Inspired by a tweet we saw last week depicting some glamorous ladies from the 1920's exercising on treadmills in high heels, we decided to trawl the web to find some more examples of vintage exercise equipment. We found vintage wobbling vibration plates, rickety rowing machines, and some positively frightening contraptions that we still think should be torture instruments.
The images are quite charming and they certainly remind us how far we've come with technology (and gym fashion). We hope you enjoy looking at these as much we did.
In those heels? By 1934, treadmills had come a long way. Gone were the wooden slats, replaced by a durable fabric. Source: Mail Online
A woman demonstrating an exercise machine known as the Gymo Frame to members of the Arsenal at Highbury in 1932. Source: Mail Online
Racing against the clock on vintage exercise bikes - still in heels. Source: http://www.miaminewsday.com
Passengers of Titanic on exercise bikes in the ship's gymnasium. Source: Mail Online
A 1928 bucking bronco used as part of an exercise class held by American Olympic squad coach Aileen Allen.
A pair of vintage wooden slatted treadmills - and lovely Mary Jane shoes.
The 1960's vibration style machine - the heels are finally gone.
Another vintage vibration plate complete with 'fat belt' said to be used by President Coolidge in his daily exercise regime. Source: http://gajitz.com/
Taking it very seriously on a Victorian exercise machine. Not quite sure what this does but it could be an early vibration plate. Source: http://www.fashionweekdaily.com
Precariously but fabulously perched a-top this 1940's/50's rowing machine. Source: Blisstree.com
Elizabeth R. Allan, a freshman at Smith College, working out on a rowing machine in the 1920s/1930s (Library of Congress)
Good old fashioned weight-lifting - some things don't change (apart from those high-waisted pants). Source: http://dailydimmick.com