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Eugen Sandow
Eugen Sandow

Eugen Sandow (born Friederich Wilhelm Mueller on April 2, 1867 in K√∂nigsberg, East Prussia, died on October 14, 1925) was a pioneering bodybuilder of the Victorian era and is often refered to as the "Father of Modern Bodybuilding". Image File history File links Photo of Eugen Sandow. ... Image File history File links Photo of Eugen Sandow. ... 2 April is the 92nd day of the year (93rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 273 days remaining. ... 1867 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Locator map on an international level map of Kaliningrad Oblast Kaliningrad (Russian: Калининград), seaport city, capital and main city of the Kaliningrad Oblast, a small Russian exclave between Poland and Lithuania with access to the Baltic Sea. ... East Prussia (German: Ostpreu en; Polish: Prusy Wschodnie; Russian: Восточная Пруссия — Vostochnaya Prussiya) was a province of Kingdom of Prussia, situated on the territory of former Ducal Prussia. ... October 14 is the 287th day of the year (288th in Leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1925 was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... Bodybuilder Anders Graneheim (Sweden) Bodybuilding is the sport of developing muscle fibers through the combination of weight training, increased caloric intake, and rest. ... Queen Victoria (shown here on the morning of her Accession to the Throne, 20 June 1837) gave her name to the historic era The Victorian Era of Great Britain is considered the height of the British industrial revolution and the apex of the British Empire. ...


Sandow had been a great admirer of Greek and Roman statues of gladiators and mythical heroes when his father took him to Italy as a boy. By the time he was 19, he was already performing strongman stunts in side shows. The legendary Florenz Ziegfeld saw the young strongman and hired him for his carnival show. He soon found that the audience was far more fascinated by Sandows' bulging muscles, than by the amount of weight he was lifing, so Ziegfeld had Sandow perform poses which he dubbed "muscle display performances"... and the legendary strongman added these displays in addition to performing his feats of strength with barbells. He also added chain-around-the-chest breaking and other colorful displays to Sandows routine. Sandow quickly became a sensation and Ziegfelds' first star. 1928 Time cover featuring Ziegfeld Florenz Ziegfeld (March 21, 1869–July 22, 1932) was a Broadway impresario who achieved fame by perfecting the United States revue. ...


Sandow's resemblance to the physiques found on classic Greek and Roman sculpture was no accident. He actually measured the marble artworks in museums and helped to develop "The Grecian Ideal" as a formula for the "perfect physique". He built his physique to those exact proportions. Because of this, he is considered to be the "Father of Modern Bodybuilding", having been one of the first athletes to intentionally developed his musculature to pre-determined dimensions.


Sandow performed all over Europe and came to America to perform at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. He could be seen in a black velvet-lined box with his body covered in white powder to appear even more like a marble statue come to life. He popularity grew a great deal, since he was cultured, highly intelligent, and well-mannered. He also dressed very well and had a charming European accent, coupled with deep blue eyes and hearty laugh. He wrote several books on bodybuilding, nutrition and encouraged a "healthy" lifestyle as being as important as having a sound mind.


He was married to Blanche Brooks Sandow, had 2 daughters, but was probably unfaithful to her. He was constantly in the company of other women who actually paid money to feel his flexed muscles back stage after his stage performances. He also had a close relationship to a male musician and composer he hired to accompany him during his shows. The man was Martinus Sieveking, a handsome pupil of Sandow who he featured in his book "Sandow's System of Physical Training". The degree of their relationship has never been determined, but they lived together in New York for a time. It is clear Blanche was jealous of his relationships.


Sandow authored five books: Sandow's System of Physical Training, Strength and How To Obtain It, Body-Building, Strength and Health, and Life is Movement. In 1901, he organised the world's first physique competition, which was held at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England. He was also an erudite businessman. He owned a mail-order physical instruction and exercise equipment business and was the inventor of a unique spring-loaded dumbbell and a weighted rubber band resistance training system. His fame was instrumental in popularising home training equipment. He also produced Sandow Cigars, Sandow's Health & Strength Cocoa and Sandow, a magazine devoted to physical culture. He opened a Physical Culture Studio in London, one of the first health clubs to contrast starkly with the 'sweaty' gymnasiums that had already existed, and made exercise fashionable for all classes. Once having conquered Europe, he set out to conquer the world with his ideas of health for all through bodybuilding. Royal Albert Hall The Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences is an arts venue dedicated to Queen Victorias husband and consort, Prince Albert. ... A pair of spinlock dumbbells with 2 kg plates. ... Physical Culture Physical Culture, (or Physie - pronounced fizzy) is a sport for girls and women from 4 years up which aims to build confidence, good posture, strength, grace, and flexibility through exercise. ...


He was befriended with the likes of the King George V of the United Kingdom, Thomas Edison and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He was portrayed by the actor Nat Pendleton in the film The Great Ziegfeld (1936). George V (George Frederick Ernest Albert Windsor, (3 June 1865–20 January 1936) was the last British monarch of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, changing the name to the House of Windsor in 1917. ... Thomas Alva Edison Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman who developed many important devices. ... Arthur Conan Doyle Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (May 22, 1859 – July 7, 1930) is the British author most famously known for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered a major innovation in the field of crime fiction. ... Nathaniel Greene Pendleton (August 9, 1895 - October 12, 1967) was an American Olympic wrestler and film actor. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... Categories: Movie stubs | 1936 films | Drama films | Musical films | Biographical films | Best Picture Oscar | Best Actress Oscar (film) ... 1936 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Sandow organized the first ever bodybuilding contest on September 14, 1901 called the "Great Competition" and held in the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK. Judged by himself, Sir Charles Lawes, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle the contest was a huge success and was a sell-out with hundreds of fans turned away. September 14 is the 257th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (258th in leap years). ... 1901 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Royal Albert Hall The Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences is an arts venue dedicated to Queen Victorias husband and consort, Prince Albert. ... The clock tower of the Palace of Westminster, which contains Big Ben London is the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England. ... Arthur Conan Doyle Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (May 22, 1859 – July 7, 1930) is the British author most famously known for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered a major innovation in the field of crime fiction. ...


At the time of his death in 1925, a "cover story" was released that Sandow died prematurely at age 58 of a stroke shortly after pushing his car out of the mud. The actual cause of death was more likely the painful complications from syphilis. He was buried in an unmarked grave at the request of his wife, Blanche (who never divorced him) at Putney Vale Cemetery near London, until 2002, when a black marble marker was added by an admirer living nearby. The clock tower of the Palace of Westminster, which contains Big Ben London is the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England. ...


As recognition of his contribution to the sport of bodybuilding, a bronze statue of Sandow sculupted by Frederick Pomeroy has been presented to the Mr. Olympia winner since 1977. This statue is simply known as "The Sandow". A biography was written by David L. Chapman entitled: "Sandow the Magnficent - Eugen Sandow and the Beginnings of Bodybuilding". Mr. ... 1977 was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1977 calendar). ...


External links

  • Sandow Museum
  • Sandow & the Golden Age of Iron Men

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Eugen Sandow St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture - Find Articles (890 words)
Sandow traveled Europe as an acrobat, artist's model, and wrestler, before achieving prominence in England as a strongman/physique artist in the latter stages of the nineteenth century.
While Eugen Sandow's stage act consisted of the standard weightlifting feats of the era's strongmen, he achieved his greatest recognition for artistic physique posing, in which he displayed hitherto unseen muscular definition and vascularity.
After a parade of athletes, marching to a musical composition written by Sandow, a performance by a boys' choir, wrestling, gymnastics, fencing, exercise displays, and an exhibition by the premier bodybuilder himself, bronze, silver, and gold statuettes of Sandow were given to those judged to have the three best physiques.
Eugen Sandow : w8pedia (835 words)
Eugen Sandow (born Friederich Wilhelm Mueller on April 2, 1867 in Königsberg, East Prussia, died on October 14, 1925) was a pioneering bodybuilder of the Victorian era and is often refered to as the "Father of Modern Bodybuilding".
Sandow organized the first ever bodybuilding contest on September 14, 1901 called the "Great Competition" and held in the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK.
At the time of his death in 1925, a "cover story" was released that Sandow died prematurely at age 58 of a stroke shortly after pushing his car out of the mud.
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