The sight of muscle in motion is fascinating to me—a source of awe and emotional pleasure. Aesthetically, the human body has been an inspiration and a medium of expression from the beginnings of art itself. One of the benefits of bodybuilding—and sports in general—is a heightened awareness of just how wondrous the human body is. In bodybuilding the beauty is expressed statically, like sculpture, and you have time to appreciate the symmetry, shape and development. Bodybuilding in its purest sense is both sport—the workout—and art, the display. At a bodybuilding event the artistic display is slow enough for the spectator to appreciate the nuance of development, but in other sports it’s lost in the speed of the action.
Track-and-field athletes in motion are the ultimate expression of the maxim that form follows function. The body is a tool for running faster or going higher or farther. Award-winning sports photographer Tony Duffy has made capturing those magnificent athletes at their best his life’s work, creating images that are both artistically and athletically inspiring. Most of the truly creative people I’ve met are driven by a passion—some might say obsession—for their art. Whatever the art—visual, verbal or physical—that passion is a distinguishing characteristic of those who are top rank. Tony has it, and you can feel it in every one of his images. It’s with great pleasure that we feature some of Tony’s most striking photographs of female track-and-field athletes in “Muscles In Motion,” which begins on page 226.
Charles Poliquin brings to IRON MAN a wealth of hands-on knowledge from his years of working with some of the best Olympic athletes and bodybuilders in the country. As I was reading in his column his answer to a question about the application of Olympic weightlifting to bodybuilding, I was transported back to my own experience with the Olympic lifts in the ’60s. Charles is right on in his assessment of their value and application. The various pulling movements he prescribes gave me new midback and trap development, and the front squat has no equal for building the lower thighs. Charles also explains the hows and whys of using acupuncture for strength and muscle gain. I’ve always believed that acupuncture had a place in rehab, but Charles makes clear why it belongs in every athlete’s arsenal of strength- and muscle-building tools. Great stuff! It starts on page 78.
While I’m in my nostalgia mode, I must reflect on Bill Starr’s Only the Strong Shall Survive installment, which begins on page 242. “Back to the Rack, Part 3” is full of great insights—historically and from a training standpoint. The rack is second only to the barbell as the most result-producing piece of equipment you can use. You can do everything from full-range movements to partials to isometrics. You can work your weak points to the max and do it safely, attack your sticking points or perfect your lifting—the only limit is your imagination.
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