Following two recent blog entries on suspension training (Homemade Suspension Trainer and Suspension Training Exercises), I’ve received several follow ups regarding the origin of these tools and inquiries regarding the durability of the homemade model.
To begin, one reader of the site recently posted a link to an 1866 book (Athletic Sports For Boys) that has illustrations of a homemade suspension trainer. It begins on the bottom of page 43.
The image above comes from page 45.
Below is another image of an outdoor play area. You can see several gymnastic apparatuses included within.
It is nice to be reminded that much of what we see today is everything but new. Suspension trainers are big time business in 2010. Many readers emailed me under the impression that this style of training was brand new. Yet here we have a book that was printed in 1866. Therefore, almost 150 years ago there were authors describing this style of training. Clearly, it wasn’t invented in 1866. The authors were simply writing about something that was common at the time.
As for the durability of the homemade model, I’ve been using it for approximately 2 months now. It has held up extremely well with absolutely no signs of wear or tear. Based on the inexpensive price tag and ease of construction, this DIY tool is definitely a keeper.