William Bankier who was most famously known as “Apollo, The Scottish Hercules” was a well known strongman and physical culturalist of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Bankier is not well known today because his star often fell under the shadow of Eugen Sandow whose fame was prolific at the time and in the subsequent years.
That said, it could successfully be argued that Bankier’s athletic prowess and strength exceeded that of Sandow. While Sandow, a very strong man in his own right, specialised in attaining the “Grecian Ideal”, Bankier was a generalist strength trainer, boxer and professional wrestler.
He was born in December 10, 1870 in Banff, Scotland to parents who were school teachers. When Bankier was young, he was not drawn to the sedentary academic life of his parents; rather he was fascinated by the circus.
A native of Scarborough in the north of England, Thomas Inch was born on December 27th 1881.
Inch's interest in strength and bodybuilding began at a young age, when his parents told him that manual labour would help him to grow up to be big and strong.
This lead to Inch using the family garden as his initial training ground, repeatedly digging ditches in an effort to build muscle mass.
Inch's passion for strength increased steadily from there, and at the age of 16 he was crowned Britain's Strongest Youth. Later he went on to win the title of Britain's Strongest Man on June 11th, 1910.
Bob Hoffman is a legend in the world of weightlifting, body building and fitness.
He brought attention to the sport at a time when body fitness and development was not a part of American sensibility.
What began as a personal quest to improve his health, became a lifelong ambition to assist others in their quest for physical fitness and self-improvement.
Bob Hoffman grew up in Pittsburgh as a skinny, sickly kid, but it is the transformation that he went through in his twenties, in York, that became the principle of the philosophy that he would purport for the remainder of his life.
Joseph L. Greenstein, better known as Mighty Atom, is widely considered as one of the greatest strongmen of all time.
Greenstein was born two months premature in 1893 in Poland. For most of his youth he suffered a very poor body constitution, and his body was significantly frail.
At the age of 14, the Issakoff Brother’s Circus visited his town, and Joe Greenstein saw a poster of the Russian strongman “Champion Volanko” which mesmerized him immediately.
The strongman struck a relationship with the sickly boy offering to train the boy in his circus trade as a means to overcome his physical limitations.
Joe Greenstein accepted that offer and a legend was born!
OK. Before you read this review, please let me make it clear to you that I am a huge Vince Gironda fan.
So there will be some bias in this analysis of Vince Gironda: Legend and Myth.
That said, I will try to genuinely give you a fair review of this e-book.
So let’s get down to brass tacks – what is this book actually about?
A lot of people (including myself) have been bandying the term “old school” when referring to strength training. But this term is not that definitive when it comes to what it actually refers to in our workouts. The phrase “old school” seems to bring to mind more of an emotional response than it does an actual way of training.
To me, when I hear the words “old school muscle building”, I get distinct images in my mind of 19th Century dudes in stripey one-pieces, bent pressing shot loaded barbells, while simultaneously twirling their handlebar moustaches. Or alternatively, mid-20th Century guys benching, squatting, dipping and posing down on Muscle Beach while the “ordinary” folks gawk at them like monkeys at the local zoo.
Chuck Sipes was born on August 22, 1932 in Sterling, Illinois. He is widely regarded as on of the greatest bodybuilders of his time.
Early in his life, he moved with his family to Modesto, California. During high school, he was rejected for the school's football team for being underweight. Spurred by this rejection, he back lifting weight to build mass, under the tutelage of his neighbor Chuck Coker.
During the course of his long bodybuilding career, Chuck Sipes won an impressive number of prestigious titles. The AAU Mr. North California Content in 1958 was his first foray into competitive bodybuilding shows. He easily bested the field and took the first place. During the same year he also participated in a number of AAU contests, finishing 3rd AAU Junior Mr. America Contest, 9th in AAU Mr. America and 2nd in the AAU Mr. Pacific Coast.
What is the best way to gain muscle?
The fact is that there are many legitimate old school ways to build muscle fast but many trainees never achieve this task.
The road to muscle growth is paved with the emaciated, undernourished bodies of those who fail to achieve it.
And while there are many different good old school programs out there that will lead you to the holy grail of muscle growth and a herculean physique, they all share common traits that must be followed if you want to succeed in your goals.
There’s a young man down the street from me who trains with weights. He’s been at it for about three years now but you’d never know to look at him. He’s got no build at all. My grandmother’s been dead for twelve years and she probably still look better that he does.
These are the words that first drew me into the world of John McCallum – and what a world to be drawn in to. He was a bit of a mysterious figure in the strength world but wrote a series of compelling articles for “Strength and Health” in the Sixties and early Seventies that fuelled a generation of young bodybuilders and strength enthusiasts and defined the modern day strength article.
It is nigh impossible to write articles on classic bodybuilders without mentioning the name, Dave Draper. Known as the Blond Bomber, Draper looked every bit the prototypical California bodybuilder of the Sixties even though he heralded from Secaucus, New Jersey.
Born in 1942, he began his weight training at the tender age of 10 and was well practiced and obsessed by the age of 12. In his book Iron On My Mind, Draper later described this experience: “The motive was survival, muscle and might and self against self prompted by wishful thinking and a kid’s hope and dream – a daring image of a well-muscled Dave-man bopping about in my morsel-sized mind.”