Story: Gyms

Auckland YMCA gymnasium members, 1913

Auckland Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) gymnasium members pose with gym equipment in front of admiring onlookers. A number of YMCAs set up gyms in the 19th century to provide opportunities for young men to build strength and fitness.

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Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Reference: AWNS-19130925-48-4
Photograph by W. Beattie

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How to cite this page:

David Green, 'Gyms - Origins of the gym', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 May 2022)

Story by David Green, published 5 Sep 2013