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True Father of Fitness

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Heard of him a while back, but never bothered to read about it. Pretty interesting.

Pros: In 1915, he was advocating strategic fasting, digestive aids, ergonomic chairs, and barefoot walking. Bashed white bread. Wrote about “The Milk Diet” (drinking up to 6 quarts/1.5 gallons of raw milk daily). Guess this could be a con.) He changed his name from Bernard to Bernarr because it sounded more like a lion’s roar.

Cons: He called clothes “a necessary evil”, was an advocate of recreational sex (guess this could be a pro), wrote about the health benefits of laughing and singing (including how to do both for maximum effect), and founded a religion called “cosmotarianism.”

Overall, yeah, definitely under-rated in fitness history.

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wikipedia says he was a vegetarian?

[quote]andrew_live wrote:
wikipedia says he was a vegetarian?[/quote]

No, though he did eat meat infrequently and advocated fruits, veggies, whole grains… the man seemed not just ahead of his time, but a pioneer, so he may have gotten some things wrong :wink:

Eh, he did indeed seem ahead of his time. I went through the rest of the wikipedia stuff on him. Pretty amazing.

damn did he ever write a crap load of books. Over 100. Fitness wise he was a total pioneer and ahead of his time. Evidently though he was also a proponent of the Bates method for correcting eyesight problems by staring into the sun bwahahha.

He’s pretty tiny.

[quote]jp_dubya wrote:
He’s pretty tiny. [/quote]

Well, it was all about aesthetics over mass back then -lmao

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Eh, he wasn’t really that small for his time. Dont forget that this was around when people thought Sandlow was ‘muscle bound’ and ‘huge’.

[quote]Chris Colucci wrote:
Pros: In 1915, he was advocating strategic fasting, digestive aids, ergonomic chairs, and barefoot walking. Bashed white bread. Wrote about “The Milk Diet” (drinking up to 6 quarts/1.5 gallons of raw milk daily). Guess this could be a con.) He changed his name from Bernard to Bernarr because it sounded more like a lion’s roar.

Cons: He called clothes “a necessary evil”, was an advocate of recreational sex (guess this could be a pro), wrote about the health benefits of laughing and singing (including how to do both for maximum effect), and founded a religion called “cosmotarianism.”

Overall, yeah, definitely under-rated in fitness history.[/quote]

Sure you didn’t mix up your pros & cons?

[quote]Schwarzfahrer wrote:

[quote]Chris Colucci wrote:
Pros: In 1915, he was advocating strategic fasting, digestive aids, ergonomic chairs, and barefoot walking. Bashed white bread. Wrote about “The Milk Diet” (drinking up to 6 quarts/1.5 gallons of raw milk daily). Guess this could be a con.) He changed his name from Bernard to Bernarr because it sounded more like a lion’s roar.

Cons: He called clothes “a necessary evil”, was an advocate of recreational sex (guess this could be a pro), wrote about the health benefits of laughing and singing (including how to do both for maximum effect), and founded a religion called “cosmotarianism.”

Overall, yeah, definitely under-rated in fitness history.[/quote]

Sure you didn’t mix up your pros & cons?[/quote]

That kind of all sounds positive. Back before raw milk was outlawed. The good times. From what I read it sounds like he could do one legged pistol squats like nobody’s business. He’d do a bunch and then challenge young guys in the audience to keep up with him. No one could. Then his wife would jump off a 7 ft tall platform onto his stomach and bound off.

Proof that doctors learning curve is way slower than his was.
In Canada we can eat horse meat, real lean. Is it still banned in USA?

[quote]BHappy wrote:
Proof that doctors learning curve is way slower than his was.
In Canada we can eat horse meat, real lean. Is it still banned in USA?[/quote]

Yep. As long as the horse maintains an almost iconic, mythic status here in the US, they will be deemed inedible.

[quote]Iron Dwarf wrote:

[quote]BHappy wrote:
Proof that doctors learning curve is way slower than his was.
In Canada we can eat horse meat, real lean. Is it still banned in USA?[/quote]

Yep. As long as the horse maintains an almost iconic, mythic status here in the US, they will be deemed inedible. [/quote]

At least they didn’t ban buffalo and venison meat.

Yet.

[quote]Iron Dwarf wrote:

[quote]BHappy wrote:
Proof that doctors learning curve is way slower than his was.
In Canada we can eat horse meat, real lean. Is it still banned in USA?[/quote]

Yep. As long as the horse maintains an almost iconic, mythic status here in the US, they will be deemed inedible. [/quote]

I will eat whatever the fuck I want.

[quote]Iron Dwarf wrote:

[quote]BHappy wrote:
Proof that doctors learning curve is way slower than his was.
In Canada we can eat horse meat, real lean. Is it still banned in USA?[/quote]

Yep. As long as the horse maintains an almost iconic, mythic status here in the US, they will be deemed inedible. [/quote]

Yea this is more of a social/moral thing it has nothing to do with quality of meat etc.

[quote]Schwarzfahrer wrote:

[quote]Chris Colucci wrote:
Pros: In 1915, he was advocating strategic fasting, digestive aids, ergonomic chairs, and barefoot walking. Bashed white bread. Wrote about “The Milk Diet” (drinking up to 6 quarts/1.5 gallons of raw milk daily). Guess this could be a con.) He changed his name from Bernard to Bernarr because it sounded more like a lion’s roar.

Cons: He called clothes “a necessary evil”, was an advocate of recreational sex (guess this could be a pro), wrote about the health benefits of laughing and singing (including how to do both for maximum effect), and founded a religion called “cosmotarianism.”

Overall, yeah, definitely under-rated in fitness history.[/quote]

Sure you didn’t mix up your pros & cons?[/quote]
Pretty sure, yep.

Unless you’re a nudist sexaholic with a penchant for hysterics and singing everyday before breakfast, in which case, sorry, yeah, flip those categories.

[quote]Chris Colucci wrote:

[quote]Schwarzfahrer wrote:

[quote]Chris Colucci wrote:
Pros: In 1915, he was advocating strategic fasting, digestive aids, ergonomic chairs, and barefoot walking. Bashed white bread. Wrote about “The Milk Diet” (drinking up to 6 quarts/1.5 gallons of raw milk daily). Guess this could be a con.) He changed his name from Bernard to Bernarr because it sounded more like a lion’s roar.

Cons: He called clothes “a necessary evil”, was an advocate of recreational sex (guess this could be a pro), wrote about the health benefits of laughing and singing (including how to do both for maximum effect), and founded a religion called “cosmotarianism.”

Overall, yeah, definitely under-rated in fitness history.[/quote]

Sure you didn’t mix up your pros & cons?[/quote]
Pretty sure, yep.

Unless you’re a nudist sexaholic with a penchant for hysterics and singing everyday before breakfast, in which case, sorry, yeah, flip those categories.[/quote]

There’s no need to drag Pushharder into this.

[quote]super saiyan wrote:

[quote]Chris Colucci wrote:
Unless you’re a nudist sexaholic with a penchant for hysterics and singing everyday before breakfast, in which case, sorry, yeah, flip those categories.[/quote]
There’s no need to drag Pushharder into this.[/quote]