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The HISTORY OF PHYSICAL CULTURE LIBRARY is a non-commercial website.  Proceeds from subscriptions help fund our operating costs.  Our Library 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 around the world who support our vision to preserve history.  The HOPC Team of historians and writers voluntarily contribute work from Canada, United Kingdom, United States and Australia. Illustrations by Chris Bostick, HOPC Art Director make literature come alive  The HOPC Library contains no adverts or pop-up ads to distract your experience.


Muscles Down Under Series by Peter Yates"Muscles Down-Under" Series
by Peter Yates, Editor-in-Chief

Enjoy Peter's  fascinating  collection of amazing stories about Strongman who rose to fame in  Australia throughout history.  With special thanks to Australian historian, Laurie Smith for his valuable contributions.

Simplified System of Barbell Training by Bob HoffmanBob Hoffman's Simplified System of Barbell Training

Enjoy this beautifully rendered, visually enhanced 77-page reproduction of this highly informative book by weightlifting authority, BOB HOFFMAN. Contains two courses of barbell exercises, instructions and vivid illustrations. 

My Quarter Century in the Iron GameMy Quarter Century in the Iron Game
by Siegmund Klein

SIEGMUND KLEIN, world-famous physical culturist recalls events in the strength world during the past twenty-five years. Photo: Klein's N.Y. gym.

Second Time Around by David GentleSecond Time Around by David Gentle

“If it’s back to the barbell after a break in training, David suggests you ease back into the old routine GENTLE-ly.”-BodyPower Magazine.

Your Subscription Includes

star rating I cannot recommend subscribing to the HOPC Library enough.   I also feel good knowing my subscription is helping to keep the HOPC site in operation for myself and others to enjoy." -Peter Y.

  • Access to 100's MUSCLE BUILDING books, articles, workouts, rare photos, special features, bios, plus more!
  • Topics on weight training, Olympic weightlifting, Strand Pulling, Isometrics, Combat Arts and Sports, muscle control, Maxalding, feats of strength, Strongman biographies and more!
  • Dozens of "Old School" and Modern weight training articles, workouts and principles
  • Free workout programs and training advice.
  • Dozens of inspirational strongman photo galleries.
  • Talented and inspirational line art humor by Sticks.
  • Articles by a variety of contributing writers and historians including David Gentle,
    Ron Tyrrell, Peter Yates and Gil Waldron.
  • Special features
  • New articles added regularly

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star rating"This website is like the great LIBRARY OF ALEXANDRIA for discovering how to build a strong powerful physique.     When that library was destroyed  at the end of the Roman Empire the world was plunged into a thousand years of darkness. Because of that lost knowledge everything had to be relearned.     

The information on this website 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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