Look at them carefully as they pass, and you will see that scarcely one in ten is…thoroughly well-built. Some slouch their shoulders and double in at the waist;…this one has one shoulder higher than the other and that one both too high; some have heavy bodies and light legs; others the reverse; and so on, each with his own peculiarities.
How to Get Strong and How to Stay So by William Blaikie
A thoroughly…well-proportioned man, easy and graceful in his movements, is far from a frequent site. In fact, this could be the opening to just about any fitness book! And what the hell is up with that cover anyway? Long before TV, radio, the airplane and the automobile even existed, Blaikie was writing about fitness. Love your new iPhone?
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But surely a book written in the decade following the Civil War seriously, this shit blows my mind would have no bearing on our modern, high tech society? Blaikie does lay out some pretty darned sound advice. But nothing about muscle confusion or kipping pull-ups! Blaikie promotes squats and presses and pullups.
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Yes ladies, nearly a century and a half before the Girls Gone Strong movement, Blaikie was making his case for the fairer sex to train hard! Similar to the opening paragraph describing the unfit New York male, Blaikie describes the then state of female fitness as such:. Instead of high chests, plump arms, comely figures, and a graceful and handsome mien, you constantly see flat chests, angular shoulders, often round and warped forward, with scrawny necks, pipe-stem arms, narrow backs, and a weak walk.
He also discusses the plight of physical education at all levels of academia. We already know enough exercises. Staying strong in the midst of hardship requires you to manage your thoughts, feelings, and behavior.
Paying attention to all three areas will help you emerge from your struggles even stronger than before. To remember how to stay strong during life's toughest challenges, follow the ABC formula. Acceptance doesn't mean agreement. Instead, it's about acknowledging what is happening from a realistic standpoint.
How to get strong and how to stay so
So while you may not agree with things like racism, you can accept that it happens. Digging in your heels and saying, "I shouldn't have to deal with this," only wastes your valuable time and energy. Accepting what is happening right now--regardless of whether you think it's right--is the first step in deciding how to respond. For example, one person stuck in a traffic jam says, "This isn't fair! Why do these things always have to happen to me?
He starts banging his fists on the dashboard and screaming at other drivers. Another driver who is stuck in the same traffic jam reminds himself, "There are millions of cars on the road every day. Traffic jams are bound to happen sometimes.
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