is an internationally acclaimed Historian and Author of Physical Culture.
For several decades, he was a regular contributor of over 25 of the
world's top muscle magazines. David's prolific writings include over
2,000 articles published in the World Muscle Press on all subjects
relating to physical culture or strength.
He has written more on the topic of strength and muscle development
than anyone in the history of the Iron Game. For almost seven
decades he has had his articles published in every major
Bodybuilding and Strength related journals, under his own name, pen
names and also as ghost writer for many champions. For more
information, we invite you to read the
Life and Times of David Gentle.
Place, Date of Birth and Marital Status
- Southampton, Hants, England: 1933
- Married to wife Rosemary for over 40 years
Academic and Military Background
- Educated Eastleigh County High Barton Pevril
- Diplomas in Mike Dayton’s School of Chi.
- Certificates for Health Education and Nutrition
- Served in REME in U.K., Egypt and Cyprus
- Joined Health and Strength League in 1949 member 228291
- Became member and life member of NABBA. No. 32733 and then no. 236
- Trained on Charles Atlas, Earle Liederman, Jowett, International School
of Physical Culture. Maxalding Danks,’ chest expanders. York and Weider
schedules and Don Doran’s courses.
- Ran several private gyms, and later trained by mail, many hundreds of
bodybuilder (under the Doran’s type of schedules and systems)
- Worked as Muscle coach and consultant for Bodypower and Bodypower Plus,
trained readers by mail.
- Bench pressed double bodyweight (300 lbs) and curl bodyweight n strict t
fashion (150 lbs) and pull over at arms length, with straight arms 120 lbs
- Bent and broke six-inch nails
- Wrestled and practiced Jui Jltsu for many years.
Additional Professional Activities
- Have seen almost all NABBA Universe shows, apart from when in the
- Seen literally every top muscle star over the last 50 years and have
written to or about every major bodybuilder or strength athlete since the
1950”s friends with many of them, having a World wide web of contacts of the
best of bodybuilders and strength athletes, fellow authors and fans.
In April, 2016 David Gentle compiled an exhaustive list of his
published work. He admitted that for a period of his life he
discontinued documenting the articles he wrote, growing weary of
seeing his name in print. Despite this brief interlude the
list captures the extraordinary contributions David Gentle made to Physical Culture throughout his
lifetime. Today David continues his prolific writing career as
Sub-Editor of Britain's Health and Strength magazine.
David Gentle Publications
- A physical culturist and consistent columnist.
- Author of Massive Muscles in Three Months and co-author of Develop
Grip Strength along with friend David Webster OBE.
- A prolific writer, with over 2,000 articles (last tallied in 1999)
published in the World muscle press on all subjects relating to physical
culture or strength, including articles on show reports, lifting news,
strength and lifting stunts, technical lifting, powerlifting, Olympic
lifting, bodybuilding training articles, body parts, schedules,
routines, sports injuries, nutrition, Medicare for bodybuilders, health
and fitness facts, ergogenics, aphrodisiacs, old timers, historical
profiles and facts home gyms, muscle clinics, Q & A, columns, gossip
columns (Power Gen, Rambling, etc) illustrations, serious and comic,
photographs, muscle quizzes, crosswords, muscle mart, reviews of books
and apparatus, etc.
- Articles published under own name or pen names, i.e. Jon Hall,
Scorpio, Bodypower Answers, or often simply Dave. Also ghost written for
many stars, i.e. Angela Lesta, Laura Creaveall, Tony Pearson, etc.
- Reporter for local newspapers on bodybuilding/lifting events. (Echo,
Advertiser and News) Book and supplement reviewer, in many magazines,
e.g. Muscle Mag International. Bodypower. Muscle Mob. Hardgainer, etc
- Answered over 2000 questions in Scoropio and Bodypower answers
columns and near 10,000 personally (free). (Peter McGough, top Weider
man said his contributions were, "A sustained journalist feat
unsurpassed in British bodybuilding publishing”).
- As well as ‘normal articles’ wrote many supplements, including
“Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding” and “An Anatomy of Strength in Bodypower”
mag, a detailed four part historical series “Sandow to Schwarzenegger in
Bodypower”, a “Century of Muscle in Strength and Health USA” and a four
part series in Health and Strength entitled., “The Ever-changing Face of
Health and Strength,” plus many histories of Muscle Magazines, famous
strong men, etc.
- Was foreign correspondent for Strength and Health and Muscular
Development mag when Grimek was editor, along with Oscar Heidenstam,
reporting on Universe shows, and articles, etc.
- Was senior writer for Bodypower, and Bodybuilding Monthly, and wrote
at times up to five articles an issue in magazines, like Strength
Athlete or Bodybuilding Monthly (often under pen names) plus writing the
Scorpio, Ask Angie, and Bodypower Answers, etc.
Regular contributor for literally decades for the following
- Health and Strength under five owners;
- Sport and Fitness;
- Sport and Fitness Inc. H & S;
- Muscle and Co.;
- Bodybuilding Monthly under three owners;
- Natural Bodybuilder;
- Bodypower under several owners;
- Bodypower Plus (D. Bennett);
- Strength Athlete under three owners, Kirkley, Pullum and Williams;
- Milo USA;
- Hardgainer. (international mag);
- The Strandpuller;
- Backhang Gazette;
- Muscle Mob both as publisher and owner and later contributor;
- Muscle Training Illustrated, U.S.A. (Dan Lurie);
- Strength and Health.York;
- Muscular Development U.S.A.;
- Ironman both U.K. and U.S.A.;
- Muscle Magazine International (Canada);
- Muscle Mag International U.K.;
- Muscle News;
- The Iron Master, U.S.A.;
- Vic Boff’s Association of Oldtime Barbell and Strongmen newsletter;
- Natural Development Magazine, U.K. and International;
- The Forum and Mick Harts NO BULL magazine.
Extra Curricular Activities
- An avid collector of bodybuilding/strength books, magazines, photos, and
memorabilia, since 1947 and have one of the best collections in U.K. of
these rare items, and archives. With magazines from 1898 to date, including
Health and Strength, Iron Man Superman and most USA mags.
- Apart from writing and collecting muscle and strength also interested in
guitar playing, reading, traveling, genealogy (family trees) card and close
up magic and grandchildren. Bless ‘em.
- Won medals for muscle control in Maxalding, NABBA Man of the Month.
- Won SAWLA medals and diplomas, including heavy weight record diploma;
- Awarded Oscar Heidenstam Foundation award for services to bodybuilding.
- John Grimek Life Time Achievement Award as a writer and historian of