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Chris ‘Sticks’ Bostick
(1951 - 2019)

Chris ‘Sticks’ Bostick at his drawing desk.

Chris was a friend, fellow iron lifter, and a longtime contributor to Muscles of Iron. He often intertwined his passion for art with his devotion to physical culture. Through this union, he produced a dazzling array of muscle-cartoon drawings. ‘Sticks’ also left behind several writings which captured and preserved his broad and insightful thoughts about productive strength training. His work output was both enormous in scope and a testament to his ingenuity and originality.

When I first met Chris, I was blown away by his mechanical foresight and aptitude. He designed, illustrated, and built his own exercise equipment with the upmost of talent. He had a design plan to solve just about any training problem, both elegantly and economically. I can't tell you how many times I looked at a piece of strength equipment ‘Sticks’ built and thought to myself, “Why didn't I think of that?”

Although Chris is no longer with us, we can still enjoy and benefit from his vast muscle-building catalog of articles, drawings, and tidbits. Many of these works were written or produced specifically for Muscles of Iron.

The purpose of this memorial is to showcase the great work “Sticks” did for MOI. This showcase is both a tribute to my lost friend and a gift to the lifting community he so much revered. You will surely be find many gems here that will help you build strength, muscle and power.

Yours in strength,
Robert Drucker

Chris Sticks Bostick sitting at an art table with some of his drawings.
Chris ‘Sticks’ Bostick at work in his home art studio. Photograph courtesy of Diane Bostick.
Chris Sticks Bostick standing in front of and pointing to his leverage muscle-building machine.
Chris ‘Sticks’ Bostick showing his leverage muscle-building apparatus. Photograph courtesy of Peter Yates.

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