We’re kicking it all the way back to Ancient Greece. In Sparta, physical conditioning and a strong body were highly desirable and even essential to life as a Greek. Halters or 5-lb to 12-lb stones with a handle were the first kettlebells.
The wildest part about kettlebells is that they’ve been around since 900 BC. Sure, they may be a little easier to handle, and probably have a larger weight range now, but still, that’s pretty cool.
Ever heard of a Gada? These come from the Mahabharata, written during ancient times. The Gada was an Indian club — which is making a bit of a comeback! It’s a blunt mace made of wood or metal, and has a spherical head on the end of a shaft, often with a spike on top.
It was traditionally used in Hindu physical culture. Pretty cool, eh?
This inflatable belly belt is a piece of plastic that, when you blow air into it, will tighten. Almost looks like us at the local pool when we were kids in our float equipment!
We’re guessing it’s supposed to make the abs work by... squishing them? We’ll let you and your abs decide.
The guandao was a vital part of the Chinese martial arts training regimen. The guandao is a pole with a sharp, curved blade attached to its end. Soldiers would swing these around their bodies to strength-train, as well as show off their physical abilities.
Amazingly, this seemingly “crazy” practice still exists today, which is quite amazing, and also is a testament to the activity — it actually works!
So yes, you definitely read that right. We did in fact type out tapeworms. But don’t worry, they’re sanitized. And they were, at one point in history, a plausible method for losing weight.
The way it worked was the parasites would be ingested, they’d then sit in your gut and eat the food you had digested. Seems a bit excessive to us. Just saying!