IFBB Pro Armand Tanny
Born March 5, 1919
Rochester, New York, USA
Featured in Strength & Health magazine at the age of 14, Tanny was an iron-game prodigy, trained by his elder brother Vic of gym-chain fame. He went on to compete in bodybuilding and weightlifting contests while also being one of the most prolific writers the industry has known.
In 1936, at the Buffalo, New York YMCA, during an Olympic lifting competition, he netted 175, 190 and 255 pounds in the three Olympic lifts (press, snatch and clean and jerk) for a 620-pound total. Five years later, when he placed second in the heavyweight class at the Junior Nationals in Akron, Ohio, he managed 230, 250 and 330 for an 810-pound total – a remarkable 190-pound increase! Perhaps even more impressive was his ability to clean a barbell – one-handed – weighing 300 pounds!
While in the navy, Tanny suffered a knee injury that resulted in an honorable discharge. Upon recovery, a career in pro wrestling saw him do battle in America’s Midwest, the Pacific Coast and Hawaii. After World War II, he relocated to Santa Monica, California, and his five professional phsyique competitions – all in 1949-50 – involved battling some of bodybuilding’s most famous stars: John Grimek, Clarence Ross, Steve Reeves, George Eiferman and Vince Gironda. His three victories were at the Mr. 1949 (sponsored by the American Professional Iron Game Association), the 1949 Pro Mr. America and the 1950 Pro Mr. USA.
Tanny’s writing career was fostered by his studies at the University of Rochester in New York and at the University of California in Los Angeles. He majored in languages and sciences and earned a postgraduate degree in physiotherapy.
Tanny begain writing for Weider Publications in May 1949 when he contributed to MUSCLE POWER magazine with his article “The Psychology Behind Weightlifting.” He would continue providing many more articles during the following half-century. By the time this is printed in FLEX, Tanny will have been hammering the weights for most of his 84 years!