People Going To The Gym In 1892
Nobody likes going to the gym, unless they are already in tip-top athletic shape. Yes, that’s the time when you go to the gym only to stay in shape and, of course, to parade your Adonis-like perfect body while walking around people who would give anything to look like you. Yes, that’s when going to the gym really turns into an awesome activity!
As you can imagine, each fitness & bodybuilding equipment and machines had to start somewhere. Somewhere far, far away in time, where they could be tested out and constantly improved, leading to what we see today in most modern gyms.
In 1865, the Swedish physician and originator of mechanotherapy, Dr. Jonas Gustav Vilhelm Zander, opened the world’s first fully-functional gym, in Stockholm, where people came in for physical therapy.
All the apparatus created by the Swedish doctor looks extremely weird today, but back in the late 1800’s, this was considered groundbreaking high-tech. Like every scientist, he analyzed the effects of his work and detailed every aspect of his mechanotherapy, like in this photo series from 1892.
The idea of going to a place with a lot of different machines to improve your health became incredibly popular in Sweden and by 1911, over 300 gyms had opened around the globe, due to this new healthy social trend.
No wonder Swedish people have an excellent Health & Medical system. They basically created it over 150 years ago. The next time you’ll think about going to the gym, keep in mind how easy you have it today, compared to the people from the late 1800’s.
Be sure to take a look at how ‘gym life’ was like during the 1940’s. It’s incredible to see how long we’ve come since then and what huge improvements the fitness & bodybuilding industries have made.