Your Physique 3 N 6

vintage bodybuilding magazine of 1944
Tony Sansone for Your Physique, 1944


“YOUR PHYSIQUE” is really much more than a magazine advocating muscular exercise. It teaches and advocates all that is best for the complete development of the entire personality. The average magazines are soon thrown away after a superficial reading, but most folks KEEP their copies of “YOUR PHYSIQUE” permanently, because they realize each issue is like a private Correspondence Course teaching the Science of Healthy, Happy, Superior LIVING. Once readers start getting “YOUR PHYSIQUE” they won’t miss an issue thereafter. It becomes a vital part of their lives, and they look forward to each new copy with the keenest anticipation and enthusiasm. Thousands of men and women arc getting definite benefits from “YOUR PHYSIQUE” which they are eager to put to use, to personally APPLY in their own lives, and make the instruction WORK for them.

If you went to a local doctor regarding some ailment he would charge you a few dollars for a ‘prescription’- which you would have your druggist make up for you, and pay him for it, too. And what have you gotten to REALLY BUILD YOUR HEALTH? Usually, practically nothing. On the other hand, for a mere $2 bill you get HUNDREDS of new ideas, practical instruction, valuable health facts, guides to a happier and more satisfying life from the world’s best Health Educators — for an entire year. Here’s a REAL service no local doctor could ever give you, and certainly not for $2! As it has been so often stated, you can’t ‘buy’ health in a bottle, it’s a condition you have to personally earn yourself. No one can ‘give’ it to you.

Promise yourself that you are not merely going to ‘read’ this magazine, but going to really FOLLOW its teachings, and make these teachings bring definite personal benefits into your life. Why merely admire what has been accomplished for the OTHER fellow who APPLIED these Principles, when with a little effort YOU can enjoy marvelous results yourself.

Forget the mistakes of the past. And don’t assume the attitude that you are beyond help, that it’s too late for you to start following these methods now. It isn’t too late if you begin NOW. Just because you were in a physical or mental rut is no indication you have to remain there permanently. Just make up your mind NOW it’s time for a change — a change for the better. WHY should the other fellows enjoy the Good Things of Life and not you? The only reason is because you have failed to EXERT YOURSELF. This involves first a MENTAL effort, a WILLED DETERMINATION, the GRIT to DO SOMETHING NOW to improve your condition.

“YOUR PHYSIQUE” is a Guide, a Practical Instruction Manual for those who are sincerely interested in ADVANCING themselves, for ambitious men and women. All the contributions are given for the purpose of instructing, enlightening, inspiring, encouraging and stimulating you to give YOURSELF BETTER CARE. We show you how others did it, and tell explicity how you can do it, and why you should.

During the coming months see how much you can make “YOUR PHYSIQUE” help you, MAKE it bring you rich dividends, and get all the value out of it possible. Re-read the articles and features and stories several times over where you are alone and undisturbed and say to yourself ‘What can I get from this and utilize to my advantage?’ If you study each article—yes, and the advertisements, too — with this thought consciously in mind you will get values from them worth thousands of dollars. Each sparkling issue is like a ‘mine’ that has to be worked. It is full of ‘gold nuggets’, but you must dig them out.

Many fellows write saying they keep a big scrap book and under various headings cut out from an extra copy of the magazine, features which particularly appeal to them, then they keep a notebook with an index page so they can quickly tell where any subject is in their scrap book for speedy reference. They keep together all the articles on diet; those on exercise; the health hints; the questions and answers; the subjects on applied psychology; they keep the ‘success stories’ together — and so on. This idea which a number of others are using may prove a very fascinating and profitable hobby for you. Try this, or get your wife or elder youngsters doing it. Some fellows get their sweethearts doing it, as a means of arousing their interest in this modern form or more efficient and satisfying living. Then, when you hear of anyone in your community who is not well, or who could be specially benefitted by some of the subjects, let them read up on the facts from your scrapbook and thus benefit by expert counsel. It will give you a real thrill in knowing you had at your command just the beneficial information to help some sick or discouraged friend, or to help convince them of the statements you may make.

Possibly some of the instruction you may already know. So what? Then pass it on to others who you believe also ought to know it. Don’t keep it to yourself — pass it on. Get a little group of young folks started and teach them what you have learned. There are millions of folks who need to know the things we advocate, do your part and help enlighten those in your vicinity, and stir them into ACTION, make your enthusiasm for our Better Way of Life contagious. “HEALTH” is ‘catching’ — and far more enjoyable than ‘catching’ the measles or typhoid or some ‘social’ disease.



Your Great Breathing Muscle

Learning the natural and healthy way to breath by strengthening your breathing muscles.

Your Physique Volume 3 N 2

vintage bodybuilding magazine
Al Mentz and Howard Eastman


It won’t lie long and all the lovely countryside will be bursting with new life; plants and shrubs and leaves and flowers will soon be coming up to bring new beauty everywhere. Somehow I always associate this season as the time it makes you want to be bursting with strength and power, getting in shape for the summer. It gives you a thrill of genuine pride to be able to appear on the beaches and the swimming pools as the owner of a magnificent, well-muscled physique. Rut of course, yon can’t wait till summer to acquire that NEW and BETTER Body. If you want to be bursting with muscles and strength then, you must start getting in training NOW.

In the glorious summer time you see the landscape in its full glory, but it took months of preparation for the work of Nature to accomplish this — and it will take a few months for you to achieve the full glory of splendid MANHOOD. Instead of waiting, delaying any longer why not resolve that TODAY you arc going to remold and build up YOUR Physique? Build it into a virile, dynamic, powerful, MUSCULAR body you’ll be proud of!

The New World Civilization has no room for weaklings. This is the Age for Strength, for Power, for MAGNIFICENT Manhood and BEAUTIFUL Womanhood. Weaklings, skinnies and physical runts are definitely out. The world demands the streamlined, healthy, husky, well muscled type of man. And that’s the kind we build. We are right in step with the times and we want you to be.

Of course you can’t get this way “fanning the air”. To build up a mighty chest, a broad buck, husky shoulders, a trim waist line, powerful thighs and legs with a LION’S POWER requires the consistent use of progressive apparatus. To help you get the maximum results in the minimum of time and effort we make it possible for you to be able to get the necessary equipment you have to have to build the kind of muscles and physique you long for.

Every reader of “YOUR PHYSIQUE” should own a set of barbells, dumbel!s and cables. You need all three; and as you are able, equip your borne gymnasium with them. It makes little difference what you start training with first, the main thing is — to START your training NOW.

We are doing a grand job, an IMPORTANT job of “teaching people HOW TO LIVE” This is information and instruction the public has been waiting for and now that it’s available within these pages of “YOUR PHYSIQUE” they are eagerly taking advantage of it. It is with a feeling of deep satisfaction in knowing our magazine is being so enthusiastically welcomed in the United States as well as throughout the length and breath of the Dominion of Canada. Its success is spreading like a great prairie fire because there is a crying need for a publication of this kind. Rut there are millions more folks who urgently need the knowledge we have ready to bring them and I want you to accept this as a. personal invitation from me to introduce this magazine to others. Tell them of the help, the inspiration, the instruction you have derived from its pages. Let them share the benefits “YOUR PHYSIQUE” has brought to you. Do all you can to pass on the word. I’m sure I can count on my loyal readers — each and every one of you — to urge your friends, your acquaintances, associates with whom you work, and particularly to sick and ailing folks to become readers and subscribers to this magazine. If you’ll agree to do this, we of the Editorial Staff will do our part, too, and bring you the finest, the best HEALTH AND PHYSICAL CULTURE magazine in the world today. Yey, frankly, we need your help and you in turn, need ours. It is this friendly, helpful spirit of mutual co-operation by which we all benefit.

The boys in the armed forces are especially keen to get their copies, and as some of them write, they “devour them from cover to cover”. Help make these boys feel you have a personal interest in their welfare by getting an extra copy or two of “YOUR PHYSIQUE” and send it to them now. Encourage your newsdealer to display our magazine out in front where everyone can easily see it. For remember this, with increase of sickness during wartime, with the shortage of doctors in civilian areas it is more than ever necessary every family learns how to take care of their own health. Our Staff of Health Educators bring the vital facts of healthy, happy living in a simple, clear manner everyone can easily grasp and understand.

Thank you for your whole-hearted support.

Joseph E. Weider.


Developing the Forearms

Detailed description of forearms muscles and explanations on how to develop forearms with a set of useful exercises.

Your Physique 3 N 1

vintage bodybuilding magazine
Jules Bacon and Santo Leone for Your Physique, Volume 3 N 1, March 1943


We are doing our part to help speed the return of VICTORY. Men and women in the various branches of the armed forces are being encouraged, inspired and stimulated by the teachings in YOUR PHYSIQUE. Defense and civilian workers are gaining the knowledge — through these pages — to help them KEEP or GET well and strong and become more efficient.

We are doing our part to help build the finest type of young manhood, who possess the rugged stamina, the physical prowess and the “will to do” to bring us VICTORY. These young men can “take it” and “dish it out” bringing woe to the foe. The war can’t be won by weakling or pampered pets.

“YOUR PHYSIQUE” presents in each exciting issue successful formulas vital to Victory. After all is said and done, while the present war is highly mechanized it still depends upon a SUPERIOR MANPOWER. To ensure this SUPERIORITY is our job. We’re building two-fisted, red-blooded MANHOOD that the Allied Nations are clamoring for. We’ve been proud and astonished to note how many “YOUR PHYSIQUE” readers have so quickly risen in the ranks.

There’s no need to waste time effort or money on antiquated, outdated training. In this great National Emergency our Teachings have a NEW and GREATER significance… building a more rugged, huskier, more powerful and courageous type of MANHOOD.
We’re showing men and women everywhere how to put the “Blitz” on weakness and costly diseases. FOR THIS IS NO TIME TO BE FRAIL!

… Every reader of “YOUR PHYSIQUE” is asked to help spread the Message it offers by passing your copy among your family and friends, and urging your fellow business associates, your comrades to get their copies REGULARLY, EACH and EVERY month. Help us in this great effort so that MORE men and women can be helped, so that weakness can be wiped from the earth — then we will have “a healthier, happier humanity.”

Joseph E. Weider,




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