Which was nothing short of outstanding. Keep in mind, the late ‘70s, no internet, no cable, no ebooks, no Amazon, no fitness wing in a warehouse-sized book store; there was not a lot in print on exercise, much less strength training. The most accessible information was the muscle magazines, most of which were in the porn section of the newspaper stand. Bad enough you had to buy these things in public, then you actually tried to read them. Anything with Muscle in the title (Muscle Builder, Muscle Power, Muscle Builder/Power, Muscle Training Illustrated, Muscular Development, Muscle and Fitness, Muscle Ad Nauseum) was generally pretty cheesy reading, with the occasional Mentzer article making the cost of the whole magazine worth it. (I didn’t discover Ironman-Peary Rader, not John Balik or Tony Stark-until years later.)
With a foreword by Mike Mentzer. What was I saying about bodybuilding, again? Whoops. Still, the content and presentation here far classier than the muscle magazines, with an extensive section of the Nautilus line at the time. And that time was very different than now. Nautilus would become mainstream a bit later in the ‘80s, where even non-exercise people knew what it meant, because every suburban racketball facility put a circuit in. But at this time, 1982, all we knew was sand-filled plastic weights at home, Universal in the high school gym, maybe O weights and benches in the few commercial gyms. Little leaked out in the magazines about this new exercise equipment. Here were photos of the entire line with explicit instructions on how to use the machines. Sign me up!
for all his books.)