I was talking to Permalost the other day about indian clubs and spoke to Diesel about gymnastic exercises, so I went through some older threads and about and decided to make a thread about old time physical culture.
In terms of general conditioning, people are moving away from the solely aerobic or weight lifting forms of exercise and starting to do stuff like Crossfit- which is enormously popular. The thing is, the idea behind crossfit (training everything; calisthenics, weights, kettlebells running, swimming etc) isn't new. In fact, I think it's the oldest form of working out, as seen in Exhibit A.
So, this thread is dedicated to physical culture, as was prevalent until the last half a century.
Physical Culture at that time consisted of weight lifting, running, swimming, dumb bell exercises, wrestling (or teh BJJ or Judo) gymnastics and breathing exercises (yes, there are western breathing exercises).
K.V. Iyer Collection
K.V. Iyer was at one time the biggest name in Indian body building, and blended yoga and western physical culture, and they are interesting reads.
Anderson's Physical Culture
Home Gymnastics by Hoffman
Here is one of my personal favorites:
Lessons in Wrestling and Physical Culture by Farmer Burns
Matt Furey's retardation aside, it's got some good stuff in it.
Another school of thought was Georges Hebert's method of physical culture, and it has been revived in France:
It's pretty interesting.
Calisthenics and Gymnastics Resources
http://www.sensiblebeing.com/ (as well as other dieting and Catch Wrestlinginfo. The owner, Laren Umphlett, was one of the only Americans to become a coach under Karl Gotch)
For the Parallette:
Books I suggest you buy:
It may also be worth to check out Crossfit
and some routines:
Dumb Bells were immensely popular, and people like Eugen Sandow swore by them. The funny thing is, they never really used anything heavier than 20 lbs. It's something to keep in mind, I think.
Dumb bells are available at any sporting goods or department store, and the exercises are well known (if the aren't click here Though, Farmer Burns did almost prescribe exercise with them in an aerobic sense and that's something you may want to look into.
Now, this thread isn't meant to serve as a blue print for your workout. What I'm hoping you do is get new ideas here, because exercise isn't a science, it's an art- an art tailor made for the individual and their needs).
Another thing to keep in mind is to not totally disregard barbell training. It is very effective and should be practiced. It provides massive gains in strength and IMHO should be coupled with the older methods.
I hope it is helpful!