Be a HE-MAN in just 15 minutes a day

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Chuck Woodbury
ROADSIDE JOURNAL
If you are of a certain advanced age like me, you may recall Charles Atlas, “the World’s Number 1 Body Builder.” He regularly advised young Americans, like me, to “Don’t Be Half A Man!” He was a regular feature in ads in comic books, like Superman, which I read every night before going to bed so I might dream of flying.

Be a HE-MAN in just 15 minutes a day

“Take a good look at yourself,” he wrote. “Are you proud of your body — or are you satisfied to go through life being just ‘half the man’ you could be?”


He told us that “sleeping muscles” in our bodies could be awakened to turn us into “HE-MEN.” His secret was “Dynamic Tension,” which could transform us from wimps into god-like creatures who would attract girls like crazy. And all you needed to do was mail him 10 cents.

Alas, I never sent in my 10 cents. So I’m afraid that at the beach I was pretty much the “150-pound weakling” that Charles warned would be bullied and belittled by the young girls, whose measure of a man was by his muscles. I don’t recall being belittled, but I wasn’t turning too many female heads, I’m sad to admit.

What about you? Think back to when you were a teenager. Were you the 150-pound weakling type, or a HE-MAN like Charles Atlas? Did you ever send for his bodybuilding Dynamic Tension techniques? If so, did you get the girls?

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Thanks for another piece of a puzzle… “Dynamic Tension”. I know of that not from the Atlas ad you mention, but from a Rocky Horror Picture Show song, “I Can Make You A Man” sung by Dr. Frank-N-Furter; He says “He thinks dynamic tension, must be hard work”.
I am not a movie buff but have been in love with that movie from the start and have memorized most of it. BTW, I have never seen it in a movie theatre, but it does sound interesting! 🙂

Stay cool

Paul S Goldberg

I may have been the “150 pound weakling” (actually more like 130 pounds) but I met and married my sweetheart and we have been together 55 +years. I finally got to the gym in my 50’s and built some strength which has carried me into my 70’s. Never did buy the dynamic tension stuff, who had 10 cents to waste?

Maurice Harris

I did buy a bull worker and it kind of worked

Ron Twellman

I didn’t break 100 lbs. until I got to high school. At graduation I was up to 135 lbs. But then I’ve never ever worried about my masculinity or anyone else’s perception of it.

Tommy Molnar

I was a “Weider trained man”, as Joe Weider’s ads in his magazines (Muscle Builder and Mr. America) proclaimed. When I was in high school, all my buds and I started ‘training’ at the local YMCA (remember those?). Muscles grow quickly when you have a teenager-load of testosterone! So, I never reached “HeMan” status, but none of us were getting sand kicked in our faces either – ha.