Iron Man Magazine


IRON MAN Magazine was founded in 1936 by Peary and Mabel Rader of Alliance, Nebraska. Their first print run of 50 copies was done via a duplicating machine which sat on their dining room table. Iron Man started out as an educational vehicle to inform and enlighten those people who were interested in weightlifting, bodybuilding and eventually, powerlifting.

The focus of Iron Man Magazine during its first 50 years was on all three sports, with emphasis on weight training in general as a life-enhancing activity. Iron Man has always stressed the health and character-building aspects of weight-training, and was always the leader in bringing exercise and nutrition concepts/ideas to those in the training world.

In the early 50s, Iron Man Magazine was the first weight-training publication to show women working out with weights as part of their overall fitness regimen. It even went so far as to show a pregnant woman training with weights and educating readers on the benefits of exercise during pregnancy—thoroughly modern concepts 25 years ahead of its time. In the late 50s-early 60s, Iron Man Magazine was the first to talk about high-quality proteins derived from milk and eggs as well as liquid amino acids. The bimonthly magazine by this time had acquired over 30,000 subscribers simply on the strength of its information. The Raders never worked at expanding its circulation. It grew by word of mouth fueled by the general hunger for and IRONMAN's ability to provide intelligent, timely and reliable training information.

By 1970 Arthur Jones had created the first Nautilus prototype. He was eager to share his exercise concepts with the world, but every magazine except Iron Man turned him down. Peary Rader saw the potential of the Nautilus concept and in keeping with Iron Man's will to remain an open forum for ideas, Rader embraced Jones' enthusiasm and ideas. Iron Man was the leader in bringing Nautilus to the marketplace and the only publication to stand behind it. The entire exercise machine industry today was built on the shoulders of the Nautilus. If Iron Man had not supported Nautilus, we would see a vastly different market today.

By the early 80s, the Raders—-now in their 70s—-had spent nearly 50 years working incredibly long hours to put out a bimonthly publication. The hard work was beginning to take its toll.

I had been interested in Iron Man since the mid-70s as a business and had in fact talked several times with the Raders about purchasing Iron Man. Eventually, my dream of owning and publishing a bodybuilding magazine was realized and in August 1986, Iron Man Magazine changed owners after 50 years. At that time, Iron Man had no foreign editions, published bimonthly and averaged 96 black-and-white pages except for a color cover.

Eighteen years later, Iron Man Magazine is published worldwide not only in English, but also Japanese, Australian, Italian, German, Greek and Russian. The English language edition averages 250 pages in full color.

Iron Man Online is a natural extension of the magazine-complete, unbiased training and nutritional information for the beginner and hardcore bodybuilder/weight trainer. As the Internet continues to explode across the world and hundreds of companies spring up everyday, each claiming to have the answer or magic potion that will turn your fat into muscle, remember that the one true voice is your own. As you experiment with new routines and supplement schedules, your body will tell you if you are on the right track or not. As always we will provide you with the basic tools to get started as well as information on the latest trends and shortcuts. We insist upon your feedback as we strive to remain your training, nutrition and inspirational guide.


January 2011 January 2011.

Preview Only: The January 2011 issue of Iron Man features Joe Weider's 90th birthday bash, Def Leppard's Phill Collen training, and more. Check it out!

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December 2010 December 2010.

Preview Only: The December 2010 issue of Iron Man features 6 Big-Back-Attack Tips, rev up that rear view with these mass makers. Check it out!

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November 2010 November 2010.

Preview Only: The November 2010 issue of Iron Man features The Beach-Body Workout, for sun, sand, surf and sexiness. Also check out the 10 Secret Muscle Building Tips! Check it out!

View November Issue Preview, 2010.


  • An Inside Look At The 2005 Ironman Pro.

    The already sublime 2005 IRON MAN Pro line-up got even better last week when 'The Freakin' Rican' Gustavo Badell, announced he'll be on the Pasadena Civic Auditorium stage on February 19.

  • 2006 Iron Man Pro Preview!

    Will Priest be serving mass at the IRON MAN Pro? We will have to wait and see. This review will list some of the competitors and what some of them should bring to the show. Read on...

  • Nasty In 'Vegas: The Swami's Olympia Predictions!

    Will there be changes at the 2005 Mr. Olympia next weekend? Absolutely! Will there be a new Mr. Olympia crowned. That will remain to be seen. With new rules in place you never know. Learn more...

  • The Return Of Gary Strydom!

    At 47 years old, Strydom looks better than the era when he was one of the IFBB's top stars. A brief history and what he's planning to do is included. Also see how he feels about the industry. Check it out.

  • 2005 NPC Nationals Predictions!

    My predictions are in. See who I think will take the 2005 NPC Nationals and who won't. You may be surprised!

  • 2005 NPC USA Preview: Swami Sez - It's Heath Time!

    Lonnie Teper shares his thoughts on the upcoming pro qualifying show in Las Vegas.

  • An Inside Look At Chris Cook.

    Chris proved he knows a lot more than I do about what vocation to pursue. Not that there weren't bumps in the road along the way. Find out what they were and how Chris did it...

  • 2007 Early Season Contest Preview - Iron Man Pro.

    Here is a sneak preview of the IM Pro line-up a day earlier; the press conference, where I weigh in each competitor... Get the lowdown on who is competing (or not) at this year's Iron Man Pro and who might have a shot!

  • Paul Demayo, AKA 'Quadzilla' Laid To Rest.

    It's the typical bright and sunny June 7 day in Southern California. But, writing this column is anything but cheery...

  • Driven: A Look In The Life Of IFBB Pro Mark Dugdale!

    Coming to the plate with 198 pounds of chiseled, well-proportioned muscle on his 5'6 frame, Dugdale said bye-bye NPC, hello IFBB. Find out more about this IFBB pro, father, husband and business owner...

  • The 2005 Iron Man - A Battle Between Three Powerhouses!

    The 2005 Iron Man turned out to be a raging success for a rain soaked crowd. Learn more about the athletes and what the outcomes were. Learn more...

  • Swami Sez - Rookie Top Cookie At The 2006 Nationals!

    The Swami makes his predictions for the 2006 Nationals that will be taking place this November 10-11, 2006 in Miami Beach, Florida. Will Evan Centopani pull it off? Get the latest...

  • Gift Wrapped - Phil Heath's Auspicious Debut!

    Phil Heath is seven for seven from the field on a bodybuilding stage. Here I'll discuss the controversy at the New York show and where he might place if he competes at the big dance. Check it out and see if you agree!

  • Lonnie Teper's Early Pro Season Round-Up And Awards.

    Well, the first leg of the 2005 contest season is history. Find out what Lonnie Teper thinks about the four contest so far and his predictions for the rest of the year...

  • Mr. Olympia Predictions: Will It Be Seven Up For Ronnie?

    I doubted Ronnie Coleman last year. Won't make the same mistake twice. I say The Big Nasty makes it seven in a row when the fella�s get together for the annual Mr. Olympia bash, set for October 30 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

  • The Right Choice - 2004 NPC USA's Review!

    Chris Cook came in with the hype. Mark Dugdale had the might. And, Will Harris finally got it right...

  • Lonnie Teper's 2006 Arnold Classic Preview!

    Find out right here what I predict the winners and losers will be at the 2006 Arnold Classic. This could be a tight race. Read on for the details.