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'I've been known to do lunges down hotel hallways. I also like to use the ice bucket in the hotel room as a medicine ball.' –Amy Jo Martin
This vintage 1940s light cognac brown leather medicine ball with original strap is a beautiful way to decorate your interior. It has a wonderful patina and is made of finely constructed vintage hand stitched leather. I saw this and instantly loved the look and feel of it, but honestly had little or no idea for what is was used for. Then I found out that these type of balls have been widely used for conditioning and strengthening the upper body of athletes and boxers for many years.
Doctors in ancient Greece wrote about weighted exercise balls and even Hippocrates is said to have stuffed animal skins for patients to toss for “medicinal” purposes. Such balls appeared in drawings of wrestlers in Persia as far back as 1000 B.C. Gladiators used them in their training, a prominent Renaissance physician prescribed them as part of "medicinal gymnastics" and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point has used them for more than 200 years. "As long as there have been athletes, there have been medicine balls," said former Olympic weightlifting coach Istvan Javorek. (Source: Wikipedia)
Material: Leather with stitching and patina
Style: ca. 1940 Industrial
Size: Circumference 30cm
Ps. Did you know the term "medicine ball" dates back to at least 1876, in American Gymnasia and Academic Record, where Robert J. Roberts claims to have originated the name, after a story of a sick king who was cured by rolling a large ball filled with herbs (reprinted in Good Health, vol. 51, 1916), or 1894, in Education by Plays and Games, or 1895 when the term "medicine" was synonymous with health as in the "art dealing with the maintenance of health". United States President Herbert Hoover was an avid user of medicine balls; this gave rise to the term Medicine Ball Cabinet. (Source: Wikipedia)
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