The Daily Dozen by Walter Camp Pamphlet
The Daily Dozen by Walter Camp is a simple little pamphlet, but one that I think is sure to inspire you! Pamphlets are quite rightly (in my opinion) making a huge comeback. It used to be that for $0.25 (or $0.05 in this case!) you could get your hands on a small booklet that would help you to learn almost anything! Once you mastered the basics you could then move on to a correspondence course, where on a pay-as-you-go schedule you could gradually build up your knowledge (or your body) on a monthly basis. These small but packed publications could fit easily in your pocket to be brought out to fill in a spare moment or for reference. Notations were made in pencil and there was a sense of OWNERSHIP about these cheaply produced little publications.
This 17 page pdf reproduction of the 1920 Daily Dozen booklet is packed full of inspiration for the modern person looking to shake off the tiredness a modern lifestyle brings. Here’s how the pamphlet starts – and it’s interesting to note that Camp, like a certain Mr Charles Atlas, should turn to the example of the caged animal:
Keeping Young At Forty
BY WALTER CAMP
WHEN you next go to the Zoo, or the circus, see whether you can find a lion or a tiger exercising with a dumbbell in each paw! Has your dog ever surprised you by working at the chest weights when you took him with you to the gymnasium where you obtain your weekly exercise? Of course he hasn’t. Caged and domesticated animals do not “exercise.” Yet lion and tiger and dog keep fitter than you do. Even the caged lion is more powerful, proportionately, than we are. He comes nearer to being as strong, even though he is caged, as his wild brother, than do we to being as strong as a savage, or as our own primitive ancestors. You can see what the tame animals do if you study them carefully; and a little later on you will see how to turn their example to account.
We are caged animals, even though we don’t see the bars that imprison us, just as much as are the beasts on exhibition in the Zoo. And captivity, whether it is enforced by superior strength or just by the force of circumstance, brings about all sorts of changes in the habits of daily life. Departures from natural, primitive customs are necessary. We don’t live today, we don’t use our bodies, as our Stone Age ancestors lived and used theirs. And so we, as well as the caged animals and the domesticated ones, let a good many of our muscles fall into disuse.
From: The Daily Dozen by Walter Camp
Other headings include:
- Our Muscles Play us False
- Stand Up! How Did You Do It?
- Some Neglected Muscles
- Swedish Drill Tire You
- You Too Are a Caged Animal
- Salvation Isn’t Won in a Day
- Good-Bye Headaches!
- The Dollar-a-Year Men
- Don’t Make Work of Your Play
Go on, check out the original Daily Dozen by Walter Camp today and be inspired!
*While it IS possible to learn the Daily Dozen movements from this pamphlet, it is primarily the TEXT that is of interest in this reproduction.
Also available for the Kindle.