Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Mill

Treadmill, 1940-1950. Model with makeup and heels demonstrating use. Stories of Voluntary Exercise. Stories of Voluntary Exercise. The Mill. Treadmill Dancing. marchmatron.com
The inventive, torturous, and lucrative history of treadmills.

Remember this guy? 
I'll get back to him in a minute.

Tread Wheel Crane. Pieter Bruegel's construction of The Tower of Babel (Bruegel) featuring a double treadwheel crane. Other stories of Voluntary Exercise. The Mill, The history of the treadmill and the best of treadmill dancing. marchmatron.com
Detail from Pieter Bruegel's Construction of The Tower of Babel, illustrating a double tread wheel crane. 
People in the past who wanted to build stuff had a problem. Stuff, in most cases, is heavy and building implies stacking.  
Tread wheel Crane. A color 13th-century drawing of a treadwheel crane. Amplifying human power with simple machinery. Other stories of Voluntary Exercise. The Mill, The history of the treadmill and the best of treadmill dancing. marchmatron.com
A color 13th-century drawing of a treadwheel crane. 
The Roman engineers are credited with adapting a Polyspastos Crane, fitted with human powered tread wheels, allowing two human hamsters to lift 6,000 kg. The design was used for another 2,000 years. 
Treadmill 1661 Nuremberg Germany. Diagram of a man walking on a wheel platform, powering the gears of a millstone. Other stories of Voluntary Exercise. The Mill, The history of the treadmill and the best of treadmill dancing. marchmatron.com
Milling grain, Nuremberg Germany, 1661 
People in the agricultural industry along with people who wanted to eat had a problem. 
Threshing machine diagram. Horse-powered, 1881. Other stories of Voluntary Exercise. The Mill, The history of the treadmill and the best of treadmill dancing. marchmatron.com
Horse-powered threshing machine diagram. 1881. 
Planting, harvesting, and milling grain, even while oppressing a whole bunch of peasants, was no cake walk. The solution involved tread mechanization of mammal power and horse power was literal. 
Tread wheel, also called the Never Ending Staircase. Photo of prisoners walking on a treadwheel, while guards watch, Pentonville Prison 1895. The Mill, The history of the treadmill and the best of treadmill dancing. marchmatron.com
Tread Wheel, also called the Never Ending Staircase. Pentonville Prison, 1895
Victorian era penal proponents had a problem. They were disturbed by the idle nature of convicts and concerned that incarceration was not nearly unpleasant enough. 

Tread Wheel in Victorian era prison. Kingston Prison opened in 1850. Prisoners were forced to climb 8,640 feet in 6 hours. Other stories of Voluntary Exercise. The Mill, The history of the treadmill and the best of treadmill dancing. marchmatron.com
Kingston Prison opened in 1850. Prisoners were forced to climb 8,640 feet in 6 hours. 
Sir William Cubitt, an English civil engineer solved the hard labor issue in 1818 with the Tread Wheel. Also called the Everlasting Staircase, convicts would climb the steps of a large paddle wheel in eight to ten-hour shifts climbing the equivalent of 7,200 feet. The Prisons Act of 1898 abolished the wheel. 

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Treadmills became an extravagant novelty and luxury for the idle rich. Two young ladies, wearing 1920s athletic smocks, head scarves, and bloomers, model 1920s treadmills. Other stories of Voluntary Exercise. The Mill, The history of the treadmill and the best of treadmill dancing. marchmatron.com
Treadmills became an extravagant novelty for the idle rich in the 1920s.
The idle rich, while getting richer during the roaring twenties and prior to losing everything in the crash, had two problems. 
Treadmill. Photo of a young flapper, in a striped shirt, shorts and a stylized head scarf around her hair, demonstrating "The latest British invention for home exercise" London, 1923. Other stories of Voluntary Exercise. The Mill, The history of the treadmill and the best of treadmill dancing. marchmatron.com
"The latest British invention for home exercise" London, 1923. 
Improvement in the agricultural industry meant being broad in the hips was no longer a sign of wealth, and to demonstrate their wealth they continually needed conspicuous consumption of extravagant novelties. Treadmills held a promise to address both.
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Treadmill Test for cardiovascular health.  Early designs in 1949, by Dr. Robert A. Bruce continued improvements with monitoring functioning. Photo from 1952. The Mill, The history of the treadmill and the best of treadmill dancing. marchmatron.com
After making early designs in 1949, Dr. Robert A. Bruce continued improvements in monitoring cardiac functioning. 
Cardiologists and people not yet finished using their circulatory system had a diagnostic problem. 
Treadmill Hamster is doing it wrong

With no standard and reliable test for cardiac functioning, medical providers had to rely on self-reporting.  Dr. Robert A. Bruce, a cardiologist at the University of Washington, introduced a standardized stress test in 1952 by monitor cardiac function while the diagnosee built up a sweat on a treadmill. 
Treadmill Aerobics Test. Photo of Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, physician at the San Antonio Air Force Hospital, conduct aerobic tests by monitoring air exchange while an airman runs on a treadmill. Other stories of Voluntary Exercise. The Mill, The history of the treadmill and the best of treadmill dancing. marchmatron.com
Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, San Antonio Air Force Hospital, monitoring Aerobic fitness 
In the 1960s, Dr. Kenneth Cooper and William Staub, announced that people living in industrial countries had a problem and they had the solution.
Treadmill designed by William Staub, 1988 photo of Staub in center with his sons, Pacemaster 600, the first home treadmill. Other stories of Voluntary Exercise. The Mill, The history of the treadmill and the best of treadmill dancing. marchmatron.com
Pacemaster 600, the first affordable home treadmill, designed by William Staub, center of photo with his two sons. 1987
Cooper, a military physician, studied military personnel who engaged in various amounts of activity. He created the term "Aerobics" and determined that most people engage in too little of it. Staub invented the first affordable and widely available treadmill, the PaceMaster 600, partially funded by Cooper's company, Aerobics, Inc. 

In 2014, emergency care treated 24,400 injuries associated with treadmills. The report cautioned that old people and drunk people were the most likely to fall while using a treadmill, (no mind blowing information there), but most injuries were related to damage from overuse. 
Treadmill designed for NASA. Photo of women using an  AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill. Other stories of Voluntary Exercise. The Mill, The history of the treadmill and the best of treadmill dancing. marchmatron.com
AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill
The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill, originally designed by NASA. At a cost of $35,000 to $75,000 the treadmill can "unweight" up to 80% of a person’s body, "allowing for stable support, unencumbered movement, and continued training through injury."
In 2016, treadmill accounted for 40 percent of a US $3.5 billion fitness equipment industry.
Treadmill, black and white photo. A Large dog sits on Nicholas Potter's Enterprise Dog Power treadmill, designed to power butter churns circa 1880. Other stories of Voluntary Exercise. The Mill, The history of the treadmill and the best of treadmill dancing. marchmatron.com
Nicholas Potter's Enterprise Dog Power treadmill, designed to power butter churns but modifiable for other tasks and for use with other farm animals, circa 1880
Not to miss out on the industry, problems with canine cardiovascular health have become a financially resolvable concern. 
Treadmill for pets. A GoPet Dog-Powered Tread Wheel. $1,540.99 at Amazon with free shipping. Other stories of Voluntary Exercise. The Mill, The history of the treadmill and the best of treadmill dancing. marchmatron.com
GoPet Dog-Powered Tread Wheel. $1,540.99 at Amazon with free shipping. 
Dogtread provides a handy chart for pet treadmill comparisons. 

Maggie the Dog has not fully committed to working out. 
This guy has nothing on Uptown Funk Treadmill Dancer Carson Dean, but I love that he adds some moves to his workout. 


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