Hebert has published a great number of books, some of them have been translated into English. We highlighted the most relevant books about the method.
- If you are searching for books in Russian, please see the Russian version of that page. For Italian, look for the books about Hebertismo by Cesare Bedoni and Diego Zarantonello, for Portuguese – for the works by Inezil Penna Marinho (e.g. Sistemas e Métodos).
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The most essential works are the Moniteur Guide (1918) and the Tome I (1936). They highlight the ESSENCE of Methode Naturelle – the methodology of physical education and the role of the coaches. The goal of the method is not to suggest exercises to athletes but to provide coaches with tools for a complete training session so that they can educate their students – physically, emotionally, and morally. The physical side of the method also evolves in these books into an intense, uninterrupted movement in space.
The well-known Practical Guide (1910), on the contrary, includes only the initial ideas of Hebert. Here, Methode Naturelle might seem like a pool of exercises or a kind of gymnastic systems which were popular at the time when Hebert began to develop his method. He had to rely on them to build a bridge to his teaching.
(1907) L’Éducation physique raisonnée
(1910) Guide pratique d’éducation physique.
- This guide is the first general introduction to the method. Though only later, 1912, Hebert called his approach “methode naturelle” for the first time. The first part of the book is dedicated to preparatory exercises. In further books, Hebert expanded his method theoretically and practically. He also wrote a separate book about every movement discipline.
Original Text: 2nd Edition open source by PDF by Harvard College Library
- English, shortened, open source PDF. (please right click and save as)
- English, full in 5 parts. Available on Amazon: Part 1 (The Method), Part 2 (Fundamental Exercises), Part 3 (Functional Exercises), Part 4 (Swimming), Part 5 (Self Defense).
(1911) Le Code de la force. La Force physique, ses éléments constitutifs et sa mesure pratique.
(1912) L’éducation physique ou l’entraînement complet par la méthode naturelle.
Original text: 2nd Edition in French as open-source PDF in Stanford Library.
- In addition to the practical guide that introduced mostly exercises, this book deals further with the method and session plans. Here Hebert introduced his well-known testing system and the scoring of performance.
(1913) La Culture Virile et les Devoirs Physiques de L’Officier Combattant
(1914) Leçon-type de natation
- The first book dedicated exclusively to swimming.
(1915) Ma Leçon-type d’entraînement complet et utilitaire
(1918) Guide abrégé du moniteur et de la monitrice.
- One of the two essential books about the doctrine of Methode Naturelle. The Guide is directed at instructors and highlights the meaning of MN as a methodology of physical education. It provided the coaches with the philosophy of the method and the rules of designing and administering a training session. It explains the “how”s and the “why”s, for example, if to correct techniques during the lesson or what kind of work teaches students flexibility and courage.
(1919) L’Éducation physique féminine. Muscle et Beauté plastique.
- Hebert was known for being one of the pioneers to pay attention to the physical education of women. In this book, he “established the concepts of health, beauty, and strength-oriented to women’s emancipation through his Natural Method.
Translations in English:
- Full-text English Translation on Amazon
- A scientific article about the book and its perception in Brazil (open source).
(1925) Le Sport contre l’Éducation physique
- The book highlights the advantages of general physical education and compares them to the disadvantages of Olympic sports such as competitiveness, specialization, risk, etc.
Héberts technological Works
(all published by Librairie Vuibert, Paris)
In the following series, Hebert summarizes the results of many years of empirical research and practical experience. The solid works begin with a volume Tome I, dedicated to the method itself. The following volumes cover each of the 10 movement families. Tome II – walking, running, jumping. Tome III (in separate books) – quadrupedal movement, climbing, and balancing. Tome IV (in separate books) – carrying, throwing, defense. Tome V – swimming.
- (1936) L’éducation physique virile et morale par la méthode naturelle. Tome I. Exposé doctrinal et Principes directeurs de travail
- (1942) L’éducation physique virile et morale par la méthode naturelle. Tome II. Technique des Exercices. Technologie. Marche. Course. Saut.
- (1943) L’éducation physique virile et morale par la méthode naturelle. Tome III. Technique des exercices. Fascicule 1. Quadrupédie.
- (1943) L’éducation physique virile et morale par la méthode naturelle. Tome III. Technique des exercices. Fascicule 2. Grimper.
- (1946) L’éducation physique virile et morale par la méthode naturelle. Tome III. Technique des exercices. Fascicule 3. Equilibrisme.
- (1947) L’éducation physique virile et morale par la méthode naturelle. Tome IV. Technique des exercices. Fascicule 1. Lever.
- (1950) L’éducation physique virile et morale par la méthode naturelle. Tome IV. Technique des exercices. Fascicule 2. Lancer.
- (1955) L’éducation physique virile et morale par la méthode naturelle. Tome IV. Technique des exercices. Fascicule 3. Défense.
- (1957) L’éducation physique virile et morale par la méthode naturelle. Tome V. Technique des exercices. Natation.
*The pictures of the book covers are either from the first or the following editions.
Modern works about Hébert and his teachings
- (2004) Sylvain Villaret and Jean-Michel Delaplace: La Méthode Naturelle de Georges Hébert ou «l’école naturiste» en éducation physique. STAPS, 20. Text in French open source, Abstacts in different languages
- (2017) Pierre Philippe-Meden: Du sport à la scène Le naturisme de Georges Hebert, 1875-1957. Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux
- (2018) Philippe-Meden, Pierre. Georges Hébert (1875-1957). A naturalist’s invention of body ecology. Body ecology and emersive leisure. Routledge, 2018
For more historical and scientific works about Hebert and his method, see the list.