclectic School Readings: Stories from Life - 1910 Marden, Orison Swett - How to Succeed - 1896Marden, Orison Swett - Pushing to the Front - 1911 Mueller, Edgar - Goerner The Mighty - 1951 Paschall, Harry B. - Muscular Arms and Shoulders - 1953 Pullum, W. A. - Weightlifting Made Easy and Interesting - 1926 Roosevelt, Theodore - The Strenuous Life - 1901 Sandow, Eugen - Life is Movement - 1920 Sandow, Eugen - Sandow's System: Sandow on Physical Training - 1894 Sandow, Eugen - Strength and How to Obtain It - 1897 Saxon, Arthur - The Development of Physical Power - 1906 Saxon, Arthur - The Text Book of Weightlifting - 1910 Strongfort, Lionel, (aka Max Unger) - Intelligence in Physical Culture - 1910 Strongfort, Lionel, (aka Max Unger) - Promotion & Conservation of Health, Strength & Mental Energy - 1930 Teegarden, Chester O. - The Training Programs of Louis Abele - 1948 Whelan, Bob - Super Natural Strength - 2011 Whelan, Bob & Israel, Drew - Iron Nation - 2010