Ambassadors Of Bodybuilding: Joe & Ben Weider Highlight

Joe Weider, Father of Modern Bodybuilding, and his brother, former IFBB President Ben Weider, are honored in this tribute for their tireless 60+ years of service as ambassadors of bodybuilding.

In this special tribute to Joe and Ben Weider and the entire Weider fitness empire, we've assembled our latest and best Weider-related content into one, easy to use highlight feature.

Weider Interviews & Articles


An Interview With Joe Weider (2003)

An Interview With Joe Weider (2003)

Myths debunked: you never lifted yourself, your vitamins and Muscle & Fitness are crap, you make too much money, you lie to kids about the gains they can make.
Ben Weider Reminisces On The Early Days Of Bodybuilding

Ben Weider Reminisces On The Early Days Of Bodybuilding

Ben Weider reflects on Edmond Desbonnet, whom some consider to be the leader of the Physical Culture Movement. Dated November 7, 2005.
Bodybuilding According To Joe Weider: Science Or Marketing Hype?

Bodybuilding According To Joe Weider: Science Or Marketing Hype?

Learn what bodybuilding means to Joe Weider, the history behind it, the beginning years & all about the Weider principles and where they originated! Dated May 23, 2003.

Weider Audio & Video Specials


Joe Weider Podcast Interview

Joe Weider Podcast Interview

Dan Gastelu interviews the Father of Modern Bodybuilding! In this exclusive Bodybuilding.com interview, Joe Weider talks about his new book, Brothers of Iron, co-authored by his brother, Ben Weider. Interview dated October 31, 2006.
Ben Weider's Final Interview As IFBB President

Ben Weider's Final Interview As IFBB President

Radio hosts Dan Solomon & Bob Cicherillo speak frankly with IFBB President Ben Weider on Pro Bodybuilding Weekly. Interview dated October 23, 2006.
Ben Weider Podcast Interview

Ben Weider Podcast Interview

Dan Gastelu interviews IFBB President Ben Weider. Ben talks about his book, Brothers of Iron, and how he and brother Joe Weider created an international movement! Interview dated October 20, 2006.
An Insider Look At The Weider Offices With Peter McGough

An Insider Look At The Weider Offices With Peter McGough

Where do they store all the pictures, how did the magazine form, how did they come up with the Olympia name? Interview dated September 7, 2006.
Arnold Presents Joe Weider With The Lifetime Achievement Award

Arnold Presents Joe Weider With The Lifetime Achievement Award

Gov. Schwarzenegger presents Joe Weider with the Lifetime Achievement Award during Labor Day Weekend at Muscle Beach. Presented September 13, 2006.
Betty Weider Lifetime Achievement Award

Photos: Betty Weider Lifetime Achievement Award

Betty Weider awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award during Labor Day Weekend at Muscle Beach. Presented September 5, 2012.

Weider Press Releases


Ben Weider Resigns As President Of The IFBB

Ben Weider Resigns As President Of The IFBB

After 61 years as acting president of the IFBB, Ben Weider has decided to resign from his position. Dr. Rafael Santonja will succeed him. Dated November 2, 2006.
Ben Weider Promoted To Honorary Colonel Of The 62nd Field Artillery Regiment

Ben Weider Promoted To Honorary Colonel Of The 62nd Field Artillery Regiment

On September 18, 2005, IFBB President Ben Weider was promoted to the rank of Honorary (H) Colonel in the Canadian Army.
From The IFBB Archives: IFBB President Receives The 'Knights Cross'

IFBB Archives: IFBB President Receives The 'Knights Cross'

Ben Weider, IFBB President & fitness advocate, received the Knights Cross from the Austrian Government. Presented in 1992.
2005 World's Most Influential Sports Personalities: Ben Weider Voted 44th

2005 World's Most Influential Sports Personalities: Ben Weider Voted 44th

An impressive 7-time recipient, Ben Weider was voted 44th on the distinguished 2005 list. Ben talks about the IFBB & the sport of bodybuilding.
Ben Weider, IFBB President: 50th Most Influential Sports Personality In 2004

Ben Weider, IFBB President: 50th Most Influential Sports Personality In 2004

Sport Intern has selected Ben Weider, IFBB President as one of the world's most influential and outstanding sports personalities for 2004.

Weider Influence Around The Globe

Canadian Roots: Who Are The Weiders?


If you think that Canada's contribution to sports stops with hockey, you've got another thing coming. In the 1930s, a slightly built boy named Joe Weider and his younger brother Ben couldn't make it home from school through their tough section of Montreal without being beaten up or picked on by neighborhood hooligans.

An ad by Charles Atlas caught their eye; they were sick of being '9O-pound weaklings'; and they tried his calisthenics program. When that didn't do much to make either their muscles bigger or the bullies go away, they turned to Strength & Health, a magazine published by strongman-competition promoter Bob Hoffman.

As they grew into young men, the brothers set about building strong bodies with a set of barbells made with parts found in a junkyard. They soon discovered that lifting weights made more than their biceps and triceps bigger.

"You are my life," Weider says, as Larry Scott, Sergio Oliva & Arnold Schwarzenegger watch & support their mentor.

"You are my life," Weider says, as Larry Scott, Sergio Oliva
& Arnold Schwarzenegger watch & support their mentor.

It also built self esteem, which, as it turned out, was the real key to beating bullies. They didn't realize it then, but this passion for exercise marked the beginning of a career for both of them, one that would ultimately impact the lives of millions and launch an international sport.

The Weiders are the undisputed pioneers of bodybuilding, whose guiding missionary zeal has turned a once marginalized activity into a competitive and mainstream sport, one that may well number among the Olympic competitions one day.

In 1995, for example, bodybuilding moved one step closer towards IOC recognition when it was one of the events participating officially at the Pan American Games in Argentina.

But perhaps most important has been the Weiders' impact on the health and well being of millions on non-athletes: "Ours is not simply a sport, it is a lifestyle," Ben explains. "This is our contribution, our life and our dedication."

Weider Books & Related Links

Weider Photos


Ryan DeLuca, Ben Weider & Russ DeLuca met at the 2006 Olympia Expo

Ryan DeLuca, Ben Weider & Russ DeLuca met at the 2006 Olympia Expo.

Joe Weider's ''Most Muscular Man'' pose was often used as his picture byline in magazines

Joe Weider's ''Most Muscular Man'' pose was often used
as his picture byline in magazines.

Photo by Frank Giardina. Permission to use granted by Sports Publishing, LLC.

At The Historic First Mr. Olympia Contest In 1965, Ben And Joe Weider Present The Awards To Winner Larry Scott & Runner-Up Harold Poole

At the historic first Mr. Olympia contest in 1965, Ben and Joe Weider
present the awards to winner Larry Scott & Runner-Up Harold Poole.

Permission to use photo granted by Sports Publishing, LLC.

Joe Weider (in suit) at the 1949 Mr. North America contest in New York City

Joe Weider (in suit) at the 1949 Mr. North America contest in New York City.
Photo by Frank Giardina. Permission to use granted by Sports Publishing, LLC.

Ben Weider, Lee Haney & Raphael Santonja at the inaugural 2006 Flex Awards

Ben Weider, Lee Haney & Raphael Santonja at the inaugural 2006 Flex Awards.

Honorary Colonel Ben Weider

Honorary Colonel Ben Weider.

Jim Manion, Ben Weider & Dr. Rafael Santonja

Jim Manion, Ben Weider & Dr. Rafael Santonja.
Photo courtesy of Rob Wilkins.

Brothers Joe and Ben Weider

Brothers Joe and Ben Weider.
Photo courtesy of Rob Wilkins.

Rob Wilkins, Dr. Rafael Santonja & Ben Weider

Rob Wilkins, Dr. Rafael Santonja & Ben Weider.
Photo courtesy of Rob Wilkins.

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