Professor Louis Attila
Professor Louis Attila-Eric Fiorillo The Host of The Award Winning Motivation and Muscle Streaming Radio 24/7 Welcomes Bill Hinbern to the broadcast. Bill is a strength historian, a strength athlete who is dedicated to over 50 years of teaching the value of strength and physical culture and the owner of the world famous Superstrengthtraining.com website.
Eric and Bill lead the show right off with What is Physical Culture and why has the definition of it changed so much? Eric and Bill touch upon it before we discuss today’s topic on Professor Attila. Eric tells Bill that what’s been really lost in the definition of Physical Culture. It is truly a way of life and not limited to just lifting weights. As Bill explains to our family that true Physical Culture explores the training, the feeding and the spiritual discovery we will truly embark upon and understand once we start living these practices. Eric and Bill discuss Strong Man Louis Attila. Attila’s birth name was Ludwig Durlacher who was born July 2, 1844 and hailed from Karlsruhe Germany. Attila immigrated to New York City in August of 1893. New York had a large German population. Attila felt opening a gym in New York would attract them, having a German speaking owner. He also felt that New York was full of office workers who were in need of rejuvenation. He named his gym, “Attila’s Athletic Studio and School of Physical Culture”.
We talk about these pioneers of Physical Culture and how far ahead of the curve they were. When we talk of men like Atilla, Jack LaLanne or a Vince Gironda we see how driven they were to pave the way for us all. We owe them all a debt of gratitude. Professor Attila trained boxing champion James J. Corbett who was a student of his. He was also among the first instructors to encourage women to engage in muscle building workouts. Attila believed weight training kept the body young and ageless. A young Seigmond Klein went out to meet Professor Attila in 1924 but he had just passed away. It’s funny how fate can change lives. Klein met Attila’s daughter with whom he fell in love with, married and ran Attila’s gym from that point on.
Bill talks about his visit to Attila’s Gym in the early seventies with Eric. Bill talks about Attila’s signature equipment which he designed and what high-quality engineering he used to create this iron. Bill gives us all a vivid description of Attila’s gym and the equipment and statues that that graced this famous establishment. Bill talks about his encounter with Klein and gives us a full description of what he looked like. One thing that sticks out Bill said that you could literally see Klein’s abs through his tee shirt.Eric and Bill talk about how they’ve acquired equipment along the way or not for some specific reason. Klein closed Attila’s Gym in December 1972 and no one really knows what happened to Professor Attila’s equipment. As Bill tells Eric many times it’s put to the curb. If you really like lifting history, creativity, lifting stories and success this podcast will go down as another classic. Motivation and Muscle Streaming Radio 24/7 Connects Your Brain With Your Brawn. Enjoy!
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