old gymnasts never die …

Power Stretching and Easy Exercises by Shiro Tanaka

In his late 50s, one of my first gymnastics mentors published his personal training program. He demonstrates all exercises himself in the home or office, using no special equipment.

I asked Shiro he’d ever done Yoga. “Never.”, he replied.

Like most of the old school gymnastics folks, he considers Yoga inferior to traditional gymnastics stretching. Shiro grew up with Tsukahara, one year younger.

Shiro’s book is not available for sale anywhere, unfortunately. It was published by his University for internal use.

But I’m inspired … just as Shiro inspired me as a gymnast and young coach. (In the late 1970s, he insisted we stretch every morning in the shower, to save time.)

my photos of Shiro