Practical Guide of Physical Education – Georges Hébert


Physical education is a field of study that deals with the development of physical competence, health, and personal development in individuals. It is used to enhance one’s life through exercise and it has an impact on mental health as well.

Below is a link to a partly translated text by Georges Hébert that you may download (written in 1912).

I had previously seen a condensed version of this translation (posted at, but the site above has considerably more information.


Ironically, what he demonstrates in his 1912 book is much above what many healthy people can do now, even 100 years later. Many of today’s so-called advances are just efforts to discreetly retread the past. While today’s generation has made significant progress in terms of performance-enhancing pharmaceuticals, performance without them has not improved nearly as much as many people think.

When you look at earlier generations of strength athletes, you’ll see that some of the most important principles have already been taught. There is a lot we can learn from those who came before us.

“Physical education’s ultimate aim is to develop strong people. The Natural Method emphasizes organic resistance, muscularity, and speed in the pursuit of being able to walk, run, leap, move on all fours, climb, maintain balance, throw, lift, defend oneself, and swim in a purely physical sense.” Georges Hébert (Georges Hébert) (Georges Hébert) (George