The future of gyms
If you thought gyms were a recent phenomenon, tethered to the trend of self-conscious fashionistas and the scourge of obesity, well, you’d be wrong. Gymnasiums, or ‘gymnasia’, go back thousands of years to Ancient Greece where you’d find dedicated exercise auditoriums typically consisting of spacious training grounds for athletic contests.
The first modern-era gyms – that is, public equipment-filled rooms of the ilk you would recognize today – started to crop up around the middle of the 20th century. But it wasn’t until the 1960s when William Staub developed the first successful consumer treadmill that things really started to accelerate, with keep-fit freaks no longer reliant on good weather and daylight to attain that sub-6-minute mile.
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