Archive for Physical Culture and Its Revival

Brutal Recess Workshop

Had a chance to spend the day with Chip Conrad at a “Brutal Recess” workshop in Southern California.

“Stability, mobility and rotation through playfully intense movements.  That’s the Brutal Recess Concept,” according to Chip.

Wow, what a great time!  With Chip and his fellow trainer Tav as our guides, we took all sorts of familiar tools and movements and proceeded to get creative and funky with them.  The “Brutal Recess Mosey” was just one of dozens of things we covered.

Burpees combined with tumbling; pushups combined with joint mobility; lateral kettlebell swings; Sotts presses; yoga-inspired stretching and mobility routings.  And variation upon variation, leading the participants to realize just how limitless the possibilities truly are.

All in all, a blast and a real inspiration!


Mr. America

The Wall Street Journal recently published this review of Mr. America, a biography of Bernarr Macfadden.

Shown above posing at his 70th birthday, Macfadden was known as the originator and primary moving force behind the American “physical culture” movement.

The story of his life is interesting to follow, and we’re going to be on the lookout for this book at our local library (unless we break down and order it from Amazon first).

A History of Pedestrianism

A tip of the hat to Chip Conrad over at Bodytribe for this latest gem.  Check out his latest YouTube video on the timeless practice of pedestrianism.

We love this kind of stuff and can barely wait to see his upcoming DVD on the history of fitness.

Chip is our hero, a regular modern-day Bernarr Macfadden!