Iran’s national sport is the strength training system found in the zurkhaneh (house of strength), where bodybuilders and wrestlers are steeped in both Zarathrushran and Islamic traditions. Training at the zurkhaneh combines physical prowess and moral training, and is a fascinating counterpart to other martial practices around the world.
SOURCE: Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Vol. 13 No. 1 (2004): 26 pages.