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“End of an Era”: Heartbroken Fans Lament as Elite Bodybuilding Magazine Ceases Print Publication

Published 11/17/2023, 9:01 PM EST

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The bodybuilding magazines inspired many iconic young men to venture into the sport. Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s passion for lifting weights began after he came across Reg Park’s physique on the cover of a bodybuilding magazine. The crazes for these print editions were phenomenal in the 1970s, with Joe Weider, Bob Hoffman, and Peary Rader dominating the bodybuilding magazine market.

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The advent of social media in recent times, limited print publications in all spheres, and bodybuilding is no exception. Now, Muscular Development is wrapping up the publication of its print editions, officially bringing an end to the magazine era. 

Rick Collins’s heartfelt post 


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Every bodybuilding enthusiast’s bookshelf would have Weider’s Muscle &Fitness, Peary Rader’s Iron Man, and Bob Hoffman’s Muscular Development editions in the early days. However, they are now bookmarked on fans’ computers. Such is the domination of digital media in current times. Hence, Muscular Development decided to stop its print magazines. 

The magazine’s journalist, Rick Collins, shared the sad update on his Facebook page. “It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to Official Muscular Development Magazine. After 250 monthly columns spread out over 22 years, touching on all things fitness, hormones, law, and culture, I have been advised that the magazine is closing up shop and will print no further issues,” the writer wrote.


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The magazine was first published in 1964 and almost after six decades, the print edition will stop. and The Generation Iron Instagram page took note of the story and shared the news with its followers. Bodybuilding fans are disappointed with the latest development as they recounted how the magazine has been an essential part of their lives growing up.

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The bodybuilding magazines with legends like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ronnie Coleman on the cover brought much joy to many. However, the modern world is more into digital media like websites, Instagram posts, and YouTube videos of late. Still, the ceasing of print publication left many disheartened. “Nobody reads magazines anymore everything is online now sad,” complained a bodybuilding fan. 


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Wtf. I enjoyed those magazines,” wrote a shocked user. “We all grew up reading that magazine,” recounted a nostalgic follower. “Social media is killing all magazines,” wrote an agitated fan, blaming the digital media’s intrusion. “End of an Era,” declared a diehard bodybuilding enthusiast with a broken heart emoji.

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Bodybuilding magazines have been crucial in spreading the popularity of sport, and even Arnold Schwarzenegger was involved in such publications. They were remunerative to bodybuilders of yesteryears, and for fans, they filled joy and excitement in their lives. It’s sad to see one of the earliest bodybuilding publications bid farewell to its print media.


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Written by:

Etha Bindu Rani


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I am Etha Bindu Rani. My love for the gym and bodybuilding started a few years back, while the urge to write has been in me for a long time. So when I was offered a chance to write inspirational stories about fitness transformation and bodybuilders, I didn’t give it a second thought.
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Smrutisnat Jena