Crazy Vintage Workout Equipment


In the 1920s, there were no Bowflexes or vinyl-clad free weights to keep ladies and gents looking their best – instead, the workout equipment from “the old days” resembled medieval torture devices that, apparently, can only be used by health nuts dressed in full suits and frocks. Some of the vintage exercise equipment uses similar engineering as modern-day exercise equipment, such as resistance pulleys and suspended weights, but the overall assembly of the equipment is rudimentary and simple, comprised of wood and bent iron. Our favourite aspect of these vintage exercise equipment photos are the models – at least in the 1920s there was no need to smile for the camera while working out…despite the absurd formal attire, we appreciate that the models are portraying realistic expressions as they strain and stretch their muscles. We don’t know about you, but our expressions while working out bare a likeness to the miserable visages depicted by the 1920s models than the “give-me-more-I-love-pain-more-than-chocolate” expressions that modern-day work-out models are forced to share for the sake of marketing.



  1. why wait until after the holidays to work out? sign me up.

  2. Greg Holbert wrote:

    Definitely based off torture devices, I couldn’t imagine having to work out on those contraptions! Pushups and situps before jumping on one of these deathtraps!

  3. Félix wrote:


    My name is Inês Félix and I’m graphic design.
    I would like to know if I can use 3 pictures of this post: , in a work that I am doing.

    I had seen this photos in others blog’s, so I don’t know who have the legal rights.

    Thank very much for your attencion.

    I’m really looking forward to your reply!

    Inês Félix

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