Oldies But Goodies: Old School Fitness Equipment

A couple of weekends ago after putting Thomas to sleep for the night, Adam and I kicked back with a bottle of wine, playing a ridiculous “Would You Rather” iPhone app game. Oh, how Friday nights change when you become a parent! Anyway, somehow our conversation switched gears and landed on the topic of fitness and workouts from the past, in particular the iconic Nordic Track. I had completely forgotten about this incredible piece of fitness history! We had a few laughs brainstorming some hilarious workout products and equipment, wondering if people still religiously use any of them today. I thought we could reminisce with my list of Old School Workout Equipment; some of it is too good not to share.

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1. The {original} Nordic Track: Ski in the comfort of your own living room!

2. The Gazelle: Umm…I think this photo speaks for itself.

3. Jiggle Bands: Shake Shake Shake Señora. Just hop off the Gazelle and onto this baby. Anyone else think this would make a fun party rental?

4. The Thigh Master:  I’m pretty sure this contraption was in EVERY 1990s household.

5. Taebo: I remember begging my Dad to buy this VHS for me and my brother. Ahh, Billy. My very first fitness hero.

6. Buns of Steel: This one had a very special place in our tv cabinet, although at 10 years of age, the only buns I cared about were those found at BBQs.

7. Shake Weight: …taking resistance training to a whole new level of awkwardness.

8. Ankle {and arm} Weights: The originals somewhat resembled massive flour sacks and were used for hilarious calasthetic exercises.

9. Ab Roller: Don’t lie. You may have done a crunch or two within the confines of this contraption.

10. Chest Expanders: Who needs pushups!? I think these beauties are still in my Dad’s home gym! My brother and I used to use them as weapons when we played Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

11. Hand Strength Grips: Haven’t you heard? Muscular hands are all the rage! Actually, I think these are meant to target the forearms. Either way, I can still hear the creaky sound of the spring. These also doubled as Rafael’s nun chucks. Turtle power!

Okay, so that was my list, but I seriously need to ask some questions!

Do you remember any of these amazing fitness items?

Even better, do you still use any of these or know anyone who does? Are any of them still applicable?

Any other funny ones you can think of?

6 Thoughts on “Oldies But Goodies: Old School Fitness Equipment

  1. Oh gosh, these bring back some memories! My parents’ had numbers 1 and 2 and we had the Buns of Steel VHS too. Funny thing is, those pieces of equipment were barely used in our house and we ended up getting rid of them. Ha!

    • Kelly @ Femme Fitale on November 22, 2013 at 2:04 pm said:

      So funny! I think the 90s were such a funny fitness era. So many revolutionary exercise discoveries, but not many had much longevity. It’ll be interesting to see what 20 more years will bring!

  2. This is a hilarious post! I remember all of these & your descriptions/comments for each are perfect!

  3. HAHA! My parents still have that Nordic track in our basement…and my dad made me use #11 on the time to develop strength in my hands for catching a basketball! Too funny!

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