• I was born in Königsberg, Prussia, in 1867.
  • In 1885 I left Prussia to avoid military service and, being naturally fit and strong, became a circus athlete.
  • At the urging of a friend I travelled to London to take part in a strongman competition, which I won.
  • Soon after I was touring Europe and North America as a strongman, even being featured in a short film that showed me conducting ‘muscle display performances’ (modern day flexing).
  • Later I concentrated on opening public gyms, developing understanding of strength and conditioning and developing exercise equipment. I am considered to be the ‘father of modern bodybuilding’.

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