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Charles Atlas

Internationally acclaimed strongman Charles Atlas was born Angelo Siciliano in Acri, Italy, in 1892. In his youth he immigrated to the United States and settled in Brooklyn. Contrary to the popular myth that he was a weakling, Atlas was gifted with a naturally healthy body, which he was inspired to build up after seeing the perfectly proportioned statues of Hercules and Atlas during a school visit to the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Atlas developed a new system of building muscles called "dynamic tension," which pitted one muscle against another. For Atlas the results were dramatic. He next began marketing a program of mail order lessons that attracted tens of thousands of customers worldwide, making Atlas's name synonymous with modern physical strength and fitness.

 

 

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