This Is How Girls Work Out In The 1940s

They may not have had today’s cross trainers or Power Plates, but as this Battle of the Bulges video from Pathé shows, they made do with machines that were equally as terrifying.

The 1941 reel shows six scantily-clad girls grinning and bearing it while their lumps and bumps were pounded by viscous contraptions called Hoops and Tombolas – toning machines from America.