Q How did the dumbbell get it’s name?

A modern day incarnation of the dumbbell

A modern day incarnation of the dumbbell

The Greek version

    The ancient version

The  Ancient Greeks are credited with inventing what we now know as organized fitness, and had many clever -and sometimes intense – methods of building a physique worthy of an olympian celebration. Above are Halteres, stones used to lift, drag, and enhance Olympic long jumps – seen below depicted on amphora vases given out as trophies. 


Centuries later, removing the clapper from an iron bell and affixing it to a bar earned the name “dumbbell”.

Be smart and curl a dumbbell.


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