Ab-Crunching Machine A German named Gustav Zander is famous for being one of the first inventors of mechanical exercise equipment. His designs are downright wacky, but have a fun steampunk quality. You can view more of his inventions here.
"Step into the trunk-measuring apparatus and map the contours of your torso and the bends of your spine." Image: Tekniska Museet LINK=>ARTICLE These elaborate exercise machines were like the Victorian Bowflex (Retronaut)
Weird And Scary Workout Equipment Of Victorian Era