The history of bodybuilding is relatively new in the grand scheme of things. Generally speaking bodybuilding began to be seen as a legitimate sport / fitness activity from as early as 1880. Eugen Sandow is known as ‘The Father of Modern Bodybuilding’, a true pioneer, he was able to build an audience around his physique – by paying a nominal amount, you were given a show whereby Sandow would flaunt his physique and take part of various strength building exercises.
He soon realise that in order to keep the momentum going and hold the fickle publics interest, that he needed to expand his show beyond himself. And that’s when in 1901 he launched ‘The Great Competition’ now recognised universally as the worlds first bodybuilding contest. It took place on September 14, not in a gym or sports arena, but in the Royal Albert Hall in London of all places.