Laughing during exercise session

Making Fitness Fun

Making Fitness Fun Making fitness fun is easy – you just have to start enjoying it! For some people, of course, it is not as simple as that, but that doesn’t mean that fitness can’t BECOME fun by altering how you approach it. Richie, the Internal Force Fitness mascot, has fun when he is exercising. Being a cartoon makes things a lot simpler, however – I literally just have to draw a smile on him, and presto chango = he’s Read More

Leg Raise Abdominal Exercise

Fitness ABC – Abdominal Leg Raise

Fitness ABC – Letter F stands for FOOTBALL! You don’t have to be sporty to do this next exercise in the ABC of Fitness. Although the picture uses a footballer for illustrative purposes, it is just to give you an idea of a REAL WORLD application of this bodyweight exercise. This is simply a standing leg raise exercise that is excellent for your core and midsection. It is going to specifically target the lower abdominal muscles, and, as it involves Read More

ABC Fitness D for Duck

Fitness ABC – Letter D

Fitness ABC – Letter D is actually for “Der Dampfer” or “Steam-ship”.  For our purposes I think we can refer to it as: Drop your feet down! Leg Raise Exercise This is simply a leg raise (and a leg drop!) exercise – one of the BEST abdominal exercises there is! Lie flat on the floor with arms stretched overhead and toes stretched forward. In this position you should be as LONG as you can possibly be! Image you are a Read More

ABC Fitness Bridge

Fitness ABC – Letter B

Fitness ABC – Letter B stands for BRIDGE. Now normally I don’t deal with exercises that involve getting on the ground, but I’ll make an exception in this case. The Bridge exercise detailed here is going to work your belly, butt, hips, arms AND back; in other words it is a real all-rounder! Bridge Exercise Those of you familiar with yoga or Pilates may be saying “that isn’t the bridge – that’s the reverse table top…” Let’s just break this Read More

ABC Fitness Breathing

Fitness ABC – Letter A

Fitness ABC – Letter A is brought to you by the wonderful Edi Polz. Polz published many books on gymnastics for the masses in the 1930’s /40’s, and what marked them out was the sense of FUN he included, utilizing cartoons such as the ones in the series I’m going to begin today. It’s the same sense of fun I try to bring to Internal Force Fitness, because fitness should be fun. I will go through the entire alphabet eventually, 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