Are you ready to sweat with the Victorians? A newly discovered book The Portable Gymnasium originally published in 1861 by Father Gustav Ernst shows that when they weren’t busy getting poor children wedged in looms, they were busy getting ripped. So charge up your flux capacitors, set the date for the mid 1800s and accelerate to 88mph, we’re going Back To The Future!
Presuming you survived your journey and you didn’t get murdered by Libyan terrorists the first step is to pick up one of these beauties.
This is the “portable gymnastic apparatus” that Ernst used for his workout. You just know that had you been alive in 1861 you would have telegrammed £59.99 for one of these contraptions in the hope that it would make a new you.
Now, let’s start our workout. To begin give me 50 reps of these:
Have you noticed yet that the look for gym bros in the Victorian era was a tad more formal than our modern outlook?
Now let’s beast those arms. Let’s do 25 of these, both sides.
Now, unlatch the ear trumpet attachment for your portable gymnastic apparatus and do this for 15 minutes.
Now you may have expected that because this was the Victorian era, that buffing up would be for men only. How wrong you would be. Come get yours ladies…
Now do The Flush!
Ok, you’ve had a great session, take a break, rehydrate with a cup of tea and we’ll be back shortly for some reps of repressing our emotions and upper-lip stiffening…