If I had to build a vintage home gym it would probably look something like this filled with my favorite vintage gym equipment. In fact, forget exercising because I think this could be my new man cave. Antique leather chairs that look like they’ve seen better days but are more comfortable than Archie Bunker’s TV chair. Vintage warehouse pendants hanging from the ceiling. Industrial metal lockers against the wall. And all of my favorite sports equipment. Vintage boxing gloves, free weights, a few trophies and a lot of medicine balls. The popularity of gyms would lead us to believe that they’ve been around forever. Like a Starbucks on every corner. But commercial gyms are relatively new but surprisingly the medicine ball is not.
Vintage Gym Equipment
The medicine ball was invented by Robert Jenkins back in 1876. Jenkins is also credited with invention of the sandbox. We’ve all played in that at one time or another. Hopefully not as adults. The name medicine ball was used as a play on words from medicine bag. It resembled the leather and stitching from our native American culture. Medicine balls are made in the shape of basketballs and are up to 14 inches in diameter. They come in different weights between two and twenty five pounds. The balls are commonly used in the field of sports medicine for rehabilitation and strength training but lately have made a comeback at the gym. Today they are used in plyometric weight training which trains your muscles to extend and contract in a rapid explosive manner. I think I’ll sit this one out. Instead, I just want to sit on this vintage leather club chairs in my vintage man cave.