Now here are two terrific articles from the June 29 and July 6, 1924 Tampa Sunday Tribune it which Houdini plays fitness coach and explains several exercise techniques to strengthen abdominal muscles, shoulders, and hands. I especially like how he instructs readers to "imagine that you are trying to free yourself from a straitjacket." I also love that the photos of the fetching 1920s fitness model "were posed under the personal supervision of Houdini." He's even able to work in a dig at spiritualism. Anyway, enjoy these gems.
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"There is no limit to the things you can accomplish when your ambition is backed by strong, willing muscles."
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"Do you think you could untie a knot on your left shoulder-blade while your left hand was tied? The third exercise would help you in this situation, as it does me."
Below are a few more links related to Houdini the specimen.