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The Evolution of Exercise

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Dawn of Time: Caveman Stuff

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Hunting and gathering developed cardio in the form of running from predators and after potential delicious dinners. It's a time of sharp sticks and introducing everyone to this new paleo diet thing.

Shortly After: Sports

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As humans stop migrating so frequently, they start developing ways of entertaining themselves that develop into the modern team and individual sports we now know.

Circa 708 BCE: Halteres

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The Greeks invent the dumbbell's precursor both to lengthen jumps and to increase arm strength, making it the first recorded instance of strength training.

490 BCE: The First Marathon

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Pheidippides runs somewhere between 26 and 147.2 miles, depending upon who's telling the story. However, pretty much everyone agrees he drops dead when he arrives in the town of Marathon.

Early 1700s: Kettlebells

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In near-stereotypical insanity, Russians decide they want to exercise using a cannonball with a handle that will become one of the go-to tools of insanely fit humans across the globe.

1818: The Bicycle

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Granted, the modern, gear-powered bicycle we know wasn't developed until 1885, but exercising kicked into a whole new gear when these bad boys hit the streets.

1865: The Plate-Loading Barbell

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It's the beginning of the modern weightlifting era, though elegant mustaches are mandatory and already in their prime.

1970: Gym Machines

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Arthur Jones creates Nautilus workout machines, which single-handedly modernize gyms by allowing anyone to start variable-resistance weightlifting with little to no training.

2000: CrossFit

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A combination of weightlifting and high-intensity intervals that became so popular so quickly that the first national CrossFit Games took place only seven years later.

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