Jørgen Peter Müller

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Jørgen Peter Müller
J.P. Müller.jpg
Born(1866-10-07)October 7, 1866
DiedNovember 17, 1938(1938-11-17) (aged 72)
NationalityDanish
Other namesJ. P. Muller
OccupationAuthor, athlete
Cover of "My System, 15 minutes work a day for health's sake"

Jørgen Peter Müller (7 October 1866 - 17 November 1938) was a Danish gymnastics educator and author.[1] He is also known as J. P. Muller.

His book Mit System (My System), published in 1904, was a bestseller and has been translated to English and many other languages. My System explains Müller's philosophy of health and provides guidelines for the 18 exercises[2] that comprise the system, as well as photographic instructions featuring Müller himself.[3] Much of what was stated in his system has since been accepted by the medical community, with many of his basic movements being used in modern-day physical therapy and rehabilitation. The emphasis on body-weight exercise and the use of dynamic stretching is useful for many people, and has been found appropriate in a wide range of patients.

As well as exercises, stretching and breathing routines, Müller also advocated a towel-rubbing routine to follow a daily bath,[4] the benefits of fresh air, and warned against the dangers of wearing too many clothes.[5]

In some cases he re-wrote his books himself in English, rather than have them translated directly from the Danish.[6]

Müller was appointed Knight of the Dannebrog in 1919.[7]

Biography[edit]

Müller had three sons named Ib, Per and Bror who featured in pictures in his books.[8]

three children on skis
J.P. Müller's children, Ib, Bror and Per

Bibliography[edit]

  • My System, 1904
  • Vink om sundhedsrøgt og idræt, 1907
  • The Fresh Air book, 1908
  • My System for Children, 1913
  • My System for Women, 1913
  • My Breathing System, 1921
  • The Daily Five Minutes, 1924

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sandowplus.co.uk/Competition/Muller/muller.htm
  2. ^ http://www.learntomuller.com/home-workout/the-exercises-my-system
  3. ^ Muller, J.P. "Mein System". Wellcome Library.
  4. ^ Muller, J.P. "My System for Children". Wellcome Library.
  5. ^ Muller, J.P. "The Fresh Air Book". Internet Archive.
  6. ^ Muller, J.P. "My System by Muller, J.P". Wellcome Library.
  7. ^ http://www.slate.com/id/2281699/
  8. ^ Muller, J.P. "My System for Children". Wellcome Library.

External links[edit]

Many of Müller's works are available to read online.