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From Prison Punishment to a Gym Near You

Check out my latest post on the Heroes, Heroines, and History Blog. – Penal Treadmills.

When I work out on the treadmill or Stairmaster, I find myself wondering who invented this unique form of torture. No matter how long I labor, I never get anywhere.

Prisoners in the nineteenth-century would have agreed with that sentiment. For a time, stair-stepper-type treadwheels were used to reform (or punish) convicts. . .

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