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Shape up for 2010 with these titles!

Walking: The Pleasure Exercise

You know I love these 80’s exercise books!  The pictures always crack me up.

Sweet, Mort has a warm-up suit with championship patches on it (below)!  That’s awesome!  I’ll just never be this cool, I guess.  I might be as cool as the nice couple on the cover of the book, though.


Body Book for Men: Trim, Taut, and Terrific at Any Age

Submitter: It’s been in the library since 1989 and unbelievably was last taken out in 2005. It has provided much laughter in our office though!

How about some bowling?

Marshall Holman’s Bowling Tips & Techniques

Submitter: On the back cover it states that Marshall Holman is famous for his aggressive and rambunctious style of bowling.  I would just like to say that the same goes for his look.  Believe it or not this book has circulated 59 times!  But we have had it for 24 years.

Holly:  Yes, this picture does make him look “agressive and rambunctious.” Ha ha!  This is not a bad book, but there are more current bowling books out there.  This looks like it has held up pretty well for 59 checkouts and 24 years, actually!  I’m curious:  were 50 of those checkouts in 1985 when it was new?

0 Responses to Shape up for 2010 with these titles!

  • Body Book guy: “Hey, can’t talk right now, babe; gotta do my exercises–and then get my legs waxed–again.”

    The bowling guy looks like an older, nerdier Jason Lee (“My Name Is Earl”).

  • I think Body Book hottie must be selling Adidas.

  • Marshall Holman looks like B.J. Hunnicutt’s deranged twin brother. His ears in particular scare me.

  • I love Harry Highpants – looking cool in his pale blue trackies.

    Rambunctious bowler guy is almost doing the splits – looks like he’s injuring himself there…

  • that poor woman on the top cover-she doesn’t realize her husband is gay.

    • Can we not stereotype please? Husband could just as easily be straight. People don’t fit into narrow little boxes.

      • No, Randy is right, I’m afraid. I’m gay, and…I’m pretty sure he’s on our team.

      • hee hee 🙂

      • I find the ‘Fun Police’ attitude completely contradictory to the intent and purpose of this website and the expected comments. Ludicrous in fact. Take it elsewhere, seriously. It’s called ‘humor’….look into it.

  • I want to learn to exercise and talk on the phone at the same time. What a multi-tasker!

  • At least Holman did something to jazz up bowling. I love bowling, but it always looks so boring when televised.
    Happy New Year!

  • I can think of a ‘workout’ that is far more pleasurable than walking

    • i know! calling somethng ‘the pleasure workout’…walking just ain’t the 1st thing that comes to mind.

  • Luv these old fitness books. Matthews has the same book for Women too, both available at the Nat’l library of Australia.
    Maybe we could find some tips in Holman’s book to improve our Wii bowling skills.

  • I used to watch bowling growing up (yes, bowling is big in Detroit). Marshall Holman was known as being very animated in his reactions. People either loved him or hated him, but he was a great bowler and really attracted a lot of people to watch. I’m sure his tips are still valid today.

  • “How To” ….walk?
    Was the follow up ‘Breathing for Better Health”?

  • Mort Malkin should know that no one with the name “Mort” will ever be taken seriously, not even with two championship patches. Babies and people recovering from major injuries are given accolades for walking.

  • The pictures are laughable, and certainly there must be more current exercise books. But the information contained in these isn’t necessarily out of date. As a matter of fact, the material in the books probably has aged better than a four year old book on a fad fitness craze like Tae-bo. I can’t imagine the mechanics of stretching and moderate weight training or walking for exercise have changed much in the past 25 years. I mean, it’s just walking.

    • I believe the first walking for health book that eventually made it to print was Genesis (5:24):

      “Those who begin to walk with God when young, may expect to walk with him long, comfortably, and usefully.”

      And the little known follow up:
      “Those who don’t walk with God when young may expect to breathe heavily when moving, wear tight pants, and have a prevalence toward Type 2 Diabetes”

  • dan, that last comment was funny!!

    i unfortunately can no longer walk but i do use a manual wheelchair so that should count for something!