Did you know? The Mats Were Created to Punish Prisoners
It's probably safe to say that no one really loves to do treadmills. It's a really boring exercise. Is not it true that sometimes the machine seems to make time move more slowly?
Now is the time to know the amazing story of the origin of the treadmill. If you are in fact no fan of the treadmill, you will fully understand the connection: the exercise machine now present in 100% of the gyms around the world was invented in 1817 to punish prisoners.
The engineer responsible for the machine was an Englishman named William Cubitt. Cubitt reportedly thought that prisoners (who spent up to six hours a day on the torture device) would be punished physically and emotionally for work as exhausting and meaningless as what you see in the pictures below.
In 1895, the treadmills were considered so brutal that prisoners who were taken to walk on them were never supposed to dare to commit another crime.
After several decades, treadmills eventually came to health care facilities, where they were used as laboratory equipment to test people's heart health. The treadmill had not gotten in the way of our homes or gyms until the 1970s.
After that, the race was finally unleashed as a fitness trend and a (somewhat) favorable pastime; and another engineer, this one called Bill Staub, created an accessible and domestic version of a laboratory treadmill. Within a few decades, Staub had a thriving business and then several competitors emerged.
In 2008, more than 50 million Americans wore a treadmill to exercise. About 19 million people say they use a treadmill at least 100 times a year.