Fitness Booklets

Return of the Fitness Booklet

Fitness booklets NEED to make a comeback! Self-produced pamphlets & fan-zines are quite rightly (in my opinion) already making a huge comeback as people take advantage of super cheap printing, or the abiltiy to find an audience online. They can get their work out there and at the same time circumvent the constrictive ‘rules’ of publishing. I believe there is still a market for the humble fitness booklet, and this is why… Fitness Booklets It used to be that for Read More

Summer Fun Exercise Fitness

Plan for Summer Fitness

Summer Fitness Everyone thinks they need a plan for summer fitness. Usually, it revolves around acquiring that mystical “summer beach body” – the toned and fit, (and weirdly, already tanned) body you see in magazines and commercials. People go about this exactly the same way all over the world. East some salad, cut out the rubbish for a bit and go to a couple of fitness classes. This ‘all out’ effort will usually begin around 6 weeks before the departure Read More

Group Exercises in History

Organised Systems of Physical Training

What follows is a reproduction of a newspaper article from The Daily Telegraph dated February 10, 1937. With the benefit of hindsight aspects of the program become chilling, but it is worth remembering that a German Sports Badge exists today with no such dark connotations. I reproduce this here to champion the idea of national (or indeed international) programs to improve the physical fitness of the average man and woman. GERMANY’S METHODS IN PHYSICAL TRAINING System of Competitive Sports for Read More

Get Strong

How to get Strong

How to Get Strong How to get strong is probably a question that is not asked as often as it once was. Less than a hundred years ago building strength was important to SURVIVE – either to come back from one of the many childhood ailments prevalent among the poor, or in order to work in one of the many heavy industries. Nowadays the question is more likely to be: How to LOOK fit, or ripped, or toned. In reality, Read More

About Internal Force Fitness

Japanese Ikigai Exercises

Japanese Ikigai Exercises Ikigai is a Japanese word which basically means ‘reason for being’ in the sense of answering “what should I do with my life??”. One of the ways to ‘unlock’ your ikigai is with Japanese Ikigai Exercises. It has been suggested that since the concept has its origins in the Japanese island of Okinawa – home to an unusually large population of people over 100 years old – that ikigai may hold the key to both happiness AND Read More

Best Fitness Test

Physical Efficiency: Keep Fit and Like It

Physical Efficiency: Keep Fit and Like It I love the term Physical Efficiency, it just sounds so much more like what the vast majority of people are trying to achieve. I don’t particularly want to be ripped or shredded; I will take efficient thank you very much! One of the reasons I love old fitness books rather than glitzy new workout programs is that they have different priorities. The chart below comes from a booklet called How to Keep Fit and Like it! published Read More