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Victorian Women’s Fitness Workout, Exercise & Gymnastics



Vintage images of Victorian women exercising in bloomers, more than a century ago, long before Title IX.
Music: "Sweet Dreams" by Eurythmics.
Images from the book: "Daughters of the Lost Century: The Playful Pioneers of American Women's Sports & Fitness"

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20 Comments

20 Comments

  1. YankeeDan1976

    April 11, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I don’t know for sure where these women are from, but it looks like they
    are from a country OTHER then the US! Not that it matters, we all
    imagreated from over sears somewhere anyway! 

  2. LostCenturyofSports

    April 11, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    All the sources are referenced in the book “Daughters of the Lost Century.”
    The book has 1,000 images from 1849 to 1909.

  3. LostCenturyofSports

    April 11, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    They sure did! I was as surprised as you. All images were scanned from the
    original publications.

  4. LostCenturyofSports

    April 11, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Based on descriptions in the book “Daughters of the Lost Century,” most
    bloomers were dark blue. Many women made their own so they could be any
    color.

  5. LostCenturyofSports

    April 11, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    They’re wearing “bloomers” which were very controversial back then. Women’s
    exercise garb was a driving force in the “women’s dress reform movement” of
    the late 19th century.

  6. LostCenturyofSports

    April 11, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    You’re right, “Physical” would have been a great choice. Next video
    perhaps…

  7. LostCenturyofSports

    April 11, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Thanks for asking. The pictures are from the book “Daughters of the Lost
    Century.” Book includes hundreds of rare articles and 1,000 vintage images
    from 1849 to 1909.

  8. Henry Marsh

    April 17, 2012 at 3:04 am

    Man this is awesome!!!! I have never seen these 100 year old workouts
    before!!! Blows my mind!!!

  9. Neil B

    April 23, 2012 at 4:18 am

    They need to incorporate these old school workouts in today’s workouts!
    This is awesome!!!

  10. John Crown

    April 24, 2012 at 5:39 am

    I didn’t even know they had exercises back then!!! This blows my mind!!!!

  11. Aidan Longwood

    April 24, 2012 at 5:44 am

    This video is different from anything I have ever seen! I love the old time
    workouts!

  12. Mattie Valdez

    May 6, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    this video was a little weird, but I love all of your other ones ^.^

  13. mary jean leonen

    May 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    the song went well with the workout photos

  14. Barry Richards

    May 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    does anyone still do these exercises today…..

  15. Dave Lohr

    May 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I see some older women still do workouts like these at my local gym

  16. ian lyons

    May 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    was that a picture of them mowing the grass, lol

  17. Vesta Aragon

    May 6, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    do you have any video footage?

  18. Amy Rice

    September 22, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    This is pretty interesting. When i think of other centuries, I never think
    of what people of that time did to work out! A lot of the pictures look
    like dance classes!

  19. Gigilaughs

    August 30, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    I posted the video for my friends to view on facebook. I remember doing a
    few of these exercises in gym class during the 80’s & a lot of the
    equipment was still seen on playground back then. If you go to historical
    places like The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina you will see
    the gymnasium of the house and some of the workout equipment of the 1800’s.
    Great video & very funny.

  20. Lan Pham (cloudsmaker)

    July 24, 2016 at 9:52 pm

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