Going To The Gym In 1892
Today's modern gyms are full of all manner of programmable smart machines that taylor custom workouts specifically to you. Thousands of dollars of equipment all road tested and designed to transform you into the perfect human specimen (if you have that level of drive) over countless hours of repetitive routines.
But whilst we're all familiar with the trials and tribulations of the present day gym, how did such an environment come into existence in the first place?
You'll have to rewind back to around 1892 in Sweden. That's where you'll find Swedish physician and originator of mechanotherapy Dr. Jonas Gustav Vilhelm Zander. He essentially invented the idea of a gym by created a series of special apparatus that allowed you to exercise your body.
After developing his machines and feeling confident that they did actually improve ones health - he opened his the world's first gym in 1865 in Stockholm.
His machines along with the idea of going to a specific location to use them became hugely popular. It was novel, it was social and it was good for you. By 1911 over 300 gyms had opened around the world ushering in a new area of health and fitness.
These vintage photographs date back to 1892 and showcase some of Dr. Zander's more advanced weight-lifting machines during that era.
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