I only know this because, while running some plugin updates on this blog site I noticed, with a wry smile, that 80+ people visited my old Bullworker Wallchart Download page in just the last week!
So, after some stretching, breathing and isometric delving into my old archive server folders I found some wonderful old variants of the Bullworker Training Wallchart through several decades.
The isometric exercises remain the same, and will be just as effective on a Bully from the sixties as it would be on a modern isometric device.
“The Bullworker was invented by Gert F. Kolbel who studied the workings of the human body for over ten years. These exercises were personally developed by Herr Koebel, and the principle on which they are based is known as Isometric Contraction. Using Isometric Contraction you can build up and strengthen more than 300 of your 500 basic muscles.”
So these old bully wall charts are kind of fun, and they’ve inspired me to go and dig my old Bullworkers out of my storage boxes. I had around 15 different versions before I moved house last year, some of them were prototypes. Could be interesting to do some exercise videos with them.
Just think of my plump old programmer body grunting and straining to stretch, pull, push and flex. There is your scary image of the day. You are welcome.Me in a moment of isometric hilarity
These charts are all downloadable and print in pretty reasonable quality.
I know nothing about this chart apart from it (obviously) black and white so I’m guessing it’s from the 1960’s?
Ahhh, the seventies was a wonderful time of masculine hairy chests, flowing lion manes and (presumably) working out while wearing Hai Karate aftershave was a must:
Some call the 1980’s “the decade that fashion forget” but I call it “the decade that Bullworker went full lycra”
I’ve found a chart for both the lycra boys and the lycra girls 🙂
After the huge success of Bullworker in the seventies and Eighties the isometric fitness craze took a slightly lower trajectory in the 1990’s. A few cheap replicas appeared (I wont advertise them now because sadly a couple of them are still out there selling on various websites). Suffice to say, construction quality is way lower than the real deal.
This is the early Bullworker training wall chart from BULLWORKER UK.
This was later revised into the yellow format which I think is my favourite:
I have some other training guides and some archived advertising posters in various PDF formats… if there is any interest I can scan them and stick them online 🙂
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