How The History of Strongmen Can Be Seen in Today’s BodyBuilding



When we think of strongmen today, we usually think of pro-athletes or that guy from Iceland who won a bunch of world strongest man competitions. But how strong are we today when compared with other generations?

 In the 19th century, strongmen were the pro-athletes. They traveled the world, performing in circuses, lifting incredibly heavy things, bending iron bars, hammering nails into wood with their bare hands and wrestling bears, all while sporting classic handlebar mustaches. They did not have the latest in medicine or sport training science, equipment or facilities. They also didn’t have access to a plethora of legal and illegal performance enhancing supplements that are available today. They were just strong, ridiculously strong. So here’s our shortlist of the top five strongmen from the classic 19th century era.

Angus MacAskill
Also known as Black Angus or the Giant MacAskill, Angus was born in Scotland in 1825. He truly was a giant, reaching 7ft 9in and weighing in at over 500lbs. From early on, MacAskill worked as a fisherman where his impressive size and strength came in handy. His feats of strength included lifting ship anchors weighing 2,800lbs and carrying 350lb barrels under each arm. He eventually joined the P.T. Barnum circus and toured with General Tom Thumb. He is recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s tallest “natural” giant as well as having the largest chest of any non-obese man (80in).

Luis Uni
Born in France in 1862, Uni was better known as Apollon the Mighty. He made his name as a Greco-Roman wrestler and strongman performer in Bordeaux. Best known for the size of his forearms and wrists, and pinch-lifting 160lbs and lifting a pair of 366lb train-car wheels with an enormously thick axle overhead. In 1913 while attempting to hold back two cars with his bare hands he suffered a career ending arm injury.

Louis Cyr
Born in Canada in 1863, Louis worked in a lumber yard as a youth where he showed off his awesome strength, even at a young age. Imitating Milo of Croton, who carried everywhere he went a calf to full grown bull, Cyr attempted the same, but had to settle for a sack of grain when the calf kicked too much and bolted. He did, however, lift a fully grown horse in his first strongman contest. He also set a record for the one-handed bench press with a lift of 273lbs, breaking Eugen Sandows record by 2lbs. He also famously lifted a platform on his back containing 18 men weighing in at 4,337lbs. Cyr has been called the strongest man to have ever lived.

Eugen Sandow
Born Friedrich Muller in Prussia, in 1867, Sandow is often referred to as the father of modern-day bodybuilding. After fleeing his homeland to avoid military service, he traveled Europe performing as a circus strongman. He found fame in England where he was admired more for his bulging muscles than his feats of strength. In 1901, he held the Great Competition, recognized as the first ever recorded bodybuilding contest. Sandow also opened gymnasiums, designed strength training equipment and wrote books on exercise and diet. Some of his lifting feats included a 312lb one-arm dumbbell clean and a 1,500lb one-handed stone lift. He is forever a bronze statue simply called “The Sandow,” which is presented to the winner of Mr. Olympia each year.

Georg Hackenschmidt
Nicknamed the “Russian Lion,” Hackenschmidt was born in Russian in 1877. In school, he was a supreme athlete and excelled at many sports including wrestling and weightlifting. After school and a short stint as a blacksmith, he became a professional wrestler. He wrestled throughout Europe and became the first recognized heavyweight wrestling champion. He was known to often wrestle five different opponents in a night -of course defeating them all. In his career, it is estimated that he competed in about 3,000 professional wrestling matches and lost only lost twice. Known for the famous bear hug move. Along with wrestling, Hackenschmidt was also an accomplished weightlifter, recognized for polarizing the hack squat and bench press.

Though much has changed throughout the course of history for strongmen and bodybuilders much of what was done as far back as Ancient Greece is still doing in some form today. From carrying calves on their shoulders every day until, they were bulls, demonstrating progressive resistance builds strength. The “Grecian Ideal” the aesthetic standard that modern bodybuilders would aim to achieve. Even 11 century India using dumbbells carved out of stone to get bigger and stronger, by the 16th century weightlifting became India’s national past time. It was in 1904 that Benarr Macfadden began to organize and promote bodybuilding competitions for both men and women. Though it has been a predominately male sport women would evolve on the scene in the 1960’s with physique competitions would later see bodybuilding in 1970’s.

The roads are endless on to where you can go with weight training from a lifestyle transformation to look feel and live a healthy life, to compete in amateur, novice and professional stages. Keep up your dreams at any age and any level of platform. We can show you how every step of the way.

Can Diet and Exercise Help Control Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – ADHD?

Can Diet and Exercise Help Control Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral condition in which children/adults have difficulties paying attention and focusing on tasks. This common disorder begins in early childhood and can continue into adulthood. If not recognized and treated, it can cause problems at home, school, and work and with relationships. Many adults do not realize that they have ADHD until their children become diagnosed, and they begin to recognize their own symptoms. Adults with ADHD may find it hard to focus, organize, and finish tasks. They are often forgetful and absent-minded.

Eating a balanced diet can help all people—including those with ADHD—function well. Those concerned about diet and ADHD hypothesize a toxic or allergic effect by some foods. The most commonly targeted foods are milk, wheat, dyes, preservatives, sugars, and caffeine. These diet elements are believed to cause or at least contribute to ADHD and ADD Symptoms.

Foods to eats for those with ADHD

  •  Vitamin B Complex- Yeast, Liver,Nuts Milk, Eggs, Meats, Fish, Fruits, Leafy Green Veggies, Soy
  •  Protein- Add some protein powder to your smoothie, Make a protein smoothie for you kids when the come home from school.    Brown rice cakes with hummus or any kind of nut butter like almond or cashew
  •  Calcium/Magnesium – Green Veggies like Broccoli, Kale, Collard Greens,Whole Grain Breads, Nuts Seeds,  Milk and milk products are a main source of calcium. Green veggies such as spinach are a great source of magnesium, as are beans and peas, nuts, seeds and whole grains.
  •  Trace Minerals- micronutrients that are needed by the body every day, but in small amounts, include zinc and iron. Studies have shown people with ADHD have low levels of zinc in their bodies compared to those without ADHD. 

   Foods To Avoid

  • Sugars
  • Additives- Artificial dyes and flavors (Food Coloring like red and yellow), MSG so when ever possible choice natural choices
  • Hydrogenated oils Generally are the ones that at room temperature are a solid – Bad Fats inhibit healthy nerve functions. Trans and saturated fats. Try using Flaxseed oil, Canola,or Olive Oil
  • C affine
  • Salt- Too much salt in a child’s diet can interfere with a child’s internal equilibrium. Salt can also deplete the body of some minerals needed in the body.

            Best rule of thumb to use is read the labels of the food you choice also shop the perimeter of the store you will find most natural foods there.

Exercise is a fantastic and highly recommend way to combat ADHD it helps push past failures and helps you attack things you didn’t succeed in before. Exercise helps reduce learned helplessness. It also helps the Brain release important chemicals like Endorphins that help regulate mood, pleasure, pain. Also exercise helps elevate Dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin levels. These brain chemicals affect focus and attention, which are in short supply in those with ADHD.  Contact one of our fitness professionals today to start a fitness program

  • Walking 30 minutes  four days a week.
  • Team activities or those with social components.
  • Exercises like Tae Kwon Do, Ballet, or Gymnastics, all these, you have to keep the mind focused to the activity at hand.

Some well known celebrities that have ADHD include Justin Timberlake, Jamie Oliver who both help keep it under control with diet. Katrina Smirnoff, Will Smith, Michael Phelps, Jim Carey, Ty Pennington Paris Hilton,Christopher Knight, Howie Mandel, Terry Bradshaw who frequently speaks out on mental disorders telling even big guys get it taken care of., James Carville, Pete Rose who found his undiagnosed ADHD may heave been a contributing factor to other addictions like gambling, Michelle Rodriquez, Bruce Jenner, Solange Knowles who was often mistaken for being high or drunk due to untreated ADHD.

Statistics have shown a person who has ADHD is  300% more likely to start their own business like Richard Branson, and David Neelman, who credits his ADHD for founding JetBlue. Having it gives you creativity and the ability to think outside the box. So does Paul Orfalea, the founder of Kinkos (the name comes from a nick name for his curly red hair).

If you and/or your child is diagnosed with ADHD with proper diet and exercise can be controlled.


Stop Migraine Headaches

Stop Migraine Headaches

             Migraine-HeadachesIf you have ever had or have migraines you know, they are painful sometimes even can be disabling. They are changes in chemicals and blood vessels in the brain, which send pain signals leading to the head. Often can lead to feeling of nausea, and vomiting, I often find when I have one there are sensitivities to light, noise, and smell.

I have been a sufferer of migraines from childhood. Knowing how awful they are, and I spent too many nights, going into the darkest room around, pray it would go away and hope to fall asleep! As I grew older working at a dental clinic in the Air Force, I found new smells and certain foods that would trigger these headaches. Every Monday or a long period away from work without fail, BOOM there would be a headache. After countless unsuccessful attempts to battle them on my own, it was when I started working with Fadi Malouf and David Baldovin we took them on with nutrition as my key to helping prevent and alleviate.

With the guidance of the Body By Fadi’s Team, I have learned certain foods can help prevent, alleviate, or reduce the severity of the migraine.

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Follow these Tips to Stop Migraine Headaches

Some foods such as spinach or other dark leafy vegetables are high in magnesium that will help alleviate migraines. Common causes like stress, alcohol intake, and menstruation in women absorb magnesium in the body. Eating such vegetables like spinach or kale will help restore levels. Currently learning how to create delicious smoothies with these and other ingredients below, thanks to Coach Scott Black’s book Living On High Speed.

Ginger – I found taking ginger will help with an upset stomach that may often come with a migraine.

Peppermint- I read a study done back in 1966 showed a solution containing 10% peppermint essential oil was as effective as 1,000mg of acetaminophen (the ingredient in medicine like Tylenol) I drank Peppermint Tea and also at times just massaged peppermint essential oil onto my temples.

Fish – Help reduce the frequency and severity of the migraine, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, as well act as an anti-inflammatory. Fish such as tuna, salmon, mackerel and trout are excellent sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acid.

Since taking they’re advise with proper nutrition, it helped a ton. Going from weekly on sets to just about gone. And now knowing what I know thanks to their help I can tackle them right at the start. Enjoying my working out routines and not spending my precious time in the dark, silent world.


Please leave your comments below and make a requests to assist with your migraine headaches. 


Exercise Less To Be More Fit

Exercise Less To Be More Fit

Exercise Less To Be More Fit

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Sounds too good to be true, right? A recent study showed that the amount of exercise is what matters not the frequency. The study involved over 2,000 participants who were asked to wear accelerometers to track their physical activity. The findings indicated participants who exercised for a total of 150 minutes over a day or two versus participants who spread their 150 minutes out over a week’s time received the same health benefits of the workouts.

This is good food for thought. New “evidence” is constantly surfacing about the latest in health and nutrition. Its hard to know whats accurate. Six out of seven days of the week, you’ll find me up at 5:30 am getting ready for my workouts which last 45-60 minutes. How is it even possible to cram that much exercise into a day or two? And even if it was possible, it doesn’t seem realistic it would produce the same health benefits. Surely, I would collapse from exhaustion before I was even halfway through; that doesn’t sound very healthy. I may not ever find out the answer to that, but I have a couple guesses. When reading studies like these, you’ve got to take into consideration what isn’t being said as much as what is being said. For instance, the author defines “health benefits” as a decrease in risk factors such as diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. A health benefit to me is those things plus a leaner body with less fat and more muscle. However, the study doesn’t mention taking it to that level. In that case, a participant who didn’t exercise at all and then started exercising 150 a minutes a week within the time frame of a couple of days, of course, would receive those health benefits.

Common sense is our friend. I love staying up to date on current health and nutrition news, but I take it all with a grain of pink himalayan salt. I have to consider the source, the context, and most importantly, what works for me. Working out six days a week works for me. I’m a nicer person when I work out, I feel more prepared for chasing around two small children, and I like having that time at the beginning of the day all to myself while the rest of the world sleeps peacefully. All in all, I don’t think I’ll be testing out this theory anytime soon. What about you?


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Do All Great Things Really Always Must Come To an End?

Do All Great Things Really Always Must Come To an End?

Healthy eating with Fadi Malouf. Body By Fadi Blog

Healthy eating with Fadi Malouf. Body By Fadi Blog

Early Saturday… cloudy morning…The rain is lazy caressing the windows and softly waltzing across them as it makes the effortless relaxing sound.

Aaaawww…, there is nothing more cozy than gently waking up to the mellow sound of fresh rain, occasional thunder, followed by the powerful yet radiantly amazing, shiny lightning.

What is for breakfast on this glory day of Saturday?

As many of you know how a tight team works, this team work is no different. Words are unnecessary and things just flow. It is like reading someone’s mind and knowing exactly what the next step is. Have you ever been a part of a team like that, where one thing flows after another, almost appearing as orchestrated in some secret mind language?

While she brews the superbly aromatic, fresh Turkish coffee, he is preparing the ingredients for the deer meatballs. He is chopping some parsley, mixing in the Himalayan salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and olive oil. Yum. “Feed Your Body Right” Scrambled Eggs is finally ready – Scrambled egg whites, fresh spinach, chopped delicious tomatoes with parsley, accompanied with black bean fresh avocado salsa. Mouthwatering …giving the body all the great energy to indulge in, while properly fueling it with vitamins, nutrients, protein and delicious flavor. To clean the palette off, fresh orange with California dates on the side. Dates can be dipped in the coffee, so there is no need for any additional sweetness…dates got this one covered and are doing their magic!  

Why Do All Great Things Really Always Must Come To An End? 

If the end is the abundance of health for our bodies, let the end be everyday! Let the wholesome food end up in our bodies and continues to do so without a pause… If the end is for a plate to be empty, appreciated, cleaned off, then the end is the beginning of something great, isn’t it? A great day! And a great healthy life. Enjoy!



Jack LaLanne Died 96 Years Young!

Jack LaLanne Died 96 Years Young!

R.I.P Jack LaLanne – you are a true inspiration and hero to many! Thank you for the legacy! Maybe one day I’ll grow up to be like you 🙂

Fadi Malouf