Tuesday, 5 March 2019

THE HISTORY OF THE DUMBBELL

THE HISTORY OF THE DUMBBELL




The history of fitness goes back to early man’s need for physical strength and speed while hunting. This lead to an interest in fitness as a necessity of survival. Fitness equipment has been key to this change, helping generations of people from around the world shape and condition their bodiesfor battle.

The history of resistance training goes back to the earliest civilizations. Jan Todd, PhD, author of From Milo to Milo: A History of Barbells, Dumbbells, and Indian Clubs, the form of the first dumbbells, states that “Milo of Crotona the so-called father of progressive resistance exercise—had three weighted implements by the fifth century B.C. The diskos and javelin were thrown for distance while the hand-held alteres or halters (Dumbbells) were used as a jumping aide and for purposive drill.” The ancient Greeks used to practice with Halters (Dumbbells) made of stone (1.5–2.0 kg), as the first evidence of sport performance training.

The Greeks were increasing the length of the jump by holding the halters for the duration of the jump. They did this to improve acceleration and deceleration of their jumps. This is the precursor of today’s dumbbells. Todd continued to postulate that the origins of the term “dumbbell” or “dumb bell” are a bit murky. In 1711, the poet Joseph Addison mentioned exercising with a “dumb bell” in an essay published in The Spectator.  odd wrote,  Unfortunately, exactly what Addison meant by this quotation is no longer clear. Does he refer to the swinging or “ringing” of an implement similar in appearance and function to our modern dumbbell or does he refer to an implement that more closely resembled a hand-held bell?”Flash-forward 300 years, and dumbbells are a staple of the fitness industry.

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