The Battle Of The Bulge – How Fitness Training Has Changed Over The Years!

Fitness training has changed quite a lot over the years and if you look back on some of the weird and wonderful ways women have tried to fight the battle of the bulge in the past, as well as some of the outrageous fitness outfits that everyone was wearing to do some of them, it’s sure to make you smile.

There have been so many different fitness trend over the years from the strange ideas that women were told could help them slim down back in the 1930’s. to the aerobics crazy era of the 80’s.

Take a look at this video from Vintage Fashion to see how the American ladies of that era were trying to get fit with vibrating devices…

The late 1950’s were when the popular children’s toy the hula hoop became the ultimate craze that was the way everyone was trying to get fit. A Californian company Wham-O toys created and very successfully marketed a plastic version. They sold twenty five million plastic hula hoops in less than four months and everyone was twirling their hoops in an attempt to get fit.

aerobicsThe 1980’s brought the movie Fame and numerous aerobics videos with the famous Jane Fonda craze and Olivia Newton Johns ‘Let’s get physical’. Men and women all over the country were  bouncing about in leotards, tights and those sexy legwarmers either in front of their t.v’s at home or in classes at the local leisure and community centres.


Most women today have realised the immense benefits that they can reap from working out regularly with weights in the gym along with eating the right nutrition.

But do you realise just how much gym equipment has changed since the 1940’s – enjoy this video from Vintage fashion and have a giggle like I did!

Hope this article and video clips brightened your day and started your week with a smile.

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4 Responses

  1. Karin says:

    I enjoyed your website! I liked that 1930’s video. Gee, I wonder who still uses that kind of equipment today. How the times have changed! I remember aerobics of the 1980’s. I used to do those in school during gym class. Now I see all this exercise equipment you can have at home, besides exercise bikes. Physical fitness is definitely needed in this day in age, with all the sit-down desk jobs. Maybe they should bring those exercises from the 1939’s and 40’s back!

    • Emma says:

      Hi Karin,

      Thank you for your comment and I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I too remember the aerobics of the 80’s and am afraid to admit I had the outfit as well! 🙂 Hope it made you smile!

  2. Matt's Mom says:

    Oh, I do remember those vibrating devices….not that I used one. But my grandfather had one in his home, and me and my brother used to have fun with it. I never did see how it could have really produced any results. This post brought me chuckles, to think of how these women over the years have tried to fight the battle of the bulge 🙂

    • Emma says:

      Hi Matt’s Mom,

      Thank you for the comment and I’m glad this post made you have a chuckle!

      That’s awesome that you’ve seen one of those vibrating contraptions, I’ve only seen them in pictures and would love to have a play with them in real life – there’s probably a museum somewhere with them in. It does make us realise though that women have been into varying forms of fitness for many years, though I do think the modern ways are a lot more effective 🙂

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