Energize Your Mornings With This Vintage Strongman Routine

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A cup of coffee can get you moving in the morning, but it’s not the only way. This uplifting routine doesn’t require any special exercise equipment, and will get your blood pumping so you can wake up.

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In this video from the Art of Manliness YouTube channel, Brett McKay demonstrates a “get up and go program” that will help you snap out of your grogginess. The exercises presented come from old time strongman routines, but they’re designed not to be strenuous or tiring, only invigorating. For example, you can crumple up sheets of newspaper into paper balls only using your hands. Then you can squeeze the balls of paper about 75 times in a minute to strengthen your grip and get the blood pumping. You can also do arm circles rotating forward and backward, or alternate raising your heels and toes for a minute. Whether you do the whole routine or just pick out a few exercises, you’re bound to find something that helps kick your morning into gear.

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Vintage circus posters picture kangaroos and women trapped in ice

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1910

“Circus Corty-Althoff — The Banola Family. Known as the greatest gymnasts in the world. The flying family.”

Image: The Circus Museum via Europeana

Everything now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses.
Juvenal (circa A.D. 100)

1916

“Circus Busch. Saxon, the strongest Man in the World.”

Image: The Circus Museum via Europeana

The circus, as it we think of it today, originated in Britain in 1768 by inventor Philip Astley. Astley presented shows that included horse riding tricks, acrobats, music and clowns. None of these elements were new to the British public, but Astley was the first to combine them into a single show.
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