Training and maintaining a good figure is not only fashionable in the last few years. On the contrary. Fitness mania has a long history, which is saturated with different trends in training over the past 100 years. Let’s take a look at how training people have maintained their figure over the past decades.
1910: The main form of training for women during this period is stretching the body or so-called stretching. The ladies then believed that a few light stretches would tighten and shape their thighs in no time. Very sweet.
1920: In the 1920s, women relied more on machines to sculpt their bodies than on their own efforts. Vibrating belts, which they put on problem areas such as hips, thighs and arms, took care of burning excess calories. Silk nightgowns were often used for fitness suits because there were no fitness suits at the time.
1930: Spring belts and machines resembling a car wheel with rubber grips continue to shape women’s buttocks and thighs in the 1930s. During this period, the first “beauty clubs” began to appear, aimed at promoting fitness among the general public. The members of the organization often attended group trainings, wore black pants and white vests.
1940: Women in their 40s focus on exercises that sweat a little, and fitness machines now look like a popular science movie. The girls gathered in a kind of gym, where they trained with strange equipment, but unfortunately this type of training had no effect. Also, their training programs included the performance of “abdominal presses” (see the video below), which we know today we perform quite differently.
1950: In these years of the twentieth century a major role was assigned to the hoop. That’s right, the hoop the kids play with. It is popular and sought after mainly as an exercise device. So the fun worked in perfect harmony with the melting of excess calories and fat.
1960: The Trim Twist craze marks the 1960s. It is a square plate attached to a metal, rotating mechanism. The trainer climbs on the device and begins to make swirling movements as in the musical genre “twist”. This device for training at home became a hit among all housewives, as well as for office workers. The idea was to sculpt his waist. In modern fitness clubs today there is also a device on a similar principle, but it is much more functional and applicable to different areas.
1970: Broadway star Judy Shepard introduces Jazzercise to the sports scene. The new craze for sports, combining aerobics and jazz dancing, was designed to lose weight and improve tone. To date, jazz raise is still practiced in 32 countries around the world.
1980: The 1980s are among the cult years for the fitness industry. Then with a bang comes a new craze called “aerobics”. She trains with tight tricks regardless of gender, and huge curly hair for women and mules for men are in vogue. Despite the strange appearance of the trainees, group aerobics classes are extremely effective in burning calories and maintaining an excellent figure and are practiced so far.
1990: In 1990, American taekwondo instructor Billy Blanks introduces the world to a new sport designed to maintain the good shape and tone of the trainees. Tae Bo is a combination of taekwondo and boxing and to this day is among the group activities that always have many visitors due to its proven effectiveness.
2000: The modern age. In the new millennium, luxury fitness clubs are entering fashion, which are full of various equipment for training every part of the body. Led by pop and hip-hop culture, dance halls are also beginning to gain popularity among practitioners.
2010: Fitness is more popular and modern than ever. Every man or woman who cares about their appearance attends one or another fitness club. The trends for a healthy lifestyle are followed – a balanced diet, a combination of strength and cardio training and diversification with yoga, Pilates, crossfit or other group activities. In 2010, another sport that everyone practices is zumba. With its rhythmic and dance movements, this activity wins many followers.
Sport and movement have been part of human history since its inception. Whether you work out in a fitness club or choose to run in the park, the most important thing is to exercise actively for the sake of your own health.