In 1923 "Bombardier" Billy Wells, wrote "Physical Energy."
Inside, Wells, 8 time British Champion, describes his method of Physical Culture using Boxing. In it, he builds his... More > case for why it is superior to previous methods of Physical Culture, explaining that the primary ingredient of health is "nervous energy," describeing how lack of "nervous energy" due to ineffective, or outdated Physical Culture methods allow illnesses ranging from anemia, to "Incipient Tuberculosis." All of which, and more, may be cured by his method. Further, use of his method will promote intelligence, due to the fact that "nerve energy" is a primary component of intellect and creativity.
The original book is intended for an upscale audience with heavy weight, high rag, paper and artist attributed photos of the Wells himself posing in the manner of a greek god, in the buff, complete with a fig leaf. This book offers an absolutely fascinating and priceless look at theories of health and fitness in the early 1920's.< Less