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Muscletown USA: Bob Hoffman and the Manly Culture of York Barbell

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From the 1930s to the 1980s, the capital of weightlifting in America was York, Pennsylvania, the home of the York Barbell Company. Bob Hoffman, the founder of York Barbell, propagated an ideology of success for Americans seeking physical improvement. Often called the "Father of World Weightlifting," Hoffman was a pioneer in marketing barbells and health foods. He populariz ...more
Paperback, 420 pages
Published August 14th 2008 by Penn State University Press (first published March 1st 1999)
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Jack Donovan
Dec 06, 2010 Jack Donovan rated it really liked it
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An excellent source for anyone interested in learning about the history of weightlifting or bodybuilding (or manliness) in the United States. I grew up in York, PA, but I never really understood the extent of York Barbell's influence on weightlifting until I read this book. It reads like a biography of Bob Hoffman, and probably could have been trimmed down a bit, but you can't really fault the autho
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Oliver Bateman
Apr 10, 2013 Oliver Bateman rated it it was amazing
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A tremendous biography that doubles as a splendid history of weightlifting in America. Strength training dilettante and megalomaniac (and Pittsburgh native! and World War I hero!) Bob Hoffman is one of those astonishing "only in America" characters. And Fair, who has a solid background in competitive weightlifting, does an excellent job of telling his story. Highly recommended.
Pat Dugan
Jun 20, 2009 Pat Dugan rated it it was amazing
I was raised by a father that was a product of Bob Hoffman's weight training programs and the York Barbell Club. In memory of my dad, Charles D. Dugan, I decided to read this book for Father's Day. I loved my Dad and I loved being raised in the York Barbell Club Culture.
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