For anyone skeptical of the weird and wonderful modern gym equipment found in the dark recesses of the internet, it’s important to note that unscrupulous salesmen and women have long sought to capitalise on people’s better nature. For every individual willing to spend months and years working out, there’s two more seeking to get fit without the effort.
A historical example of this comes from the following 1940s gym designed solely for women. In a typically nonchalant fashion we see women smiling and reading magazines while ‘building their fitness’. To be fair to these women, gymnasiums during the 1940s tended to be typically masculine spaces. An all female gym was in theory a good idea. Shame about the execution!