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The Memoirist

How the Ghost of Charles Atlas Helped Change My Life

Some laugh at Atlas and his leopard-print shorts. But his fitness and health course was ground-breaking for its time, helping many an awkward teen.

Bodybuilder Charles Atlas, 1920 [Public domain photo]

In my freshman year of high school, I looked like the “before” photo for the Charles Atlas health and fitness program.

My self-esteem was non-existent. Though I had a few decent friends and certain…

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