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A Study of Physical Culture (by Mao Zedong, 1917)

On July 1, 2014 by Physical Culturist

Because man is an animal, movement is most important for him. And because he is a rational animal, his movements must have a reason. But why is movement deserving of esteem? Why is rational movement deserving of esteem? To say that movement helps in earning a living is trivial. To say that movement protects the nation is lofty. Yet neither is the basic reason. The object of movement is simply to preserve our life and gladden our hearts.

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Iron and the Soul (by Henry Rollins)

On January 8, 2014 by Physical Culturist

A classic article written by Henry Rollins about human transformation (physical, mental, spiritual) through lifting weights.

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Exercise vs. Medicine (Eugen Sandow, 1902)

On September 27, 2013 by Physical Culturist

Perfect health is consciousness of full vitality, of exhilaration, keen enjoyment of life, and strength to perform any task, and it is a melancholy reflection that not one in a thousand men and...

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“The Way to Live in Health and Physical Fitness” by George Hackenschmidt (Chapter 1 – Introduction)

On August 22, 2013 by Physical Culturist

It is not at all improbable that many persons will raise objections to the title of this book, on the grounds that the Road of Life, which I may point out, is by...

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Sun and Steel (by Yukio Mishima)

On August 9, 2013 by Physical Culturist

“Body” and “Action”–two of the four rivers of Mishima’s life were strongly connected and in fact they flowed into one another. He wrote that when a man is related to the outside world...

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What is a Physical Culturist?

On July 11, 2013 by Physical Culturist

When I ask you whether or not you’re a physical culturist how do you respond? Most will respond that they don’t really know because they don’t know what a physical culturist is. Physical...

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Why Should We Be Strong? (By George Hackenschmidt, 1908)

On January 10, 2013 by Physical Culturist

It is well-known fact that the majority of men today are relatively weak, whereas the struggle for existence demands now more than at any previous epoch that we should all be strong! The...

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Why Exercise Is Important For Vitality (Bernarr Macfadden, 1915)

On January 8, 2013 by Physical Culturist

Exercise for Vitality Building Inactivity is non-existence. It means death. Our bodily powers and organs were given to us for a definite purpose. Failure to use them brings serious penalties. There can be...

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Why Men Should Exercise Daily (William Blaikie, 1879)

On January 8, 2013 by Physical Culturist

The advantages to men of a well-built body, kept in thorough repair, are very great. Those of every class, whose occupation is sedentary, soon come to appreciate this. Some part of the machinery...

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My Muscles Keep Me Young – Says Sandow (Earle Liederman, 1924)

On January 7, 2013 by Physical Culturist

From the US ‘Muscle Builder’ December 1924. Earle Liederman visits Sandow at his Institute at St. James’s, London. EUGEN SANDOW lives! That immortal figure in athletic history, whose name throughout Christendom has become...

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Exercise and Health (Eugen Sandow, 1904)

On January 7, 2013 by Physical Culturist

How few people associate the curing of ailments and irregularities by means of systematic exercise! Exercise is one of the primary essentials of existence from the lowest to the highest in animal life....

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Do We Inherit Shapely Bodies? (William Blaikie, 1879)

On January 7, 2013 by Physical Culturist

Millions of our people pass their lives in cities and towns, and at work which keeps them nearly all day in-doors. Many hours are devoted for days and years, under careful teachers, and...

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Why you Develop (W. R. Pope, 1902)

On January 7, 2013 by Physical Culturist

Probably the first question asked by those starting on a systematic course of exercise for developing and strengthening the entire muscular organism is, “why do we develop?” A writer on the physiology of...

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The Saxon Definition of Strength (Arthur Saxon, 1905)

On January 7, 2013 by Physical Culturist

The usual idea about strength–I mean the idea of the average reader of health magazines–is generally a wrong one. Although a weightlifter (and weightlifters are supposed to be very narrow-minded in their views...

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Are You Rich or Poor in Strength? (Charles Atlas, 1937)

On January 6, 2013 by Physical Culturist

The majority of people go through life envying the rich and regretting the fact that they are poor. They are always wishing that they could be rich. And yet there is one form...

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The Muscles of the Body (Link House Publications, 1947)

On January 6, 2013 by Physical Culturist

By Link House Publications, 1947 “It is a shameful thing,” wrote Socrates, one of the wisest of the ancient Greeks, to grow old in neglect without having realized to the utmost such strength...

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Vitality Supreme (Bernarr Macfadden, 1915)

On January 5, 2013 by Physical Culturist

…Vitality first of all means endurance and the ability to live long. It naturally indicates functional and organic vigor. You cannot be vital unless the organs of the body are possessed of at...

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Secrets of Muscular Power & Beauty (Charles Atlas, 1924)

On January 5, 2013 by Physical Culturist

GOD’s best Gift to Man is RADIANT HEALTH. Without Health life is a burden. The normal, natural condition of the body is that of Vibrant Health. Because of our artificial manner of living,...

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Are you a Physical Culturist? (tragicallyfit)

On January 4, 2013 by Physical Culturist

When I ask you whether or not you’re a physical culturist how do you respond? Most will respond that they don’t really know because they don’t know what a physical culturist is. Physical...

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Starting Strength (Mark Rippteoe)

On January 3, 2013 by Physical Culturist

Physical strength is the most important thing in life. This is true whether we want it to be or not. As humanity has developed throughout history, physical strength has become less critical to...

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