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Getting fit in 1915: Indian Club exercises
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Getting fit in 1915: Indian Club exercises

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — From the late 19th century into the 1920s, a popular fitness movement known as "physical culture" promoted ideals of health which included a daily routine of medical gymnastics.  Commercially produced wooden clubs known as Indian clubs provided an inexpensive means of exercise for physical culture practitioners.  "Club swinging" was soon the rage.  Exhibitions were common and even became a feature of intercollegiate gymnastics during the early 1900s.

This Friday, May 27 at 8:30 p.m., a park ranger dressed in period attire will present a 45 minute program offering a glimpse of the past with a PowerPoint program of historical illustrations and a demonstration of Indian club exercises.  Kids, come try club swinging – your great-great-grandfather’s exercise.

Gulpha Gorge Campground is located on U.S. Hwy 7-S, a short distance off U.S. Hwy 70 East on the eastern edge of Hot Springs.  The amphitheater is located at the north end of the campground.  All programs are free and weather-permitting.  For more information, call 501-620-6715.

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