Story: Gyms

The Sandow system

The Sandow system

When Eugen Sandow visited New Zealand in 1902, J. W. M. Harrison's Gymnasium and School of Physical Culture claimed to be the only place in Wellington teaching the 'Sandow system' of bodybuilding. Sandow was highly influential and his public appearances generated enthusiasm for gym exercise.

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David Green, 'Gyms - Twentieth-century developments', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 April 2024)

Story by David Green, published 5 Sep 2013