In December of 1973, I took a workout at the Texas Athletic Club in Austin, Texas, and tested myself for the first time in the deadlift. I was inspired to see what I could lift that day by watching a young woman deadlifting at the gym who had entered a local powerlifting meet as a member of a men’s team. On the way home, after deadlifting 225 in my first workout, Terry (my husband) and I talked about why more women didn’t lift (in 1973 there were no women’s powerlifting, bodybuilding or weightlifting contests) and he told me that there...
Opening video courtesy of Sansom Media.
Stark Center Re-Opening
Welcome to the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports. The Stark Center is a library containing thousands of books and magazines related to sports, fitness, nutrition, and alternative medicine; an archive containing films, photography, and the personal papers of prominent athletes, coaches, writers, and educators; a digital resource; and, an exhibit space, featuring The Joe and Betty Weider Museum of Physical Culture.
There was a time when Indian club swinging was one of the most fascinating, and even popular, elements of gym culture. Originally brought to Western Europe and the United States in the first half of the nineteenth century, when it was transported from the East India Company, club swinging involved swinging lightweight clubs around the body in a variety of different exercises. As in all else, human nature meant that club swinging soon became a competitive sport in Great Britain and many of her colonial subjects. Therein lies the focus of today’s post. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth...
The Stark Center is a research center housed within the Department of Kinesiology & Health Education. We are a unique combination of library, archive, and gallery/exhibit space. Click on the images below for more information.
The Stark Center is committed to making its resources available to the public. To that end, we are creating a variety of digital projects, including flipping books and interactive exhibits.