Take the TR/JFK 50-Mile Challenge

As an adherent of “the strenuous life” — a believer in “bodily vigor as a method of getting that vigor of soul without which vigor of the body counts for nothing” — Theodore Roosevelt tried to get in two hours of physical activity every afternoon. While serving as president, this exercise typically consisted of tennis matches,

Bodyweight Exercise Fundamentals: The Handstand

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from Overcoming Gravity: A Systematic Approach to Gymnastics and Bodyweight Strength by Steven Low. Several books could be written on handstands alone. The information presented here is condensed and will focus only on the most important points of each technique. Many of the finer details are so physical, so individual,

Isometrics at the Office

Editor’s note: The following excerpt comes from FM 21-20: Physical Readiness Training, an Army field manual published in 1969. It makes a note to soldiers in more administrative positions that they will need to do make-up workouts when their more active brethren are out on maneuverers: “If your assignment is such that you are ‘chairborne’ during the

Quiz: Are You Beautiful?

Beauty is a funny thing. If you could ask our society to define beauty, you’d get a very narrow answer. It’s an answer that is depicted in magazines, advertisements and almost all the media that we regularly consume. The thing is, beauty isn’t concrete. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Different societies and cultures have