Bobby Pandour

Posted on Tuesday, June 8th, 2021 by John Wood
One of the all-time great physiques belonged to Bobby Pandour of Poland. He was an excellent at muscle control as well as hand balancing so much so that he performed an act with his brother Ludovic in the Ringling Brothers Circus in the early 1900’s. The Pandour Brothers also headlined as “The Herculean Marvels” coast-to-coast on the Vaudeville circuit.

Early Bodybuilder Bobby Pandour

Posted on Saturday, May 14th, 2016 by John Wood

Bobby Pandour was an early physique superstar and Vaudeville performer during the 1900’s. Surprisingly, Pandour never trained with heavy weights but built his incredible physique with gymnastics, muscle control work, hand balancing and high-rep training with a pair of 10-pound dumbbells.

At his peak, Pandour weighed only 160 pounds at a height of 5’6″. It was reported that he had a 42-inch chest, 23-inch thighs and 17-inch arms. As you can see, his development is quite impressive even a century later.

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Professor Attila

Posted on Friday, January 20th, 2012 by John Wood

Professor Louis Attila

Professor Attila — real name Louis Durlacher — was the mentor of Eugen Sandow and the man who invented many of the feats of strength that we know of today: The Roman Column, The Roman Chair, supporting feats in the human bridge position and tearing packs of playing cards. It was Attiila’s idea to make globe barbells and dumbbells shot-loadable so that their weight could be adjusted. Attila invented the bent-press and was the first man to perform the lift with over 200 pounds.

In 1894, Professor opened his famous Studio of Physical Culture in downtown New York city and it became a hotbed for learning the strongman trade. In addition to Sandow, Professor Attila could list many other famous strongmen among his students: Warren Lincoln Travis, Anthony Barker, Horace Barre, Arthur Dandurand, Lionel Strongfort, George Rolandow, Louis Cyr, Bobby Pandour and Adolph Nordquest.

Attila’s daughter, Grace, later married Sig Klein.