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Charles Atlas

Charles Atlas (Physical culture.  Born, Calabria, Italy, Oct. 30, 1893; died, Long Beach, NY, Dec. 24, 1972.)  Although never a competitive athlete in the strict sense, Charles Atlas (born Angelo Siciliano) was a major figure in early exercise and weightlifting.  In 1921, Atlas developed a system called “dynamic tension,” an early form of isometrics.  A […]

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