The Royal Canadian Air Force Exercise Plans are two exercise plans developed for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) by Bill Orban in the late s, first. In the late s a man named Bill Orban created a worldwide fitness phenomenon. He had been asked to build a workout programme for. The Five Basic Exercises (5BX) Plan was designed, for men, to show how to develop changes in each basic exercise with a gradual demand for more effort.

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The first four exercises are calisthenics and the last is an aerobic exercise. Retrieved October 16, As the individual progresses within the system, the number of each type of exercise that must be performed increases and the difficulty of each exercise increases. The programs proved popular with civilians.

Many RCAF pilots were located in remote bases in northern Canada, with no access to gymnasium facilities, so it was important to offer a means of keeping fit without their use. His mandate was to establish a directorate and trade for the development of physical fitness, sports and recreation. The popularity of the programs in many countries around the world helped to launch modern fitness culture. The program consists of charts that get progressively more difficult, and takes 12 minutes per day after users get past the beginning levels.


Secondly, the plan only required that eleven minutes be spent on the exercises per day. This page was last edited on 16 Octoberat The plan was innovative in two respects.

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A walk or run may be substituted for the final exercise; the distances to be covered and the time to be taken are also specified in the plan. Later he produced a program with ten basic exercises XBX for women that required twelve minutes to complete.

In total, twenty-three million copies of the booklets were sold to the public. Archived from the original on January 20, In he hired Bill Orban and directed him to devise a program which emphasized the development of a high level of fitness, but would consume only a relatively small amount of the RCAF personnel’s time.

Retrieved from ” https: Based on this research and testing, Orban came up with five basic exercises 5BXfour to improve flexibility and strength and one to boost aerobic fitness. Royal Canadian Air Force. Royal Canadian Air Force: Physical exercise Royal Canadian Air Force.

Retrieved November 6, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Each chart is composed of five exercises that are performed within eleven minutes.

Throughout the charts and levels, the five exercises are the same, but more difficult variations are introduced:. The program was intended for RCAF pilots, a third of whom were not considered fit to fly at the time. Orban, creating the program as a public servantreceived no additional income from the success of the plan.


He incorporated this conclusion into his proposed exercise plan for the RCAF. Archived from the original on January 21, Firstly, it did not require access to specialized equipment. Celebrity practitioners of the program included the late George Burns.

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Views Read Edit View history. This concept drew a negative reaction from others in the field at the time but it proved exwrcise worth in the three years of testing that the RCAF performed before releasing the program in While performing research at the University of Illinois in the early s, Orban had noticed, when testing oxygen intake, that long periods of exercise did not necessarily lead to significant improvement. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

This led him to the conclusion that the intensity of exercise was more important to improving fitness than the amount of time spent on it. John Walker’s book The Hacker’s Diet first published in contains a simplified version, that is claimed to be suitable for everyone. The Globe and Mail.