Old time shock. 12 Excruciating and Orgasmic Exercise Tricks

U:gh, exercise. Should we? Apparently so, but be careful. we can use records. Things were so terrible in the past that I assumed people didn’t need any help staying in shape because just trying to stay alive caused a lot of cardiovascular and strength issues, but nope. Sports equipment, itself, first appeared in historical texts around 6000 BC. [were] used for both personal health and war preparation,” according to the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness magazine.

Chinese martial artists lifted tripod pots while ancient Egyptians swung sandbags over their heads and held them there, both of which sound like freaking CrossFit to me (that’s me, the person who doesn’t know what CrossFit is). The Greeks also have a lot to answer for, including inventing the Olympics, of course, and the Romans involved women by making them play with balls and hoops.

Mercifully, things were more sedentary until the Renaissance, with its massive crush on the Greeks and Romans, destroyed it. In the first half of the 15th century, Vittorino da Feltre in his Mantua school began to exercise “in all weathers” (a typical intellectual teacher) in the first half of the 15th century, while Girolamo Mercuriale in De Arte Gymnastica (The Art) of 1569 was indifferent. about the efforts of the ancient world. gymnastics), recommending all kinds of businesses with ropes, dumbbells and stone slabs.

The rot had begun, and technology would soon assist it. In 1796, Francis Lowndes, an “electrotherapist,” invented the “Patent Exercise,” a “machine for training the joints and muscles of the human body.” It included an alarming number of wheels, rims and pulleys. The ads suggested that the user “can keep their lower limbs in constant motion while writing or reading with the slightest effort or the help of a child.” It just so happens that this is how I like to exercise: sitting, reading, with the support of a child.

In the late 19th century, a cartoonish man named Edmond Desbonnet opened his first “physical culture center,” complete with fixed and free weights and other resistance training equipment. It grew into a chain of over 300 preschools. From there, it was Joseph Pilates’ brief, regrettable foray that he attached springs to beds to create his reformer during World War I and the modern tyranny of “leg day.”

It’s time for pictures. Remember the children. the treadmill was intended as a prison sentence.

Bikini girls

Roman mosaic of women in bikinis

There are more riotous squinting eyes here than in a low-level netball team. I guess that’s what happens when some hot Roman spark introduces you to the concept of a “bikini body.” I especially like the sullen ball throwers. Galen, a Greco-Roman health thinker, wrote an entire treatise on exercise with a small ball, claiming that it was “extremely beneficial to health, and produces a state of balance, without excessive bulking or excessive emaciation.”


Carl von Drais and his two-wheeled

Here’s the mighty vélocipède, or draisienne, a 19th-century balance bike for the posh little one. Created by the nobleman Carl von Dreis, who in recent times styled himself “Citizen Carl Dreis” (he was heavily involved in the French Revolution), it was heavy and nearly impossible to drive, but was enthusiastically received in the US. One doctor even called it “a great wish that would free our youth from muscular lethargy and atrophy.” Modern roads were so bumpy that users took to the sidewalks, “to the horror of pedestrians,” a familiar complaint.

Exercise equipment

Gustav Zander's 19th century exercise machine

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Swedish gym pioneer Gustav Zander has designed devices to eliminate “sedentary life and isolation in the office,” promising “increased well-being and productivity,” with the creeping fervor of Silicon Valley’s chief health officer. It’s scary to think about, though, but there’s absolutely no indication that users, often in crinoline or heavy suit pocket watches, aren’t making an effort. Zander’s USP was that it required no effort; the machine did all the work.

Horse saddle


It’s a horse that can’t bite. There are his and her versions. It rattles, rattles and runs (but only if the rider makes it). An 1897 ad claimed that Vigor’s horse saddle was “a perfect substitute for a live horse,” which understated the horse’s main selling points; providing transportation and great smell. In all other respects though, this is a 10/10 and I would love to give it a try.

Bathing machine

Bathing huts on wheels in the 19th century

Bathing machines were introduced in the 18th century when people foolishly decided to take their vulnerable flesh into the sea; to live there, you know, and survived until the early 20th century. To wade into the tarma, and then raise a flag when you want to be pulled out, is a marked improvement on the modern “dry-coat” business. I wish we still had “dippers” – women who would dip you in the water, hold you afloat, then help you back to the bathing machine. Alfonso XIII of Spain’s bathing machine was so elaborate that it looked a bit like the Brighton Pavilion.

Bucking Bronco


Thirty years after Vigor saddled the horse, replicating a horse without the horse’s best bits was still a popular exercise strategy. The lady on the bronchus is Eileen Conquest-Allen (given name), not only an Olympic diver and silent film star, but also the coach of the US women’s track and field team at the 1928 Olympics. I hope he did, even though this was supposedly an “exclusive gym for members of Pasadena’s fashionable colony.”

Vibration belt

A woman pinned to a wall with a vibrating belt

What do you mean, “if it happens on the edge of a table while wearing fur-trimmed ankle boots, it’s not a workout?” I actually used one of these vibrating belts, another Zander invention, in a hotel gym in Lanzarote. It was as pointless as it sounds, but I kept coming back to find my hips spinning at high speed.

Spring leg

The legs are secured by a spring belt

Designed to form the “perfect foot,” this 1935 apparatus is just two Ikea bag handles connected by a flimsy spring; poor quality You can definitely buy and be bitterly disappointed by Instagram ads. If I came home with one, I had to hide it, otherwise my husband would be everything. “I could to make that”. He once “made” an electric mixer out of a coat hanger and a drill, with predictably disastrous results.

A human hamster

This photo from 1936 shows “tennis player Miss Mary Healy on an exercise wheel being pushed by friend Miss Hardwick.” I love their no-nonsense enthusiasm, but as a veteran of a disastrous Cyr wheel tutorial, I foresee Miss Healy puking on Miss Hardwick’s flawless bum 15 seconds into this shot.

Keeping fit with Ms. Garner

Mrs. Garner doing a session on the rowing machine

“How Ms. Garner Keeps Fit” headline here. “With three strands of pearls and a substantial heel,” obviously. Regards, Madam. The headline also describes Garner and her husband, John Nance Garner, FDR’s first vice president, as “strict observers of the simple life,” but I feel that life would be even simpler if she hadn’t exposed herself to this disgrace. – rowing machine in appearance.

Marine track

Marine track, 1953

There’s a huge “Man From Florida” energy to this wildly silly 1953 “marine track” (I prefer “death pedal”). The only saving graces are Charles Smith’s stylish workout gear and flawless cheekbones. Invent an exercise that can give me them, sir.

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