Feel the Burn: 7 Ridiculous Exercise Trends from the 1800s Through Today

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Late 1800s: Mechanotherapy
In the 1800s, a man named Gustav Zander created a series of machines meant to aid in physical exercise for healing purposes, or what we now call physical ... more 
Photo by: Retronaut
Late 1800s: Mechanotherapy
In the 1800s, a man named Gustav Zander created a series of machines meant to aid in physical exercise for healing purposes, or what we now call physical therapy. Zander's machines are essentially low-tech Nautilus machines, which came into use in the 1970's as body-building equipment. That's why today you'll see what looks like regular gym equipment in most physical therapy offices.
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Mon, Jun 17, 2013 11:50 AM EDT
Whether you're a mom trying to shed a few pounds after having her first, second or 19th baby or a single gal trying to stay fit, you've likely tried a million different exercise routines over the years. This look at exercise trends from the 1800s through today proves that when it comes to getting in shape, the more things change, the more they stay the same. We seem to be just as desperate to look good now and we always have, and just as willing to try the latest, most fashionable trend in exercise technique to achieve that - no matter how absurd it is! Click through for 7 ridiculous exercise trends from the 1800s through to today! -By Carolyn Castiglia



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