The Great Eugen Sandow
Did you know that there was an aesthetically fit guy posing and showing off his finely tuned abs for the world to see in 1889?
This was Eugen Sandow. He was born in 1867 in East Prussia and left home to travel around Europe as a wrestler but came over to London where he became famous for his body, admired by both men and women. Eugen toured England performing at music halls. His act was to show his strength using different weights and bending bars and the audiences would be amazed at the things that he did. In 1893 Eugen went to New York where he changed his act to more sensational feats such as breaking a chain from around his neck or bearing the weight of horses on his back.
Eugen Sandow was also a business man. He wrote five books to inspire people to become interested in fitness and good health, and published his own magazine monthly which gave information on how to achieve his physique.
Eugen's body was thought to be so perfect, a plaster cast was made of his body by the Natural History Museum.
Eugen's biceps were 19.5ins and his chest was 48ins flexing to 68ins, and men were in awe of his eight pack as it was called then. He won the Mr Olympia and a statue of him was made out of bronze.
Eugen Sandow played a big part in motivating bodybuilding and I'm sure he would like to see today’s interest by men and women in the fitness world.