The York Barbell Total Fitness Store, York, PA, circa 2010.
flipFlip to Bob Hoffman outside the York Barbell plant, York, PA, circa 1975.
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York Barbell man spins on his pedestal atop the York Barbell Total Fitness business. The marquee reads Welcome Home Powerlifters, Strongmen.

Credit: Courtesy of Dianne Bowders, York, Pennsylvania

In the 1930s Bob Hoffman transformed his York Oil Burner Corporation into York Barbell Corporation and founded the magazine, Strength and Health, to promote the health benefits of weightlifting. York soon became the nation's leading producer of Olympic-style weightlifting equipment.

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