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Thomas Inch, a major figure in the history of bodybuilding
Thomas Inch was a major figure in the history of British Bodybuilding. His lifts exceeded those of Sandow, his mail order Bodybuilding courses and equipment sales exceeded all others at their peak. it is reported that he had over 70 people working on courses and sales and over 50 typists working 6 days a week on mail order business.
He is also credited with being the first to introduce plate barbells and dumbbells. As with other famous strongmen Thomas Inch also 'played the Halls'. The picture below showing one of his specialty feats.
He wrote many books and articles. Listed below are articles by and about him taken from Health & Strength of 1904, together with full reproductions of some of his books.
In 1954, when he was 73, W.A. Pullum wrote an article about him in 'Bodybuilder' Magazine entitled 'Ambitions of the Scarborough Hercules' There are also a range of courses and exercises both using resistance isometrics and weight/exercise equipment listed below.
We offer only "previews" of some of the larger books and courses. When the Sandow Museum website was donated to us, the larger files were not available as they were stored off-site.
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Thomas Inch - Dec. 27, 1881 to Dec. 12, 1963
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