no elaborate exercise is needed in order to practise some useful gymnastic feats at home, and here is one which is worth learning, not only because it is a good physical exercise, but also because it is a splendid trick to show to friends, and to get them to try.
take in the hands a fairly stout stick, about 18 inches long, as shown in the picture. this may be the straight branch of a tree or perhaps a solid lead pipe. standing in the position given, with arms rigid and extended, keep both feet together, and then try to jump over the stick through the loop formed by it and the two arms. it is not easy to do at first so if you can do it on the first go you are an expert. practice on a patch of concrete or a slabbed patio area. many players find it helpful to stick their tongue between their teeth when they do it to help them concentrate or perhaps to stick their upper jaw out far over their lower jaw as if to bite their chin.