Joe Weider Dead at 93

Bodybuilding icon and pioneer Joe Weider changed the sport as we know it and leaves behind indelible legacy

March 23, 2013

By Frank Hoffmann

The bodybuilding world has suffered another great loss. Earlier today, it was reported that Joe Weider, the father of modern bodybuilding, has passed away. In a week that has seen the death of Nasser El Sonbaty, the passing of Joe Weider comes as yet another crushing blow to the already mourning bodybuilding community.

As the co-founder of the International Federation of Bodybuilding (IFBB) and the creator of the Mr. Olympia, bodybuilding as we know it today would not be the same had it not been for Joe Weider’s contributions to the sport. Even from a young age, Joe knew that his calling, his passion in life, was bodybuilding. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Joe Weider was barley a teenager when he built a set of barbells out of scrap car parts and published his first of many bodybuilding magazines, which today can be found on newsstands all over the world. Joe Weider, and the Weider family, have dedicated their entire lives to developing and promoting, not only the sport for bodybuilding, but the entire health and fitness movement.

As we mourn the loss of Joe Weider, let’s take solace in the fact that he lived a long, full life doing exactly what he loved to do. Let us also give thanks to the man whose lifelong commitment to bringing health and fitness to the masses has changed the lives of millions. Thank you, Joe. May you rest in peace.

Weider’s passing comes almost a year to date since that of fellow bodybuilding icon and publishing giant Robert Kennedy

Frank Hoffmann is a former NCAA and Professional CFL football player from Toronto, whose passion for health and fitness stems from his years as a personal trainer. Frank works as a freelance fitness and lifestyle writer while holding down a nine to five job and believes having a full-time job is no excuse to not be fit. Check out his fitness blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Nine2Fit.