I saw this little video this morning:
Honestly, when I watched that montage, the first thing I thought to myself was it was at least 70-years before women broke an honest sweat! I mean, can you imagine walking up to a woman in 1910 and asking her to CrossFit? Zumba? Hell, asking her to lift a weight of any type?
The other thing I noticed was the lack of appropriate footwear. Keep in mind that sneakers weren’t exactly big in the early part of the 20th Century—Keds were around, but the first pair of workable trainers didn’t land until Adidas came along—so even if a woman wanted to tax herself in the fitness department, she likely would have been slowed by her soles.
Don’t get me wrong, clearly there were women out there doing something more significant than jazzercise or those “stretches”, but clearly those women were the exception, not the rule.
It’s amazing how far we’ve come since then, isn’t it?