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“If Anyone Gets Slower, You’re Fired”: Boyd Epley and the Formation of the Strength Coaching Profession – Iron Game History – June 2011

In a 1960 article in Strength & Health magazine, AI Roy, the man dubbed “the first modern strength coach,” was asked about his legacy. 1 “In his typical adroit manner,” the article’s author explained, “the man responsible for this genesis in training recalls those who inspired him. He acknowledges the fact that the self-styled father of American weightlifting, Bob Hoffman, and the weightlifting technician, John Terpak, laid the foundation for his own system and are exemplars for those who will follow. “And others will follow,” the author continued, “for he [Roy] emphatically states that the surface has just been scratched in creating a need for vital young men in the field of developing strength for athletics.”