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Exercises for Gentlemen Written by Alfred B. Olsen and M. Ellsworth Olsen
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Exercises for Gentlemen: 50 Exercises to Do With Your Suit On

Written by Alfred B. Olsen and M. Ellsworth Olsen

  • April 13, 2010
  • Hardcover
  • Humor - General
  • Universe
  • 4-1/4 x 7
  • $14.95
  • $18.95
  • 978-0-7893-2037-7

About This Book

Laugh your way to a better you! For those too busy to go to the gym, try some of the fitness advice provided in this 1908 classic revisited. In today’s challenging business environment, the achieving executive needs every possible advantage, fitness included. If gym fees and personal trainers do not fit into your schedule or budget, Exercises for Gentlemen offers just what the trainer would have ordered. With excerpts and original illustrations from The School of Health—the classic health reference of the early 1900s—here is a "practical course in physical culture" designed as a fitness program not even requiring a pair of exercise shorts, let alone joining a health club. What results is both an entertaining glimpse of times gone by, and an exercise regime ideally suited to the modern man with neither the time nor the inclination to change clothes when he steps out from the busy office. This book contains detailed guidance on everything from knee bends and arm bends to proper posture, bathing, and homeopathic remedies—all to be taken with a suitable dose of humor. A daily regime of a mere fifteen minutes of be-suited exercise is guaranteed to "reduce undue fullness at the waist, square the shoulders, round out the arms, improve leg development, and, in short, make a more graceful, strong, and symmetrical man."

About the Author

Alfred B. Olsen, MD, was the superintendent of England’s Surrey Hills Hydropathic Sanitarium, and M. Ellsworth Olsen, MA, was the editor of Good Health Journal in 1908.


  • "This little gem of a book—subtitled 50 Exercises to Do with Your Suit On—brings a cheeky light heartedness to the tiresome task of daily fitness" ~Forbes Life

    "Dr. Alfred B. Olsen's cheeky new book explains that not only can one exercise while spiffily attired, but that doing so creates 'a more shapely body and attractive mind and spirit.'  Riiight.  If you're not sure where to start in this pocket guide, flip to its index and decide if you'd prefer to read about 'malodorous sweat,' or 'cold mitten friction'.  Either way, you won't need to shed that Band of Outsiders three-piece to perfect your 'graceful carriage'." ~Nylon

    "It happens. You wake up in Marrakesh with nothing but a suit, a headache and an insatiable desire to exercise. That's where this book comes in—it will teach you 50 different ways to stretch, lift and generally give your body a workout, while wearing formal garb. And should you choose to indulge in the occasional bit of sans-clothes relaxation, there's also a chapter on sponge baths."

    "...the advice and diagrams dole out here are still practical tips for the manly man and the curious woman."

    "Exercises is essentially the men's magazine of a century ago"

    "Quaint but not antiquated, the little illustrations of man-in-suit movements will amuse as well as instruct."

    "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."
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