IRON MAN magazine has been a part of the history of bodybuilding—defined in its broadest sense to include anyone using progressive-resistance training to build muscle and strength—since it was founded by Peary and Mabel Rader in 1936.
In the beginning, Iron Man covered everything from bodybuilding and Olympic lifting to strongman events. As the various competitions evolved and grew, they spawned their own magazines. Everything became more specialized.
IRON MAN has been both a chronicler and maker of history. It was a prime mover in disseminating training and nutrition information and promoting the bodybuilding lifestyle long before that information became part of the mainstream.
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