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Monday, August 10, 2009
The Roots of Classic Physique Building: Sig Klein!
(Photo Above: Early Classic Physique Builder, Sig Klein on the cover of the Feb 1945 issue of Strength & Health)
Although our primary focus is on the champs and methods of the pre-roid, Golden Age of Classic Physique Building (the 1940s and 50s), it is important that we understand the history and roots of that Age. These roots extend as far back as the ancient Greeks (as we have covered in previous posts), but more immediately, the period of the late 1800s and early 1900s (up to 1939). In this post, CPB Contributor Ibrahim introduces Sig Klein - Strongman, Weightlifter, Classic Physique Builder and one of the forerunners of the pre-roid, Golden Age! (CPB - Anthony).
Sigmund Klein (1902-87) was born in Thorn, West Prussia Germany on August 10, 1902. In 1903, his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio. Having inherited a strong body, coupled with a desire to improve his physique, Sig started his bodybuilding career in Cleveland at the age of 17.
In the year of 1924 he relocated to New York City and operated the famous Attila studio, founded originally in Germany in the 1860s. The reputation of Professor Louis Attila was world-wide as a trainer of great athletes and strongmen. He was most famous as the discover, trainer and manager of the fabulous Eugene Sandow. Unfortunately, Professor Attila passed away shortly before Klein's arrival in New York. Klein's success with the studio was immediate. After a span of 50 years, Sigmund closed the gym and divided his vast muscle memorabilia among private collectors.
Also he was one of the early lightweight & middleweight weightlifting champions of America. His best lifts were:
strict military press - 229 1/4 pounds strict press behind the neck - 206 pounds one-arm snatch - 160 pounds (the first time bodyweight was surpassed in this lift by an American athlete) one-arm clean-and-jerk - 190 1/2 pounds crucifix - 126 3/4 pounds total two-arm see-saw press - 100-pound dumbbell in each hand 10 consecutive times bent press performed with one arm - 209 pounds side press - 174 1/2 pounds plus several more unusual lifts with a bodyweight that he maintained at 147-150 pounds during his entire career.
It is the strongmen of the late 1800s and early 1900s, like Eugen Sandow, Sig Klein, and others that paved the way to the pre-roid, Golden Age of Classic Physique Building (of the 1940s and 50s).
Ibrahim CPB Contributor
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Steve Reeves - 1948 Mr. World Clip (2nd Clip from Top)
Steve Reeves - "The White Warrior" Clips
Steve Reeves - "Hercules Unchained" Clips
Reg Park - "Maciste in King Soloman's Mines" Clips
John Grimek Interview Clip
Harold Poole Clips
Reg Park Clips
George Eiferman Clips
Mainstream Bodybuilding Ideal - Cartoon Characters: He-man, X-men, The Thing! (2nd clip from top)