With the Olympics fast approaching, it seems a sensible time to brush up on our gymnastics technique. There is no better guide than the 1882 publication, Manuel de Gymnastique.*
Warm-ups are important. Swing those arms. Lift those arms. And reach, reach reach!
Swimming movements will further limber the body. Ask for assistance in tying yourself to a collapsible bench if you are not able to do this yourself.
Strike some dramatic poses with broomsticks. Be sure to wear a heavy woolen dress and itchy bloomers for this activity.
Ladder exercises require nimble feet. For an extra challenge, cinch corset to smallest setting before completing these activities.
* translations are approximate.