Fitness: Vintage Style

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It's that time of the year again when folks make resolutions and head to the gym. For me, I have more trouble tearing myself away from the gym and getting back to work. My favorite workouts are the old-fashioned kind. I like the tried-and-true stuff like pushups, planks and burpee jumps.

These life-sized anatomical charts of the muscle system (below) would look fantastic in and old-school gym.

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I will have some great early 20th C wooden dumbbells and indian pins in my booth at the Brooklyn Flea this weekend- along with vintage wire locker baskets.


For some further fitness inspiration, check out these exercise regimen charts from 1916. Fashionistas and hipsters take note of the cool apparel in these photos.

For the gals:

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For the little ones:
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For the menfolk:


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A few other pieces of ephemera in this same vein:

A "York" system folder of leg exercises from the 1930s (available in my booth for $40 and perfect for framing)

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And a wonderful classroom chart complete with a smoking football player in leather helmet….


And last, but not least, I have some small (but mighty) framed 1940s matchbook covers (made in Mexico) of famous American & Mexican boxers.


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