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La Sierra High School Fitness

Post by Fat Cat » Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:40 pm



This video is from a larger documentary about the La Sierra High School fitness program, which was a pioneering physical education model which was intended to be instituted on a national level. Unfortunately, that never happened, but its a pretty fascinating tale and you can see from the clip that it built a very high level of fitness in the boys who participated.

Here is a link to additional resources:

http://motivationmovie.com/ls-student-manual/

And here is a link to download the original manual:

motivationmovie.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/7-1966-LPEPE-STUDENT-HANDBOOK.pdf
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Re: La Sierra High School Fitness

Post by Fat Cat » Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:42 pm

Here's a link to a longer article and additional resources: http://theleanberets.com/la-sierra-high ... e-fitness/

Here is a link from LOOK magazine that was published at the time (ca 1962): theleanberets.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/la-sierra-article.pdf

Here was the inventor, Stan Leprotti's summary of the program:

“Our program develops large groups of boys, instead of individuals. Boys like to be challenged to do hard things, as long as you are fair with them. It’s an aggressive approach to education, based on pride.”

-Stan LeProtti (1962)
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Re: La Sierra High School Fitness

Post by baffled » Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:57 pm

1) How's it going? I check on the forum from time to time but obviously haven't been posting

2) Great find. I can't tell you how many fat, out of shape, shitty kids I dealt with in the last 6+ years. Even the student athletes were weak, and immobile.
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Re: La Sierra High School Fitness

Post by Fat Cat » Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:00 pm

Hey baffy, what's up? What are you up to? And what puts you in contact with so many kids? Are you a teacher?

Here's another resource, somebody put together an instructional video of the base routine, which was like a 400m and some floor routine. It was the basic framework to which the gymnastic and obstacle course material was added as the students progressed.

https://www.reelhouse.org/revenuereserv ... structions
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Re: La Sierra High School Fitness

Post by baffled » Sat Apr 25, 2020 2:56 am

Fat Cat wrote:
Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:00 pm
Hey baffy, what's up? What are you up to? And what puts you in contact with so many kids? Are you a teacher?

Here's another resource, somebody put together an instructional video of the base routine, which was like a 400m and some floor routine. It was the basic framework to which the gymnastic and obstacle course material was added as the students progressed.

https://www.reelhouse.org/revenuereserv ... structions
I worked in a school district doing a little of everything, but mostly substitute teaching as a "roving", everyday for one campus employee at a high school. Basically worked 2+ jobs for 7 or 8 months a year. Shocked at how many kids were astoundingly unhealthy.

Also reaffirmed my rock-solid belief that government should be the last resort for schooling.
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Re: La Sierra High School Fitness

Post by Wild Bill » Sat Apr 25, 2020 6:56 am

In high school there are a lot of things wich much more important than fitness.
l mean some other disciplines with the help of wich student will be able to earn money in adulthood.

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Re: La Sierra High School Fitness

Post by DikTracy6000 » Sun Apr 26, 2020 12:18 pm

Fat Cat wrote:
Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:09 pm
I remember seeing those peg boards in my high school (65-68),in my high school gym and asked our teacher Scrapper Farrell, what they were. Never saw them demonstrated or ever used. Scrapper was an interesting character in that he played parts of 3 seasons in the NFL for Brooklyn and Pittsburgh, and 4 seasons for the Wilmington Clippers(semi-pro). Have to agree with baffled in that most kids today are weak, out of shape piles of video-game playing mush. President Kennedy's fitness program started while I was in jr.high school, and probably got me started doing pullups. I managed to do one, barely, on my first try. My dad hung a pullup-bar in the basement, made me an ab board, and bought me a set of York weights.
Point being, in my case, kids need parents who encourage or show them. I think La Sierra's program had some other schools copying it back then. I remember while Kennedy was alive, we all had to participate in some National Phy. Fitness contest at school. I did okay in the pushups and pullups parts, but won the situps contest(reps in 2 minutes). I think we also had to run, maybe it was a 440, can't remember now. Phys Ed. was probably better back then.

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Re: La Sierra High School Fitness

Post by Ripe Turd » Sun Apr 26, 2020 2:45 pm

Looks like a propaganda video made to be "leaked" to the Soviets. They only show the best athletes close-up and, from the linked pdf, the student "must present himself with a short, trim haircut prior to color group movement." Looks like pre-military training. I wonder why that program disappeared from the US in the 1970s. From what I read, the war in Vietnam is part of the reason.

Also, are there no girls at this high school? :-k
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Re: La Sierra High School Fitness

Post by Wild Bill » Sun Apr 26, 2020 3:03 pm

Ripe Turd wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 2:45 pm
Also, are there no girls at this high school? :-k
And no fat kids, no skinny kids, no nerds with glasses...
Eugenics at work.

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Re: La Sierra High School Fitness

Post by Turdacious » Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:31 am

Wild Bill wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 3:03 pm
Ripe Turd wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 2:45 pm
Also, are there no girls at this high school? :-k
And no fat kids, no skinny kids, no nerds with glasses...
Eugenics at work.
Or the beginning of a video from Joe Exotic’s private collection.
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Re: La Sierra High School Fitness

Post by Shapecharge » Mon Apr 27, 2020 2:14 pm

Bill you f'n commie pervert don't be even thinking about shitting on 'Merica. Everybody's perfect over here especially back in the 60's.

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Re: La Sierra High School Fitness

Post by Wild Bill » Mon Apr 27, 2020 2:27 pm

Shapecharge wrote:
Mon Apr 27, 2020 2:14 pm
Everybody's perfect over here especially back in the 60's.
Thats true.
Those kids looks like spetsnaz solgiers :)

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Re: La Sierra High School Fitness

Post by Fat Cat » Mon Apr 27, 2020 5:31 pm

Wild Bill wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 3:03 pm
Ripe Turd wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 2:45 pm
Also, are there no girls at this high school? :-k
And no fat kids, no skinny kids, no nerds with glasses...
Eugenics at work.
You say it like it's a bad thing? We shouldn't want skinny, fat, or blind children.
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