If you want to take Mr. Graziano's advice, you'll go and get yourself a physical fit

July 15, 1968
July 15, 1968

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July 15, 1968

  • By J. A. Maxtone Graham

    In 60 bareknuckle rounds at England's most famous school, a wellborn Whiglet battered a young Tory to death

Part 3: The Black Athlete
Peter Thomson
  • Australia's Peter Thomson, who has won the British Open five times, has made himself an unpopular figure among American pros with his criticisms of U.S. golf and its rich tour. Thomson does not care. He is too busy with his own diverse interests—books, music, being a responsible father to his daughters and son (left) and encouraging the growth of golf in the Far East. His supreme goal, however, is entirely personal—to win the British Open for the sixth time, something only Harry Vardon has ever before done. This week at Carnoustie in Scotland, Thomson will get his chance

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19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

If you want to take Mr. Graziano's advice, you'll go and get yourself a physical fit

On the theory that "everybody should have theirself a physical fit," the engaging Rocky Graziano, actor and former middleweight champion, has lent his special kind of eloquence, with the help of Rowland Barber, to the production of a book called The Rocky Road to Physical Fitness (G-R-Z Publishers, soft cover, $2.95).

This is an article from the July 15, 1968 issue

After he entered show business 15 years ago, confides Rocky, he more or less went to pot, a fact that shows prominently in profile views of his "before" condition. Even the "after" picture at the end of the book does not establish that he has once again become a ripple-bellied killer, but it does show improvement of an encouraging sort.

In between these takes the reader sees Rocky engaged in such health-giving exercises as The Guru Goombah, The Zero Yard Dash, The Yardbird Flap and The Stoplight Rubbernecker.

For all that it is gimmicked with such esoteric fancies, Rocky's book does offer a serious program of exercises to develop the body's muscular system and, more importantly, to contribute to the health of the heart and the lungs. Graziano and his collaborator do not suggest that the job will be all that easy or that it takes no willpower, or that 10 minutes of effortless activity per day will make you look like an early Charles Atlas ad. Rather, they insist, the course is relatively rigorous.

It begins in the morning with 20 minutes of such calisthenics as The Stationhouse Frisk and continues on to 10 or 15 preluncheon minutes of The Chairman-of-the-Board Push-out. The regimen forbids flaking out with two or three dry martinis before dinner but, in their stead, commands 15 to 30 minutes of The Rocky-and-Roll, The Knee Grabber and The Grand and Glorious Cast of Thousands Rope-skip Jubilee. And that doesn't end it. Before you go to bed you should have a go at The Torso Unscrewer, The Isometric Scrunchup and The Gut-rock Flutter. For that matter, there is no rest on weekends, either, for then The Take-out-the-dog Trot is advised.

None of the exercises are really new, but they make an interesting combination of what Rocky "rememberized from what my old trainer, Whitey Bimstein, learned me" from yoga, and a number of conventional exercises, none of them exhausting or too difficult if approached with caution at the beginning of the routine. In 30 days you could wind up looking like Rocky Graziano. And even if you don't, you'll have, along with your still ample profile, a happy memory of some diverting reading.