Checkley Natural Method of Physical Training
Checkley Natural Method of Physical Training by Edwin Checkley, has a great sub-heading that makes it the perfect text for the Internal Force Fitness treatment:
Making Muscle & Reducing Flesh Without Dieting Or Apparatus
– In other words, get stronger and leaner without using any equipment!
This latest edition to the Internal Force Fitness library is a fully formatted and edited copy of this classic Edwin Checkley text. Despite being over 100 years old, the advice is as pertinent today as it was back then, perhaps even more so!
This 140-page fully formatted pdf is NOT the poor-quality reproduction you may see elsewhere. All of the images have been tidied up, the text is clear and crisp, and I have added a wealth of explanatory information in the form of ‘notes.’
One of the exercises in ‘Checkley’s Dozen’ you may be familiar with as a ‘Hindu squat’, still one of the very best exercises of its type over one HUNDRED years later. A COMPLETELY natural method of physical training!
Natural Method of Physical Training and Internal Power!
One phrase alone in the books introduction would have made this text suitable for the Internal Force Fitness review treatment:
Power comes from within, and you must be careful not to overload your motor.
In this modern world of progressive overload training, high-intensity training, and training to failure, it is refreshing to see a text start by stating “inordinate exertion” is to be avoided, and that quite simply:
If you stand and move properly, which means that you use your muscles properly, you keep your internal machinery oiled.
And remember, this involves only a natural method of physical training.
THE Natural Method of Physical Training!
Checkley firmly believed that everyone ought to be strong, but that muscular strength was secondary to vital strength, and that the only really lasting muscular strength came from inward health.
He insisted on flexibility, and by that, he meant not only suppleness of muscles but also the flexibility of the rib-box, and easy working of all the joints.
Good stuff so far!
Checkley believed that so fully “endorsed by nature” was his system, that he might, if not for the appearance of egotism (in other words being a big head), have called this book “THE Natural Method of Physical Training,” instead of using the indefinite “A”.
The text outlines a plan for bodily development that is not dependent on any appliances whatever, “that will build up the frame of the slender and reduce the unwelcome proportions of the corpulent without the employment of machinery or harsh and weakening methods of dieting”.
Although quite a long book, I personally find it very interesting, and there are some valuable nuggets of information inside. I also find Checkley to be an engaging writer. The exercises contained within will be of great use if practiced as described.
Another ‘classic’ exercise that appears in up-to-date routines such as Radio Taiso.
Try the Checkley way today!*
* I should note that a standard disclaimer, as always, must apply to a text of this age. While I have highlighted segments that may cause a particular issue, always seek professional advice if you are unsure about embarking on a new program of exercise.
Richie Neville | Founder
Internal Force Fitness