Story: Bodybuilding, weightlifting and powerlifting

Strongman display, 1959

Strongman display, 1959

Weightlifter Hugh Jones lifts a man in front of a crowd in Wellington, in 1959. In the 19th and early 20th centuries New Zealanders witnessed weights being lifted as a part of circus or fairground strongman displays. Weight training also began to be part of 'physical culture' exercise routines. Weightlifting became an organised amateur sport in the 1930s.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Evening Post Collection (PAColl-0614)
Reference: EP/1959/0811-F

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Peter Clayworth, 'Bodybuilding, weightlifting and powerlifting - Weightlifting', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 September 2021)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 27 Jan 2015