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    <div></div><div id="QUOTEHEAD">QUOTE</div><div id="QUOTE">Globe & Mail, MONTREAL Ben Weider, a legend in the world of body building, died suddenly on Friday in a Montreal hospital.

    He was 85.</div>

    Best known for founding the International Federation of Body Building in 1940 with his brother Joe, he was also a businessman, a philanthropist and a scholar with a keen interest in Napoleonic history.

    Ben Weider Dies
    Age: 67 Height: 5'2' Weight: 145 lbs
    Pull Up -- BW+55 March 13, 2011
    Dip -- BW+55 January 30, 2011
    Bench Press -- 150 lbs. March 12, 2009
    Front Squat -- 215 lbs. January 20, 2011
    Back Squat -- 285 lbs. January 30, 2011
    Deadlift -- 345 lbs. January 26, 2011

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    The first weights I ever used were from a Weider set that my dad bought along with a cheap Weider bench. He had that set of Weider exercise wall charts that he pinned up on the spare room wall where he kept the weights. I remember those days with a fondness.

    I don&#39;t think BB became what Ben and Joe originally envisioned (or maybe it did&#33 but it certainly made them a lot of dosh. My biggest gripe with them is not that they turned a blind eye to the drug scene but that they made me think that what I saw in their M&F and Flex mags was obtainable through hard work and supps alone (I was young and stoopid); they ran a lot of pretty misleading supp ads over the years.
    "Be the best that you can be."

    PR's:
    Deadlift: 215kg (474lb) - pre-hernia!
    Low-bar Back Squat: 190kg (419lb) 16/04/10 @BW ~210lb
    Bench: 130kg (287lb) 01/02/13
    Total: 1,180lb

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    Thanks for the link, TR. Very interesting. I had no idea that Ben Weider did all those things.
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    Does anyone know what happened to him?

    He was in great health about a month ago?

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    He&#39;s Canadian, eh?
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