by Matt Weik
I remember the days when I would wait impatiently for my magazine subscriptions to show up in the mail. It was similar to a kid on Christmas morning waiting to open presents and his parents were taking too long to get ready and come downstairs. I had subscriptions to Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, FLEX, Muscular Development, and Muscle & Fitness. Every free second I had was spent reading one of the magazines I got in the mail. Then the whole cycle would repeat itself the following month. I simply couldn’t get my hands on enough fitness and bodybuilding magazines. Then, just like the dinosaurs, they’re all but extinct.
By Christian Duque
Who hasn’t seen Pumping Iron? It’s the movie that put bodybuilding on the map in the 1970’s and it’s a film people are still watching today, many thinking it’s a new release (in some parts of the world). The film introduced Arnold to America, but it also gave us a look at what contest prep was all about, what hardcore training meant (whether in the limelight at Gold’s Venice or in a tiny little, off the grid gym like in the case of Lou Ferrigno’s). Pumping Iron showed us that bodybuilding transcends nationalities, cultures, and socioeconomic brackets. In Ed Corney’s case, the film showed us that as far as bodybuilding was concerned, age was just a number.