Daniel Lurie was born in Brooklyn, New York City on April 1, 1923 and is considered to be one of the founding fathers of modern day bodybuilding. Dan is the only man to ever win the Mr. America title and "America's Most Muscular Man" four times, which he did before his 26th birthday in 1949.
Dan stopped competing because the AAU at the time said that he was professional and that is when he started the International Federation of Body Builders (IFBB). He did this not only to help his gyms called the Dan Lurie Gyms and Health Clubs but also to help promote the sport of bodybuilding.
His gyms became very popular and have attracted people like Sylvester Stallone as well as doing a public arm wrestle with President Ronald Reagan in 1984. Dan also discovered Lou Ferrigno, which still today is something that is questioned by his rival Joe Weider.
Dan started The World Body Building Guild in 1965, which is something that turned into the competition to Weider when a disagreement started about the IFBB. Often the two rival organizations would have bodybuilding shows on the same day just to go against each other.
Dan wrote a book about his life called Heart Of Steel which exposes the real truth about what happened with the creation of IFBB and his fight with Weider as well as how he got sued by Lou and Arnold. It also relates the story of how a boy with a heart problem who was supposed to die before he was 10 years old lived to the age of 90.
Dan died on November 6, 2013 at the age of 90 having made a permanent mark on the health and fitness industry. From selling weight-training equipment to running gyms and publishing muscle magazines he has done it all.
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