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About the author:
From Biography.com - "Macfadden, often dubbed the 'father of physical culture,' grew up in poverty in the eastern Ozark Mountains of Missouri. After his parents died young from ill health when he was 11, he spent his life fighting early death and overcoming physical challenges. Macfadden thrived on hard work and outdoor living. Inspired by the Police Gazette, he took up boxing, wrestling, and gymnastics to harden his body and rejected alcohol, tobacco, and meat to preserve his health. Always energetic, the irrepressible Macfadden often worked several jobs and frequently wrestled professionally in circuses.

In 1897 Macfadden traveled to England where he collaborated with bicycle entrepreneur Hopton Hadley to market the wall-mounted muscle developer that he had created. With Hadley's support, Macfadden founded an early muscle magazine, Physical Development (1898), and later an even more successful American version, Physical Culture (1899). Macfadden also toured widely to promote his message of vigorous physical exercise and to preach about the dangers of alcohol, drugs, gluttony, corsets, prudishness, tea, coffee, and white bread. Shocking to Victorian sentiments was his advocacy of a diet consisting of carrots, beans, nuts, and raw eggs, sleeping on the floor, and nudity and his zeal for 'physical love.' To promote such 'love,' he encouraged openness about sexual matters and invented a glass cylinder device attached to a vacuum pump to enlarge men's penises. To exemplify fitness, he walked five miles daily to his office in Manhattan in bare feet while carrying a 40-pound bag of sand. In 1903 Macfadden staged the first physique (bodybuilding) contest in America and in similar competitions in 1921 and 1922 fostered the emergence of physical culture's greatest icon, Charles Atlas."

Vitality Supreme
 

(Original Version, Restored)

Authored by Bernarr Macfadden

"Why not throb with superior vitality! Why not possess the physical energy of a young lion? For then you will compel success. You will stand like a wall if need be, or rush with the force of a charging bison towards the desired achievements. This book sends forth a message of paramount importance to those who need added efficiency. Adherence to the principles laid down herein will add to the characteristics that insure splendid achievements. They will increase the power of your body and mind and soul. They will help each human entity to become a live personality. They will enable you to live fully, joyously. They will help you to feel, enjoy, suffer, every moment of each day. It is only when you are thus thrilled with the eternal force of life that you reach the highest pinnacle of attainable capacities and powers. Hidden forces, sometimes marvelous and mysterious, lie within nearly every human soul. Develop, expand and bring out these latent powers. Make your body splendid, your mind supreme; for then you become your real self, you possess all your attainable powers. And men thus developed possess a capital that can not be financially measured. It is worth infinitely more than money. Within the pages of this volume the pathway leading to these gratifying rewards is clearly described. Adhere to the principles set forth and a munificent harvest of physical, mental and spiritual attainments will surely be yours." -Bernarr Macfadden

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Publication Date:
2012-02-14
ISBN/EAN13:
1470071304 / 9781470071301
Page Count:
204
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Language:
English
Color:
Black and White
Related Categories:
Health & Fitness / Exercise




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