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The Forgotten Story of Eugen Sandow

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Eugen Sandow was born on 2nd April 1867 in what is known today as Kaliningrad, Russia.

He developed the formula to get what he called ‘The Grecian Ideal’, the exact measurements he classed as the perfect physique. Using this formula he began chiselling away at his own physique down to the exact
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Eugen Sandow was born on 2nd April 1867 in what is known today as Kaliningrad, Russia.

He developed the formula to get what he called ‘The Grecian Ideal’, the exact measurements he classed as the perfect physique. Using this formula he began chiselling away at his own physique down to the exact proportions of the Greek and Roman statues.

On the 14th September 1901 Sandow held the first ever bodybuilding contest which he dubbed simply ‘The Great Competition’ which paved the way for the Mr Universe and Mr Olympia competitions we have today.

On the 14th October 1925 aged 58, likely from stroke brought on after single handily lifting his car out of a ditch.

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