George Barker Windship was one of the very first proponents of “Physical Culture” and unlike many of his contemporaries, promoted hard work and heavy lifting for super strength. Here’s a bit of his philosophy:
“The body should be made as strong as possible, with no weak points. It should be balanced and symmetrical with the muscles full and round and strong, like those of the “Farnesian” Hercules. Heavy weights and short workouts are the secret to health and longevity.
Training should be systematic, with the intensity of the exercise gradually increasing over time. Workout sessions should never last more than an hour and that proper rest must be obtained before the next day’s training.”