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Miloš Stanković
Miloš Stanković Jun 20, 2022
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Have a museum dedicated to gym, fitness, and exercise culture in general.
  • It shouldn't need to be stated but fitness is a craze that is very popular in the social media era. In 2019, more than 27.3 million Americans visited a gym more than 100 times during a year.
  • There is literally a museum for everything, from dog collars to instant ramen, yet there isn't one (based on my research in English) on this massively popular field.
  • Have a place for social media fitness influencers to post cool photos from. At the same time, they are marketing it constantly.
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Ideally, the museum would be filled with old-timey machines that strongman of old used to train. Alongside weights they used to do. Photos and paintings of physiques, old supplement packages, advertisments, earliest magazines on the topic. Bodybuilding trophies, old workout clothes, fitness VHS and DVD cases. What else?
This would work certainly in a big fit city like Los Angeles or San Diego. Especially for LA due to influencers.
I have found ideas to use museums as gyms or to design a gym like a museum, but not to have a gym museum.
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Location-specific museums

jnikola Jun 30, 2022
Great idea! I would like to suggest creating a museum with gym equipment that was used in that area, local bodybuilding stars, the first gyms and clubs opened in that region, etc. In other words, by making it specific for a region, you could build a franchise around the world, like Hard Rock Cafe.
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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni2 years ago
Yeah, I imagine gym equipment to vary largely based on location and culture since people used to make their own equipment. In India, we used to (still have in traditional gyms) such wooden weights. They come in different shapes and sizes.
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jnikola2 years ago
Shubhankar Kulkarni Very cool! I would like to practice with those weights one day.
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Fun weight lifting game

jnikola Jun 30, 2022
The idea is to have weight lifting equipment with a super-precise measuring device. When you lift weights, your max weight gets compared to famous people who lifted the same weight in that (or any other) gym museum in the world.
  • A fun way to compare yourself with others
  • People sharing it on social media - a great way to promote gym museums
  • A possibility for you to end up in gym museum records
Additionally, the lifted weight could be compared to the weight of known objects, animals, or other stuff and give you a result "You just lifted a 9-months old panda".
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Display meals of famous regional bodybuilders/ wrestlers

Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni Jul 01, 2022
Real food could be prepared and stored using the idea described here. This stored food could be put on display at such museums. The food would be described along with its recipe, ingredients, and calorie chart for those who need more details. Other than gaining information, this display has entertainment value. For example, the wrestler Khali used to eat 70 eggs day, and that is not even the entire day's food. He used to have 2 whole chickens, fruits, Indian bread, rice, and dal, too. Just reading that raises eyebrows; imagine how people would react to the displayed actual meal.
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Entertaining subtly educating

Neil Carmichael
Neil Carmichael Jul 04, 2022
I think this'd be interesting but could also show (with our latest understanding of biomechanics) what was not-right about some previous exercise techiques
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Marco Agudelo
Marco Agudelo2 years ago
Through history society has culture their fitness. Keeping exercise is part of been healthy. You will need more than exercise to be healthy, but is a huge part. On a gym museum one could learn how evolved training a group of muscles, how different cultures trained same group of muscles, why they focused on a selected group of muscles rather than others, to name a few. Children can develop affinity for exercise their muscles understanding what are they doing.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic2 years ago
I've been to Arnold Schwarzenegger's childhood home. It's full of homemade gym equipment he built himself. In that regard, it's partially a gym museum
I remember he converted something resembling a closet into lateral pulldown machine
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Michaela D
Michaela D2 years ago
With the entrance fee, you also get a complimentary workout! An area of the museum will be an actual gym with historic equipment free to use.
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Miloš Stanković
Miloš Stanković2 years ago
Michaela D I thought so too, although I'm guessing signing a waiver for possible injuries would be needed due to crudely designed machines. At the very least the museum should be on the second story of a regular big gym and you get to use it after the tour.
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