The James Bond Exercise | The Artwork of Manliness

When you’ve got a license to kill, you’ve obtained to maintain your self in tip-top form.

So what did James Bond do for his exercise? 

From the James Bond novels, we all know that 007 favored to do all kinds of bodily actions that would rely as train: boxing, judo, swimming, and snowboarding. He was additionally a golfer, so he obtained some exercise in that approach.

As a Commander within the Royal Navy Reserve, Bond possible included among the calisthenics he realized from the army into his exercise routine. It’s attainable that he even drew inspiration from the Chilly Struggle HIIT exercise, 5BX. 

You may see these influences within the exercise 007 does in From Russia With Love. In that novel (one of many 5 greatest books within the Bond canon), Fleming describes a brief calisthenics routine that his undercover agent does that’s capped off with a “James Bond bathe”:

There was just one strategy to take care of boredom — kick oneself out of it. Bond went down on his palms and did twenty gradual press-ups, lingering over every one in order that his muscle mass had no relaxation. When his arms might stand the ache not, he rolled over on his again and, along with his palms at his sides, did the straight leg-lift till his abdomen muscle mass screamed. He obtained to his ft and, after touching his toes twenty instances, went over to arm and chest workout routines mixed with deep respiration till he was dizzy. Panting with the exertion, he went into the large white-tiled rest room and stood within the glass bathe cupboard below extremely popular after which chilly hissing water for 5 minutes. 

A reasonably fast and simple body weight exercise, that we’ve illustrated for reference above. With one adaptation: Bond students and aficionados have by no means found out precisely what Fleming meant by “arm and chest workout routines.” We substituted chair dips; they work each the arms and chest. You may think about in your individual arm and chest train should you’d like. Performing that portion of the exercise, and all the remainder of them, in a tux with a pistol and martini glass available is optionally available, however extremely inspired should you’re an operative coaching to face the distinctive challenges of worldwide espionage. 

Illustrated by Ted Slampyak

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