A quick sneak peek of what’s going to be covered in Hébert’s book on physical education for women.
CHAPTER I. Health, beauty and strength are the outcome of integral physical development.
- What every woman should desire/aspire to.
- Health, beauty and strength are synonymous with physical perfecting.
- How to achieve integral physical development. Natural and functional moves or exercises.
- Integral physical development for women is achieved the same way as for men.
- Civilized life is an obstacle to integral physical development.
- Severe consequences of the total lack of exercise or of incomplete physical activity in women’s health.
- Severe consequences of the total lack of exercise or of incomplete physical activity in women’s beauty.
- Physical strength. Its constituting elements. Resilience, first element of strength. Resilience of women in relation to men. Strength and its relation to health and beauty.
- Necessity of methodical training to achieve integral physical development. Principle of the Natural Method.
CHAPTER II. Beauty and Ugliness.
- Various and contradictory opinions concerning beauty and ugliness.
- The abandonment of physical culture is the main cause of the contradicting opinions on beauty.
- Perfect beauty cannot exist without physical culture.
- Current judgments amongst women.
- Current judgments amongst men regarding women’s beauty.
- Antiquity at a glance. Muscular development identity in men and women.
- Judgments or misconceptions concerning rural women, women of sports, dancers, circus professionals, wild or primitive women.
- Beauty of the body in motion. Grace.
- Necessity for esthetic knowledge.
CHAPTER III. Proportions and shapes. Beauty of proportions.
- Two main elements leading to beauty.
- Modification of shapes and proportions.
- Harmonious proportions and dysfunctional proportions.
- Characteristics of regular proportions.