Skip to comments.Joe Weider Legendary Bodybuilding and Fitness Icon Dies at 93
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 Weiders 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 Mens Fitness magazines. He popularized the use of fitness equipment in peoples 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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I have one of his weight benches.
What do you use it for today ?
When he took his last breath, Joe still complained about people stealing his weight benches. I hope you’re happy. :)
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.
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.
only lived 3 less years of age than legendary health nut Jack LaLanne.
Wow, one of the giants of the fitness industry. May have seemed P.T. Barnum at times, but he was legit.
I actually use it, unlike most who use exercise equipment as an auxilliary clothes rack...
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
Wasn’t he gay?
And George Burns outlived both of them.
You’ll have to ask his wife, Betty.
He’s survived by his wife, Betty.
Maybe you should ask her.
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.
I don’t know.
He also got this young man started, the one with the "deer caught in the headlights" look.
I thought the founder of modern body building was Eugen Sandow?
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Ah, Jack is my hero.
Later Charles shows who is the real man!
Can't be forgetting about Charles Atlas!