Joe Weider, Founder of a Bodybuilding Empire, Dies at 93

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posted on Mar, 24 2013 @ 09:40 AM
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Joe Weider, Founder of a Bodybuilding Empire, Dies at 93


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Joe Weider, a scrawny kid who sculpted himself with bodybuilding during the Great Depression and created an empire of muscle magazines, fitness equipment, doubtful dietary supplements and Olympic-style contests featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger, died on Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 93. The cause was heart failure, said Charlotte Parker, his longtime publicist.
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posted on Mar, 24 2013 @ 09:40 AM
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Like him or hate him, he made Arnold Schwarzenegger and the bodybuilding subculture household names and got me started in bodybuilding since my teenage years. I'll be lifting weights until the day I die (or try) and Weider's magazines and books (which I have many of) will continue to be a great source of information and inspiration. Sure all the stars used anabolics but so do most in almost every sport as well.

R.I.P. Joe!

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posted on Mar, 24 2013 @ 10:21 AM
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I was recently wondering, what became of Jack LaLanne, another fitness guru from the '50's.
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posted on Mar, 24 2013 @ 10:30 AM
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Lalanne lived to 97. He led an incredible life and was also an early advocate for the bodybuilding lifestyle. I think both Lalanne and Wieder were evidence of what proper nutrition and strength training can do for your longevity and health.

I remember it was one of those Charles Atlas guides that led me to Lalanne and Wieder, and spent most of my years in the military absorbed in Wieder's mags and the gym.

I was glad to see M&F eventually become more of an overall heath magazine and not strictly hardcore bodybuilding - my one complaint about the magazine had been it's lack of acknowledgement of rampant steroid use in the sport.





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