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"Eugen Sandow (April 2, 1867 – October 14, 1925), born Friedrich Wilhelm Müller, was a Prussian pioneering bodybuilder in the 19th century and is often referred to as the "Father of Modern Bodybuilding". Sandow was born in Königsberg, Prussia in 1867. He left Prussia in 1885 to avoid military service and in 1889 he made his first appearance on the London stage. Florenz Ziegfeld knew that Maurice Grau had Sandow under a contract. Ziegfeld wanted to display Sandow at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Grau wanted $1,000 a week. Ziegfeld could not guarantee $1,000 a week but agreed to paying 10 per cent of the gross receipts. Ziegfeld found that the audience was more fascinated by Sandow's bulging muscles than by the amount of weight he was lifting, so Ziegfeld had Sandow perform poses which he dubbed "muscle display performances"... and the legendary strongman added these displays in addition to performing his feats of strength with barbells. He added chain-around-the-chest breaking and other colorful displays to Sandow's routine. Sandow quickly became Ziegfeld's first star. In 1894, Sandow featured in a short film by the Edison Studios. The film was of only part of the show and features him flexing his muscles rather than performing any feats of physical strength. While the content of the film reflects the audience attention being primarily focused on his appearance it made use of the unique capacities of the new medium. Film theorists have attributed the appeal being the striking image of a detailed image moving in synchrony, much like the example of the Lumière brothers' Repas de bébé where audiences were reportedly more impressed by the movement of trees swaying in the background than the events taking place in the foreground. In 1894, he appeared in a short Kinetoscope film that was part of the first commercial motion picture exhibition in history. He created the Institute of Physical Culture, an early gymnasium for body builders in 1897. In 1898 Sandow founded a monthly periodical, originally named Physical Culture and subsequently named Sandow's Magazine of Physical Culture. He held the first major bodybuilding contest at the Royal Albert Hall on September 14, 1901. It was called the "Great Competition". It was judged by Sandow, athlete and sculptor Sir Charles Lawes, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle." - from Wikipedia --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (June 26, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0766165434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0766165434
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,276,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Antti Piironen on October 1, 2009
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I have read several written works of Eugen Sandow( 1867-1925 ) and I must admit that his physical culture is rather usable still today. The first part of this book is dedicated to descripe the story of Sandow and only at second part the book is conserning the physical culture as such.
This work contains anatomy, with details of anterior and posterior aspects of body and it's muscles. I consern this very important for phyical culturist or body builder alike. The book then proceeds to give some 46 different excersises with bodyweight, dumbbells and heavy weights that are completely usable today and I've taken various exercises to my own programs. I would like to recommend this very warmly.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Colin Williams on April 5, 2013
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I have finally found an exercise regime that I can follow at home with a minimum amount of equipment. I puchased two barbells for less than $20.00!! Furthermore I have seen significant results in three months. This is the only book you need to make a real difference in the way you look and feel.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By George on July 12, 2004
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This is an iteresting and educational book.
Unfortunately, the photographs are awfully reproduced (over-exposed, almost white). You can barely see anything, even the descriptions under the photos. Otherwise, the book is printed OK.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By michael peck on March 30, 2015
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If you want to train with this book, you must put mental concentration into your muscels or else you could injur yourself.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonny Sorensen on October 5, 2014
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It's SANDOW, so you know it's good.
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