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Sandow the Magnificent The book Sandow the Magnificent by David L Chapman speaks of the beginnings of bodybuilding and how one man Eugen Sandow was responsible for making bodybuilding the popular sport of present time Sandows life was centered around fitness and living a healthy lifestyle After reading the book one can come to the realization that Sandow deserves much credibility as the one who provided the foundation and guidelines for the modern sport of bodybuilding Eugen Sandow was born in Germany unto a Russian mother and a German father Sandows childhood was spent traveling As a teenager Sandow began bodybuilding However seeing little to no progress Sandow became very discouraged and even considered quitting Despite his urge to give up bodybuilding at such a young age Sandow pressed on He eventually began seeing progress as his muscles began to show major definition Unlike many bodybuilders Sandow was more concerned with the showmanship of his physique rather than the amount of weight he could lift pull or press It was not until Sandows trip to Italy that he learned he could perhaps make a living from his hobby as a bodybuilder Sandow began taking on people who questioned his strength Also while in Italy Sandow was given a chance to tour the city as a bodybuilder for an allotted sum of five thousand francs Another life altering opportunity arose for Sandow while he was in Italy The life altering opportunity occurred in 1889 at a strength show at the Royal Aquarium Two men Sampson and Cyclops challenged anyone among the crowd at the Royal Aquarium to a strength and skills face-off Atilla a friend and businessman of Sandow watched the show and realized that Sandow could easily out perform the two men Therefore Atilla encouraged Sandow to attend one of the shows and perhaps compete After watching the two men display their strength and skills Sandow was ready to take on their dare Sandow
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