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History of Physical Culture LibraryAccess 100's of Rare Books, Articles,  star ratingBiographies, Photos & Line Art Humor   

The HISTORY OF PHYSICAL CULTURE LIBRARY contains two decades of collective literary work and rare historical publications from the early 1900's to modern times. The Library has become a remarkable source of inspiration for people of all ages. It provides resources to meet the needs of individuals, historians, media outlets, scholars, researchers and the academic community. It contains hundreds of rare books, articles and photos donated by collectors from all over the world who support our vision to preserve history.  The HOPC Team of historians and writers voluntarily contribute their literary work from Canada, United Kingdom, United States and Australia. Illustrations by Chris Bostick, HOPC Art Director bring these historical treasures alive!  The HOPC Library contains no adverts or pop-up ads to distract your experience.  SUBSCRIBE BELOW.

Building the Triceps by Peter YatesRickard’s Theater, Circa 1900

 Harry Rickards was an English comedian and singer who performed in a Music Hall in Britain and overseas. Settling in Australia he created a group of music halls across the country. Of course the strength acts, both male and female, were well represented on the Tivoli circuit and featured the best of both Australian and overseas acts

Bernarr Macfadden Healthatorium, Phyiscal Culture CityBernarr Macfadden

From 1905 to after WWII, Bernarr Macfadden  the “Father of Physical Culture”, ran a series of Health Sanatoria and Physical Culture Hotels including the notorious “Physical Culture City.” Explore pictorial details of Battle Creek, Physical Culture City, the Healthatorium, Physical Culture Hotel, Dansville, New York and the popular Deauville Hotel in Miami, FL.  

Batta the GreatBatta the Great, Emperor of Grip Strength by Leo Gaudreau

"BATTA, the French-Italian had strength and a grip of steel. Out-performing the famed Sandow, he was admired by all great Strength athletes of his day. Despite his brilliant showmanship and muscularity, very little is known, or has been written about this famous figure."

Alfred DanksAlfred Danks  (1881-1959)

"Eminent Medical Men when studying the Danks' System have frequently remarked, "THIS MAN KNOWS HIS JOB!"  "The Danks System can transform physical wrecks into robust individuals.  It can make the weak strong, and the strong stronger in brief, the Dank's System can build up weaklings into real strong men."  

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star rating The information in this Library has a proven track record by some of the strongest men to walk this earth. Fortunately this knowledge has been preserved and is available here. "
-C. Anderson

  • Access to 100's of rare books, articles, strongman biographies, workouts, rare photos, special features on a wide range of fascinating topics.
  • Topics on Weight Training, Olympic Weightlifting, Strand Pulling, Isometrics, Combat Arts and Sports, Muscle Control, Maxalding, extraordinary Feats of Strength and more!
  • Dozens of "Old School" and Modern weight training articles, workouts and principles
  • Free workout programs and training advice.
  • Dozens of dynamic Strongman Photo Galleries.
  • Talented and inspirational line art humor by Sticks.
  • Articles by a variety of contributing writers and historians including internationally acclaimed historian and author, David Gentle (UK), Historian Ron Tyrrell (UK), Peter Yates, Editor-in-Chief (USA), Research Historian Gil Waldron (UK) and Historian Laurie Smith (AUS.)
  • Special Features plus new articles published daily.

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The information in this Library has a proven track record by some of the strongest men to walk this earth. Fortunately this knowledge has been preserved and is available here. Why spend a lifetime trying to relearn what it takes to become truly powerful without supplements or confused contradictory training methods and gimmicks.    Whatever your struggling with in your training or any question you have, the solution can be found here; because many people before you have also struggled with those very same issues.    I have found that a lot of the information here is personally tailored to my own needs almost as if it was written by a personal trainer. And the same will be true for you…This is the most comprehensive body of knowledge on real life, in the trench training you can find. I highly recommend you find out for yourself. " -C. Anderson

star rating"I cannot believe the vast amount of both historical and current information contained on the HOPC Library. Much included is extremely rare and would even if available cost a small fortune.  The price of admission to the site would not even cover one item that is contained therein. Apart from all that is immediately ready to start reading there are more items being added daily, plus constant upgrades and improvements to the site.  I cannot recommend subscribing to the HOPC Library enough and I also feel good knowing my subscription is helping to keep the HOPC site in operation for myself and others to enjoy." -Peter Y.

star rating"The HOPC Is just what it states on the label. The History of Physical Culture. I believe it is the most complete history of this subject on the internet. If all the material on the site was put into print, the cost of the volumes would be beyond most people’s pockets. The HOPC believes that all this information should be available and affordable to everyone, and at $19.95 I believe it is. From Apollon to Zass, The A to Z  of physical culture is within its pages. It will make a great inexpensive gift for someone."- Gil W.

star rating"Years ago I took the advise of a good friend who is also a fellow member of HOPC . How many other websites are a creative outlet for participation rather then just something to gawk at . Significant  contributions from the forum members create new training possibilities for fellow members . There is also the opportunity to rub elbows and share information with some of the true giants of the physical culture game such as David Gentle and Gil Waldron .Of course the wonderful Diane Robert is there to keep us in line and provide a monumental site for all to enjoy . I encourage all serious seekers of health and strength to join the site and library  .HOPC continues to produce (not just reproduce)!!!" Chris "Sticks" Bostick


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