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While Bob Hoffman had the greatest influence on Olympic weightlifting, bodybuilding, and other strength sports in the sixties, Doc Ziegler (pictured above) had the greatest impact. Doc was a pure scientist who became fascinated with strength development. His innovations did more to alter the course of this aspect of physical training that any other individual, before or since. John Bosley Ziegler was a fourth generation doctor. His great-grand-father served in the Civil War as a physician for the Union Army. Doc was a Civil War buff with a large collection of medical paraphernalia from th
Old Charles Atlas Advert - From Skinny Weakling to Muscle Man Charles Atlas, born Angelo Siciliano in 1893 based his adverts on his own life. Bullied as a youngster, he began training using isometric exercises only, no weights or drugs. Atlas was named "The World's Most Beautiful Man" in 1921 and "The World's Most Perfectly Developed Man" in 1922 in contests sponsored by Bernarr Macfadden, publisher of Physical Culture magazine. In 1928, with the help of adman Charles Roman who coined the term "Dynamic Tension" to describe Atlas' equipment-free body-building program, and he also