Bernarr Macfadden, the “Father of Physical Culture”

After having traveled a fraction of the origins of bodybuilding in Argentina, I would now turn to Bernarr Macfadden, known (at least in the United States of America) as the “Father of Bodybuilding”. It was a rather eccentric personality and revolutionary. Among other things, is awarded for having organized the first bodybuilding contest in America. Of course, this contest had nothing to do with those we know today. First, know some biographical data. This is my adaptation of Castilian Macfadden’s biography is at Wikipedia ( Macfadden).If there is a gross error, please Notify me. Bernarr Macfadden (August 16, 1868 to October 12, 1955) was an influential exponent of physical culture, a combination of bodybuilding with nutritional and health theories. Additionally he founded the magazine publishing company Macfadden Publications. Born Bernard Adolphus McFadden as in Mill Spring, Missouri, Bernarr Macfadden changed your name to give an appearance of greater strength. Macfadden founded Physical Culture magazine in 1899 and was its editor until the August of 1912. He developed a publishing empire, including the publications True Detective, True Story, True Romances, Dream World, Photoplay, and The New York Graphic. It was a celebrity who is linked with Shirley Temple, Clark Gable, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Will Rogers and Rudolph Valentino. At the peak of his career, he owned several hotels and a large building in New York. He tried to start a “Physical Culture City” in Monroe Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey, which did not last and within a few years became a neighborhood holiday and then a suburban real estate venture. Macfadden contributed to many articles and books including Superb Virility of Manhood “Superb Virility of Manhood (1904), MacFadden’s Encyclopedia of Physical Culture, Physical Culture Encyclopedia MacFadden (1911-1912), Fasting for Health, Fasting for Health (1923) , and The Milk Diet-Diet Way (1923). Macfadden made an unsuccessful attempt to found a religion, “cosmotarianismo” based on physical culture.He claimed his doctine would capable of reaching 150 years old. Nicknamed “Macfadden physical love” by Time magazine that he detested nickname was a radiant personality that inspired millions of people around the world to live with health and vigor. It was branded as “crazy” and charlatan by many, arrested on obscenity charges, and condemned by the medical establishment. During his life he campaigned tirelessly against “metep ldoras, processed foods, and prudery. Among the magazines MacFadden was told SPORT magazine, an extraordinary pre-sports magazine Sports Illustrated. Macfadden was married four times and had eight children, the names of seven of them with the initial letter ‘B’. He died of a urinary tract infection in 1955 after refusing medical treatment. Macfadden also established many “salutatorian” in the states of eastern and midwestern United States. These institutions offered educational programs such as the School of Physical Culture Training. Although he won a reputation for physical culture and fitness, he also gained much notoriety for his views on sexual behavior.