The father of modern body building, Eugen Sandow, has changed the course of athletic strongman competitions everywhere. He is the first first pioneer in the modern body building era. Sandow was born in Prussia by the name of Muller, but changed the name to Eugen Sandow as his stage name.
Sandow was always lucky to have a natural athletic physique. He left his home while still young to join the circus. He worked as an acrobat and was well known for his physique.
The circus went bankrupt and Sandow was scouted by a professional strongman named Louis Attila. Attila immediately saw Sandow's potential and took him under his wing to become his pupil. The two later parted, but kept in touch via letter.
One day Atilla wrote Sandow about a strength challenge. He had noticed an obvious prank a pair of men were pulling about strength competition. Every night the pair of men challenged the audience of the show 500 British pounds if anyone could best them at the feats of strengths. Atilla noted that their act was done by tricks, and knew that Sandow could easily best them.
Sandow easily bested the athletes and got the attention from the audience. This made him go on to start a career as an athlete competitor. People began to book him all around Britain for shows because the audience loved him.
Sandow was very happy being in different shows across Britain for four years. At that time he would show off his body, his lifting, posing, and other feats of strength. The audience loved watching his strength and athletic skills.
In 1893 Sandow journeyed to America. He did not get a good reception in America, however. Thankfully a man named Florenz Ziegfeld saw Sandow's act and decided to become his agent.
Ziegfeld was the man who brought Sandow to the Trocadero theater. The audience was used to performers who performed questionable acts of strength. They were dumbfounded when Sandow was able to perform his feats of strength because they could actually see his muscles and body while he performed. After that he went on to become a famous body builder in America.
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