Bodybuilder Dan Lurie is truly an original, and the first bodybuilder to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. In the sport of bodybuilding, Dan has done it all-competitor, trainer, publisher and businessman.
From 1942-46, Dan took 2nd place overall 5 times at the AAU Mr. America contest, and was 4 times the Most Muscular Man. Some of his amazing strength and endurance records include: 1,665 push-ups in 90 minutes; 1,225 parallel dips in 90 ; a one handed over head bench press with 285 lbs. Body weight 168 lbs.; leg press with 1,230 lbs., and a back lift of 1,810 lbs.
Dan was a TV performer, appearing as “Sealtest Dan, the Muscle Man” on the CBS show Sealtest Big Top from 1950-57. Every week Dan performed a live feat of strength.
After being a competitive bodybuilder, Dan went into the Barbell business. He started to manufacture and ship barbells all over the U.S. from his parents home in Brooklyn. In 1965, Dan went into magazine publishing, becoming the publisher of “Muscle Training Illustrated” magazine.
In Dans’ 65 years in the gym and barbell equipment business, he trained thousands of people including Lou Ferrigno, Pro Wrestler Superstar Bily Graham and many others who never made it big in the fitness world.
Dan, a true family man, has been married to Thelma for 60 years, and they have 5 children, 15 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. As he says, “health is you greatest wealth.”