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Coaching, sports, working out and training.

Make Your Own Exercise Equipment

Make Your Own Exercise Equipment
Wiley
1984

Submitter: This book was already weed-worthy just because of its age and lack of circulation; frankly, I’m not sure why anyone would want to make exercise equipment when you can buy almost-new equipment at any garage sale. What made it Awful Library Books-worthy was the artwork. All of the diagrams show angry, unhappy, uncomfortable people struggling in their exercise routine (or with their homemade exercise equipment!). But the coup de grâce was the photograph featuring the homemade stationary bike, the result of 70+ pages of instructions in a “excellent section on bicycles and stationary pedal cycles,” as proclaimed on the back cover.

Holly: How very inspiring!  Chin-up guy (below) looks like he might just give up and go order a cheeseburger.  Also, is that a woman bench-pressing on the cover, or a man in a leotard?

 

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Fabulous Frisbee

Fabulous Frisbee
Childers Schmitz
1978

Submitter: We JUST weeded it this week! Tube socks galore, and a listing of the 1977 Frisbee World Championship winners. Check out the barefoot guy in white jeans demonstrating catching stances.

Holly: What the heck is on that guy’s shirt?  Was frisbee somehow related to the hacky sack crowd in the 70’s?  He’s giving off a certain “vibe.”  Very mellow, very cool.  Are they suggesting frisbee be played barefoot? Frisbee is still fun, but maybe we could get a newer one.

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Are you ready for some football?

 

America’s First Football Game
Swinburne
1978

Submitter: I don’t know what possessed anyone to buy this. There is not a single picture in the book that is well done. The jester playing football was my favorite. Oddly, this book has not left the shelf since the early 80s. This is why it is important to look at the FRONT of the books when weeding. The spine of this was innocuous.

Holly: I wonder how they know who’s on which team, since they are wearing a variety of colors and styles?  Hoods against collars?

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