Most, if not ALL of what the old time physical culturists and strongmen had to say on the topic of health and fitness are worth double their weight in “gold” – – and are just as applicable today if not more.
Of course, modern day men (the vast majority, at any rate) are anything BUT anything even comparable to the old time physical culturists – – or even old timers in general.
“Men” these days (and I use the quotes for a reason) have turned into a pale, sorry, coffieured, manicured, pedicured, “metro-secksual” versions of what they were SUPPOSED to be – not to mention weak and flabby to the extreme.
My good buddy Marc made a telling comment the other day.
“Most men these days have NO clue on how to fight – let alone have even basic fighting skills”.
I agreed, and he went on.
“Every real man should have at least some basic fighting skills – purely for self defense if needed. Most men these days think that living in modern day society eliminates this necessity, but they are mistaken – big time”.
There was more to this convo that I’ll get into later, but he’s right, my friend. He’s so right – and I’m “downgrading it a notch” and not even getting into fighting skills.
No – what I’m talking about today is general fitness – and what I’m about to tell you are the five fitness benchmarks that fitness pioneer and strongman Earlier Liederman wrote in his book “Endurance”.
These are benchmarks Liederman, an accomplished old time physical culture enthusiast firmly believer EVERY man should attain in terms of fitness.
And so do it.
And before the “modern day men” out there start whinging about how it’s not applicable to them – guess what – it IS, my friend.
Here they are, in particular order then.
Every man (I’d say REAL man) should be able to do the following – –
- Swim at least half a mile or more without stopping
- Run at TOP speed 200 yards or more.
- Jump over obstacles higher than his waist
- Chin himself (until his chin touches his hands) at least 15 to 20 times.
- Dip between parallel bars / chairs at least 25 times or more.
These, according to Liederman were the bare bones basics every man should strive to attain in terms of fitness – because you NEVER know what might happen.
You never know when you might be stuck in a fire – – or an emergency – – or have to save your own life – – or others as well.
You NEVER know when disaster might strike – – and indeed, it strikes when we are at our most unwary and complacent.
In his own words –
If he can accomplish these things he need have no fear concerning the safety of his life should he be forced into an emergency from which he alone may be able to save himself.”
And as I said before, these words ring AS true today as they did in “days bygone”.
Liederman was really the pioneer of fitness marketing – and mail order courses, even before Charles Atlas put out his famous courses – Liederman had “blazed the trail in that regard” before even him. (Atlas worked with him later).
Here are but a few quotes from the great man –
“A man should look good from every angle. He should have curves and contour rather than great, disfiguring ridges of muscles. He should have a development which is possible for attainment by almost any average boy or young man, who will apply himself to development and cultivate strength, speed and perfect health.”
“The fact that 90 percent of the measurements given out by famous strong men are grossly exaggerated.”
“You cannot develop the legs without developing the lungs at the same time.”
“clasping the hands behind the hips with warms stiff, and forcing the shoulders back as far as possible, until the shoulder blades touch.”
And so forth – the last being a GREAT isometric most people aren’t even aware of. . .
I invite the “modern day man” to take this one simple fitness test, my friend – and report back on the results.
Heck, I’ll make it even easier.
I’ll remove the swimming and replace it with 50 pushups – – and I’ll eliminate the pull-ups and dips altogether.
And it’s sad ,but true, but even with the above done, most “modern day men” would be hard pressed to complete even part of the pushups – – let alone the rest of it.
I think you get the point here, my friend.
Get in shape – and do so naturally.
Benching 500 pounds may look good in the gym and may be good for your ego – but it’ll do NEXT TO NOTHING at all in terms of functional fitness – – or saving your life.
Squatting an elephant won’t make you run any faster, my friend.
And so forth. Get on the stick NOW – – and get on the stick in terms of real world fitness programs – – the best of which being the 0 Excuses Fitness System – – and before long, you’ll not only pass the test Liederman outlined – – but you’ll be surpassing it.
And at that point, I’ll pat you on the shoulders, look you in the eye and congratulate you heartily – – not just for having built a solid base – – but also for getting in good enough shape to be able to save your life (as well as others dependent upon you) if required.
This System truly is the best, my friend. There truly is no other like it. Get on the stick NOW – and watch your fitness levels SOAR.
P.S. – And yes, this System is only for those that are SERIOUS about building some real health, strength and fitness. If you’re part of the “men need pedicures” as well crowd, well, this probably ain’t for you. If you’re part of the “bros at the gym pumping” flock, this certainly ain’t for you either. . .
P.S #2 – But if you’re a REAL man – or aspire to be ONE – well – then – this IS the perfect System for you – and can be picked up right HERE – http://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/
P.P.S #1 – I went for a haircut the other day, and was in line – but I wasn’t waiting for others to get done with their haircut. No I was waiting for a fat, jowly male monstrosity to get done with his facial and pedicure. Whats the world come to when men not only think its ok NOT to be real men, but openly flaunt it? Ugggggggggghhhhhhhh ….!