A Book Report And Critique On Sandow The Magnificent By David L. Chapman. It Covers The Entire Book And Touches On An Overall Critique. The Teacher Said It Could Use More Critique

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Sandow the MagnificentThe book, Sandow the Magnificent by David L. Chapman, speaks of the beginnings of bodybuilding and how one man, Eugen Sandow, was responsible for making bodybuilding the popular sport of present time. Sandow's life was centered around fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. After reading the book, one can come to the realization that Sandow deserves much credibility as the one who provided the foundation and guidelines for the modern sport of bodybuilding.Eugen Sandow was born in Germany unto a Russian mother and a German father. Sandow's childhood was spent traveling. As a teenager, Sandow began bodybuilding. However, seeing little to no progress, Sandow became very discouraged and even considered quitting. Despite ...view middle of the document...

Also while in Italy, Sandow was given a chance to tour the city as a bodybuilder for an allotted sum of five thousand francs. Another life altering opportunity arose for Sandow while he was in Italy.The life altering opportunity occurred in 1889 at a "strength show" at the Royal Aquarium. Two men, Sampson and Cyclops, challenged anyone among the crowd at the Royal Aquarium to a strength and skills face-off. Atilla, a friend and businessman of Sandow, watched the show and realized that Sandow could easily out perform the two men. Therefore, Atilla encouraged Sandow to attend one of the shows and perhaps compete. After watching the two men display their strength and skills, Sandow was ready to take on their dare. Sandow out did every move and performance of Sampson and Cyclops. As a result, Sandow took over the show at the Royal Aquarium.After Sandow became the main man at the Royal Aquarium, his popularity began to sky-rocket. Sandow's winnings offered him a chance to once again travel the world and take up many job opportunities. People around the world began to take Sandow's physical regime more serious and realized that it could provide a healthier lifestyle for all. People could also see that Sandow's physique was living proof that his lifestyle indeed worked. Photos displaying his physique seemed flawless to viewers. Sandow was modest in his photos, yet he revealed enough of himself in order for people to see how his hard work and dedication provided him with a picturesque body.However, even a healthy and strong man like Eugen Sandow could not escape death. A tragic car accident ended Sandow's life on October 14, 1925. However, Sandow's beliefs are still going strong and continue to be the threshold for many bodybuilders of today.

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