Brief History of the Father of Bodybuilding

Bodybuilding, also referred to as the iron game, is a sport that dates back to the late 19th century. The sport began development by a German named Eugene Sandow (known as the Father of Modern Bodybuilding) in England. Bodybuilding is defined as training and dieting to develop one’s body specifically for exhibitive purposes. Sandow changed the early dispositions of “the strong man” from overweight and high levels of body fat, to a slimmer but still muscularly impressive individual. His body was highly regarded due to the symmetry and dense muscular physique he had. Sandow even published the first bodybuilding magazine (Physical Culture) and toured America selling out shows where people simply “ooo’d and awww’d” at his physique. He also developed and promoted the first bodybuilding show known as “The Great Show” in 1891 in England. Sandow put on other athletic and weight lifting spectacles a pre-competition entertainment for the crowd of 2000 people. Displays such as wrestling, gymnastics, and fencing were performed before the bodybuilders would take the stage and be judged by a panel of non-bias judges. The father of bodybuilding wanted to put an emphasis on the symmetry of muscle development amongst competitors as opposed to sheer size, which is lost in today’s version of the sport mostly. After this bodybuilding began to become widespread as Bernarr Macfadden (the father of Physical Culture) published and sold bodybuilding magazines and equipment.

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