BERNARR MACFADDEN

1868 - 1955


BIOGRAPHY

This website has the best biography of Macfadden on the Internet.

www.bernarrmacfadden.com

PHYSICAL CULTURE WITH RESISTING EXERCISES

Published April 1900 in Physical Culture Magazine.

A very early example of his isometrics exercises.

Contributed by Gordon Anderson

MUSCULAR POWER & BEAUTY

Published in 1906 and considered to be one of Macfaddens finest books - this volume was one of the first to teach resistance exercises. It is profusely illustrated with photos of Macfadden himself.

VITALITY SUPREME

Published in 1915

Coming soon

RUDOLPH VALENTINO TELLS:
'How You Can Keep Fit'

Published in 1923

Contributed by Jim Lovelace

PHYSICAL CULTURE CITY, BATTLE CREEK,
THE HEALTHATORIUM, THE PHYSICAL CULTURE HOTEL, DANSVILLE, NY. & THE DEAUVILLE HOTEL, MIAMI

From 1905 to after WWII Macfadden ran a series of Health Sanatoria & P.C. Hotels - not forgetting the notorious Physical Culture City. Here are pictorial details of them.

MUSCLE BUILDER MAGAZINE

First published in 1924.
This is the February 1925 edition in its entirety.
It contains an interesting article by Jack Dempsey 'How I Got & Keep my Fighting Muscles' as well as many other excellent articles plus adverts from all the main Body Building courses of the day..

Contributed by Gordon Anderson

NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR 1939

The Macfadden Corporation had an stand at this exhibition. This is the official program which details all the then current publications and also gives details of the Bernarr Macfadden Foundation.

OBITUARY

Besides his daily program of twenty-five exercises and standing on his head, Macfadden usually went barefoot. He walked at least five miles everyday barefoot and even played tennis without shoes. Over the past few years barefoot running has become a growing trend. There is plenty of evidence to indicate that wearing shoes actually leads to health problems with your feet, ankles and calf muscles. Although most students at nursing colleges may be concerned with the dangers of going shoeless, such as cuts from rocks and glass, such injuries can be easily avoided, and running or walking barefoot like Macfadden will actually help strengthen the muscles and ligaments in your feet, legs and hips.


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