Diane Robert, Chief Librarian/Site Admin (Canada)

Diane RobertDiane has weight trained most of her adult life.  She met her late husband, Leo Robert, former Mr. Universe Pro while training at a local gym. After a lengthy career in health care she worked in complementary medicine in the R & D department of a nutraceuticals company.  Diane is a vegetarian and has a special interest in health and wellness, writing and computer technology and programming. She launched this website over 19 years ago to support the extraordinary literary work of David Gentle (England) internationally acclaimed Historian and Author. "Along with being a prolific writer, David has been a special friend over the years and it is an honour and privilege to know him."-D. Robert

Under Diane's leadership and through the amalgamation of United Kingdom's Sandow Plus (Gil Waldron and Roger Fillary, Founders), 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 700 rare eBooks, articles and photos along with contemporary literary work by a team of contributing writers and historians from several parts of the world. Visit our Homepage if you wish to  support our efforts to preserve PC history for future generations. 

About Leo Robert 

Diane's late husband, Leo Robert earned a place in "natural" bodybuilding history when he attained the Mr. Universe Pro title at the London Palladium.  To this day Leo is the only athlete in Canadian history to have earned this honour.   Throughout his lifetime, he continued to pursue his passion to help others achieve their health and fitness goals.   Leo 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. He taught me the fundamental principles of weight training and the role it plays in transforming our physical body, health and well-being. The body can adapt and perform beyond our expectations, allowing us to harness its energy and confidently pursue all aspects of our lives.  I learnt special "Universe" training techniques and workout routines to challenge and inspire me.  I have relied on these teachings throughout my life.  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, his positive influence lingers amongst the thousands of people he helped and inspired to reach beyond.    

I am passionate about this beautiful planet we call home.  I believe that mankind is a custodian of our earth and that protecting our environment is the single most important challenge of our lifetime."   May your journey in life bring you peace, health and true happiness.  Stay Strong!
- Diane Robert

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