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From Fox News:
Turn out he was not German, Shakespearean or an actor.
According to a question posed on "Who Wants to be A Millionaire" when it was hosted by Regis Philbin, a young Mahatma Gandhi had replied to one of Weider's magazine ads.
From: Purchasing Weider Max Home Gym
Isometric Exercises - Charles Atlas and Mahatma Gandhi?
Sounds hard to believe you say... right?...
This system of training which Joe Weider coined the name of -- iso-tension -- became very popular in the United States.
Isometric exercises has been around since the beginning of Chinese martial arts. In fact, most martial arts systems utilize one form or another of isometrics. Many of the old-time strongman utilized isometrics as part of their strength and muscle building programs. One of the most notable was a young man named --- Charles Atlas.
Atlas, whose real name was Angela Siciliano teamed up with Harold Roman. Mr. Roman was considered at the time a marketing genius. It was their partnership that propelled the Charles Atlas dynamic tension training program into the history books.
Thousands of individuals clamored for the Charles Atlas course -- which parts of it used isometrics exercises as well as body weight training. One of the most notable Atlas students was Mahatma Gandhi.
Gandhi wrote a letter to Charles Atlas requesting help in utilizing isometric exercises in his training. Atlas did write back recommending a specific diet and exercise program. Unfortunately, Mahatma Gandhi remained, as a Charles Atlas referred to him, "a bag of bones" but much stronger.