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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.

Greece

Inventing Fitness, the Greeks, a society, and it's strength

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

Inventing fitness

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”

– Socrates