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Fitness



  • Muscle Motion:

    by Natalia Mehlman Petrzela

    A 1983 home workout video featuring the Chippendales dancers reflected the convergence of multiple cultural changes in home video, fitness culture, pornography, and the mainstreaming of female desire. Everything has a history!



  • When Men Started to Obsess Over Six-Packs

    by Conor Heffernan

    Today's culture of Instagrammed abdominal muscles traces back to the time when nineteenth-century physical culture movements converged with the archaeological discovery of ancient Greek statuary (bodybuilders then used the new technology of photography in ways we'd recognize). 



  • Goodbye to the Cult of SoulCycle

    by Natalia Mehlman Petrzela

    The attachment of deep spiritual meaning to commercialized exercise brands creates a climate ripe for abuse and exploitation, writes a historian of fitness culture. 



  • Jogging Has Always Excluded Black People

    by Natalia Mehlman Petrzela

    The most enduring legacy of the racialized experience of recreational running is the surveillance and suspicion to which black people have long been subjected when using public space.