The Kraus-Weber Test was national news back in 1954 for exposing American children as some of the weakest in the world when it came to postural muscles and flexibility. The K-W Test results were so extreme, the report was called “The Report That Shocked The President” because of President’ Eisenhower’s reaction. Because of the Kraus-Weber Test, the President’s Fitness Council was formed to improve the fitness of American children, and a national effort began to bring our standards back up to par–sad but true, we never got there.
This show covers the timeline of the K-W Test beginning in 1940 and how American fitness expert Bonnie Prudden was directly related to the K-W Test development, testing, and corrective exercise protocols used throughout America and beyond as explained by Bonnie’s long-time friend, colleague, and Managing Director of Myotherapy Enid Whittaker.
Prudden not only was one of America’s top fitness experts from the 1940s until her passing in 2011, but is still considered by many to be the best female rock climber in the history of the sport. Prudden was one of the original members of the President’s Fitness Council under President Dwight Eisenhower, was a syndicated TV show host, appeared on The Today Show for years as their exercise expert, and discovered and founded the “Myotherapy” trigger point release technique and system now located in Tucson, AZ.