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19th Century Training Equipment in 21st Century Japan

I’m staying at my friend’s place in Hirohata. The only gym I could find in town was on the 4th floor of the public library. I always tell people to train smarter not harder, but that doesn’t mean you should train on useless equipment.

While at the gym, I discovered three absolutely silly pieces of gym equipment. The first was a mechanical horse where you ride your ass off, but it doesn’t actually do anything for you physically except cause tightness in your back. The second machine, which I don’t have a photo of, shakes your legs while you stand on it. The last is the massage belt, where you place a belt around your belly and it shakes your belly and back fat.

Pete Physique on the Mechanical Horse
Pete Physique on the Mechanical Horse

Here’s the crazy thing, I recently watched a PBS video on the life of John Harvey Kellogg, the guy who invented Kellogg’s Corn Flakes with his brother. He was the one who invented all of these devices back in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. He did have some good discoveries and ideas for his time and promoted things like a vegetarian lifestyle before anyone else in the US proclaimed it as healthy. But he was also a Racist and had crazy ideas regarding sexuality. The best thing that resulted from his 91 year life was Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, which really was his brother’s discovery.

Pete Physique using the Massage Belt
Pete Physique using the Massage Belt

If you want to get in shape, you need to put in a personal effort for it to work. Relying on machines to do the work for you is a great dream, but not realistic when it comes to results. For real results, check out:


Written by PeterFever


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  1. Haha, watching you use those belts and horses is a funny thought though!
    You have that relaxed and kawaii smile on you lately -- seems you are enjoying your time! Will there be any shoots at onsen or in japanese nature? Your outdoor shoots were always sooo amazing!! H janakutemo Peter ga saikou da monne! yoroshikuu…(___)

  2. seeing the headline of your post, i wanna suggest you read Edward Said’s “Orientalism”.

    i’m sure there’s other gyms in japan, they even have gold’s gym, not in the boonies though.

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