Diane Robert, Chief Librarian/Site Admin HOPC Team

Diane RobertDiane has weight trained most of her adult life.  She met her late husband, Leo Robert, former Mr. Universe Pro at a local gym. After a lengthy career in health care Diane became a research coordinator in complementary medicine in the R & D department of a private nutraceutical company. 

Diane has a special interest in health and wellness along with  computer technology and programming. She launched this website over 17 years ago in support of the extraordinary work of  David Gentle, internationally acclaimed Historian and Author.  "Along with being a prolific writer, David has been a special friend over the years and it is a privilege to know him and be involved in his work."-D. Robert

Under Diane's leadership and through the amalgamation of United Kingdom's Sandow Plus, this site has grown into the History of Physical Culture. Its Library provides resources and services to meet the needs of individuals, media outlets, scholars, researchers and the academic community as a whole.   The Library contains over 650 rare eBooks, articles and photos along with contemporary work by our team of contributing writers and historians. Please visit our Homepage if you wish to become a subscriber and support our efforts to preserve history for future generations. 

About Leo Robert 

Diane's late husband, Leo Robert earned a place in bodybuilding history when he attained the Mr. Universe Pro title at the London Palladium.   Leo continued to pursue his passion of helping others achieve their health and fitness goals.   He went on to own and operate several gyms in his hometown, Montreal, PQ, Canada. 

Leo Robert, Mr. Universe at the backdoor of the Palladium Theatre

"Throughout the years Leo and I spent countless hours in the gym together where he taught me the fundamental principles of weight training, special "Universe" training tips and a large variety of workout routines.  Over the years I relied on these principles when training and still apply them to my workouts today.  Leo's gentle, easy going nature and belief that "anything is possible if we try" had a profound impact on my life. Even though Leo has left us, the positive influence he made on people's lives remains."  

May your journey in life bring you peace, health and true happiness.  Stay Strong!
- Diane Robert

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