This evening Dr. Sargent will give the first of a series of a series of lectures on Physical Culture in the Lecture Room of the Fogg Art Museum.
A short time ago we had occasion to call attention to the need of such a series of talks, and we are pleased to see that it is now to be given. As we said then, there are few students who thoroughly appreciate the need of system in gymnastic training. In these winter months when out-door exercise is difficult to obtain, men naturally depend upon the Gymnasium for the exercise that is necessary to keep in good bodily health. Many students wonder that they do not grow stronger after weeks of hard work in the gymnasium. Some find that instead of making them stronger and better their exercise makes them feel tired and listless in the evenings and unfits them for study. The reason for this is simply that they have not gone about it in the right way; either they have overdone it or they have not taken their exercise systematically. For the great majority of men the best work is regular light exercise on the pulley weights or with the wooden dumb-bells. But to some these methods seem slow and tedious. They desire to become strong in a few days, and so they try to lift heavy iron bells and perform feats upon the parallel and horizontal bars. The result of such a method of training naturally is that these men find themselves growing weaker instead of stronger and finally abandon gymnasium work altogether.
We are aware that this word of warning against unsystematic exercise may seem uncalled for to many students, and doubtless it is true that to the majority of the men who use the gymnasium it is unnecessary. There is, however, a minority to whom the foregoing remarks apply. Returning now to Dr. Sargent's lectures, we feel that this series of talks will be exceedingly valuable and should be appreciated and taken advantage of by the students.