CONFESSIONS OF A LUDDITE, MAKING A FITNESS BIBLE
Monday, March 14, 2011
I confess to being a Luddite, I have a dumb phone, it only makes phone calls. In my house a tablet is a stack of paper joined in a manner which allows me to remove one sheet at a time. A reader is what I am when I am enjoying the printed word. I am even a Luddite when it comes to fitness using such archaic technology as bodyweight exercises, resistance bands, Indian clubs and kettle bells.
The history of bodyweight exercises are lost in the mists of time being featured in the frescoes of Greek and Roman origin (to see a killer bodyweight circuit Google Hindu strength training videos). Resistance bands were the first use of India rubber in the mid 19th Century for rehabilitation exercises and all the strongmen of the later 19th Century and early 20th Century used some version of an expandable band or springs. There were event competitions involving them. The oldest manual I have in my library on training with Indian clubs was has a copyright date of1866.Kettle bells were common in gyms of the late 19th Century and existed long before having originated in Scotland in the 18th Century. My cardio programmes include walking, running (barefoot) cycling (multi speed bicycles were first seen in the late 19th Century) and skipping rope.
The word bible comes from the Greek biblia "the books". Therefore biblia in Greek and Late Latin is neuter plural (gen. bibliorum) and not a single book. Using this plural I will suggest a home bible of fitness books.
In no order of priority the titles I recommend are:
1. The New Rules of Lifting for Women/Men Schuler et al
2. Body for Life Bill Phillips
3. Fitness for Dummies Schlosberg et al
4. You Are your own Gym Mark Lauren
5. No Excuses! Fitness Workout Harvey Walden IV
6. Ten Minutes’ Exercise for Busy Men; A Complete Course in Physical Education: Five Separate Courses, Free Work, Chest Weights, Dumb Bells, Wands Indian Clubs (Copyright 1902)
7. Anatomy for Women for Strength and Fitness Mark Vella
8. Power to the People Pavel Tsatsouline
9. From Russia with Tough Love Pavel Tsatsouline
10.Cycling for Health, Fitness and Well-Being James C.
When you purchase a fitness DVD you purchase a fish, when you purchase a fitness book, read it and use it you learn how to fish.
Thus endeth the lesson for today.