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4 Winning Moments in Gym Class History

There’s more to gym class than towel snapping and poorly played games of volleyball. Not much more, but certainly enough for 4 really great stories! (Image credit: Flickr user The Library of Congress) 1. STRETCHING TO THE (VERY) OLDIES While Harriet Beecher Stowe was busy writing Uncle Tom’s Cabin, her sister Catherine Beecher was busy blazing a different [...]

Man saws off his own foot to avoid work

The 56-year-old sliced off his foot with a saw prior to undergoing a health check for work fitness. Police arrived at his home in Mitterlabill, Austri…

Are You As Fit As a World War II GI?

The Art of Manliness posted the physical fitness requirements and testing process used in the U.S. Army during World War II. The Army first introduced a formal fitness test to the troops in 1942. Millions of men were being called up to fight in World War II, and not all of them were prepared for the [...]

Gym Scales Member Fees on Keeping Fitness Committments

Gym-Pact is a company founded by Yifan Zhang and Geoff Oberhofer that arranges for group membership rates at fitness clubs in Boston. Customers pay higher rates the more often that they skip workouts, thus encouraging them to keep in shape: Gym-Pact offers what Zhang calls motivational fees — customers agree to pay more if they miss [...]

Jack LaLanne RIP: 10 Facts About Jack LaLanne You Didn’t Know

Jack LaLanne at 92 (photo: nathancreminsino [Flickr]) The fitness guru Jack LaLanne has died. Now, many of you knew him only as an old man (albeit with a younger man’s trim physique) hawking his juicer, but Jack was a true pioneer in fitness and nutrition. In tribute to “The Godfather of Fitness,” here are Neatorama’s 10 Facts [...]