Alois P. Swoboda 1873 - 1938
Alois P. Swoboda was born in Vienna on March 8th 1873.
In 1881 he emigrated to the USA and arrived at New York City with his father, Adolf Swoboda, to live with a relative.
At present little is known about his early years other than that he went
on to become one of the leading Physical Culturalists in America.
*Charles Atlas was quoted as saying that everything he knew he learned
from A.P. Swoboda.
The Peoples Almanac Of The 20th Century has the following statement: "He
[Charles Atlas] wrote away for the Swoboda Course." The Swoboda course
featured self resistance exercises [pitting one muscle against the
other] and basic muscle flexing and tensing exercises of the type that
Charles Atlas later included in his Dynamic Tension Course.
Viewer comments - Submitted by J.C
*The quote allegedly made by Charles Atlas is suspect and has never been
confirmed. The quote, "Everything I know I learned from Alois Swoboda"
first appeared on John Peterson's Transformetric forum. At the time,
Peterson and Anderson were corroborating to reproduce Swoboda's system
of exercise, and endeavor that was eventually abandoned. Anderson
somehow came up with the alleged quote, attributing it to a relative of
Swoboda's. The dubious quote has been roundly criticized and dismissed
as a marketing ploy by Peterson and Anderson. Submitted by J.C. Jun
When Bob Hoffman was promoting isometrics in the 1960s he said that his
father had one of the best builds that he had seen and that all he did
was flex his muscles which he learned from taking the Swoboda Course.
Hoffman also said that they were the first exercises that he was exposed
At the age of 28, just 10 years after reaching the US, Swoboda had become
a millionaire and his family, including daughters Helen Aloisia, Emilie
& Lillian, were raised in elegant luxury. Helen attended finishing
school in England and Lillian appeared in silent movies under the name
of Evona Dione.
Apart from his highly successful exercise course (only partly available on
this website at present) he also produced other courses on more general
topics, some which you will see below.
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