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Joe Weider - The Passing Of A Bodybuilding Legend
Joe Weider - The Passing Of A Bodybuilding Legend
By Kostas Marangopoulos, M.Sc., CPT.
March 25th, 2013


Joe Weider Passes Away

I will never forget the first time I saw a bodybuilding magazine. I was only 14 years old in Greece and it was an original Joe Weider's Flex magazine, with Dorian Yates on the cover. I had heard of bodybuilding before, having had a few glimpses of pumping iron in a rare showing on national Greek tv. As soon as I saw that magazine, something clicked and I started researching more about bodybuilding, pumping iron and of course Arnold Schwarzenegger.

A few weeks later, dozens of phone calls and hours of research (no internet back then) I had in my hands a very rare VHS tape of Pumping Iron, which I had bought for the staggering amount of 30,000 drachmas (about $80 at the time). After watching it, countless times, the bodybuilding bug was in me for good and I have not stopped believing in the life changing power of our sport for one day for the past 19 years.

So, it is with a heavy heart that I am writing this as yesterday the bodybuilding world was shaken to it's core when it was announced that Joe Weider had passed away at the age of 93.

Words cannot describe the sadness that I as a bodybuilder feel for the passing of a man who was a true legend in all the sense of the word. In fact the word legend is not even sufficient to describe who Mr. Weider was and what he represented in the sport, which he alone with his brother re-invented.

Joe Weider was an iconic figure, a pioneer of an industry that today spans across all continents and hundreds of countries around the world. Him and his brother Ben Weider had a vision, a core characteristic of any iconic man in the history of the world. He also had passion for the sport that we now call body building, trying to promote it's benefits from his very humble beginnings as a small magazine publisher in 1940.

He was first and foremost a bodybuilder himself and he knew what it takes to build one's body to it's full potential. That's where his true love for bodybuilders & the sport of bodybuilding came from.

He was truly a very blessed man to be able to help so many people around the world, changing people's lives through the weider magazines, supplements, video series and equipment that are being sold all around the world.

A mentor to countless people and athletes from all around the world, Joe inspired many people to follow their dream of becoming competitive bodybuilders. Names like Arnold schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno, Franco Columbu, Sergio Oliva, Dorian Yates come to mind, people who Joe helped realize their full potential as athletes by helping them in countless ways.

He became a father figure to many athletes, via his mentorship and ability to give them new opportunities. He impacted so many lives positively, that today there isn't one person who does bodybuilding or follows our sport that doesn't know who Joe Weider was. His name is equal to the most basic elements of weight training and muscle building.

Joe Weider & Jim Manion - 2009 Mr. Olympia
With IFBB Pro League President Jim Manion & Jay Cutler At The 2009 Mr. Olympia

Most of all however I believe that Joe Weider, through his dream and vision, changed the way that our sport is seen. Today bodybuilders, because of the efforts of Joe and Ben Weider are respected athletes with recognition in more than 180 countries around the world.

His 1950's "I Predict" article in Your Physique magazine says it all about the ability this man had to envision the future and go after his goals. All of them came true.

Prediction #1
I PREDICT that civilization will speed up in every phase and that the stresses and strains on mankind will continue to increase.

Prediction #2
I PREDICT that the resulting increase in mental and physical illness will force the world to recognize the importance of systematic exercise and physical activities to prevent and combat the evils of civilization.

Prediction #3
I PREDICT that bodybuilding will become the chief form of systematic exercise and physical activity and that it will come to be looked upon as one of the greatest forces in the field of preventive medicine.

Prediction #4
I PREDICT that a full realization of the importance of muscular development will sweep the world and that the sport of bodybuilding will grow by leaps and bounds.

Prediction #5
I PREDICT that the principles of good bodybuilding, which include balanced diets, adequate sleep, plenty of fresh air, ample sunshine, and regular workouts, will become basic principles of living.

Prediction #6
I PREDICT that bodybuilding will become the stepping-stone to every other sport and physical activity.

Prediction #7
I PREDICT that the art of relaxation, which is one of the fundamental principles in bodybuilding, will become more and more important as the tensions increase and that relaxation will be universally taught and advocated.

Prediction #8
I PREDICT that bodybuilding will spread to every corner of the world and that it will one day be recognized as the king of all sports and physical activities.

Prediction #9

I PREDICT that those who practice bodybuilding will live healthier, happier and more useful lives.

Prediction #10

I PREDICT that bodybuilding will one day become one of the greatest forces in existence and that it may be hailed as the activity which actually saved civilization from itself.

Following are some quotes from notable people in the industry and what they said about Joe's passing.

Rafael Santonja - IFBB President: "We are all very sad. Joe Weider will always be remembered as the father of bodybuilding, who gave his heart and soul to our sport. God Bless him and may he rest in peace." (IFBB.com)

Jim Manion - NPC & IFBB Pro League President:
"It’s a sad day for the bodybuilding world and a sadder day for me personally. I’ve known and worked with Joe for over 35 years. He was always there to guide and support me. Joe was a true visionary, always looking forward, with ideas ranging from training to how I could make the NPC stronger. His constant support of the NPC was invaluable. Through his magazines he made stars out of the NPC champions. Yes, I will miss Joe, the Godfather of Bodybuilding. But most of all I will miss Joe the man, who was a true friend and my inspiration, not just in bodybuilding, but life in general. He will forever be the man I loved and respected." (NPC Online Website)

Arnold Schwarzenegger: "He leaves behind a fantastic legacy of a fitter world. Very few people can claim to have influenced as many lives as Joe did through his magazines, his supplements, his training equipment, and his big-hearted personality. Joe was known for urging everyone, “Exceed yourself,” and there is no question that throughout his life, he did just that." (Schwarzenegger.com)


Joe Weider's legacy will go on forever, changing lives for the better. We are where we are today because of his dreams & dedication to the power of physical excellence. THANK YOU for everything.

 

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