Who invented it all?
From the very first gymnasiums in history, to the Olymics games in 776 BCE, go back 2,500 years to where it all began.
In part I of my eBook series Inventing Fitness, the Greeks, a society, and it’s strength, I explore the origins of physical fitness.
“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise saves and preserves it”
– the Greek philosopher Plato
Above is a pair of ancient Greek halteres. Considered the world’s first dumbbells, they were used not only in strength training, but in Olympic games such as the long jump.
To the Athenians, a fit body represented a fit mind. And, with an intenesly strong belief system, elevated the human form to near-obsessive levels. Many surviving works from antiquity make constant reference to hardship, and overcoming external strife.
The human form became the embodiment of their belief system.
“It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable”