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Re: Health and Strength League

Post by DannyBoy » Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:11 pm

Handson wrote:
DannyBoy wrote:Great find Richie. Now I'm wondering who Charles Patrick Bunce was.... :)
Hi Danny

The Bunce clan appear in the 1939 census.
Here is a Genealogy site taster.
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Post by David Gentle » Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:17 am

I still have my certificate,exactly the same, number 228291. its like your army number, for some reason you dont forget it, i have some great certificates, not just mine, but some ancient ones from Joe Assirati, they look great framed will dig them out and try to show them. David Gentle p.s. must say i prefer Sticks version full colour, that guy is a genius with his crayons.
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Re: Health and Strength League

Post by Tom K » Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:46 am

Hello guys

Just resurrecting this thread :)

What exactly did the health and strength league do? I've seen photos of old bodybuilders with "LGR" before their names. I had thought that it was an army designation? But I've been told it means they were part of the health and strength league.

Who ran it? How long did it run for? What happened to it?

There is no Wikipedia entry or really any information about it at all.

Thank you

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Post by David Gentle » Sun Feb 24, 2019 3:12 am

Re the Health and Strength League, if you go on the site and read my article "The Everchanging Face of Health and Strength, you will find a lot of info how and when the l eague began . H&S was its official magazine and gave out all the news, thousands joined and went to holiday camps to sunbathe and exercise and socialise, they also inclulded weight lifting and bodybuilding competitions. One of the oldest was Bob Woolgars Sunshine Holiday camp in Southsea/Portsmouth where many future champion olympic lifters trained. The youngest leaguer of all time was Dianne Bennett, daughter of Bob Woolgar who joined her up when she was six months old, of course Dianne became famous with her Barbell girls who performed at Health and Strength shows, she also looked after a young Arnold Schwarzenegger, taught him cocknee English and he trained at her dads gym I can remember Arnold as a youngster, putting out the chairs for the shows Wag Bennett ran, eg. Mr and Ms South Coast shows, at which Oscar Heidenstam usually compared. Some good champions emerged from those shows, including Len Sell, later Mr Universe. So the League was a great idea, read the article i mentioned for more info. happy days......David Gentle p.s.Malcolm Whyat wrote a long detailed file on the League which he kindly gave me, so when i get time willl dig it out and see if i can find anything of direct interest for the site.
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Post by peter yates » Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:29 pm

Thanks for that Tom. David i hope you can find the file and post it in the Library, i am sure it will be very interesting. I knew several people who had been league members and had also attended the summer camps.At one time there were League members allover the world. In the 30's Bob Hoffman started something similar with his Strength and Health League and was given the idea so i have heard from George Jowett. Anyway look forward to hearing more about this.
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Re: Health and Strength League

Post by Handson » Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:41 pm

Internalfitness wrote:
Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:52 am
I came across this agreement in a book I purchased recently, and what a lovely thing it is. The badges are quite common, but I had never seen a copy of this before.

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Richie.
... and there were even posher awards than the badges.

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Post by peter yates » Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:33 am

Thanks Handson, yes they gave out some really nice awards.
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Post by David Gentle » Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:57 am

Heres a couple of bits on the Health and Strength league. It was founded by the H&S mag in 1906, Motto Sacred Thy Body Even as Thy Soull, From the 1930s the league sponsored hundreds of shows.These were named Health and Strength League Shows. they included Physical Excellence i.e. Bodybuilding contests. Top photographers at the shows were Arax of France, George Greenwood and from the 50s Paul Hawker and Chris Lund there were many others of course.Some shows had up to 3,000 spectators. , these shows would incllude a huge range of activities from acrobatics to karate.(couldnt think of anything beginning withZ) The Health and Srength League had over 250,000 members during its spell between 1906 and 1967, Thats a 60 year run. For a microscopic detailed report and history of theH&S, league and the beginnings of NABBA and BAWLA, the best source is from Malcolm Whatt.NABBA Historian and former publisher of H&S. With his permission maybe we could publish it and give him the full credit which he deserves. David Gentle
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Re: Health and Strength League

Post by peter yates » Fri Mar 01, 2019 12:12 pm

Thanks David,
i bet the shows were a lot more interesting than today's BB contests. Too bad they did not have Zumba then, so you would have had a Z to go to. Would you be able to contact Malcolm? I know you have known him for many years and wrote for him when he had H&S.
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Post by David Gentle » Sat Mar 02, 2019 4:24 am

Hi Pete, yes will give Malcolm a call and ask him if i can print the package he gave me, its a phenominal ammount of work and should get published. I know Malcolm had hopes of publishing it in a booklet or similar,but it a sad fact that after some rotten personal family news, his health has deteriated, so i will have to talk to Wendy. Just found an activity beginning with Z, Zujitsu, its so secret no one has ever practised it in case they get hurt.Now i will get hurt if i dont get off my ass and go out and help the chief with the gardening chores, When i was a kid, no pun intended, we had a goat that ate all the grass, now its that new fangled lawn mower. i thought in the "Golden years" us guys were e xcused physical activity unless it was something we enjoyed?? David
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