The Invention of the treadmill

Feel free to call me after you discover what we have to say about home gyms, treadmills and fitness equipment. You can make the call now to buy a treadmill today, it’s that easy to start saving your health. You can call me now on 071 863 7398 or email me immediately on miles@gym4me.com For more information go to www.gymequipmentforsale.co.za

I suppose there are some of you who would curse the invention of any piece of exercise equipment. Curse it or love it, the treadmill is the singular most popular exercise invention (next to Viagra of course!) .

But where did it come from and who was the imbecile that started walking a conveyor belt to nowhere? It was not for fat loss!

Well the first people to use a treadmill were prisoners being disciplined and the first actual use was a horse!

 The Walking Power Machine
In light of the South African energy situation perhaps we should revisit the real reason for the invention of the treadmill?

The treadmill was initially developed as a device to be operated by an animal (such as a horse, not a hamster) treading steps of a wheel to do some type of work or generate power.
Early “home” treadmills appeared in the late eighteen hundreds century when farmers started to use special portable treadmills for use by animals. And no, I don’t sell second hand treadmill, for horses dogs or humans.

History tells us that in 1834 a horse treadmill was registered and patented. Currently it is used as a contemporary horse treadmill used to train racehorses. I kid you not
Hound treadmills (for doggies) were popular kitchen equipment used to generate power for the “centrifugal milk separator” (No kitchen is complete without one!).

People powered treadmills were not as common, (and that was before trade unions) but the odd one could be found. Check this treadmill operated crane

Treadmills for Prisons
In 1817 or thereabouts prisons were reformed by being placed on a treadmill. (just imagine how much energy we could generate in South Africa with all of our prisoners!)

The USA, always few steps behind England and slow to catch on (like two world wars, but spot on for the third) only introduced prisoner powered cardio vascular equipment ten years later. New York prisoners did 10 hours every day, (no, I doubt if HIGym Equipment or Tabata has been invented by then!)

Treadmills designed solely for the outrageous pursuit of health and fitness
Early 20th century and running machines or treadmills were first introduced in the gyms (called health centre) as a cardio workout machine.

Heart and lung patients could be tested for heart and lung disease. In 1933 “Popular Science” mag published this article”A one-man training track for runners is part of the equipment recently installed by an English sporting club. The device consists of a small treadmill platform with an upright pipe frame in front. Gripping the frame, the runner begins his workout, a speedometer at one side of the apparatus indicating how fast he is going…”

Treadmills for Home Use
You guessed it. The first Home Treadmills were for pet usage!
You won’t catch my dogs on one but a lady did buy one for her dog in Cape Town last year!
Check this ad out from Modern Mechanix magazines, (yes I know, Americans can’t spell)


Treadmills became the most popular piece of exercise equipment during the 60s and 70s. Nowadays we get more than double the enquiries for treadmills than any other piece of equipment. We also sell more exercise equipment than any other online retailer.

Treadmills, Exercise Bikes, Rowers and elliptical Trainers have come a long way, so if you want to see what treadmills have really become now take a look at this picture then call me to find out more about the largest selection of treadmills for home gyms and commercial gyms.

Gym Equipment South Africa Call 071 863 7398

Feel free to call me after you discover what we have to say about home gyms, treadmills and fitness equipment. You can make the call now to buy powertec gym equipment today, it’s that easy to start saving your health. You can call me now on 071 863 7398 or email me immediately on miles@gym4me.com For more information go to www.gymequipmentforsale.co.za

Author Miles Harrop, About the Author Click here

(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)