All About Don‚Äč

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Don Howorth was born on November 9, 1935 in Los Angeles, California. He was the only child of Don and Francis Howorth. He was involved in gymnastics at Mark Keppel High School which led his training with weights. In 1956, he met Steve Reeves at American Health Studios and that inspired him to hype the shoulder-to-waist ratio that was so popular back then. In 1958, he injured 2 spinal discs while employed by Western Electric. It took him 6 months to be able to move and 5 years to fully recover. 

Don joined in the Pasadena gym owned by Gene Mozee and then went to Vince's gym where he packed on 60 pounds in 4 years. He was back in the bodybuilding scene. He won a couple of titles from 1961 until 1965 (Please see Awards tab). He appeared on a TV episode of Wild Wild West, with a role of a muscular blacksmith. Don got married in 1960, and has one daughter, Karen, born in 1964. He has three grandchildren. Today at 82 years old he still trains at least 3 times a week. 

He walked away from it all, never returned. You won't be able find any of Don Howorth's training courses, how he got his legendary V taper, until today.


1963 August Strength and Health

1963 December, Vol 23, Num 2, IronMan

1964 JulyVol 1, Num 7, Muscular Development

1965 April, Vol 15, Num 2 Muscle Builder

1965 August Strength and Health

1965 September, Volume 7, Number 9, Mr America

1966 December, Volume 8, Number 9, Mr America

1967 May, Volume 26, Number 4, IronMan

1967 October, Volume 9, Number 7, Muscle Builder

1968 April, Volume 9, Number 12, Mr America


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