WHAT WAS OLD IS NEW AGAIN
Friday, March 26, 2010
There is truth in the old saying “what goes around comes around” and recent trends in the fitness world have borne it out. While kettlebells were reestablished as a fitness tool about ten or fifteen years ago they date back to the 19thCentury as a gym standard. Now almost every sporting goods store and department carries some version of them. The vaudeville strong men of the late 19th Century and early 20th trained with them along with cable pullers which were a form of resistance bands. Actually resistance bands were one of the first uses of India rubber to make useful objects and they date back to the mid 19th Century as a rehabilitation modality. Now we can buy entire “home gyms” based on resistance bands and both Bowflex and Soloflex home gym machines are based on the same principle.
Bodyweight training is being “rediscovered” with programmes such as Tacit and Cross Fit based on bodyweight exercise. We have assisted bodyweight exercise systems such as TRX and Total Gym and Total Trainer. The latter two “machines” are in fact recycled versions of a Pilates reformer dating back to the early 20th Century. Now the makers of Total Gyms are touting “gravity training” which is just another way to do assisted bodyweight work.
The latest rebirth in the fitness industry is Indian Clubs with multiple websites and blogs devoted to them Clubbell.com is a fitness programme devoted to them as the “ultimate” fitness breakthrough. If you search online you can find multiple sources from which to buy them complete with workout DVDs. In searching the web for workout programmes with them I found a downloadable copy of a book published in 1866 and another published in 1910. Yes I took the bait and purchased some and am incorporating them into my workouts. I have a set of one pound and another of two pound and trust me they will kick your ass.
When I see people posting about spending $XXXX.XX for a treadmill or elliptical or an infomercial touting an over priced tread climber from Bowflex or the latest magic “secret weapon against fat” from Nautilus I find myself wondering why people think working out is some sort of high tech arms race against body fat.
We are now “rediscovering” barefoot running. Seems to me hominids were sorta kinda maybe doing that way back when?
Spring is here get outside and get sweaty, it is good for your soul as well as your body