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The History of the Jumping Jack
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It is not the most glamourous exercise in the gym but it is one that nearly everyone will have done at some point in their lives. Jumping Jacks, depending on your experience will either bring back fond memories of PE in school, or result in you picturing tired members from your last circuit class.  A […]

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The History of the Plank Exercise
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The chances are: every single one of us has spent a seemingly endless amount of time stuck in the ‘plank’ position shown above. When I first began weight training for rugby as a starry eyed teen we did every kind of plank variation imaginable. We did it for time, we moved in circles, we added […]

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A Brief History of the Treadmill
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When it comes to physical activity, the treadmill often feels like a form of cruel and unusual punishment. Well, that’s because it is — or was. In the early 1800s, an English Civil Engineer named Sir William Cubitt devised the World’s first treadmill as a means of punishing and reforming England’s prisoners. Disgusted by the […]

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The History of Gold’s Gym
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In 1965, former bodybuilder and US Marine, Joe Gold opened up a gym in Venice California as a place for himself and his friends to train. Charging $60 a year, Joe kept costs down by making his own gym equipment, skimping on the heating and recruiting every bodybuilder worth his salt as a member. Unbeknownst […]

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Sandow the Lion Tamer
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Though more synonymous with bodybuilding than wrestling, the late 1890s saw Eugen Sandow, the man many credited with possessing the perfect physique, wrestle a caged lion in front of a US audience. The bout was undertaken during Sandow’s extensive tour of the United States under the tutelage of promoter Florenz Ziegfeld. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many viewed […]

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