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I became the publisher of Iron Man Magazine with the January 1987 issue with Lee Haney on the cover. At that point I had been a reader of Iron Man for 30 years and a friend of Peary & Mabel Rader for 20 of those years. Where has the time gone, what a ride! I have been an evangelist for the transformative power of the barbell from the first time I touched one in 1956 and that compulsion to share my discover led me to the purchase of Iron Man Magazine. I have passed the baton to Binais Begovic and his wife, Catherine Begovic MD. This issue is the first under their leadership.

I am not walking away from lifetime obsession but rather evolving. I will remain as a consultant to the Begovics and Michael Neveux will remain as

Design Director and photographer. My day to day involvement will change but not my love of what has been my life.   The Begovics share my commitment to the core values of Iron Man to Inspire/Inform and transform that has been Iron man’s mantra since its founding in 1936.  In the Begovics, I see the same fire that drove me on my quest. Iron Man was founded to serve its readers with the best information available and that continues to be the goal 79 years later.

Be Well,

John Balik
Publisher Emeritus



I find it humbling to follow in John Balik’s and Mike Neveux’s footsteps as  the new owner/publisher of IRON MAN magazine, with a legacy stretching back to  1936.  My wife, Dr. Cat, and I are proud to carry this legacy into this Century, and thank John and Mike for having faith in us.

It’s an exciting time in the fitness/bodybuilding industry, yet despite all of the new modalities and protocols, lifting weights still holds the test of time.  While IRON MAN will continue to evolve with and present current training and nutrition trends, it will never lose sight of its deep roots.  Yes we support modern times, but we honor and will continue to honor the traditions and values that made IRON MAN great.  You’ll get plenty of iron in IRON MAN.

I truly have a great love for IRON MAN magazine, which is why we purchased it. IRON MAN is what gave me inspiration and guidance when I was a young athlete. Shooting the cover of the magazine in 2006 was also my big “big break” and launched my career as a fitness entrepreneur.  We have invested in new writers and art designers to produce the highest quality magazine possible with innovative and modern content that is informative, inspiring and visually beautiful. We are passionate about the quality of our magazine so much that we believe every issue should be a collectible.

We have already expanded IRON MAN distributions to airports, all Barnes & Nobles as well as newsstands across the country so that every reader can have easy access to our magazine. We have also built a new on-line team of programmers, videographers, as well as social media experts to build our website and expand our internet reach. IRON MAN magazine is really the go-to for everything fitness. There will be nothing like it when it comes to fitness information and media, and we are extremely excited to share that with all our readers.

Join IRON MAN and share this exciting journey,

Binais Begovic

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