The History, Evolution, And Future Of The Home Gym

If we had just listened to Richard Simmons when he swore “No tricks, gimmicks, special pills, special potions, special equipment” were needed to exercise anywhere, anyplace, we could have saved Americans millions of dollars, canceled late-night infomercials, and kept the living room free from junk.

It’s not entirely clear when people decided that sweating it out at home was the way to go but from treadmills and ThighMasters to fancy, internet-connected equipment like Peloton bikes, working out at home has gone through some serious changes over the years.

Many are as awkward and embarrassing as your middle school photo. So, of course, we wanted to shine a giant spotlight on some of the greatest, and naturally, not-so-great home gym fads to see just how far we’ve come…

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Misha Gajewski