Exercises for Gentlemen Giveaway

by Brett & Kate McKay on May 10, 2010 · 212 comments

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“Study the lives of the men who have left their mark in the history of the world, and, though they may differ in many respects, you will find that they were mostly alike in possessing a certain firmness of muscular texture, and the ability to endure severe strain, physical and mental.” -Exercises for Gentlemen

Something I enjoy doing is browsing through old books about things like etiquette and exercise. I love to get that peek into another time period. The stuff that’s outdated is now humorous, but there is always a surprising amount of wisdom that’s just as true now as it was then.

So I thought the idea behind a new book, Exercises for Gentlemen: 50 Exercises to Do With Your Suit On, was great. Drawn from The School of Health, a forgotten classic of the early 1900s, Exercises for Gentlemen: 50 Exercises to Do With Your Suit On offers up excerpts and illustrations from the original physical fitness course book. Back before going to the gym became mainstream, men looked for ways to keep strong and limber in their everyday lives-things they could do on the go without even taking off their suit. Each chapter of the book focuses on exercises targeting specific parts of the body, like head and trunk, or arms and shoulders, with later chapters discussing personal hygiene and “tonic measures,” such as sponge baths and oil rubs. While still practical and beneficial for the modern man, many of the entries are unintentionally comical. It’s a fun little book that will fit in your pocket. Here are a couple of excerpts:

How to Win a Copy of Exercises for Gentlemen

I’ve got one copy of Exercises for Gentlemen: 50 Exercises to Do With Your Suit On to give away to an AoM reader. If you’d like a chance to win it, leave a comment describing an exercise you can do outside the gym as part of your daily life-when you’re at work, on the go, or traveling. We’ll randomly draw one of the comments to be the winner. The giveaway ends May 16, 2010 at 10:00 pm Central Standard Time.

201 JMerrill May 14, 2010 at 8:31 am

I call it the 2 year old leg lift. You will need a chair and a two year old child. Sit comfortably in any chair, as soon as you are nice and relaxed your two year old runs and jumps on your legs. With the child’s arms firmly wrapped around your legs , extend your legs until they are straight out in front of you. Your child should be giggling. Repeat until you feel the burn. Quickly stand up and hug child. Combined with the two year old toss up, and the piggy back ride you should be in shape in no time.

202 Patrick Sims May 14, 2010 at 10:00 am

I always walk at a swift pace, and often take the stairs twice

203 Kevin May 14, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Self Resistance Workouts. Every muscle in your body has an opposing muscle, and your body works best when the two muscles (or groups) are of comparable strength. You can perform any motion adding your own resistance, such as slowly curling your arm as you tighten both your bicep and tricep. It’s great because you get continual resistance throughout the range of motion, cannot use momentum to help you perform the exercise, and work more muscles in a shorter period of time.

204 Gary Fulford May 14, 2010 at 5:30 pm

The best exercise of all for anywhere is walking. You can do it anywhere, in any kind of weather and in what ever you happen to be wearing. Its great for keeping you fit and for losing weight. Most people don’t know that you can lose a pound a week by doing a brisk walk every day and without changing your diet. That’s 52 pounds a year with little effort. What could be better than that!

205 marshall May 15, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Outside of gym.
Every other day.
Jog one mile
5 sets of 20 pushups
5 sets of 50 curls (25lb dumbells)
5 sets of 50 crunches
5 sets of 20 Hindu or “jump squats”
Whole workout takes between 25 and 35 min.

Also at work, when standing, I try and stay on my toes, something my grandpa said he always did.

206 Lev May 16, 2010 at 12:47 pm

When standing in the bus I like to hold my backpack, shopping bag, or whatever I may be holding next to me or a little in front of me and keep it in a ‘curl’ position. In other words, I do a curl with it and stop half way up. I hold that until I get tired and switch to the other arm. It doesn’t have to be a curl either, any sort of exercise on the shoulders and arms will do!

207 Lee May 16, 2010 at 6:09 pm

When I find myself spacing out on the subway, I try to keep awake by doing some calf raises. It can be quite a challenge in a moving car. I also like to “subway surf” which involves keeping your balance without holding onto anything. Not very advisable with a crowded car.

208 Mithun May 16, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Few exercise I can do in Office are:
1. Stretching the Wrists Backwards
2. Rotating the eyeballs
3. Flexing the back forward and backward
4. Rotating the Ankles and knees

209 Nathaniel Kothbauer May 18, 2010 at 6:37 pm

I use a moderately heavy book to do forearm curls.

210 Dimitrios May 20, 2010 at 12:07 am

I am but seventeen years old yet I know the importance of exercise of mind and body. I never go to the gym and I rarely use weights. Every night before I sleep with few exceptions, I do the following:

40 plyometric push-ups with raised legs
40 normal raised leg pushups
80 squats
90 calf raises
200 crunches
These numbers increase as I gain more stamina.

211 Jon Durco May 20, 2010 at 1:10 am

A lot of people have mentioned just taking the stairs instead of elevators and escalators, but it’s even more beneficial to run up the stairs.

212 Stephen May 20, 2010 at 11:05 pm

Here’s a great exercise for anyone who wants to strengthen their grip. It’s especially good for rock climbers and guitar players.

1. Hold your arms straight out in front of you, parallel with the ground, with your wrists bent back so that your palms face outward.
2. Tighten your hands into fists.
3. Open your hands and splay your fingers as wide (and as far back) as you can.
4. Alternate 2 and 3 as fast as you can. Try to do 3 sets of 100. Your forearms will BURN.

My hands felt noticeably stronger after only a few days of doing this exercise.

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