Self-Defence for boys and men

Defend Yourself!

Self-Defense for Boys and Men: A Physical Education Course
Tegner
1969

Yikes, this one is an oldie, but a goodie. Over 10 years ago, we ran the lady version of this book Self-Defense for Girls by this same author. This title includes Men and Boys, but sadly the other book is just for girls. I guess the women are just out of luck.

Aside from the fact this book is being held together by tape, and has years of dirt ground into the cover, it’s really old. Separating the boys from the girls isn’t really appropriate in material like this. Yes, women and men have different issues when it comes to personal safety, but combining them into one book would actually be more helpful than having separate books.

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Feminine Football

Football For Women
and men who want to learn the game
Foehr
1988

Ladies! Are you a bit slow when it comes to understanding football? Are you embarrassed to ask a man to explain the game? Well it is time to step up and learn the game, with help from this lovely feminine styled football instruction book. Written especially for women so you can understand the intricacies of this extremely complicated game. I am sure they will use small words to make it easier for feminine minds.

American Yoga Association Beginner's Manual

Namaste

The American Yoga Association Beginner’s Manual: The New Definitive Guide
Christensen
1987

Submitter: This probably would have been a really useful add to a public library’s collection in 1987… The problem is, my public library didn’t add this book to its collection until 2006!!! This seems to be a pretty comprehensive introduction to yoga, with lots of black and white photos illustrating movement through the asanas. I was impressed that both women and men were represented – there are probably four or five pose models throughout the book and it’s noted that they are all students of the American Yoga Association – but they are also all fit and white… And I think Jane Fonda wants her leotard back.

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Dull Food for the Athlete

The Athlete’s Cookbook
Easy Recipes and Nutritional Guidelines for Active People
Peterson and Martinsen
1980

This is one of the most boring cookbooks out there. The recipes include such delights as: garden salad (it has an avocado!), two different recipes for tuna casserole (one recipe uses curry powder and the other has black olives), meat loaf, peanut butter sandwich, and wheat germ pancakes. I actually want to meet the person that needs a recipe for a peanut butter sandwich.

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Keep Your Eye on the Ball

Sportsvision: Dr. Revien’s Eye Exercise Program for Athletes
Revien and Gabor
1981

Submitter: This was found on the shelves in our public library system (mid-size, 10 branches.) It was no longer in the catalog, so came to me in the Technical Services department. I have no idea if the science behind this has been superseded or debunked, but at the very least, this is painfully out of date. The sports icons shown as examples in the pages include Terry Bradshaw, Bjorn Borg, Pete Rose and Nancy Lopez. And the illustrations and photographs are unselfconsciously 1970s hilarious.

mature person's guide to kites, yoyos,frisbees, and other childish diversions

Mature Gaming

The Mature Person’s Guide to Kites, Yo-yos, Frisbees and Other Childlike Diversions
Dickson
1977

This book is aimed at adults and supposedly talks about all sorts of games and quasi sports. Most of the book is dedicated to Frisbees, Yo-Yos, and Kites. There are lots of photographs and illustrations. The book itself is less than 200 pages, plus a few more with diagrams for paper airplanes and kite construction. It is not in depth, and frankly not that interesting. Game history could make a great topic for a library collection. This book barely even scratches the surface in some topics and in others there is not enough.

I am not sure it would have been a good purchase back in the day.

Yoga cover

No Pants Yoga

Illustrated Color Guide to Healthful Yoga
Donat
1974

Submitter: In cleaning up a collection, we found this Awful Library gem… Illustrated Color Guide to Healthful Yoga. I think the pictures speak for themselves – who does yoga in their underwear? Found in an academic library. The cover really doesn’t do the book justice – it’s what’s inside.

Holly: Dear readers, feast your eyes on this!

the aerobics way

“New” Data on Aerobics

The Aerobics Way
New data on the world’s most popular exercise program
Cooper
1977

Aerobics was just beginning to be the exercise fad when this was published. Most folks would probably credit Jane Fonda’s 1982 workout tape. This is more a discussion of aerobic activity and all the supporting data. It really isn’t any kind of workout, but more of the science and studies related to heart and lung function. A dated book, but I have a feeling this became the springboard for the aerobic dancing exercise fad.