When I started this post for my blog, Shirl and You, I planned to tell you about Leslie Sansone’s “Walk At Home” indoor walk program. I think many of you are familiar with it,
but I wasn’t, not until I arrived here in Sarasota, Florida at the RV Park where we are staying. Before I began writing, my husband mentioned another exercise guru, Charles Atlas. Let’s take a quick look at both of these people.
At home, I exercise every morning using the “Sports Active” program on my Wi. I considered bringing the program with me, but to use it, requires more room than our R.V. provides, So I dropped that idea and wondered what I could do for a daily exercise program.That question is answered very simply here, at an awesome gymnasium built right here on the park grounds. However, in past years I had faithfully gone to a gym for fifteen years and was not looking forward to facing all those machines again. This is where Leslie Sansone’s “Walk At Home” program comes into play, but not in my home. Leslie is a fitness expert who believes we can walk our way to health and wellness.
Each weekday morning here, 40-50 women meet at 9:00 a.m. in a large recreation hall,
and using one of Leslie’s DVD’s, they walk two miles. I decided to join them. Each mile takes 15 minutes as we power walk, perform multi-muscle moves and add strength training with the use of stretch bands. In one-half hour I’m back home. I like the program. If you look-up Leslie’s “Walk At Home” program, you’ll read about the many pounds women are losing. I’m not convinced this can be done on the two mile walk, maybe they are using the Mega 5, or more. Anyway, I’m a firm believer that weight isn’t lost without reducing food intake.
I wonder how many of you remember the name Charles Atlas? I do! Mr. Atlas, a barrel-chested man with amazing strength and physique had actually been a slender teen-ager by the name of Angelo Sicilano. He was later called the “World’s Most Perfectly Developed Man.” In 1922, he developed a body building program that he called,”Dynamic Tension.” The theory is to pit one muscle against another. This method is known today as isometric exercises.
His course met with great success, in fact instructions for it can still be purchased today via the internet or by mail order. His classic book, ” Ten steps to A Better Body ” is available on Amazon. What really brought him success was a clever advertising campaign, that many people remember, even today. He ran ads in comic books, and these I remember. A sand kicking incident that actually happened in his life was the basis of this successful advertising campaign. He said that one day he went to Coney Island and had a very pretty girl with him. As they were sitting on the sand, a big, husky lifeguard, kicked sand in his face while calling him a 97 pound weakling. He told the girl that someday he would meet that guy and would lick him. This very situation was illustrated in the comic advertising that proved to make his business most successful. In 1979, the year Charles Atlas died at the age of 79, the course was being sold in seven languages and went out to 70,000 people a year.
Sometimes it takes an embarrassing situation to start us on a program that will change our lives or maybe just improve our appearance. After the kicking sand incident, Charles Sicilano started his system of exercises. He then saw a statue of Atlas (of Greek mythology who was made to hold the world on his back) and decided to change his name. You know the rest of the story.
I’m not looking for big results from the simple exercise program I’m doing, but then, I really don’t need to impress anyone, just satisfy my desire to stay fit. By the way, this was Charles Atlas’s exercise regime at age 77: 50 knee bends, 100 sit ups, 300 push ups and a daily run on the beach. The last years of his life he spent reading the Bible and running on the beach. Sometimes it takes a life time to realize what’s truly important in life. For Charles Atlas it was a walk (maybe a run) through the Bible.
I hope you will type your comments here and let me know what your thoughts are on the subject discussed, this time, in ShirlandYou.