Back in the day, when a girl wanted to tone up, she hit the machines — but instead of ergonomic, low-impact ellipticals, there were grinding gears, pinching coils and bizarre bands.

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All of these women wear the expression of a severely jaded person burdened by ennui, which can often be seen in today's gyms, as well. My favorite lady is the one who is knitting nonchalantly, as if to say, "This crap may not be working, but at least I am getting something done."

Female Body Shaping 1945 [Random Good Stuff]