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Joe Weider Legendary Bodybuilding and Fitness Icon Dies at 93
Business Wire ^ | March 23, 2013

Posted on 03/23/2013 12:07:22 PM PDT by EveningStar

Joe Weider, the legendary fitness and publishing figure who popularized the modern conception of fitness and nutrition, and is considered the father of the sport of bodybuilding, died this morning in Los Angeles of heart failure. He was 93 years old.

Joe Weider’s influence is felt in every area of fitness and health. He created a massive fitness publishing empire, which included Muscle and Fitness, Flex, Shape, and Men’s Fitness magazines. He popularized the use of fitness equipment in people’s homes and was a leader in establishing the use of nutritional supplements. The company he founded, Weider Health and Fitness, became synonymous with fitness, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.

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TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Sports
KEYWORDS: bodybuilding; fitness; joeweider; obituary
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1 posted on 03/23/2013 12:07:22 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

I have one of his weight benches.

R.I.P.


2 posted on 03/23/2013 12:09:21 PM PDT by Paisan
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To: Paisan

What do you use it for today ?


3 posted on 03/23/2013 12:11:38 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Paisan

When he took his last breath, Joe still complained about people stealing his weight benches. I hope you’re happy. :•)


4 posted on 03/23/2013 12:17:27 PM PDT by Misterioso
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To: EveningStar

In Jr. High my friends I go into weightlifting (OK, it didn’t last very long).

But we WORSHIPED Joe Weider. We bought all his products (that we could afford, anyway). He was our model.


5 posted on 03/23/2013 12:17:30 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Establishment Republicans don't like that totalitarian thing unless it is THEIR totalitarian thing!)
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To: EveningStar

One of my first jobs was working for his company. The place was a mess. They held their breath each week wondering if they would be able to pay their workers.


6 posted on 03/23/2013 12:17:55 PM PDT by goldi
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To: EveningStar

only lived 3 less years of age than legendary health nut Jack LaLanne.


7 posted on 03/23/2013 12:18:21 PM PDT by omega4179
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To: EveningStar

Wow, one of the giants of the fitness industry. May have seemed P.T. Barnum at times, but he was legit.


8 posted on 03/23/2013 12:20:49 PM PDT by twister881
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To: al baby

I actually use it, unlike most who use exercise equipment as an auxilliary clothes rack...


9 posted on 03/23/2013 12:27:14 PM PDT by Paisan
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To: Paisan

Cool Im in a lot of house in the service bidness and most exercise eq is never used just last week a treadmill had hangers on it and a somewhat over flowing cat box on the tread


10 posted on 03/23/2013 12:35:31 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: EveningStar

Wasn’t he gay?


11 posted on 03/23/2013 12:37:33 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: omega4179
only lived 3 less years of age than legendary health nut Jack LaLanne.

And George Burns outlived both of them.

12 posted on 03/23/2013 12:38:51 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Yaelle

You’ll have to ask his wife, Betty.


13 posted on 03/23/2013 12:39:45 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Yaelle

He’s survived by his wife, Betty.

Maybe you should ask her.


14 posted on 03/23/2013 12:41:43 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: dfwgator

His wife probably knows. I believe it is well known in the circles that he was pretty homosexual, even if he also had a wife. Not that there is anyone wrong with that - Seinfeld. RIP.


15 posted on 03/23/2013 12:41:53 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Yaelle

I don’t know.


16 posted on 03/23/2013 1:26:25 PM PDT by EveningStar ("What color is the sky in your world?" -- Frasier Crane)
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To: Yaelle
***Wasn’t he gay?*** Don't know, but he did produce a men's magazine, AMERICAN MANHOOD, back in the late 1950s and early 1960s. I believe it was aimed at body builders and homos of the time.

He also got this young man started, the one with the "deer caught in the headlights" look.


17 posted on 03/23/2013 1:36:38 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (CLICK my name. See the murals before they are painted over! POTEET THEATER in OKC!)
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To: EveningStar

RIP.


18 posted on 03/23/2013 1:51:59 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: EveningStar

I thought the founder of modern body building was Eugen Sandow?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugen_Sandow


19 posted on 03/23/2013 1:55:42 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Yeah, he got Ahnold some of his early “jobs.” They called it “posing” for rich gay guys, but there was a lot more than posing going on. The gays ones probably enjoyed being kept boys and the straight ones like the Governator did it for the cash.

Having a wife doesn’t stop you from being homosexual. Ask Rev. wright and his DL club. Ask the CiC.


20 posted on 03/23/2013 2:07:47 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

Sandow is on the Olympia trophy. I doubt you could call the turn of the century modern bodybuilding.

Side note: There is a good website if you like to check out the old time bodybuilding (physical culture) books.
www.sandowplus.co.uk


21 posted on 03/23/2013 2:57:44 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator

“I doubt you could call the turn of the century modern bodybuilding.”


Without Sandow, could we have had Joe Weider? I’ve heard Sandow called the Father of modern bodybuilding on many occasions, by body builders themselves, and articles on the subject. Yes, it’s more than a hundred years old, but his system and work led to what we have today.


22 posted on 03/23/2013 3:03:47 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

I agree with what you’re saying about him being the father of bodybuilding, but most people I know consider the 60’s the modern bodybuilding era. Guys like Reg Park, Dave Draper, Larry Scott, etc. We’re arguing over the minutia though. Everyone I know talks of how important Eugene Sandow was.


23 posted on 03/23/2013 3:18:22 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: omega4179

Ah, Jack is my hero.


24 posted on 03/23/2013 3:57:46 PM PDT by freepertoo
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans; EEGator
Charles Atlas meets Sandow & Weider...

Later Charles shows who is the real man!

Can't be forgetting about Charles Atlas!

25 posted on 03/23/2013 4:48:04 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: Fightin Whitey
He was a good one. My favorite all time was Steve Reeves. I think he had the perfect size/symmetry combo.
26 posted on 03/23/2013 5:07:56 PM PDT by EEGator
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