Tuesday, January 21, 2014

10 Interesting Facts About Fitness And Bodybuilding

1. In biology the word "fitness" means: 

1.1 the extent to which an organism is adapted to or able to produce offspring in a particular environment;
1.2 the degree of adaptation of an organism to its environment, determined by its genetic constitution;
1.3 the ability of an organism to produce viable offspring capable of surviving to the next generation;

2. The first protein powder was originated by the American entrepreneur Robert Collins "Bob" Hoffman from York Barbell and was called Hi-Proteen. It all happened in the early fifties and the taste was very bitter since the main ingredient was soy.

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3. One of the most popular oral anabolic steroid and Arnold's favorite was Dianabol. According to the current information it was invented by chemists from CIBA Pharmaceuticals (Switzerland) {Albert Wettstein, Alfred Hunger, Charles Meystre, Ludwig Ehmann, Ernst Vischer, Hans Peter Frey and Walter Voser}

Note: Many Americans used to believe that the inventor of Dianabol was Dr. John Ziegler but according to recent sources it was all part of the Cold War tactics. Ziegler still played a very important role when it came down to developing anabolic steroids in America.


Vischer E, Meystre C, Wettstein A. Herstellung weiterer 1-Dehydrosteroide auf mikrobiologischem Wege. Helv Chim Acta 1955;38:1502-6.

Meystre C, Frey H, Voser W, Wettstein A. Gewinnung von 1,4-Bisdehydro-3-oxo-steroiden. HeIv Chim Acta 1956;39:734-42.

4. Treadmills used to look a little something like this:

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5. The most popular anabolic steroid used in bodybuilding is testosterone. The first synthetic versions of testosterone were created in the 1930's. Historians report that in 1944, Adolf Hitler’s private physician, Theodor Morell, began giving Hitler injections of testosterone, especially when Eva Braun {Hitler's wife}was around. {source}

6. The total net worth of the bodybuilding legend Arnold Schwarzenegger is estimated at USD 300 M or about as much as America spends on costumes for pets {source}

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7. The popular Gold's Gym used to look like that:

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Today it looks like this:

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8. Home stationary bikes used to look like that:

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9. Most bodybuilders who abuse anabolic steroids suffer from hairloss. 90% of the competitors in the biggest bodybuilding show Mr.Olympia don't have any hair. 

Note: A substance called DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) binds to the receptors in the scalps hair follicles causing thinning of the hairline. Testosterone gets converted into DHT by an enzyme called 5 Alpha reductase (5AR).


10. Eight out of 10 people who go to commercial gyms don't exercise their legs.