The Treadmill & it's Cruel Past

Have you ever wondered why the treadmill was created?

Who would have thought of a machine so bizarre that makes you move while going nowhere? Sounds like torture right? That's exactly what it was meant to be.


In the 1800’s, treadmills were originally created to punish English prisoners. At the time, the English prison system was brutal; with execution and deportation generally being the most common punishments of crime. However, the few that got sent to jail spent days in solitude in inhumane cells.


Social movements led by philanthropists, religious groups and sometimes celebrities- like Charles Dickens, strived to change the horrible conditions and help reform the prisoners. Entire prisons had been remodeled once their movement succeeded and new forms of rehabilitation, such as the treadmill were introduced.