The evolution of home fitness

On July 23, 2021, in Commentary, by Erik

When global pandemic struck last year, most gyms closed their doors forcing us to exercise within our homes. Yes, fitness at home is not a new trend and has been around for several decades. Think about the aerobics craze back in the 1990s, when you couldn’t find a home that did not tune in one of the channels showing routines in the morning. Yet, we can say that pandemic led to a significant evolution in exercise trends. Technology is taking over many aspects of these activities and there’s an increase social element despite staying at home.

Key Takeaways:

  • Jack LaLanne’s popular exercise TV show was geared toward middle-class women.
  • Jogging culture and the opening of gyms moved exercise out of the home.
  • VHS technology and later Nordic Track machines gave a boost to home exercise.

“Home fitness has been in our lives for decades – and it’s taken on a new role since the Covid-19 pandemic closed gyms around the world.”

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