Bernarr Macfadden

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Bernarr Macfadden
Bernarr Macfadden as Hercules.jpg

Bernarr Macfadden posed as "Hercules" (1894)

Born Bernard Adolphus McFadden
16 August 1868(1868-08-16)
Mill Spring, Wayne Co., Missouri
Died 12 October 1955 (87) [1]
Jersey City, Hudson Co., New Jersey
Occupation(s) Publisher
Nationality American
Affiliations Macfadden Publications
Known for Physcultopathy

Bernarr Macfadden (August 16, 1868 - October 12, 1955) was an American publisher and editor, founder of Macfadden Publications, but is most well-known today as a bodybuilder and health guru, sometimes described as the "Father of Physical Culture."

Selected Bibliography


  • Macfadden, Bernarr, Macfadden's Encyclopedia of Physical Culture: a Work of Reference, Providing Complete Instructions for the Cure of All Diseases Through Physcultopathy, With General Information On Natural Methods of Health-building And a Description of the Anatomy And Physiology of the Human Body 
  • Macfadden, Bernarr (1895), McFadden's System of Physical Training, New York: Hulbert Bros. & Co 
  • Macfadden, Bernarr (1900), Macfadden's Physical Training: an Illustrated System of Exercise for the Development of Health, Strength And Beauty, New York: Macfadden Co. 
  • Macfadden, Bernarr (1900), The Virile Powers of Superb Manhood: How Developed, How Lost, How Regained, New York: Physical Culture Pub. Co. 
  • Macfadden, Bernarr (1901), Strong Eyes; How Weak Eyes May Be Strengthened And Spectacles Discarded, New York: Physical Culture Publishing Co. 
  • Macfadden, Bernarr (1901), Strength From Eating: How And What to Eat And Drink to Develop the Highest Degree of Health And Strength, New York City: Physical Culture Pub. Co. 
  • Macfadden, Bernarr (1904), Building of Vital Power: Deep Breathing And a Complete System for Strengthening the Heart, Lungs, Stomach And All the Great Vital Organs, New York: Physical Culture Publishing Co. 
  • Macfadden, Bernarr (1919), The Olympian System of Physical and Mental Development, Chicago: The Olympian System 
  • Macfadden, Bernarr (1945), Science of Divine Healing: With Key to Health And Happiness, the Cosmotarian Gospel, New York: Cosmotarian Library Service 



  1. "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2015), Bernarr MacFadden, 1955; Burial, Bronx, Bronx, New York, United States of America, Woodlawn Cemetery; citing record ID 2684, Find a Grave,