Yes, believe it or not, the “Ding” is in fact an old method of weight training that finds its roots in Ancient China. Martial artists would take part in a lift, which could involve up to two people elevating a large, three-legged cauldron.
Hence, the ding. Some of these could weigh more than a few hundred pounds — and their shape didn’t really help the lifters. This would be akin to performing a deadlift, except, without the ease of using a barbell. Sounds strenuous!
So yes, you definitely read that right. We did in fact type out tapeworms. But don’t worry, they’re sanitized. And they were, at one point in history, a plausible method for losing weight.
The way it worked was the parasites would be ingested, they’d then sit in your gut and eat the food you had digested. Seems a bit excessive to us. Just saying!
Sir William Cubitt developed the exercise equipment which later evolved into the treadmill. Terming it the “treadwheel”, this was actually, initially, a torture device!
Rather than just being for physical exertion to improve physical condition, this treadwheel was designed to further punish poor souls. Sounds pretty cruel to us. And we joke that treadmills are torture devices these days…
Sack swinging was a popular practice in ancient Egypt and India. It's comparable to the Olympic clean and jerk lift. Individuals would pick up a sack and lift it over their heads for a period of time — one-handed.
So it looks like overhead lifting is definitely not a new thing. Not exactly a crazy exercise, but more of a — wow, it’s really that old?
These big plastic balls are the perfect combination of fitness and fun. Plus it gets you exercising in the great outdoors. This piece of equipment is a win-win in our books!
Basically, you crawl inside one of the "zorbs" and use your body weight, strength, and agility to move the balls around. It's even more enjoyable with friends so get a few more balls on the lawn!