The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    The Royal Canadian Air Force 5BX Exercise Program

    Back in the 60s I bought an exercise book that was amateurish in its appearance and corny in its presentation. However, it was also the first and only exercise program where I lost weight. And it worked without the typical initial aches and pains that tend to lessen your resolve to continue.

    One more thing, it doesn’t require you to purchase equipment. Just perform the exercises in the allotted time.

    It’s sometimes called 5BX (Five Basic Exercises) program and was developed for the Royal Canadian Air Force who stopped using it decades ago. There’s also a version for women called XBX (Ten Basic Exercises) Some people say that some of the exercises are outdated and could be harmful. Others (like me) used it and had no problems at all. You can download a copy of the booklet here. Better scans of the updated (to reduce the risk of injury) exercises are here, but you should read the entire book to understand the program.

    Aside from the usual caveats (eg, age, health status, consult your MD), start at the very beginning and follow the recommendations for increasing the intensity of the program. I had several false starts until I just made the commitment to follow the program as presented in the booklet.

    9/17/06 10:33 JR; updated 1/18/11 16:48 JR

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