Arthur Leslie was just a guy who trained at Sig Klein’s Gym in New York City. The reason Leslie began training in the first place is that he became tired of being weak and overweight. At 46 years years old he had never touched a weight before but soon after he began training he began to see tremendous results. In fact his results were so dramatic, Sig Klein featured him in several occasions in his publication Klein’s Bell. Here he is with a great Thick-Handled show barbell. Leslie was 59 years of age when this picture was taken.
A look at the September, 1932 issue of “Klein’s Bell” featuring John Garan on the cover. Garan was called by Klein a “Muscular Marvel” and it would be hard to disagree with what is shown here. Garan’s results would be quite impressive even today. Of particular note is Garan’s thigh development– he was listed as having 23-inch thighs at a bodyweight of 155 pounds. Keep in mind, squat racks were an innovation still a decade or two yet to come.
This issue of Klein’s Bell is posted in its entirety in The Iron League.