The father of bodybuilding, Eugen Sandow, was recorded posing on-stage more than 100 years ago.
If you look at modern bodybuilding today, it’s been closer to the ‘mainstream’ than ever before. This is proven by the fact that most people know who Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno are, regardless of whether their interested in bodybuilding.
However, while this sport hasn’t always been this popular, bodybuilding has been around for a very long time – longer than you might have expected.
Eugen Sandow ‘The Father of Bodybuilding’
We know that many of you are well informed about the history of bodybuilding. But this is for those that don’t know much about the sport and mostly look at the t*ts and asses that we post.
Basically, Eugen Sandow (born Friedrich Muller) is the man responsible for pioneering bodybuilding and public displays of muscle mass.
At the time, in the late 1800’s, no-one had tried to replicate the physiques of the Greek & Roman statues. But this is exactly what Eugen Sandow set out to achieve – and with the limited resources he had at his disposal, he managed to sculpt an amazing body.
He hit the headlines after winning a 1867 strongman competition in London (UK), becoming renowned for his strength and aesthetic physique.
But the reason why he’s known as ‘The Father of Bodybuilding’, is because he was the first man to publicly display his physique in exhibition events. Not only that, Eugen is known for creating one of the first training guides, which are still quite relevant in today’s standards.
Thomas Edison’s Video of Eugen Sandow
We mentioned that Eugen Sandow began posing on-stage in exhibitions. Well, Thomas Edison (the same man who invented the lightbulb), was also the man to record Eugen Sandow’s routine in 1894.
In the video, you can see just how impressive Eugen Sandow’s physique was (and still is), even though he didn’t have much training equipment at his disposal.
Check it out here: